Homemade Hamburger Helper
By :Chop Secrets
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Votes: 7
Rating: 4.29
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat, Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
For pot:
  • 1 lb ground beef preferably 93% lean
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
For sauce:
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 10 ounce Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3 ounce American cheese cut into strips (from the deli, not the kind that comes in cellophane!)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
  • Additional shredded cheese for garnish if desired
Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat, Rice & Pastas
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
For pot:
  • 1 lb ground beef preferably 93% lean
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
For sauce:
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 10 ounce Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3 ounce American cheese cut into strips (from the deli, not the kind that comes in cellophane!)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
  • Additional shredded cheese for garnish if desired
Votes: 7
Rating: 4.29
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function.
  2. Add ground beef, onion powder and garlic powder to the Instant Pot. Cook and stir until no pink remains.
  3. Press Cancel Pour in pasta and broth, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  4. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 4 minutes.
  5. When the time is up, quick-release the remaining pressure.
  6. Stir in half and half, then stir in the cheese, a little at a time, until melted. Season with kosher salt and pepper.
  7. Just before serving, fold in chopped spinach, if using. Top with additional cheese for garnish, if desired.
Recipe Notes

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.

7 replies
  1. coderedgirl
    coderedgirl says:

    This was the second meal I have made in my IP and, according to my 4.5 year old son, it it “super yummy for my tummy.” Kid tested and approved! Did not have elbow mac on hand so I substituted cellentani. It wasn’t done at 4 minutes; added another cup of broth and setbit for another 2 minutes…and voilá!

  2. Summerelise1
    Summerelise1 says:

    Also my second IP meal! It was easy and tasty! I did have to cook it a full 8min(vs 4)to get the noodles fully cooked.
    The whole family loved it!

  3. Pjcabrel
    Pjcabrel says:

    25 minutes from start to eating. Just one pot/lid, and bowls to cleanup.
    I would set the PRESSURE setting to HIGH.

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