Ridiculously-Delicious Pasta Dinners to Make in Your Instant Pot

updated Nov 30, 2023
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If you have an Instant Pot, you should be making pasta in it. And if you don’t have an Instant pot, you should get one just to make pasta in (though you can make dozens of other things, of course). That’s not because the Instant Pot is any faster — stovetop pasta is already pretty quick, after all — but because it rewards you with some of the most silken, flavorful pasta dishes.

The typical stovetop method ends up rinsing away a lot of the starch that makes pasta taste so decadent. The high-pressure cooking of the Instant Pot helps to infuse the pasta with the sauce it’s cooking in — making it far, far more delicious. Plus, you only have one pot to clean when you’re done.

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You can make all kinds of pasta dishes in your Instant Pot — from straightforward mac and cheese, to hearty spaghetti and meatballs, to elegant shrimp linguini. Here are 10 Instant Pot pasta recipes to make ASAP.

Instant Pot Pastas

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Instant Pot "Baked" Ziti

This classic family favorite is easy to recreate in your Instant Pot and it hits the table in a fraction of the time, which means it’s totally doable on a weeknight. The trick is to add the cheese after cooking, then cover and wait a few minutes for it to melt into the pasta.

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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

Instant Pot chicken Alfredo takes advantage of both the Instant Pot’s sauté function and its pressure cooking ability. It also calls for shortcutting the sauce with a favorite jarred version, though you can certainly use homemade sauce for if you want to take your Alfredo to the next level.

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Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

If you like your chili with some spice, as I do, try tossing in some shredded pepper Jack cheese in addition to cheddar. It gives this two-for-one meal the the right amount of extra kick.

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The Best Instant Pot Spaghetti

This recipe is our absolute favorite spaghetti and meat sauce. Because the spaghetti cooks with the sauce, it’s flavored from the inside out and, thanks to all the starchy goodness, the sauce clings perfectly to the pasta. The secret to success is not stirring the ingredients once the spaghetti is added to the pot. That will help prevent the pasta from clumping together.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

The best thing about cooking meatballs right in your Instant Pot with the spaghetti is they won’t run the risk of drying out. Since they cook so quickly, you’re left with perfectly tender, ridiculously juicy meatballs that may even steal the spotlight away from the pasta.

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
This super-creamy comfort food comes together with just six ingredients.
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