Pressure Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta #Recipe – With Power Pressure Cooker XL Review

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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Pressure Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe - With Power Pressure Cooker XL Review

I am madly in love with one-pot cooking. I mean, the dishes taste great. And the dishes, there are less of them to wash if you’re only using one to cook with! Recently, the folks behind the Power Pressure Cooker XL asked me if I’d be willing to give their 6 quart model a try. I adore kitchen gadgets and appliances so I happily accepted.

Pressure Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe - With Power Pressure Cooker XL Review

I received a 6 quart Power Pressure Cooker XL. The box contained the pressure cooker, the inner pot, ac power plug, steamer tray, and steam collection cup. The product is a electronic pressure cooker with a digital display panel. It has a variety of one-touch preset buttons, making use fairly simple. Presets include one-touch settings for Chicken/Meat, Fish/Vegetables/Stew, Beans/Lentils, Rice/Risotto, and Soup/Stew, as well as Slow Cook and Canning/Preserving.

The unit itself features a safe lock lid with a manual steam release. This means that you can’t accidentally open the lid while the unit is pressurized. The unit cooks approximately 70% faster than a conventional oven, making it perfect for those with a busy lifestyle. The air-tight lid traps extremely hot steam inside, forcing the liquid and moisture into your food, thereby locking in flavor and essential nutrients. My favorite feature about the Power Pressure Cooker XL is the inner pot that holds the food. The inner pot is non-stick and dishwasher safe.

Pressure Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe - With Power Pressure Cooker XL Review

When I first heard about pressure cookers I heard stories of how cooking with them could be messy, complicated and even scary. I wouldn’t even think of using one for years, they intimidated me. Fortunately, I didn’t miss out on the goodness that is a pressure cooked meal forever. Technology has evolved to the point where a pressure cookers are affordable and are a fit for any kitchen. The Power Pressure Cooker XL boasts a slow cooker option and an automatic keep warm mode.

It didn’t take long to get a feel for how to use the product. Here is a tip that you might find helpful if you’re just getting started pressure cooking. Recipes will say a certain amount of minutes. The number of minutes is not how long it takes to make the dish from start to finish. The number of minutes is how long it takes the recipe to cook after it’s been pressurized, which takes approximately 10 minutes to do.

The one-touch preset buttons are programmed with the following cooking times (all of which can be increased if needed with the time adjustment button):

  • Chicken/Meat – 15 minute cook time
  • Fish/Vegetables/Steam – 2 minute cook time
  • Beans/Lentils – 5 minute cook time
  • Rice/Risotto – 6 minute cook time
  • Soup/Stew – 10 minute cook time

I do suggest you be fairly sure of how much time you need something to cook, because there is no ‘minus” button to easily subtract minutes like the other well known pressure cooker the Instant Pot has. Also, there is no brown/saute button, so you’ll need to select a different button if you need to to that. I chose the chicken/meat setting, since it has a fairly lengthy cooking time. Since browning is something commonly done in one-pot dishes, I personally think that a button for this should be added if the product gets an update.

The 6-quart pot is a nice size but if you’re into making dishes with the intent of having left overs or if you have a large family, then the larger 8-quart or 10-quart will be for you. The product is actually really versatile and capable, I’d recommend it and say there’s a place in every kitchen for one.

The Power Pressure Cooker XL is available to order in 4 options:

  • 6-quart ($99.99)
  • 8-quart ($129.96)
  • 8-quart deluxe ($159.93)
  • 10-quart ($159.93)

The Power Pressure Cooker XL can be purchased at, as well as through select national retail stores and websites including Amazon.

Here’s one of the recipes I’ve made in the Power Pressure Cooker XL.

Pressure Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Pressure Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

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  • 1.25 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup real bacon bits (I used Oscar Mayer)
  • 4 cups medium shells pasta
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 12 oz Velveeta
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder

Pressure Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe From Val's Kitchen


Plug the Pressure Cooker XL in and turn the power on.

Select the chicken/meat setting. (Most settings would probably work, since you’re only making this choice to get heat going to the pot so you can brown the meat.)

Place the ground beef in and saute until it’s browned.

Add the broth, pasta, ketchup, bacon and seasonings to the pot.

Choose the rice setting (because it defaults to 6 minutes which is how long you need to cook this for.)

When the time is up, do a manual release of the steam. Be sure to use an oven mitt and tongs so you don’t burn yourself.

Add the Velveeta.

Stir frequently until the Velveeta is melted.

Serve immediately.

You can learn more about the 6 quart model I reviewed and others on the Power Pressure Cooker website. You can also keep up with the maker, Fusion Life Brands, on Facebook and Twitter.

Pressure Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe From Val's Kitchen

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Mark, CompassandFork February 13, 2017 - 9:20 am

I remember pressure cookers when I was a child growing up. They used to scare me with all that hissing! But then they died out when microwaves came along. So glad to see them making a comeback. Pleased to see that they look a lot more modern and slimline than the old versions I remember.

Byron Thomas February 13, 2017 - 12:11 pm

I really need to get me one of those pots. I’ve been seeing so many cool recipes lately, just like your cheeseburger pasta. What a great meal in a hurry!

Marisa Franca @ All Our Way February 13, 2017 - 12:33 pm

I used to have an on the stove pressure cooker but I don’t know what happened to it. I never made any dishes in it, just used it for canning. The newer model of pressure cookers sure are an improvement. What a handy way to make a great meal in a hurry.

Sara @ Modern Little Victories February 13, 2017 - 1:53 pm

These pressure cookers are definitely all the rage these days and now I can see why. It’s amazing all they have to offer and how quickly you can make a meal like this one!

Pam Wattenbarger February 13, 2017 - 2:01 pm

This sounds like a meal my family would really enjoy. I am seeing so many recipes for electric pressure cookers lately.

Stephanie@ApplesforCJ February 13, 2017 - 2:36 pm

I’ve always been a little intimated by pressure cookers as well. I remember my Mom had one but that was back when they weren’t as advanced. I see a lot of people using them now..Maybe I just need to give it a go. Thanks for the tips 🙂

Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day February 13, 2017 - 3:02 pm

Electric pressure cookers are the best! I have had the Instant Pot for years. I didn’t know you could make pasta in it. So cool!

Veena Azmanov February 13, 2017 - 4:08 pm

My mom was very pressure cooker savvy – I don’t even own one yet! I need to get one cause I’ve been tempted by recipes like this one. I have slow cooker but this would be a perfect addition to my busy schedule

Megan Marlowe February 13, 2017 - 5:15 pm

My neighbor just bought this exact pot and she’s been looking for recipes. I will pass this along to her. As for myself, I need to get on the bandwagon and get a pressure cooker already. This sounds amazing!

Sarah February 13, 2017 - 6:23 pm

I’m still nervous to use a pressure cooker! But I am seeing a lot of cool recipes. One of these days I’ll try one!

Noel Lizotte February 13, 2017 - 6:53 pm

Pressure cookers have always scared me, but then my introduction to them was long ago. The models were different then and my experience was limited. I see them everywhere now, so have to believe that like so many other things, technology has made them better. This pasta looks so appealing and your recipe makes it sound so simple.

Priya Srinivasan February 13, 2017 - 9:31 pm

We use pressure cookers for everyday cooking. Never tried making pasta though!!

Hanady | Recipe Nomad February 13, 2017 - 9:33 pm

I’m in desperate need of a pressure cooker after loosing the lid to my old one years ago. How can a lid just disappear?? I don’t know. I’ll definitely look into this one!

adriana lopez February 13, 2017 - 11:35 pm

Thanks for the review. I am on the fence with this product as I am used to cook with a classic pressure cooker. Pressure cooking technique is amazing all food cooked in the pressure cooker comes out really nice.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan February 14, 2017 - 8:06 am

We have been using stove top pressure cooker for years as it is very common in India and love the food cooked in it. Recently indulged myself in a electric pressure cooker and love the ease of it. Food does taste better when cooked under pressure. What a great one pot meal this is!

Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health February 14, 2017 - 10:09 am

Awwww what a lovely cooker you got there 🙂 I sooo want one. Thanks for great review. Cheeseburger pasta sounds like perfect weekday dinner for busy mom like me. So easy. So tasty. Sharing this!

Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery February 14, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Great review – there are so many more electric pressure cooker brands than there used to be. It’s nice to read an unbiased review!

Molly Kumar February 15, 2017 - 2:37 am

I totally see myself doing this recipe as I do have a pressure cooker and absolutely love it. Don’t they save you so much time and effort ! Your new power pressure cooker looks amazing and I think can cook for a whole party 🙂

Caral Schnitzer February 15, 2017 - 11:27 pm

When do you put the ketchup in?

valmg May 1, 2017 - 9:42 am

Add the ketchup at the same time as the broth, pasta and seasonings.


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