Beef and Macaroni

This is one of my most popular pressure cooker pasta recipes. It's similar to what many Americans from the northeast would call "American Chop Suey" and can easily be adjusted with different spices and vegetables.

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Beef and Macaroni

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 16 m
  • Total Time: 26 m
  • Servings:


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • teaspoons dried oregano
  • teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 28 ounces can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ pound dried elbow macaroni, or other pasta
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese, for serving


  1. Pre-heat the pressure cooker using the BROWN setting.
  2. Add the oil and brown the beef. Avoid breaking up the beef too much, but let it cook in larger chunks. Add the onion, peppers, herbs and spices, salt and pepper and continue to cook for a few minutes, stirring well.
  3. Add the tomatoes, stock, ketchup and elbow macaroni and lock the lid in place.
  4. Pressure cook on HIGH for 6 minutes.
  5. Reduce the pressure with the QUICK-RELEASE method and carefully remove the lid. Give the ingredients a good stir, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve with grated Parmesan cheese or for a cheesy dish, stir in the grated Cheddar cheese.
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  1. This recipe is incredible … easy to make and the flavors are off the charts. It’s supposed to serve 6, but I only manage to get 4 meals out of it. Can’t imagine why .

    1. Hi Lee. You can definitely make this on the stovetop. I think the best way is to cook the pasta separately and make the sauce on the stovetop without adding any stock. Then, marry the two together and enjoy.

  2. I saw this recipe and quickly got pen and pad to write it down. When I got to the recipe I found it to be for pressure cookers, which I do not have.
    My question is, can it be made on the stove top. I was thinking browning the beef and sauteing the onion and peppers and then finishing in a stock pot adding cooked pasta.

    Do you think that would work. I really do miss seeing you on QVC. I do enjoy your FB postings.

    1. Hi Sandra. Yes – that’s exactly how to make it on the stovetop. I would eliminate the stock, however, if you are going to add cooked pasta.

    2. Hi Sandra, You can make this on the stovetop. I would make the sauce and pasta separately on the stovetop just as you thought, but I would leave the stock out of the sauce. If you want to cook everything in one pot, then leave the stock in and be prepared to add about another ½ cup. In a pressure cooker, there is no evaporation of liquids, but on the stovetop some of that liquid will evaporate and you do need the liquid to cook the pasta. I think, however, I would make them in separate pots. Hope you enjoy it.

  3. Our family LOVES this recipe, but every single time I make it the bottom burns. I have added more broth and/or more tomatoes and the result is still the same. Anyone else have this problem? The only change I have made, is to use gluten free pasta. But I also weigh the pasta and add the same amount as regular pasta that the recipe calls for. Any advice would be great. Thank you!!

    1. Hi Jen. Make sure you give everything a good stir before locking the lid and setting the pressure. Then, as the cooker comes to pressure and is releasing steam from the valve, give the lid a firm push down to set the seal between the lid and the cooker. This way, you’ll lose as little liquid as possible to steam. It sounds like your cooker probably has a very strong heating element in the bottom so a little more broth (not tomatoes) is a good idea. Sorry you’re having trouble with it.

  4. I check the recipes for fat calories and sugar. Since I am a diabetic and on a diet to loose weight most of the recipes have too much fat, calories and sugar. Do you have any recipes that I could make?

  5. First time making this in my pressure cooker. It was Yummy!!! It’s a hit with my family also. Will be making it again !

  6. This was a great recipe. Flavorful, comforting and oh so quick and easy to make. I have tried several of your recipes and they have all turned out great!

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