Instant Pot Cheesy Pasta and Turkey

Instant Pot Cheesy Pasta and Turkey is an easy and delicious one pot pasta dish smothered in a creamy cheese sauce. 

Instant Pot Cheesy Pasta and Turkey is an easy and delicious one pot pasta dish smothered in a creamy cheese sauce. 

It is a simple and quick recipe that can be made any day of the week.

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To start making this cheesy pasta dish I put some olive oil in the Instant Pot and then turned it to the Saute Less function for 7 minutes.

Then I added some ground turkey and diced yellow onion.

I broke the meat up as it was browning.  After the first few minutes I added in some garlic.

When the Pot turned off the ground turkey was still slightly pink.  I poured in some chicken broth that I had added some salt and pepper to as well.

I used the broth to deglaze the bottom of the Pot making sure to get all the brown bits off the bottom.

Then I poured in some water and a can of diced tomatoes.

Next I sprinkled in a box of Catelli gluten free fusilli pasta.  I pushed the pasta into the liquid but I Did Not Stir.

Then I placed the lid on the Instant Pot, turned the steam release handle to the sealing position and set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook High for 2 minutes.

Once the Instant Pot was done cooking, I immediately turned the steam release handle to the venting position and did a Quick Release.

After stirring the pasta I dumped in some shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend to the Pot.

I stirred until the cheese had melted.

Then I sprinkled in some dried parsley and stirred all the ingredients in the Pot again.

After stirring in the parsley it was time to serve up the Instant Pot Cheesy Pasta and Turkey.

This tasty pasta dish is another great comfort dish to be enjoyed by your family.  It is a simple and quick recipe that can be made any day of the week.

Next time I make this recipe I will try it with more ground turkey at my husband’s request.

Printable Recipe Card with a Full List of Ingredients and Instructions is Located at the Bottom of the Post.

Instant Pot Cheesy Turkey Pasta is an easy pressure cooker dinner recipe. This ground turkey pasta is loaded with diced tomatoes anad smothered in cheese sauce.

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Instant Pot Cheesy Pasta and Turkey

Instant Pot Cheesy Pasta and Turkey is an easy and delicious one pot pasta dish smothered in a creamy cheese sauce. 

Instant Pot Cheesy Pasta and Turkey is an easy and delicious one pot pasta dish smothered in a creamy cheese sauce. 

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 10 oz chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 18 oz (540 ml) diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups Catelli gluten free fusilli pasta
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella and cheddar blend
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Pour olive oil into the Instant Pot and set to Saute Less for 7 minutes.
  2. Add the ground turkey and the yellow onion. Break up turkey while it is browning.
  3. Once turkey starts to brown add the garlic and stir occasionally.
  4. When Pot shuts off the turkey will still be slightly pink. Add the chicken broth with salt and pepper added.
  5. Use the liquid to deglaze the Pot.
  6. Add 3 cups of water and the diced tomatoes.
  7. Sprinkle in the fusilli noodles. Do not stir but push them down into the liquid.
  8. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the steam release handle to the sealing position and set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook High for 2 minutes.
  9. Once the Instant Pot is done cooking, immediately turn the steam release handle to the venting position and do a Quick Release.
  10. Remove the lid and stir the contents well.
  11. Add the shredded cheese and stir until it melts.
  12. Add the dried parsley and stir again.
  13. Serve immediatley.

Notes

*This recipe was tested in an 8 quart Instant Pot Duo.

*Next time I will try this with 2 lbs of ground turkey.

4 Comments

  • Julieanne September 11, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    This was really good!

    It’s hard to find good recipes for ground turkey, and this is definitely a simple and comforting dish.

    I think you could easily incorporate another pound of turkey. I’m planning on trying that next time.

    I also used regular pasta, instead of gluten free. After the quick release, I noted that the regular pasta had a little more bite than I would prefer. So I left the instant pot lid on for another 3-4 minutes and it continued to cook it to perfection.

    I’ve never heard of or seen 18 oz cans of diced tomatoes, only 14.5oz cans. Thus, when the pasta was done cooking, I added in a few spoonfuls of tomato sauce that I had on hand.

    I also sprinkled some Parmesan cheese before serving to some thankful folks that thought this recipe was great!

    Reply
    • Kathleen September 12, 2020 at 8:15 am

      Hi Julieanne,
      So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing your results. My husband also likes it with more meat. Glad you were able to cook it to perfection by just putting the lid back on!
      Thanks again,
      Kathleen

      Reply
  • Sue October 2, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Is it supposed to be “soupy”? It seems like there’s a LOT of liquid in this dish. If it’s supposed to be like that it’s fine, but if not, I’m wondering what I did wrong?

    Reply
    • Kathleen October 2, 2020 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Sue,
      Mine was a little bit runny like it shows in the pictures. You can add a corn starch slurry at the end to thicken it if you like. I have also purchased a large splatter guard from the Dollar Store that fits over my Pot. Now if I find something a little too runny for my liking I drain off a bit of liquid using the splatter guard before I add the finishing touches like cheese or my corn starch slurry. Hope this helps.
      Thanks for trying the recipe,
      Kathleen

      Reply

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