Instant Pot Pasta
Making pasta in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker is very easy.
In this recipe, I am going to teach you the step-by-step method and instruction on cooking pasta in an Instant Pot.
This Instant Pot pasta takes only 8 minutes of pressure cooking. Dinner is ready in a jiffy and you will have the creamiest and most delicious pasta ever!
Other instant Pot Recipes You Might Like:
- Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken – everyone’s favorite. Must try!
- Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken – serve with pasta for an amazing chicken dinner.
- Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken -juicy and tender Chicken Dinner.
- Instant Pot Butter Chicken – just Like Indian buffets.
- Instant Pot Hawaiian Kalua Pork – transports you to Hawaii.
How to Cook Pasta in Instant Pot?
You can cook all kinds of pasta in an Instant Pot but linguine is my favorite.
Here are my tips for cooking pasta in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
- Break the linguine pasta in half lengths so they fit perfectly in the Instant Pot. This tip applies to spaghetti.
- Make sure you have enough liquid to cook the pasta on pressure cooking. I used 3 1/4 cups of liquid for this recipe.
- The pasta should submerge in the liquid so they will be cooked perfectly.
- VERY IMPORTANT TIP: make sure you use a wooden spatula to stir the pasta with the liquid before you start pressure cooking. Push the linguine to the sides of the Instant Pot instead of all pilling in the center. This will make sure that the linguine doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pressure cooker or Instant Pot. This will prevent the “Burn” error message on your appliance.
- Reduce the sauce using the “Saute” mode for 1 minute if it’s too runny.
Pasta in Instant Pot
This creamy garlic Parmesan pasta is one of the best Instant Pot pasta recipes!
It calls for simple ingredients that you already have at home: garlic, Parmesan cheese, heavy whipping cream, chicken broth, garlic and lemon.
This recipe takes only 5 minutes prep time. This is a quick dinner to make on busy weeknights.
Instant Pot Pasta Sauce
If you like extra pasta sauce, double up on the sauce ingredients of chicken broth and heavy whipping cream.
The cooking time is the same.
Do not overcook the pasta; the linguine pasta should be al dente, with a bit of a bite, not soggy and overcooked.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe serves 3 people. It’s 518 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
Serve this pasta dish with vegetable side dishes. For a wholesome meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta
- 8 oz. linguine, I used Barilla brand
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 3 dashes ground black pepper
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (plus more for topping)
- 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
- Break the linguine pasta into half lengths.
- Set the Instant Pot to Saute mode, add the olive oil. When the oil is fully heated, saute the garlic for 10 seconds. Add the chicken broth, garlic powder, lemon juice, salt, black pepper and linguine.
- IMPORTANT:Stir the linguine towards the sides of the Instant Pot, and make sure they are covered in the liquid.
- Cover the pot and select Manual and set to High pressure for 8 minutes. When it beeps, turn to Quick Release.
- When the valve drops, remove the cover carefully, stir the pasta and add the heavy whipping cream, Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. If the sauce is too runny, turn on "Saute" mode to reduce the sauce, about 1 minute. Serve immediately. You may top with extra Parmesan cheese and/or lemon wedges.
I used a 6-quart Instant Pot. You may double the recipe but still cook for 8 minutes on high pressure. If you use spaghetti, cook for 6 minutes on high pressure.
If you want it to be more saucy, use 2 cups chicken broth
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can make this Creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta on a skillet using your stove top. You may refer to my Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Fettucine recipe.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
Made this today exactly as is and it was delicious! To be honest, I always find a way to change a recipe in some way but this was just perfect. Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely be a staple in our house.
Hi, what kind of chicken broth do you use?
Any canned chicken broth is fine.
Tried this pasta for the first time and it was amazing! Would probably add some lemon zest and chives as well for an extra flavour hit but the pasta came out perfect. I had to simmer it in the pot for an extra 5 minutes but that thickened the pasta sauce perfectly and the pasta wasn’t too soft. I used linguini this time. Will definitely put this on my regular dinner rotation !!!
We call this Caroline’s pasta in our house now because it’s my 6 yr old daughter’s FAVORITE. I’ve been preparing it often, but my fettuccine noodles often clump together. What am I doing wrong?
Can I use sour cream in place of heavy cream
You can try but heavy cream is better for this recipe.
If I am doubling the recipe and would like extra sauce should I still double the broth and heavy cream?
This sounds delicious. Can I substitute coffee cream (18% milk fat) for the heavy cream if it’s all i have on hand?
Did you use 3 1/4 cups of chicken broth or 2 1/4 cups of broth? Your beginning narrative says the first, but your recipe says the second. Would you please clarify?
The recipe is correct, I said 3 1/4 cups liquid, including cream.
Thanks for taking the time to point that out to me. I will brush up in my reading comprehension skills.
Any suggestions how would you add some skinless bonless chicken breast into this mix without over cooking pasta?
By the way I love it just the way it is, just my family likes a lil meat with their meal.
I added precooked chicken cubes at the end along with some steamed broccoli to get some protein and green food in.
Hihi Bee, thank you for sharing your recipe. I tried this instant pot recipe for the first time for dinner last night. I had so much praise from the kids. They absolutely love it. Thank you once again for sharing easy recipes.
Thanks for trying the recipe. Please try more recipes on my site: https://rasamalaysia.com/recipe-index-gallery/
This dish was so quick and so GOOD! We will definitely be eating this simple, yet flavorful, pasta dish often!
Hi, can I use Fettuccini or Penne Rigate? What would be the time, more than 8 minutes?
I think you can try 9-10 minutes.
If I only have penne pasta will that work?
Yes, it will work just fine. :)