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Lazy Pressure Cooker Lasagna Casserole

This is a really easy Pressure Cooker lasagna casserole recipe our whole family loves. Cheesy Instant Pot lasagna but in a casserole which makes it much easier to eat! If you love quick dinner ideas that are cheap and family friendly, this lazy lasagna is it!! Ninja Foodi recipe instructions too.

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If you love using your Instant Pot and the taste of lasagna, this pressure cooker lasagna casserole is something you will love. We have a lot of easy Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom. Sponsored by Barilla and Galbani. (originally published 11/17, affiliate links present)

This is super cheesy, easier to eat than traditional lasagna, only takes 10 minutes, and has the same great taste you love!

We loved it so much I created a LONG list of Instant Pot casseroles for you to enjoy too!

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Instant Pot Cheater Lasagna

You could call it that because it’s so much easier than the “traditional method”.

It really does taste just like the traditional dish, we love but made in a much shorter time. And there were no big and slippery noodles that make it difficult for my kiddos to eat. 😉

If you’re looking for a fabulous comfort food your entire family will love, you’ve got to try this!

instant pot Lasagna Casserole

You literally use the same ingredients you would if you were making lasagna in a pan except for the long flat noodles. That is what makes it so much easier to eat.

Of course you can season it as you wish but I included the measurements of what we used, including traditional marinara sauce, penne pasta (great fork size for the perfect bite), and lots of cheeses (you just can’t have enough cheese in our eyes).

Pressure cooker lasagna casserole

  1. Pressure cooker – we use our Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi
    1. If you have an IP I highly suggest getting this non stick pot
  2. Spaghetti sauce – we chose this one
  3. Ground beef or Italian sausage – spicy ground sausage is best
spicy sausage

Galbani Ricotta cheese – in the refrigerated section at Walmart with the cheeses. Cottage cheese could be substituted

  1. Mozzarella cheese – we used variety with whole milk but they carry
  2. Barilla Pasta – we used Penne pasta but they have a variety of shapes to choose from at Walmart
  3. Onion
  4. 2 cups water

Italian seasoning and garlic powder are optional. Add any other spices that are a MUST in your book.

Pressure Cooker Lasagna Casserole

Instant Pot Lasagna

Once where once we added a can of diced tomatoes to make it chunker, and another time without. Either way was great.

  • Another time we added about 1/2 of a cup of ricotta cheese into the mix when it was done as well as a dollop on top, that was fabulous too.
How long does it take to cook pasta in the Instant Pot?

It depends. Most Instant Pot pasta recipes take under 20 minutes total. If cooking just noodles and water they only take 2-3 minutes on high pressure.

Do you have to boil lasagna before baking?

The traditional way layered in a casserole dish in the oven does require boiling. Lazy lasagna like this does not! Just gently submerge into the liquid and cook for 5 minutes and done!

instant pot lazy lasagna 2

Putting a dollop on top is great too because you can really taste it at it’s finest all alone with some of your lasagna on your spoon as well as the cheese! It is totally up to you, either way is so yummy.

Instant Pot lasagna casserole

Want to make this lasagna casserole another way?

Thinking outside of the box really changes up dinnertime and makes it more fun.

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Ninja Foodi Lasagna Casserole

  1. Directions and cook times below will apply for any style pressure cooker
  2. You be using the saute function to brown ground beef
  3. Pressure button will then be pushed once everything is added, on high pressure
  4. Follow directions below and enjoy this easy Ninja Foodi recipe!

Let us know what you think of this easy recipe. If you add any other spices to this easy pressure cooker lasagna casserole to make it even better.

You should try our Instant Pot lasagna soup after this that uses many of the same ingredients!

easy instant pot lasagna casserole

We are huge cheese lovers at our house so of course you need a large helping of shredded Galbani mozzarella inside this lasagna casserole but more on top too!

It is easy to shred and great at melting soon after sprinkling a bit on the top. 

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Lazy Lasagna

  1. Saute

    Set your pressure cooker to saute. Add your olive oil, ground sausage or ground beef, and diced onions. Cook until outsides are no longer pink. Drain grease and return the pot to your pressure cooker.

    Turn machine off (important step so burn notification isn’t triggered because it is too hot).

  2. Prepare

    Add spices and stir with meat/onions. Spread ground beef/sausage mixture out evenly across the bottom of your pot. (it creates a barrier for the noodles so they don’t stick to the bottom)

    Add spaghetti sauce on top of meat, pour your 2 c. water into your spaghetti sauce jar and shake to get remaining sauce out, pour that into your pot on top of your sauce. 

    Then pour your uncooked noodles in as the next layer. Do NOT stir! Just gently push down noodles so they are submerged into the liquid.

  3. Cook

    Put lid on and set to pressure, high, for 5 minutes.
    Do a quick release. 

    Stir in 1.5 c. mozzarella cheese and allow to melt. Can either stir in ricotta now or just put a dollop on top of each serving.

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Pressure Cooker Lasagna Casserole

This is a really easy Pressure Cooker lasagna casserole recipe our whole family loves. Cheesy Instant Pot lasagna you love but in a casserole which makes it much easier to eat! If you love quick dinner ideas that are cheap to make and very family friendly, this is it!! 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword casserole, instant pot, lasagna, ninja foodi, pasta, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 572kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set your pressure cooker to saute.
  • Add your olive oil, ground sausage or ground beef, and diced onions. Cook until outsides are no longer pink. Drain grease and return the pot to your pressure cooker.
  • Turn machine off (important step so burn notification isn’t triggered because it is too hot). Add spices and stir with meat/onions.
  • Spread ground beef/sausage mixture out evenly across the bottom of your pot. (it creates a barrier for the noodles so they don’t stick to the bottom)
  • Add spaghetti sauce on top of meat, pour your 2 c. water into your spaghetti sauce jar and shake to get remaining sauce out, pour that into your pot on top of your sauce. 
  • Then pour your uncooked noodles in as the next layer. Do NOT stir! Just gently push down noodles so they are submerged into the liquid.
  • Put lid on and set to pressure, high, for 5 minutes.
  • Do a quick release. 
  • Stir in 1.5 c. mozzarella cheese and allow to melt. Can either stir in ricotta now or just put a dollop on top of each serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Lasagna Casserole
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 572 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 1743mg76%
Potassium 824mg24%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1060IU21%
Vitamin C 15.7mg19%
Calcium 326mg33%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Nicki

Monday 11th of October 2021

Sounds great. Question though - when you use hamburger, do you drain the grease after browning? What's the easiest way to do that, without burning myself on the pot?

barbara

Monday 29th of June 2020

Can you add the ricotta and or cheese in before you cook it??

Heather

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

So I had the same issue as someone else did with 5 mins and the noodles were still hard. I did make sure they were totally submerged. Wondering if it’s the type of noodle used. I put the lid back on and am trying to PC it for 5 more mins to see if that helps. It does smell great though. Will update after dinner :)

Heather

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Update, so what ended up being perfect was 10 mins PC with a 5 min natural release. Then add in the mozzarella and let sit for 5 more mins. Pasta came out perfect and tastes amazing!!

Lisa

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Wow! This was very tasty! I like my pasta super soft, so I did go 6 minutes instead of 5 and it was perfect!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Oh good!

Claudia

Thursday 21st of November 2019

We enjoyed this, but our pasta wasn’t cooked enough. Next time I’ll let it go the 7mins my Pot sets to automatically and it should work better. Added some Italian seasoning and I think will try some zucchini and/or spinach in there as well.

The Typical Mom

Friday 22nd of November 2019

Sounds like noodles weren't submerged in the liquid. I have never had the issue with noodles not cooking if you submerge them.

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