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Instant Pot Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

Classic stuffed shells got an Instant Pot makeover! No need to pre-cook the pasta means no dirtying extra pot. And you only need 1 hour or less!


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided, (about 1lb)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz conchiglioni pasta/ jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 cups water
  • 24 oz pasta sauce


  • To brown the meat: set the Instant Pot to Sauté.
  • When the display reads “HOT”, add ground beef, salt and seasonings and brown the meat, breaking it apart, about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • To make the cheese filling: while meat is browning, in a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg, parmesan cheese and 3 cups of mozzarella cheese. Mix well and transfer the mixture in a piping bag with a round tip (or a ziplock bag with one corner cut).
  • Fill the pasta shells with the cheese mixture.
  • Once the meat is browned, drain, if needed, and spread it evenly in the bottom of the pan. (Note: deglaze the pan with 1/4 cup of water if there is any bits and pieces are stuck to the pan.)
  • To assemble: layer the filled pasta shells over the meat.
  • Pour water and then pasta sauce over the pasta. Do NOT stir.
  • Close the lid and make sure the valve is set to “sealing”.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook/Manual for 8 minutes on high. (NOTE: It took 20-24 minutes for my IP to come to pressure.)
  • Do quick release by carefully turning the valve to venting. And carefully open the lid.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and close the lid. Let it sit for about 3 minutes and then open the lid. Stir gently and serve.


This recipe has been tested in my favorite Instant Pot DUO 6qt.


Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 499kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 131mg, Sodium: 1283mg, Potassium: 665mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1073IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 504mg, Iron: 3mg
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