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Easy Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

Here are 34+ easy Instant Pot pasta recipes to get you started with any brand of pressure cooker, even a Crockpot Express or Ninja foodi will do! Simple soups and main dishes like Instant Pot bang bang shrimp pasta with pasta in them that we love.

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In this roundup I focused on pasta cooked in a pressure cooker so you can enjoy comfort food in 20 minutes or so. Find these and a TON of other Instant Pot recipes here too. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Pasta Recipes

If you need easy Ninja Foodi recipes, you can use that pot instead. They are all basically the same as long as they have the saute and high pressure function it will work just fine. The biggest difference with the Foodi is you can air fry as well which typically isn’t needed, unless you want to melt another layer of cheese on top.

One of my MOST popular InstaPot pasta recipes is my Ninja Foodi spaghetti. It was literally the second thing I ever cooked after I got it out of the box!

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Pasta

Many of these are my own creation but I included a few favorite pressure cooker pasta recipe ideas from my blogger friends too! If you have a favorite pasta in Instant Pot that isn’t on the list let me know. I love making new dishes.

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If you have a different brand of pressure cooker, like are looking for easy Ninja Foodi recipes, these pasta recipes will work too.

Just follow the same instructions like we share with our shrimp pasta. There is no difference in cook times and even better since it has a ceramic pot it is even easier to clean up after.

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Can you cook pasta in the Instant Pot?

YES!! That is what we are talking about y’all. NO more boiling noodles in one pot, sauce in another, dirtying another one to mix together. Just throw it all in at once like our Instant Pot penne pasta recipe and done at once.

If cooking alone without sauce just put pasta, water, olive oil and salt in your pressure cooker. Then you can add butter and we like some parmesan cheese at the end too.

A kid favorite for sure but sometimes you just want something simple as a side dish (or a guilty entire meal). You can follow the written directions below for this, or print and keep it for your records.

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Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

Instant Pot pasta recipes are the best. Whether you make a casserole or these simple Instant Pot butter noodles, you'll never boil noodles on the stovetop again after this.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot, noodles, pasta, pressure cooker
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 132kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Put first 4 ingredients into your pressure cooker.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 0 minutes followed by a 3 minute natural release to avoid spraying water. Then quick release rest of steam.
  • Drain water, add 2 tbsp of butter, 1/3 c. parmesan and 1/2 tsp garlic salt for cheesy parmesan butter noodles. Stir so cheese and butter melts. Serve.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pasta Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 303mg13%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to Cook Pasta in Instant Pot

Here are a few tips to remember if you are having difficulties determining the noodle to liquid ratio;

  • If the pasta doesn’t fit in a pot (like spaghetti), break it into thirds so it fits.
  • Add 2.5 times the water to cover pasta, don’t pass 3/4 full line.
    • example: 2 cups uncooked pasta needs 5 cups of water 
    • drizzle in some olive oil to prevent sticking together
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to sealing.
  • Press pressure cooker or the manual button and set the time to 2 – 9 minutes 
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Here are a few questions on how to cook noodles in pressure cooker here

How long does it take to cook pasta in a pressure cooker?

Cook time depends on what other items you’re adding. If cooking just water and egg noodles, set to 2 minutes small noodles like rotini or medium shells take closer to 3 minutes.

How do you prevent pasta from sticking together?

Olive oil is the key!! Just add a tbsp. of olive oil into the water, with your uncooked noodles. Nobody likes finding a big clump of pasta when you open up that lid. It isn’t fun to eat that way either.

Another Instant Pot hack is to sprinkle in longer noodles like spaghetti. Break into thirds to fit easier and sprinkle in vs. dropping it into the sauce If you don’t you may have a clump at the end. That is why I tend to use smaller styles like macaroni, rigatoni or shells.

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This Instant Pot taco casserole (seen above) is probably our favorite pressure cooker pasta recipes. It is packed with the Mexican flavors you love, add sour cream for creamy comfort food.

If you’d like to buy an Instant Pot I have the 6 qt. basic version and it works great for feeding the 5 of us, I don’t think I’d need anything bigger or “fancier”.

Easy Instant Pot pasta recipes

Here are a few of our favorite ones: Instant Pot spaghetti was my first pressure cooker meal and the most popular recipe here.Throw in your pasta sauce and ground beef and done.

  • You’ve gotta’ try this Instant Pot chicken parmesan casserole it is amazing. A chicken breast casserole twist you can throw in one pot with NO pre boiling involved.
    • Top with breading and parmesan cheese for extra goodness.
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Cooking Pasta in Pressure Cooker

Looking for more cheesy pasta recipes? Well that is what we aim for! Pasta inside soup is another winner of a dinner around here. If you want to add protein, try chicken Instant Pot pad thai.

Inexpensive and classic Instant Pot chicken noodle soup has only a few fresh ingredients. Homemade is definitely the way to go!

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Cooking Pasta in Ninja Foodi

Looking for another pressure cooker pasta dish? Well we’ve got them. Added to soups or made into one of our Instant Pot casseroles I am sure your family will love all of them. Way quicker than in your slow cooker.

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Instant Pot Noodle Recipes

Many people have used gluten free pasta with these. Just adjust the cooking time to be slightly less because of the change if you do so.

Unfortunately I don’t have a need to use that type so not all recipes account for the cook time differences. Less time is the general rule though.

Pressure cooker pasta recipes

I literally have done it all. Whether you need a vegetarian option or love meat filled dishes just take your pick and see which is your fave.

Then take a peek at our Instant Pot enchilada pasta here! Has all the same flavors you love but SO much easier to put together.

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Instant Pot Creamy Pasta Recipes

You can make these dairy free if need be too. I have found great alternatives for my husband from Country Crock for vegan butter and Daiya for milk free cheeses.

Try one at a time or set out to try them all one night at a time.

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Easy Pressure Cooker Instant Pot pasta recipes

I’ve been on a mission to eat together more often. I am usually exhausted after working all day and don’t want to take an hour cooking. These make it possible!

If you’re looking to make these in your brand of electric multi cooker they will all work with the brand you have. Most only use the saute or high pressure functions and Crockpot Express, Mealthy and others have those. If you have a Ninja Foodi you can melt a layer of cheese on top of your creation too! Here are a few other resources for you;

  1. 3 ingredient Instant Pot recipes
  2. Cheap Instant Pot recipes
  3. Ninja Foodi taco pasta recipes here
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Sophie Hetah

Friday 20th of December 2019

I'm obsessed with all things pasta, but this recipe for instant pot pasta is absolutely genius! So delicious and super easy to make!

Erica Schwarz

Friday 20th of December 2019

This works so well! Then I can add other ingredients to the pasta and just have the one pot to clean. Love it.

Lori Ann

Monday 31st of December 2018

Do you have a recipe for instant pot Spanish rice? Have enjoyed making a lot of your recipes and some never thought Mom would eat she has. She is not a pasta person but she went crazy over the Spaghetti. Thank You for making cooking fun and quick. Look forward to making more in the coming New Year.

The Typical Mom

Monday 31st of December 2018

I haven't yet but it is on my list!!


Sunday 24th of June 2018

I love the recipes that I have found here. I’m looking forward to trying some of these. Ty for posting them.

Judy Parsons

Friday 16th of February 2018

Great recipes, please send more recipes plus

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