Oh, pasta! It’s an undeniable love affair for many, no matter which way you swing. It’s tempting, and we’re right to give in sometimes because what’s life without a little healthy indulgence? White sauce or red sauce, it’s all gravy to us. We love the endless varieties of pasta out there from hearty and sturdy penne to delicate angel hair and linguine dishes.
We like veggies in our pasta as much as we like meat, and we can’t get enough cheese on top. Seriously… that HAS to be the best part, and if you think pasta isn’t merely a vessel to get more cheese into the mouth at once, well… we agree to disagree. Oh, and the best thing about pasta? You can make pasta in the Instant Pot, which means less waiting and more eating. Here are 20 pressure cooker pasta dishes that will impress even your Italian grandmother.
1. Instant Pot pasta with meat sauce from The Lean Green Bean
Who doesn’t adore a good meat sauce over shells? This is a classic dish full of great flavour and heartiness. Plus, you can toss in some extra veggies to boost both texture and nutrition. Yum!
2. Penne with sausage in tomato cream sauce from Paint the Kitchen Red
Did someone say tomato cream? Paired up with a decadent sausage blend over penne, this is the pasta trio that appears in your dreams. Just don’t forget some chopped bell peppers and fresh parmesan!
3. Meaty Italian pasta dinner from Homemade Food Junkie
The photo says it all. It’s meaty, it’s cheesy and it’s perfect for those of you Italians who have high pasta standards. Rest assured – the Instant Pot is HERE to make it happen! There’s a lovely mix of beef and pork in this one.
4. Taco pasta from Chattavore
Some worlds are just meant to collide. Tacos – meet pasta. It’s legit, and it’s as tasty as it sounds. This dump meal is as simple as tossing the ingredients for the pot and hoping for the best. We promise you can’t screw this up. Top with all your favourite things!
5. Pasta Caprese from Ministry of Curry
Basil, tomato, and mozzarella just work. Don’t question it – eat it in this gorgeous Instant Pot pasta dish instead!
6. Enchilada pasta from The Homemade Cook
And you thought TACO pasta was good? How about enchiladas in your fusilli? This recipe is packed with beef, taco seasoning, olives, cheese and sour cream. It’s legit.
7. Pizza pasta from Typical Mom
Your Italian grandmother might ask you what the heck you’re doing making your pasta taste like pizza but HEAR US OUT. Five ingredients in this dish make it a weeknight staple that won’t taste as easy as it was to put together. Pepperoni, mushrooms, cheese and tomato sauce step in for the pizza part. The pasta steps in for the pasta part. That’s what we like to call teamwork.
8. Cauliflower & pasta alfredo from Rebooted Mom
No alfredo? No problem. You can still get your white sauce on with some hidden veggies in this cauliflower sauce which is much lower in fat. We’re not knocking on fat, but on top of a heap of pasta, it can be quite a heavy meal! Garnish with sun-dried tomatoes and chopped green onion for the best flavour and texture. Our personal recommendation? Bacon.
9. Gluten-free “paleo” noodles from Predominantly Paleo
While you could probably swap out any pasta for gluten-free noodles, this recipe focuses exactly on how to successfully cook rice noodles in the Instant Pot… so nobody even knows it’s gluten-free! You could also make it paleo with tapioca noodles instead. This recipe includes some hidden veggies, but our personal suggestion would be to add even more.
10. Macaroni and cheese from No. 2 Pencil
If you’ve got shells, you know where we’re going here. Mac and cheese isn’t just for kids. It’s a comfort food classic and it’s easier than ever to make with the Instant Pot. This basic recipe comes together really quickly. The rest is up to you! Add in some bacon, some greens like spinach or broccoli or your favourite spices for your own little spin on it!
11. Minestrone soup from Don’t Mess With Mama
Pasta is the centerpiece of a good minestrone, adding the bulk of this gorgeous soup. This recipe has both gluten-free and vegan cooking options, so it’s suitable for everyone and it’s perfect to tote to a potluck. Having your pasta in soup forms helps to lighten things up, too, if spaghetti just isn’t calling your name. It still has those same warming, comforting qualities.
12. Penne rigate from Pressure Cook Recipes
Penne rigate is a no frills recipe with satisfying results, especially when you take it to the IP to work its faster-than-lightning magic. Zucchini, mushrooms, shallot and garlic fill in for adding variety and nutrient-density to each bite and the sauce recipe is just to die for. You’ll have to try it yourself to see!
13. Chicken fajita pasta from IP Foodie
We covered tacos and enchiladas already, so the most logical next step before we stuff an actual burrito with pasta and call it a day (genius or no?) is, of course, fajitas pasta! This is packed with fajita veggies, grilled chicken and fire-roasted tomatoes for that signature taste all mixed together with penne pasta.
14. Vegan mac and cheese from Detoxinista
If dairy isn’t your jam, this dish isn’t off the table quite yet! With the Instant Pot, you can have your mac and eat it too – no cheese required. This sauce uses cashews for the texture and nutritional yeast for the flavour bringing in those healthy fats and B vitamins. Plus, it’s gluten-free! Do it up big the better-for-you way.
15. One pot chicken florentine from Kara Carrero
Considering this chicken florentine comes together in 20 minutes, it’s kind of a no-brainer. You should make this one! Chicken florentine is a pasta dish with a cream of mushroom soup base and spinach with a toss-up of mozzarella and parmesan. Drooling yet?
16. Duck ragu from Every Nook and Cranny
While this recipe is for the sauce, you can easily make some pasta – preferably pappardelle – in the Instant Pot too. Anyhoo, duck ragu is a fabulous way to get used to eating this sorely undervalued protein and a swift way to mix things up from your usual meat sauce. Garlic, fresh rosemary, and Marsala wine come in for a rich and flavourful sauce with “pour over everything” potential.
17. Hamburger orzo soup from Busy Mommy Media
For our first pasta recipe featuring delicious orzo on the list, we have a soup! This grain is perfect for filling out a gorgeous broth, and it takes on the other ingredients in this hamburger-inspired bowl quite well including a slew of meat, veggies, corn and cheese because why have hamburgers when you could have cheeseburgers?
18. Goulash from It’s Gravy Baby
In case you’re not familiar with goulash, it’s an elbow pasta dish served with ground beef, onion, carrots and garlic in a tomato base with Worcestershire sauce, thyme and oregano. Basically, it’s comfort in a bowl. It’s the middle ground between soup and pasta, so if you can’t make up your mind, opt for this!
19. 10-minute chicken pesto pasta from ABCs and Garden Peas
Pesto and tomato sauce are paired up in this one for the best of both worlds. Oh, and you definitely read that right – this recipe only takes ten minutes to make! Pasta and chicken are a dreamy duo for those of you who need dinner in a flash. The Instant Pot is a total kitchen miracle with ideas like this one.
20. Rustic Italian farfalle from The Cottage Market
This farfalle is loaded with zucchini, juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and don’t forget a grate of parmesan on top. Red chili flakes bring a little spice to this rustic Italian dish and voila – dinner is SERVED.
Which pasta dish are you most excited to make in your Instant Pot? Let us know and share this roundup with your pasta-lovin’ pressure cookin’ friends! Share on Pinterest from here.