Instant Pot Pasta Bolognese: How To Cook Pasta in an Instant Pot

Instant Pot Pasta Bolognese: How To Cook Pasta in an Instant Pot is one of the first dishes to try.

IMG_5329Jaime has been helping me learn to love my electric pressure cooker. She has the Instant Pot and I have the Bella which, coincidentally, is on sale for $39.99 today if you have Amazon Prime. As Jaime is my BFF and knows the one true way to my heart is to feed me pasta, she helped me perfect this Instant Pot Pasta Bolognese. It’s amazing, so delicious, so easy to make and so easy to clean up. Learn How to Cook Pasta in an Instant Pot, you wont go back. The kids are already begging for me to make this one again.

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Instant Pot Pasta Bolognese: How To Cook Pasta in an Instant Pot

Instant Pot Pasta Bolognese: How To Cook Pasta in an Instant Pot

As Jaime is my BFF and knows the one true way to my heart is to feed me pasta, she helped me perfect this Instant Pot Pasta Bolognese. It’s amazing, so delicious, so easy to make and so easy to clean up. If you want to learn how to make pasta in an Instant Pot, you’ve come to the right place. The kids are already begging for me to make this one again.

  • Author: Jacinda
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

1 tbls olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional – will make it spicy)
1 lb ground beef (or sausage)
Salt & pepper
1 lb penne (or other short, extruded pasta, don’t use long skinny ones like spaghetti or angel hair in the instant pot)
1 28 ounce jar pasta sauce
1 28 ounce jar water

Instructions

Season meat with salt and pepper

Turn instant pot to saute mode. Add olive oil. When shimmering, add onions and garlic. Also add red pepper flakes if using. Stir to coat. Cook until onions are translucent, about 3-5 minutes.

Add seasoned meat. Cook and stir until browned on all sides.

Add pasta. Do not stir. Make sure pasta is not touching the bottom of the pan, but is sitting on top of the meat. Pour jar of sauce on top of pasta.

Fill jar with water and pour around the edges of the pot. Do not stir.

Turn pot to sealing and cook on manual at high pressure for half the time indicated on the box of pasta. So if your penne says to cook for 8 minutes, cook at high pressure for 4 minutes. If it has an odd number, like 11, round down and cook for 5 minutes.

When cook time is up, do a quick release of pressure. Do not allow the pot to sit on the keep warm function or do a natural pressure release as this will overcook the pasta. Pasta should be perfectly al dente. If it is too firm for your tastes, turn on the sauté function and boil for a minute or two until pasta is the texture you desire.

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If you would like to try more Popular Instant Pot Recipes, check out our Perfect Instant Pot Chicken Broth which is a great base for homemade chicken noodle soup, Easiest Instant Pot Apple Compote Recipe is a hot and wholesome autumn breakfast,  Instant Pot Garlic Pork & Kale Recipe is a savory and delicious dinner full of flavor,  Instant Pot Korean Ribs: Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs that you will dream about, Instant Pot Pasta Bolognese: How to Cook Pasta in an Instant Pot and Instant Pot Penne Vodka Recipe are two pasta dishes that will become regular weeknight staples. What is your favorite Instant Pot recipe?

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3 Comments

MaryLou Rupp

I’m trying your recipe tonight. I did not have enough meat to cover the bottom and my jar of sauce was 24oz. I reduced the pasta and I used the full measurement from the pasta jar. I believe it will be great. I’ll let you know.

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al

Since nobody ever answered you…. same cooking time. Just like 1 cup of pasta still cooks in the same amount of time as 2.

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