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Yes, You Can Even Make Tortellini in Your Instant Pot. Here’s How.

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As much as I love my Instant Pot, I was deeply skeptical when people started saying you could cook pasta in it. Making wine in the Instant Pot? Sure. But pressure cooking pasta sounded like a quick path to a mushy, gloopy mess. After trying this recipe for Instant Pot spaghetti with meat sauce, though, I was a convert. The spaghetti was tasty, not mushy, and cooked without requiring any supervision from me. Best of all, the only thing I had to clean at the end of the day was the insert of my Instant Pot, which is great for me because I hate cleaning almost as much as I like cooking.

This recipe calls for uncooked, refrigerated tortellini, so it cooks even faster than dried spaghetti. The pasta cooks in its own sauce, so it’s a classic “pour everything into the pot and close the lid” type of recipe the Instant Pot is famous for. Just pour vegetable stock directly into the pot with crushed, fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and a bit of dried oregano. Then add the tortellini, close the pot, and set the magical machine to cook at high pressure for just two minutes.

It’ll take about eight minutes to come to pressure and two minutes to cook, so it’ll only take about 10 minutes total, and the prep time is basically nonexistent since all you have to do is chop some garlic and open some packages.

Once the timer goes off, quick-release the pressure and take off the lid, then stir in some heavy cream and Parmesan to turn the tomato sauce into a lovely tomato-cream sauce. Top the pasta with some fresh basil leaves and a bit more grated Parmesan, and you’ll have a great dinner ready to go in about 10 minutes, with only one stainless steel Instant Pot insert to clean at the end of things.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Tortellini from Peas and Crayons

Credit: Joe Lingeman

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