Beef, Instant Pot, pasta, Recipes

Instant Pot Meatballs and Creamy Noodles


I have been making this recipe for awhile. I have included the original recipe source below. Please note I have modified their recipe. The first time I made this recipe I didn’t give it a lot of hope. I didn’t think it would have a lot of flavor, but in fact it is bursting with flavor. We all enjoyed this recipe. This is one of those that is a go to recipe now.


  • 1 lbs. beef meatballs frozen or thawed
  • 3 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups extra broad egg noodles (140g)
  • 1/2 cup half and half (you could use milk, heavy cream, canned milk, or sour cream)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch


  1. Add  beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.
  2. Stir until spices are combined.
  3. Place meatballs in the Instant Pot
  4. Add noodles, spread into an even layer and press down gently but do not stir. Please note that the pasta will not be completely covered in  broth.
  5. Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 3 minutes.
  6. When the cook time is over, open the valve to instantly release the pressure, then remove the lid.
  7. Whisk together cream and corn starch and stir into meatballs.
  8. Hit cancel on your Instant Pot, then turn your pot on sauté and cook and stir just until sauce has thickened.

Original Recipe Source

Beef, Instant Pot, Recipes

Hamburger Collaborator (Instant pot)



This recipe is very easy and delicious. I love any recipe that can be made in the Instant Pot. I don’t even put it away anymore. I use it so much that I have made a space for it on the counter. This is a copy cat recipe of Hamburger Helper. I have never eaten Hamburger Help so I cannot say either way, but my husband said that it is even better. He suggested not leaving out the cheese.


  • 1-pound lean ground beef (93/7)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½- tsp dried basil
  • 8 ounces’ rotini noodles, uncooked
  • 1-3/4 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1-14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese


  1. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the beef. Break it up with a spoon (I use this tool*). Add in the onion. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil. Brown the beef and sauté the onion.
  2. Once the beef is browned, add in the uncooked pasta. Then pour the broth over the top. Dump the canned tomatoes over the top. Don’t stir.
  3. Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 3 minutes.
  4. Once the time is up let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting.
  5. Remove the lid and stir in the sour cream and mozzarella. If you want to thicken up the sauce you can stir in a cornstarch slurry (stir the cornstarch and milk together until smooth and then stir it into the pot). Salt and pepper to taste.

Modified Original Recipe Source


Appetizers, Beef, Recipes, Simi Homemade, Slow Cooker

General Tso Meatballs (Slow Cooker)


10This is an excellent recipe. It is full of flavor and fun. This can be served as an appetizer, or as a main dish. I have now served it both ways. This recipe makes an excellent pot luck recipe too.


  • 1 – 26oz bag frozen meatballs
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. ginger, minced or grated
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (More or less)
  • 1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 4 tsp. sesame seeds
  • Garnish with 4 green thinly sliced green onions


  1. Add one bag of frozen meatballs to a lined slow cooker (for easy clean up)
  2. In a bowl add remaining ingredients except, green onions and sesame seeds. Mix well
  3. Add sauce ingredients to the slow cooker and mix well. Covering all the meatballs.
  4. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. The time will vary.
  5. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
  6. Serve over rice or on their own.

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Beef, Instant Pot, Recipes

American Goulash (Instant Pot)


Although Goulash is not my favorite thing my family loves it. I swear just give them pasta and they are happy. I grew up on a similar recipe and have never been a fan, but again my family loves it and it is super easy. A few buttons and dinner is done. I am all about that!!


  • 1 lb lean ground beef 93/7
  • 1  onion  diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 (16 oz) box pasta


  1. In a Instant Pot, press the sauté button and allow the pot to get hot
  2. Brown and break up the ground beef
  3. Add in the onion and green pepper.
  4. Stir in minced garlic. Turn off sauté setting.
  5. Pour in diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, water and Italian seasoning.
  6. Stir in pasta
  7. Seal the lid, then turn the pressure release valve to “Sealing”
  8. Set pressure cooker on high for 5 minutes.
  9. Once finished, do a quick pressure release
  10. Open lid and stir mixture.

Original Recipe Source

Beef, Recipes

Beef Stroganoff (Instant Pot)


I am a very bad judge of character when it comes to beef stroganoff because I don’t like it. I don’t care who’s recipe it is or what kind of meat is in it or anything else no matter what I don’t like it. I am not a big sour cream person so I always add it to just my families portion and not mine. My family loved this recipe and I mean loved it. They had nothing but wonderful things to say about it. This is another quick, easy, and delicious recipes.


  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef 93/7
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 large can of mushrooms
  • 4 cups Beef Broth
  • 8 oz Egg Noodles uncooked
  • 3 Tbsp Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Cold Water
  • 1 cup Sour Cream


  1. Place your Instant Pot on the Sauté mode
  2. Add butter and onion, and cook for 3 minutes
  3. Add the ground beef to the pot, break into small pieces as it is cooking
  4. Add the thyme, salt, pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce and stir
  5. Add the mushrooms and mix well.
  6. Pour the broth
  7. Add the egg noodles and press them into the liquid, do not stir
  8. Hit the cancel button to stop the saute process, then press manual and set your time for 4 minutes
  9. Once your Instant Pot beep, let it sit there for two minutes before you release the steam. After the cook cycle has finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 2 minutes. Then do a  Quick Release of the steam.
  10. Remove the lid.
  11. Add the flour and water together to make a slury. Add the slury to the pot and allow it to saute for another few minutes. Add sour cream to the pot when desired and stir
  12. Serve hot

Original Recipe Source

Beef, Recipes, Slow Cooker

Beef and Potato Hash (Slow Cooker)


This is a very ugly dish, but what it lacks in beauty it makes up in flavor. It’s creamy and delicious comfort food that is super easy. This makes a very good Sunday dinner that just about anyone will love. This is another recipe I do not know who to give credit to. If this is your recipe please let me know so that I can give you credit.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 envelope beefy onion soup
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-10.75 oz. cans cream of mushroom soup,do not add water
  • 1.5 lbs. russet potatoes (about 5 cups diced)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheese, divided
  • 6 quart dish


  1. Brown the beef and onion together in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the fat.
  2. Wash and dry the potatoes. Cut them into cubes, leave the skin on. Add the potatoes to the slow cooker. Pour over the meat and onion into the slow cooker. Add the soup, salt, pepper, garlic powder, corn and half of the cheese. Stir. Spread out the hash into a flat layer.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time. Let me stress… DO NOT open the lid or the potatoes will not get cooked
  4. Add the remaining shredded cheese evenly over the hash. Cover and let the cheese melt for about 10 minutes.
Beef, pasta, Recipe, Side Dish

Cowboy Pasta Salad


This recipe is super delicious. The calories are listed below. You might not want to look at that. BUT I will say that this recipe is worth the investment! I found the recipe on I changed it up a bit to what I had on hand and I didn’t follow the directions exactly the way Belly Full wrote them out, but that was simply because I didn’t read the directions until I was already halfway done. I guess I got the directions in my head the way I thought they should be verses the way they were. Nevertheless the recipe is super delish!

Honestly I had reservations. It’s a very odd and off the wall recipe if you ask me, but it performs in the end. We all loved it. We actually had it as a main dish but you could serve it on the side that’s for sure. For your waist line… that’s probably the way it should be served. This would be great for a potluck, or church event, or even to take to a party. My intention was a work potluck, but instead I got the flu and missed it.

Give this a try. I think it will surprise you!! We thought the taste was even better the second day. It says you can eat it hot or cold but I wasn’t a fan of it cold. I liked it either heated or room temperature.


  • 1 pound dried Rotini
  • 1 pound uncooked bacon
  • 1 pound 90/10 ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup barbeque sauce (I used G. Hughes sugar free)
  • 2 tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Heinz Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounce) Whole Kernel Golden Sweet Corn, drained
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (Optional I omitted)
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used any cheese mix I had on hand)
  • 5 diced green onions
  1. In a large pot Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot (to prevent additional mess) add diced bacon and cook in small batches until all the bacon is cooked. Allow bacon to drain on a few paper towels and set aside. Remove bacon grease from the pot, but there isn’t any need to wash the pot. The bacon drippings will add flavor.
  3. Add ground beef to the same pot. Cooked on a medium heat and break up the meat as you are cooking it. Once the meat is cooked and the grease has been drained mix in the cumin, red pepper flakes and the salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and Sriracha Sauce until combined and smooth. Add pasta, bacon, beef, drained corn, cheese, and green onions. Mix well
  5. Eat right away or place in the refrigerator and re-heat when you are ready to eat. We found that the longer it sits the better it will taste.