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Instant Pot Stuffed Shells

If you're a pasta lover, you'll love these Instant Pot Stuffed Shells! Flavorful, cheesy, and made in no time using the Instant Pot!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Resting Time3 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: cheesecake, Instant Pot, pasta
Servings: 8
Calories: 527kcal
Author: The Cookin' Chicks


  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • t tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 15 oz Ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
  • 8 oz jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 cups water
  • 24 oz pasta sauce



  • Turn Instant Pot to saute mode and add in the ground beef/turkey.
  • Cook meat until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  • Add in the salt, pepper, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine.
  • If you have anything stuck to the bottom of your pot, add up to 1/4 cup water to deglaze.
  • Ensure meat it spread evenly over bottom of Instant Pot liner.


  • Combine the ricotta cheese, egg, Parmesan, and 2 cups Mozzarella cheese in a medium bowl.
  • Place cheese mixture into a piping bag or Ziploc with corner cut off.
  • Fill each pasta shell with cheese mixture.
  • Place stuffed pasta shells (uncooked but filled at this point) on top of the meat layer.
  • Carefully pour water on top of pasta shells.
  • Pour pasta sauce evenly on top of pasta shells.
  • Place lid securely on top of Instant Pot and ensure valve is in sealed position.
  • Cook manual, high pressure for 8 minutes followed by a quick release.
  • Once pin has dropped, remove lid and sprinkle remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese evenly on top of pasta shells.
  • Place lid back on the Instant Pot and allow to rest for about 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • To serve, scoop shells onto plate. Make sure you scoop to the bottom to get some of the meat into your portion!


Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 900mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 433mg | Iron: 3mg
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