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Instant Pot Pasta Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot pasta is my go-to for busy weeknights. It's a simple, hearty dish that's ready in a snap. Just toss everything in, and voila, dinner's served!

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Let me share with you my secret weapon for those chaotic weeknights - my quick Instant Pot pasta recipe. It's simple, it's fast, and the best part? It's delicious. Picture perfectly cooked pasta, a rich marinara sauce, spruced up with just the right dash of spices. Now, I've got your attention, haven't I? Trust me, one bite and you'll be hooked, just like my family is.

Essential Ingredients for Quick and Easy Pasta Dishes

  • Pasta: Main ingredient, absorbs flavors well, provides carbohydrates for energy, versatile base for various sauces and ingredients.
  • Marinara sauce: Rich tomato flavor, convenient base for pasta dishes, adds depth and complexity to the dish.

Kitchen Tools Required for Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

  • Instant Pot: Cooks pasta quickly under pressure, infusing flavors and reducing cooking time.
  • Wooden Spoon: Stir pasta and sauce together without scratching the Instant Pot's surface.
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Instant Pot Pasta Recipes for Busy Weeknights

This quick and easy Instant Pot pasta recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. With just a few ingredients and minimal prep time, you can have a delicious meal ready in no time.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 400 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

Main Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta
  • 24 oz jar of marinara sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 0.5 teaspoon black pepper
  • to taste Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions
 

  • Place pasta, marinara sauce, water, salt, garlic powder, basil, and black pepper in the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Quick release the pressure and carefully open the lid.
  • Stir the pasta and sauce together.
  • Serve hot with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Notes

Feel free to add your favorite vegetables or protein to make it a complete meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 12gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 800mgPotassium: 400mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Easy, Instant Pot, Pasta, Quick, Weeknight
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Meal Prep Tips: Making Instant Pot Pasta Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  • Toss the cooked pasta with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • Store the pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  • Toss the cooked pasta with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • Place the pasta in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Adding a splash of balsamic vinegar to the pasta after cooking can enhance the flavors and add a subtle tangy sweetness to the dish.

Common Questions About Cooking Pasta in an Instant Pot

FAQ:
Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe?
Yes, you can use any type of pasta you prefer, just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Can I add meat or vegetables to this dish?
Absolutely! Feel free to add cooked meat, such as ground beef or sausage, and your favorite veggies to customize the dish.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian or vegan?
To make this recipe vegetarian, simply omit any meat and use vegetable-based marinara sauce. For a vegan version, ensure the pasta and sauce are free of any animal products.
Can I double the recipe in the instant pot?
It's possible to double the recipe as long as you don't exceed the max fill line of your instant pot. You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly.
How should I store any leftovers?
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of water to prevent drying out.

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