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Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

This Instant Pot Hamburger Helper is a homemade version of the classic boxed dinner! Macaroni noodles are cooked directly in the instant pot then tossed with ground beef and a creamy tomato cheese sauce!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 10 minute prep, instant pot, One Pot
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 529kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth




  • 1 pound ground beef I used 80/20
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups milk I used skim
  • 1/4 cup ketchup plus more to taste (I stirred in an extra tablespoon after everything was cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard plus more to taste (I stirred in an extra tablespoon after everything was cooked)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste (I used 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 (16 oz) box uncooked macaroni
  • 1 (8 oz) container sour cream room temperature
  • 1 (8 oz) block sharp cheddar cheese shredded


  • Hit SAUTE on 6 quart Instant Pot.
  • Once it reads HOT, add in beef and onion.
  • Cook, breaking up the meat as you go, until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Hit CANCEL on the Instant Pot and drain grease.
  • Replace the pot, then stir in broth and milk, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom to avoid a BURN notice.
  • Stir in ketchup, dijon, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, green bell pepper, and uncooked macaroni. Be sure everything is fully incorporated and the macaroni is submerged in the liquid.
  • Cover and lock the lid (make sure the steam releasing handle is pointing to sealing).
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Flip the valve to "venting" for a quick release, hit CANCEL on the Instant Pot, then stir in sour cream and cheese.
  • Taste and re-season, if necessary, then serve and enjoy!
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Serving: 1person | Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 890mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 3mg