Cheesy Rigatoni in the Instant Pot


Rigatoni pasta without the fuss in the Instant Pot.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped

  • 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 5 ½ cups water

  • 1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • 1 (16 ounce) package rigatoni pasta

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Place oil in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Add beef, onions, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Add water, spaghetti sauce, rigatoni, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 4 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  4. Stir in Cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup at a time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

668 Calories
32g Fat
60g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 668
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 856mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 18mg 89%
Calcium 276mg 21%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 839mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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