Instant Pot Pasta Recipe: How to Make Perfect Pasta in Your Instant Pot

Introduction

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love, look no further than this Instant Pot pasta recipe! Using your trusty Instant Pot, you can have a delicious pasta meal on the table in no time. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cook, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household. So let’s dive in and learn how to make this mouthwatering Instant Pot pasta dish!

Ingredients

To make this Instant Pot pasta recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound of pasta (any variety you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Optional: grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil for garnish

Directions

Follow these simple steps to prepare your Instant Pot pasta:

  1. Turn on the sauté function on your Instant Pot and add the olive oil. Once the oil is heated, add the diced onion and minced garlic. Sauté for a few minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add the can of diced tomatoes (including the juice) to the Instant Pot. Stir in the dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Break the pasta into smaller pieces (if desired) and add it to the Instant Pot. Make sure the pasta is submerged in the liquid as much as possible.
  4. Pour the vegetable or chicken broth over the pasta, ensuring that the liquid covers the pasta completely.
  5. Secure the lid on your Instant Pot, making sure the pressure valve is set to the “Sealing” position. Cook on high pressure for the amount of time recommended for your pasta type. As a general guideline, you can cook pasta for 3-4 minutes on high pressure.
  6. Once the cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release by carefully turning the pressure valve to the “Venting” position. Be cautious of the hot steam.
  7. When the pressure has fully released and the float valve drops, it is safe to open the Instant Pot. Give the pasta a good stir to ensure it is evenly coated in the sauce.
  8. Serve the Instant Pot pasta hot, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil if desired. Enjoy!

FAQ

Q: Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe?

A: Absolutely! This recipe works well with a variety of pasta types, including spaghetti, penne, rotini, or elbow macaroni. Feel free to use your favorite type or whatever you have on hand.

Q: Can I add meat to this Instant Pot pasta?

A: Yes, you can add cooked ground meat, such as ground beef or Italian sausage, to the sauce before cooking the pasta. Simply brown the meat in the Instant Pot using the sauté function before adding the remaining ingredients.

Q: Can I double the recipe?

A: Yes, you can double the recipe if you have a larger Instant Pot. Just make sure not to fill the pot beyond its maximum capacity. Adjust the cooking time as needed to ensure the pasta is cooked through.

Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?

A: This Instant Pot pasta is best enjoyed fresh, but you can freeze any leftover cooked pasta in an airtight container for up to three months. When ready to eat, simply thaw in the refrigerator and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Q: How many servings does this recipe make?

A: This recipe typically yields 4-6 servings, depending on portion sizes. Adjust the quantities accordingly if you need to feed more or fewer people.

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