Instant Pot Pasta Recipes the Whole Family Will Love
No need to even boil water for pasta, these recipes throw everything into the Instant Pot! By now, most of us are perfectly well acquainted with the virtues of Instant Pots, which can pressure cook, slow cook, steam, sauté, and more. But did you know they can also whip up a mean plate of pasta? Seriously, there's no need to keep your sauce and noodles simmering side by side on the stove. Because thanks to the convenient appliance, the following recipes are true one-pot wonders, from lasagna and mac and cheese to beef stroganoff and spicy spaghetti casserole.
Instant Pot® Lasagna
"You might feel like making lasagna in a pressure cooker is crazy," concedes Shauna James Ahern, who shared this unexpected recipe. "Don't you need an oven for those crunchy edges? To make sure the meat is cooked through? How can anyone make lasagna without baking it? Well, trust us - this one is well worth making," she promises. "If you have a 6- or 7-inch springform pan and you kept the trivet that came with your Instant Pot, you can make a delicious layered lasagna pie in 30 minutes."
Creamy Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
From stovetop to oven to yes, even pressure cooker, we've never met a macaroni and cheese that we didn't like. A combo of American cheese, Parmesan cheese, Velveeta, and heavy whipping cream creates a rich, indulgent blanket for elbow macaroni, and the addition of dry mustard powder and hot sauce gives the dish an extra zip.
Instant Pot® Ground Beef Stroganoff
This old-school comfort food favorite, jam-packed with ground beef and mushrooms, is actually ideal for the modern-day Instant Pot. That's because the saucy combo of sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, and onion soup mix is the perfect medium for cooking down a mass of supple egg noodles.
Instant Pot® Coconut Cream Chicken Noodle Soup
"This is an Instant Pot recipe that even my picky 2-year-old loves," promises FoodieinSF. High praise indeed! But frankly, we don't see how anyone of any age could resist this Southeast Asian take on classic chicken soup, afloat with lots of bite-sized elbow noodles, and enriched with coconut cream and zesty sriracha.
Cheesy Ranch Chicken Pasta
The sauce for this over-the-top pasta gets even thicker the longer it sets. But we doubt we'd have the self-control necessary to keep from digging into the Instant Pot with our forks. After all, who could resist mounds of rotini tossed with chicken and bacon, then enveloped in a cheesy ranch sauce?
Instant Pot® Bison Pasta (Pasta Bisonte)
Never tried bison? The grassy, sweet, and surprisingly lean meat will take your everyday bolognese to the next level. This recipe calls for chunky, sworled trotolle pasta, but you can go with whatever shape you can find as long as it has grooves to hold on to the satisfying bites of mushrooms, basil, and bell pepper.
Instant Pot® Spicy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole with Frozen Chicken Breasts
Recipe creator dailygourmet says, "I'm sure many can raise their hand when they've wanted a comforting casserole and their chicken is frozen. Relax. This recipe makes use of frozen chicken breasts... dinner will be ready fast thanks to a head start in the Instant Pot!" Oh yeah, and there's no need to pre-cook the spaghetti noodles either. That's a double score for the multi-purpose appliance.
Instant Pot® Haluski with Kielbasa
These thick, soft noodles are a Polish specialty, enjoyed either as is or combined with cabbage. That's the version RainbowJewels shared with us. "This quick and easy Polish recipe is a one-pot comfort meal with cabbage, Polish sausage, and egg noodles for your busy evenings made in the Instant Pot."
Instant Pot® Pasta with Italian Sausage
This chicken sausage-filled, red sauce-smothered, and cheese-topped penne pasta dish screams Sunday dinner with the family. And you won't even need to clutter the stovetop with multiple pots! Which means less time spent cleaning, and more time relaxing with a glass of red wine on the couch.
Instant Pot® Jerk Chicken Alfredo
"The chicken Alfredo cranks up the heat with some jerk seasoning," says recipe creator thedailygourmet. "The bonus: it cooks in under 30 minutes and is a one dish meal!"