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Instant Pot Penne Pasta Recipe: Simple & Delicious

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot penne pasta is my go-to for a quick, hearty meal. It's packed with flavors from the marinara sauce, spices, and parmesan. Just toss everything in, cook, and voila - dinner's ready!

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Picture this! I'm bustling around my cozy kitchen, the aroma of simmering marinara sauce fills the air. On the menu today? My signature instant pot penne pasta. Simple, speedy, and utterly satisfying! Let's escape the take-out temptation with this foolproof recipe. Trust me, it's so easy, even the kitchen-phobic can master it! Ready to treat your taste buds? Let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Delicious Penne Pasta in the Instant Pot

  • Penne pasta: Staple pasta shape that holds sauce well, perfect for this dish's hearty marinara sauce.
  • Water: Essential for cooking the pasta and creating steam pressure in the instant pot for quick and efficient cooking.
  • Marinara sauce: Provides the base flavor and richness to the dish, coating the pasta evenly for a delicious taste.
  • Garlic powder: Adds a savory depth of flavor to the dish without the need to mince fresh garlic cloves.
  • Dried basil: Infuses the dish with a subtle herbaceous aroma and flavor, enhancing the overall taste profile of the pasta.
  • Parmesan cheese: Finishes the dish with a salty, nutty flavor and creamy texture, complementing the marinara sauce and pasta.

Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Penne Pasta

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pasta quickly and efficiently without the need for constant monitoring.
  • Measuring cup: Ensures accurate measurement of water and sauce for the perfect pasta consistency.

Instant Pot Penne Pasta Recipe: Simple & Delicious

This Instant Pot Penne Pasta recipe is a quick and easy meal that is both simple and delicious. Perfect for busy weeknights!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 14 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 320 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 2 cups penne pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  • Add penne pasta, water, marinara sauce, salt, garlic powder, dried basil, and black pepper to the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Quick release the pressure and carefully open the lid.
  • Stir in grated Parmesan cheese until melted.
  • Serve hot, garnished with fresh basil leaves.


Calories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 10gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 650mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 500IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Instant Pot, Pasta, Quick Meal
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Can You Make Instant Pot Penne Pasta Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and toss with a little olive oil to prevent sticking. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Prepare the marinara sauce and store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat before using in the recipe.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the penne pasta until just undercooked. Cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Freeze the marinara sauce in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before using in the recipe.

Penne pasta is named after the quill of an old-style ink pen, due to its shape resembling the tip of a fountain pen.

Common Questions About Making Penne Pasta in the Instant Pot

Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute penne pasta with other types like spaghetti or fusilli, but cooking times may vary.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
To make this recipe vegetarian, ensure the marinara sauce you use is meat-free and skip adding any meat-based ingredients.
Can I add vegetables to this dish?
Absolutely! Feel free to add vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, or spinach to enhance the flavor and nutrition of the dish.
How can I make this dish spicy?
To add some heat to the dish, consider adding red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the marinara sauce before cooking.
Can I double the recipe in the Instant Pot?
It's possible to double the recipe, but ensure not to fill the Instant Pot past its maximum fill line to prevent any issues during cooking.

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