Instant Pot Italian Recipes From Mains To Desserts

If you can’t go to Italy, bring that delicious trattoria dining experience into your kitchen with these awesome Italian Instant Pot recipes. From hearty lasagna and tomato meatballs to creamy risotto and tiramisu, we’ll have you scream ‘Belissimo’ every time you release the pressure. 

Italy draws in so many tourists to indulge in its delicious cuisine and natural beauty. It’s all about eating fresh food with friends and family. And we’re not talking just pasta and pizza here!

Yes, Italians know pasta better than anyone else but their cuisine has so much more to offer, especially in the mains department. Pasta is just the appetizer in a traditional meal.

In today’s Italian Instant Pot recipes roundup we will visit different corners of Italy to bring you a selection of dishes from Naples-born lasagna to Tuscan stews and more. Instant Pot can really satisfy most of your Italian cravings.


Instant Pot Lasagna 

Instant Pot Italian Recipes Lasagna

This is the lazy lasagna recipe you’ve always dreamed of. Instant Pot cuts the cooking time in half! Serve your lasagna with cheesy garlic bread to soak up any leftover sauce on your plate. Recipe from Spaceships and Laser Beams.

Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce 

Instant Pot Italian Recipes: Bolognese Sauce

Making a Bolognese sauce in the Instant Pot pressure cooker not only saves time but it also locks in all those gorgeous, hearty flavours and nutrients. Enjoy over pasta or zucchini noodles! 


Instant Pot Vegan Bolognese

If you love homemade Italian cuisine, you must try this vegan bolognese recipe. This meat-free version is made with red lentils and mushrooms, pressure cooked in a gorgeous, rich tomato sauce. You’ll be surprised by how satiating and hearty this dish is, making it a worthy rival to its traditional meaty cousin.

Incredible Instant Pot Beef Ragu

Instant Pot Italian Recipes Beef Ragu

A great hearty recipe for cooler weather is this ragu. It’s paleo and Whole30 friendly, gluten-free, high in protein and iron, and full of flavour. Perfect for weekend meal prep. 

Italian Mac ‘N’ Cheese 

 Italian Recipes Mac Cheese

This isn’t your ordinary mac and cheese, it has a rustic Italian flare to it. With the addition of olives, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes, and a hearty helping of mozzarella, this vegetarian wonder will have you drooling for days.  

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup (Italian Farmhouse)

Instant Pot Italian Vegetable Soup

Vegan and gluten-free, this detox-friendly Instant Pot vegetable soup is hearty and nutritious, filled with veggies, greens and mushrooms. It’s a great example of a traditional Italian farmhouse soup

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana (Tuscan Soup)

Instant Pot Italian Recipes Zuppa Toscana (Tuscan Soup)

This Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is authentic Italian in one bowl with cannellini beans, carrots, celery, kale, zucchini, and bacon. Just break up some crusty Italian bread to go with this yummy deliciousness.


Scarpariello Chicken in Instant Pot

This Instant Pot chicken scarpariello recipe is a pressure cooker version of the American-Italian classic dish made with poultry and sweet and sour sauce of pickled roasted red peppers and rosemary. This sensational dish can be served over your favourite pasta, polenta, rice or vegetables.


Learn how to make simple Instant Pot Orzo with lemon, Parmesan cheese and spinach for a perfect, hearty side dish or main. This lemony, cheesy orzo recipe only takes 20-25 minutes from start to finish and is vegetarian-friendly. Recipe from Instant Pot Eats.


Instant Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini

 Sausage Tortellini

Cook from frozen and just a few ingredients you can have a truly amazing dinner! The tortellini is cooked in zero minutes and covered with lots of sauce with the flavor of Italian sausage. Recipe from 365 Days of Slow + Pressure Cooking.

Instant Pot Italian Bean & Pork Stew 

Tuscan Pork Bean Stew

If you love an Italian minestrone or a good Bolognese sauce, you will love this gorgeous, Tuscan Instant Pot stew. This hearty, Italian Instant Pot bean and pork stew is an absolute family favourite, featuring ground pork meat, juicy tomatoes and legumes of your choice.

Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta 

Instant Pot Italian Recipes Tuscan Chicken Pasta

This Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta is seasoned with Italian herbs and tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and cream. Cooks in just 5 minutes! Recipe from Swanky Recipes.

Instant Pot Meatballs & Spaghetti 

Instant Pot Italian Recipes Meatballs Spaghetti

You can’t say Italian without the image of spaghetti and meatballs. And to make it truly Italian, you have to make huge meatballs that take up the whole plate. 

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore 

Instant Pot Italian Recipes Chicken Cacciatore

Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian and this old Italian “hunter-style” dish is usually made with tender chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, carrots and sliced mushrooms. A comforting rustic dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Recipe from Life Made Sweeter.

Chicken Piccata With Lemon & Capers (From Frozen)

Frozen Chicken Piccata With Lemon & Capers

This Chicken Piccata is made with zesty lemon and capers for that light citrus flavor. It’s perfect to serve over angel hair pasta. This guest recipe is from the cookbook Cooking from Frozen in Your Instant Pot by Kristy Bernardo.


Chicken Drumsticks In Italian Sauce 

 Chicken Drumsticks Italian Sauce

Rich in Italian tomato sauce with herbs and garlic and meat falling off the bone are great to serve with pasta, rice or veggies. 

Instant Pot Easy Italian Beef Roast

Instant Pot Italian Recipes Keto Beef Roast

Are you hesitant to try a pot roast in the Instant Pot? This roast is amazingly tender! Enjoy it with cauliflower rice or make sandwiches. Make sure to make enough for leftovers! Recipe from Hip 2 Keto.

Italian-Style Lamb Shanks With White Beans 

 Italian Recipes Lamb Shanks

Bring a little Tuscany into your kitchen with these succulent Instant Pot lamb shanks served over soft white beans and tomatoes. 

Mushroom And Spinach Risotto 

Instant Pot Italian Recipes Mushroom and Spinach Risotto

Mushroom and spinach risotto! All the flavors and texture of traditional stovetop risotto made quickly in the Instant Pot. With only 20 minutes from start to finish, you can have risotto any day of the week! Recipe from Love & Good Stuff

Tomato Barley Risotto With Marinated Feta

Tomato Barley Risotto With Marinated Feta

Have you tried pearl barley? This one comes with delicious Mediterranean flavors of tomatoes and thyme and is topped with fresh marinated feta. The combination of bold flavors and unique textures will make you love it. 

Instant Pot Mushroom Parmesan Rice

Instant Pot Mushroom Parmesan Rice

This one-pot meal makes a wonderful packed lunch option. Buttery Cheesy Parmesan rice with caramelised mushrooms, garlic and parsley is something to look forward to mid-week. Recipe from Yellow Thyme.

Instant Pot Risotto With Fennel & Asparagus

Risotto With Fennel & Asparagus

This Italian classic is super easy and made with sweet fennel and crunchy asparagus. It’s a great vegetarian meal for meat-free Mondays! 

Instant Pot Italian Tomato Meatballs (Whole30) 

Italian Tomato Meatballs

Traditional Italian meatballs are made with half beef and half pork, this recipe uses ground beef only and it’s gluten-free, paleo and Whole30 friendly. So these meatballs contain no breadcrumbs or other fillers and the sauce is made from in the pot rather than using a pre-made jar variety.


Instant-Pot Italian Chickpea Stew with Pesto 

 Chickpea Stew

Chickpeas are the basis for this savory Italian stew, which gets an extra kick from a spoonful of intensely flavoured pesto at serving time. This recipe is a one-pot meal to give you plenty of time to make some homemade pesto if you so desire. Recipe from Epicurious

Instant Pot Osso Buco & Rice (Italian Veal Stew)

Italian Osso Buco Rice

This delicious Instant Pot osso buco dish is made with veal shanks and ripened tinned tomatoes and we have thrown in the rice to turn it into a hearty, one-pot, family-friendly meal. It can be made with regular beef steak, pork chops or even chicken on the bone and is gluten-free. 

Easy Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli

Pasta Faglioli

A perfect balance between a hearty chili and a brothy soup.  Outstanding in flavor and will warm you up with beans, meat, and pasta. Pasta E Fagioli means pasta and beans. Pasta E Fagioli is a traditional Italian dish introduced as a peasant dish for its inexpensive ingredients. Recipe from Sparkles to Sprinkles.

Italian Meatballs Caprese Sandwiches

Italian Meatballs Caprese Sandwiches

Juicy, tomato meatballs, squishy mozzarella, fresh tomato and aromatic basil are sandwiched together for a perfect bite in this Instant Pot recipe. These Caprese meatball sandwiches are great for a party, picnic, weekend family lunch or speedy dinner. Recipe from Instant Pot Eats.

Tiramisu Cheesecake in Jars 

Instant Pot Italian Recipes Tiramisu Cheesecake

If you love coffee and you love cheesecake – this dessert is just for you! Your guest will love seeing these served in cute 4 oz. mason jars and your belly will thank you for portion control. Recipe from Sandhya’s Kitchen

We hope you enjoy these fabulous Italian Instant Pot recipes! Do you have a dish that you absolutely love and cook all the time? Let us know in the comments below.

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