Instant Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Pasta


  • 19 oz 99% fat free ground turkey *see note about amount*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 16 oz whole wheat pasta (I used shells)
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro (optional topping)


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting on high and add your olive oil
  2. When hot, add your ground turkey and season with salt and pepper. Saute, breaking up with a wooden spoon into small pieces, until the turkey has browned
  3. When browned, stir in your seasonings (the paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, and pepper flakes) until the turkey is all evenly coated
  4. Add in your pasta and chicken broth, stir to combine, close the Instant Pot lid, seal the vent, and cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes
  5. When the 4 minutes are up, quick release the pressure and remove the lid
  6. Pour in the almond milk and cheddar cheese, and let it all sit for a few minutes to let the cheese melt a bit. Stir until everything has fully combined and the cheese is all melted
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve! Cilantro is a yummy but optional topping


*My local grocery stores and Target sell ground turkey in 19 oz packages. If yours doesn’t, a pound/a pound and a half will work just as well in this recipe!*

Total recipe time does not include time it will take the Instant Pot to come to pressure.