Here’s an easy 10 minute Instant Pot pizza pasta recipe that my family loves! Super easy to dump it all in your pressure cooker and put in all of your favorite pizza toppings. A fun dinner recipe with a fun pizza twist that tastes even better the next day, if you have leftovers that is!
I’m obsessed with my Instant Pot! We just made this easy Instant Pot pizza pasta in just 10 minutes. It’s one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom! It’s packed with all the flavors you’d expect but without the crust, noodles are used instead! (originally published 4/17, affiliate links present)
Pizza Pasta Instant Pot
- Pair this Instant Pot casserole with a side salad and/or some pull apart bread. Then you’ll have a quick meal your whole family will love.
- Think of it as an Instant Pot pizza just in a pasta form! You can cook it in your Ninja foodi pot too though, Crockpot Express works too. We aren’t brand specific y’all.
Let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.
Ninja Foodi Pizza Pasta
If you love pizza, and pasta, this is a great dish to make in your pressure cooker! It is really quick to make, inexpensive, and I haven’t met anyone yet who didn’t think it was really yummy.
It has all the flavors you love and you can load it up with any and all toppings you would normally put on your favorite “pie”. Pepperoni and mushroom are great, add olives too if you want.
This is what you’ll need to make our easy Instant Pot Pizza Pasta
- I HIGHLY recommend you get this non stick pot
- Noodles – rotini works well
- there are gluten free noodles, but timing may need to be altered
- Spaghetti sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
- Mushrooms, olives, all toppings
What are the best toppings for pizza?
- you could add this at the beginning and saute with some olive oil
- then follow steps starting at adding sauce etc..
- Crumbled bacon
- Sliced black olives
- Green peppers are a fave to some
- if you add these I’d include them in with your uncooked noodles so they soften
How long does it take to cook pasta in a pressure cooker?
It depends on whether you are adding it in with sauce and other ingredients, or just with water. When I make Instant Pot pasta I always make it similar to what you see here.
- Cooking uncooked noodles inside a sauce with some additional liquid makes it taste amazing. The pasta soaks up all the flavors in your spaghetti or alfredo sauce, so much better than boiling in water on your stovetop.
For the most part small noodles like these take about 4-5 minutes to become perfectly tender. If you add meat and longer noodles into the mix, like our Instant Pot spaghetti, 8-9 minutes is better.
Of course if you prefer al dente I would decrease the time about a minute. If using egg noodles like we did in our Instant Pot tuna casserole, those only take 3 minutes followed by a quick release.
If you wanted a low carb version of this you can follow our Ninja Foodi pizza spaghetti squash recipe. Now, you have an option as to when you add all of these wonderful pizza toppings.
Here are the basic steps to follow:
- If you want ground sausage or ground beef to be added, set pot to saute now with some olive oil. Cook until outsides are no longer pink, then turn pot off. Leave on bottom of pot.
- Pour 3/4 of your pizza sauce inside with all Italian seasonings and a bit of olive oil.
- Sprinkle in uncooked noodles, then remaining sauce. DO NOT Stir!
- Add water or broth into your jar, shake to get remaining sauce out.
- Then pour this into your pot, again DO NOT stir!
- Gently submerge noodles into liquid but not a lot. You don’t want them to be sitting on the bottom of your pot or the burn notice may appear.
- Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure cook for a 4 minute cook time.
- Do a 1 minute natural release, then quick release steam.
- Stir in cheese and pepperoni and all other pizza toppings to warm and melt it all.
Serve this with more cheese on top, I mean you can’t get enough, and maybe some bread on the side.
If you want to cook the noodles separately, watch this video to see how to make it that way.
How do you keep pasta from sticking?
- Add olive oil to the cooking water and/or other ingredients to keep the pasta from sticking.
- Pasta shouldn’t stick when properly cooked with this added ingredient.
- Doing this will actually coat the noodles and prevent sauce from sticking.
This 2nd method just takes 3 minutes to cook your pasta with water to cover it well. Then add everything at the end, warm, and serve.
We are busy. Both of us work full time. One thing we really strive for though is a dinner where we all sit down and eat together.
- Eating together has been a great way to connect and honestly. It was hard for me to get everything I needed done at work and still cook a dinner until I started experimenting with my Instant Pot. It has been a lifesaver!
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How long can I keep cooked pasta in the fridge?
If you have any leftovers, transfer it to a container rather than keeping inside the pot. To maximize the shelf life of cooked pasta, refrigerate it inside of a shallow airtight containers or resealable plastic bags.
- Properly stored, cooked pasta will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
- Did you know you can make an Instant Pot pizza too? Served with no yeast bread, it’s a great meal.
I hope this helps you understand how do you cook Instant pasta of all kinds! If you’re looking for more ideas, here are a few we enjoy on a regular basis together.
- Easy Instant Pot lasagna soup is another Italian favorite
- This Instant Pot chicken pasta is great as well as our shrimp alfredo
- Instant Pot cheesy chicken spaghetti has a bit of a kick and tons of flavor.
We’ve even made slow cooker pizza casserole too if you want to use your crockpot instead!
We hope these two methods of cooking pasta in an Instant Pot help you understand how to make it perfect. Beyond that, start creating your own recipes!
- As long as you understand the basic principals of cooking pressure cooker pasta, the sky is the limit!!
- If you cook it separately with water first, you will probably never boil it on your stovetop again!
- it has really been a game changer for us
- we even figured out how to make Instant Pot Kraft macaroni and cheese with NO draining required!
Here’s the printable recipe below that includes nutritional information such as calories, saturated fat, etc…
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Instant Pot Pizza Pasta Recipe
- Pour 3/4 of your spaghetti sauce into your pot. Add olive oil and seasonings, stir.
- Dump in your uncooked noodles, DO NOT stir or submerge. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce on top. Pour water or broth into your spaghetti sauce bottle, put top on and shake. Pour all of this on top of your uncooked noodles.
- GENTLY submerge noodles just so they are under liquid but not pushed to bottom of pot. (can add pepperoni on very top now if you want them hot and steamed, or add at end)
- Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 4 minutes followed by a 1 minute natural release, then a quick release.
- Lift lid, stir contents. Add any and all pizza toppings including cheese into the pot and stir so everything melts and warms inside the cooked sauce and noodles.
- Serve with parmesan cheese or additional mozzarella cheese on top.