Beefy Taco Pasta
This family-friendly pasta is reminiscent of the ground beef helper meals many of us grew up with, only better because it’s homemade. Use very lean ground beef in this recipe so you don’t have to take the extra step of draining off the drippings once the meat is browned. Be sure to use taco seasoning that does not contain cornstarch or other thickeners, such as Simply Organic Southwestern Taco Seasoning.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef95%
  • 1medium yellow onionchopped
  • 1packet taco seasoning1.3 ounce
  • 12ounces campanelleshort, chunky twisted pasta
  • 4tbsp tomato paste
  • 1large red bell pepperchopped
  • salt and black pepper
Instructions
  1. Put the oil in the pot, select SAUTÉ, and adjust to NORMAL/MEDIUM heat. When the oil is hot, add the beef, onions, and 1 tablespoon of the taco seasoning and cook, breaking the meat into 1/2- inch chunks and stirring frequently, until the onions are tender (the beef will finish cooking under pressure), 6 minutes. Press CANCEL.
  2. Add the pasta and stir to coat with the onions and beef. In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together 3 cups of water, the tomato paste, and the remaining taco seasoning. Pour the mixture over the pasta in the pot and stir gently to combine. Place the peppers on top of the pasta mixture. Lock on the lid, select the PRESSURE COOK function, and adjust to LOW pressure for 5 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is in the “Sealing” position.
  3. When the cooking time is up, quick-release the pressure. Gently stir the pasta with a rubber spatula, scraping any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Season with salt and pepper. The sauce will thicken upon standing. Serve sprinkled with the optional cheese, if desired.