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Instant Pot Beef and Bowtie Pasta

A Simple And Delicious Cheesy Beef Pasta Dish That Your Entire Family Will Love

One of my go-to recipes on those hectic nights when I'm up against the clock and need something that I can get on the table fast. This Cheesy Beef and Bowtie Pasta is super tasty and filling. Fast prep and easy cleanup means it's perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. This one is guaranteed to be a hit with your entire family and the kids will devour it.

side view of beef and bowtie pasta in a bowl garnished with cilantro
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If you’re looking for a quick and delicious Instant Pot dinner idea, this Easy Cheesy Beef and Bowtie Pasta is it!

A Simple Dinner Solution

I know how it goes with most of us: dinnertime creeps up and we have no clue what to make!

This super easy pasta dish is one of my go-to meals whenever I’m running short on time and the kids are starving! They’re always starving, aren’t they?

A Great Option – Even For Picky Eaters

My kids get so excited when I tell them I’m making Cheesy Beef Pasta. To them, it’s as gourmet as it comes! In reality, it’s so easy to make thanks to the Instant Pot!

for those looking for simple pasta dishes, this one is perfect
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I like to keep things easy in the kitchen and this delicious pasta is no exception. My older kids help me make it since there’s really no prep involved. There’s no chopping required and all you need is some basic ingredients you probably already have on hand.

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You will have dinner ready on time and your family will love it!

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Pasta alla Vodka – The Easy Way

I like to use Vodka Pasta Sauce for this recipe. I think it’s perfect when combined with the cheeses. My kids especially like Vodka Sauce on their pasta. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it.

one of those very easy pasta recipes that you'll come back to over and over
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I hope you make this Easy Cheesy Beef and Bowtie Pasta. I know you and your family will love it!

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

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Appliances & Cookware

This easy pasta recipe was made in my 8-quart Instant Pot but should also work perfectly in the 6-quart.

Serving Platters & Dishes

I served this pasta on these beautiful stoneware bowls and plates.

Now it’s your turn to give this Easy Cheesy Beef and Bowtie Pasta recipe a try!

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In the recipe card, I have included some tips and tricks to help you make this delicious bowtie pasta recipe your own.

Instant Pot Cheesy Beef and Bowtie Pasta

Ground beef and bowtie pasta in a cheesy vodka sauce.

4.34 from 12 votes
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Instant Pot
IP Pressure LevelHigh
IP ProgramManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Pressure Release
2 minute NPR
Total Time
17 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
This easy prep pasta meal is perfect for weeknight family dinners. This one is ready in no time and the entire family will love it!
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Category: Pastas
a bowl of easy bowtie pasta for those looking for easy pasta meals
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  • Set the Instant Pot to 'Sauté' and allow it to heat up for a few minutes.
  • Add the ground beef to the pot and sauté until fully cooked.
  • Add the minced onion, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the ground beef and mix well.
  • Add the beef stock and stir well and then cancel the 'Sauté' mode.
  • Add the pasta to the pot and only push it down into the liquid but do not mix it in.
  • Add the jar of Vodka sauce on top. Just layer it on top without mixing it in.
  • Close the Instant Pot and set it to 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook' High Pressure for 5 minutes. Once cooking has finished, allow for a 2 minute NPR (natural pressure release). Release the remaining pressure after the two minutes have completed. Once all pressure has been released, open the pot.
  • Add the mozzarella and parmesan cheese and mix well with the pasta.

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1187mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 3.5mg

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make this Instant Pot Cheesy Beef and Bowtie Pasta recipe your own.

Add fresh, chopped onions. If you’re not in a hurry, add some chopped onions instead of minced.

Use your favorite pasta sauce. I highly recommend using Vodka sauce for this but feel free to use your favorite sauce instead.

Add your favorite cheeses. If you don’t have mozzarella on hand, use what you have. I’ve made it with Mexican blend and Cheddar when I was in a pinch. I prefer the Mozzarella and Parmesan combo but the kids ate it just the same!

Make it Mexican. To give it a Mexican twist, use a Mexican/taco blend shredded cheese and add some taco seasoning instead of Italian seasoning.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few ideas for serving your Instant Pot Cheesy Beef and Bowtie Pasta.

Make it Cheesier. We like to top each serving with extra shredded parmesan cheese.

Serve it with some greens. A salad would make a perfect side to this pasta.

Add some crusty bread. Nothing better than a side of crusty, buttered bread with your pasta.

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  • Isabel says:

    This recipe is amazing!! It’s a weekly staple in my house, so easy and delicious!

  • Connie says:

    I’m afraid of my IP but you make it look easier, THANK YOU!!
    I was a stay at home mom for many years with my three, it’s awesome isn’t it?

  • Monika says:

    This is a hit at our house and one of my favourite dinner recipes. I use ground turkey instead of beef. 🙂

  • Grammyn2 says:

    Absolutely delicious! I admit I used what I had on hand, jar of Ragu pasta sauce, penne and only parmesan cheese. Definately going on the meal rotation! Thank you!!

    • Hi! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! That’s what makes it great, you can use what you have! I really appreciate you stopping by the blog and commenting!

  • LaTrisha says:

    Can you make this in a slow cooker

  • Sarah Sakas says:

    Made this tonight…so delicious and so easy!

  • Theda says:

    Made this today and it was very good! I’m somewhat disabled and this was very easy for me to put together and picky husband loved it and grandkids stopped by and stayed for dinner and they loved it also! Will definitely make again!

  • Rachel says:

    I have made this twice now. A hit each time! Thanks for something easy, delicious, and kid-friendly!

  • Alison Heath says:

    This was the best recipe I’ve made in my Instant Pot! My Mr. Man and 2 teens all agreed. I made a few changes:
    1) Used 2lbs burger…because MEAT rocks
    2) Used 2 jars of vodka sauce
    3) Used full box of beef stock
    4) Pressure cooked for 10 mins then npr for 20ish mins (unintentionally, because I forgot it beeped 😊)

    I followed the rest of the recipe as written. Thank you for a great recipe!

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