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Instant Pot Beefy Broccoli Rice is a great choice for busy nights where you want to serve warm, filling comfort food without lots of time and effort.

Instant Pot Beefy Broccoli Rice Recipe From Val's Kitchen

I was thinking about Beef and Broccoli the other day. It’s such a great combination. I had a taste for it in my mind, but didn’t have any steak. There was some ground beef on hand that needed to be cooked, which left me wondering what Beef and Broccoli might taste like if it were with ground beef. I like the combination of broccoli and cheese a lot and wondered what it would be like to have cheese in the dish as well. I had some jarred cheese pasta sauce and figured I’d put that to use too. Voila Instant Pot Beefy Broccoli Rice.

This easy recipe is for a simple but tasty comfort food. 4 ingredients plus water and a little seasoning and the Instant Pot does the work for you. This meal is a great choice for those busy nights where you want warm, filling comfort food on the table without lots of time and effort. Here’s how to make it.

Instant Pot Beefy Broccoli Rice

Equipment Needed

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  • electric pressure cooker (I used a 6 qt Instant Pot)
  • cooking spoon
  • measuring cups

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Instant Pot Beefy Broccoli Rice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 1.5 cups rice
  • 12 oz frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 jar double cheddar pasta sauce
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instant Pot Beefy Broccoli Rice Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Place the ground beef into the pot. Set the pressure cooker to saute and brown the ground beef.

Once the beef has browned, then it’s time to add in the rice and water.

Make sure to flatten out the rice as much as possible, so that it’s entirely covered by water.

Set the pressure cooker to cook on manual high for 7 minutes.

Once the cooking cycle has finished, then do a quick pressure release.

Add the pasta sauce, onion powder and garlic powder, followed by the broccoli.

Set the pressure cooker to cook on the steam setting for 3 minutes.

Once the broccoli has finished steaming, then give the contents of the pot a stir.

Serve immediately.

If you’re looking for other Instant Pot rice recipes, be sure to check out my recipes for Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Rice, Instant Pot Ham And Pineapple Rice, Gluten-free Instant Pot Cheesy Rice, Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Rice, Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Rice, and Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice.

Instant Pot Beefy Broccoli Rice Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instant Pot Beefy Broccoli Rice

Instant Pot Beefy Broccoli Rice Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 1.5 cups white rice
  • 12 oz frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 jar double cheddar pasta sauce
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Place the ground beef into the pot. Set the pressure cooker to saute and brown the ground beef.
  2. Once the beef has browned, then it's time to add in the rice and water.
  3. Make sure to flatten out the rice as much as possible, so that it's entirely covered by water.
  4. Set the pressure cooker to cook on manual high for 7 minutes.
  5. Once the cooking cycle has finished, then do a quick pressure release.
  6. Add the pasta sauce, onion powder nd garlic powder, followed by the broccoli.
  7. Set the pressure cooker to cook on the steam setting for 3 minutes.
  8. Once the broccoli has finished steaming, then give the contents of the pot a stir.
  9. Serve immediately.

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33 comments

Robin Rue September 11, 2017 - 5:57 am

This sounds like an awesome dinner idea. It’s going to go over really big with my kids. Yum.

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Alli Smith September 11, 2017 - 7:58 am

Broccoli and steak go so well together. I’ve never thought to combine it with ground beef. Looks like a winner to me. The cheddar pasta sauce makes it creamy and delicious. It’s the perfect comfort food.

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Amber Myers September 11, 2017 - 8:26 am

Mmmm, this rice looks fantastic! I’ve always been a fan of rice dishes. I need to try this one!

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pat. September 11, 2017 - 9:59 am

How does your instant differ from a regular pressure cooker?

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Jeanette September 11, 2017 - 10:09 am

We got an instant pot for Christmas this last year and we love it. I’m always looking for delicious recipes to make in it. I will add this to the list.

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Sarah Bailey September 11, 2017 - 11:10 am

Oh my goodness how good does this look, I could definitely imagine taking a good bite and making it for dinner one day this week.

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Leela September 11, 2017 - 12:12 pm

That looks like some tasty comfort food.

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Kita Bryant September 11, 2017 - 2:58 pm

I’ve always made a beef and rice dish similar to this. However, I’ve never tried it in an instant pot before! YUM!

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candy September 11, 2017 - 4:12 pm

Easy and very hearty dinner idea. We enjoy all the ingredients and I know the family would like this meal.

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Melanie Smith September 11, 2017 - 5:00 pm

My kid doesn’t like the brocoli, but with this recipe i will make him say that it’s delicious!

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Our Family World September 11, 2017 - 6:20 pm

This looks delicious! My family like beef and broccoli, but this cheesy version with rice looks even better! I will bump off one dish in our menu plan and replace it with this cheesy beefy broccoli rice. 🙂

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy September 11, 2017 - 8:02 pm

This recipe sounds perfect for fall and winter. It sounds so hearty. I need to get an Instant Pot for sure.

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Cheryl September 11, 2017 - 9:12 pm

Yum! This looks yummy and cheesy and comforting. My son and I would gobble this up!

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Mimi Green September 11, 2017 - 9:21 pm

I’m feeling like everyone has an instant pot but me. I’ve got to get me one ASAP. This is perfect comfort food.

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Lisa September 11, 2017 - 10:14 pm

That looks so cheesy and delicious. I love Instant Pot dinners, they are always so quick and easy.

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Liz Mays September 11, 2017 - 10:38 pm

This sounds good. I bet it would be a good recipe for college students too. I’m definitely liking how easy it is!

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Anosa September 12, 2017 - 4:36 am

Though I am not big on broccoli I do enjoy my broccoli rice and adding beefs makes the meal even more delicious

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Debra Hawkins September 12, 2017 - 2:47 pm

I absolutely love using my Instant Pot for just about everything! This sounds like it is all sorts of amazing!

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Chubskulit Rose September 12, 2017 - 4:42 pm

I love any kind of rice menu and this looks delicious. I love the addition of broccoli in it.

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Marysa September 12, 2017 - 5:15 pm

I never thought to mix ground beef with rice, but it is a great combination. This recipe sounds easy enough, I would love to make this some time.

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Sandy N Vyjay September 13, 2017 - 4:05 am

Love the flavour and taste of Broccili. It goes so well with so many dishes. Also it is so healthy and has such nutritional value.

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Pat January 7, 2018 - 11:32 am

I can’t find cheddar pasta sauce!!

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valmg January 13, 2018 - 12:48 am

Ragu makes one, I’d suggest you try the product finder on their website (https://www.ragu.com/our-sauces/cheese-sauces/double-cheddar-cheese-sauce/).

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Cassie May 3, 2020 - 10:57 pm

Just make your own. Shred some cheese add like a cup of milk and 2 tsp flour cook on medium. It thickens up about 10 min after being taken off heat

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Katy February 21, 2018 - 7:29 pm

Mine burnt on the steam option does any one know why? I set the steam for 3 minutes and the time never went off

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valmg March 13, 2018 - 9:22 am

Did everything look ok before the steam setting? I’ve made this this way a number of times and haven’t had a problem. It can be made by adding the broccoli to the cooking cycle but the broccoli tends to sort of disintegrate that way, whereas making it this way keeps it mostly intact.

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carol osborne January 13, 2019 - 9:29 pm

For the steam setting, do I keep the valve closed??

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valmg February 17, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Hi. For the steam setting I didn’t close the valve or wait for it to come to pressure. Broccoli cooks very quickly so you pretty much want to release the pressure, add sauce, seasoning and the broccoli and get the lid back on quickly to steam the broccoli.

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April Jackson December 16, 2018 - 11:47 am

Is this instant rice?

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valmg December 17, 2018 - 9:32 am

Hi. Thanks for the question. No, it isn’t instant rice, it’s plain white rice.

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Angela February 4, 2019 - 12:34 pm

We are a family of 6….including 2 adults and 2 teenagers. How much does this recipe make? Should I double it?

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valmg February 5, 2019 - 8:02 am

We’re a very hungry family of 4 and it’s plenty for us. I would say yes you could feed the entire family on the recipe as written.

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Angela Tobias August 8, 2019 - 1:29 am

Ok, so, I just could not bring myself to think of ‘double cheddar pasta sauce’ as an actual food item. But I do love a cheesy sauce. So I made this with 1/2 an onion, diced, and about 5 garlic cloves, crushed, added to the meat during browning, then Trader Joe’s 15 min Quick Cook brown rice instead of regular white rice. I added a big heaping spoonful of Better Than Bouillon – Beef to the water before sealing the pot. I still put it on for 7 minutes, followed by quick release. The rice was well cooked, approaching over cooked. Instead of putting it back on for steaming, I added about 1/2c water and put it back on sauté. I stirred in fresh broccoli florets, a 12oz pkg, and 8 slices of American cheese, until the cheese melted and the broccoli was bright green and crunchy-tender from the residual heat and building heat from the sauté mode. As soon as the cheese is integrated, turn off sauté mode so the bottom doesn’t scorch. It was not really enough cheese though, so I added more shredded cheddar on top in the bowls. And of course, adjust salt to taste after adding cheese to your satisfaction. It turned out well. Kid approved!

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