Instant Pot Bison Pasta (Pasta Bisonte)


A savory one-pot Instant Pot adaptation of my pasta with bison and veggies recipe. Top with chopped basil and shaved Parmesan, if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
21 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
41 mins


  • 12 ounces ground bison

  • 1 ½ cups diced onion

  • 1 ½ cups diced red bell pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 (8 ounce) package sliced baby portobello mushrooms

  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup red wine

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 (16 ounce) package trottole pasta

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function; heat until indicator reads 'Hot.' Add bison, onion, red bell pepper, and olive oil. Saute until bison is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add mushrooms; saute until slightly softened, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Stir basil, garlic, oregano, and bay leaf into the bison mixture. Add tomatoes, water, wine, and tomato paste. Turn cooker off. Add pasta; stir until coated. Mix in salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.

  3. Set cooker to Manual. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove lid. Stir well.


Use roasted garlic powder if available.

Use any kind of bell peppers you prefer.

You can replace the oregano with Italian herb mix.

Any variety of pasta works in this recipe. I used Italian trottole pasta, which is a bit thicker and takes a little longer to cook normally. Reduce cooking time to 4 minutes for more delicate pasta like farfalle. If it is too al dente for your taste, place the lid on and let it stand for another minute or two until it reaches your desired firmness.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

459 Calories
7g Fat
71g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 459
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 461mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 63mg 315%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 870mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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