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Instant Pot Penne Pasta

by Adrianne

Instant Pot Penne Pasta is a delicious vegetarian recipe that will blow your mind! With passata, herbs and smooth creamy ricotta stirred through, this recipe is all about simple quick and easy cooking! 
Instant Pot Penne Pasta on a white plate with close up of pasta on fork

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Instant pot recipes  save time, energy and effort! So what we are going to do is take 2 loves of our lives 1) Pasta 2) Instant Pot and COMBINE THEM! 

Pressure cooking pasta is like going to the future and seeing how they do things there! 

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How do you cook Penne Pasta in an Instant Pot?

To cook penne pasta in an instant pot you can either cook the pasta (noodles) on there own, or do a 1 pot recipe with everything cooking at the same time. 

For cooking only the pasta, you add it to the instant pot, cover it will water (so the pieces are just submerged) and then cook for 1/2 the time on the packet minus one minute. 

Now I hear you saying, ‘say what girl?’, so I will expand a little. On the back of the pasta packet the instruction will be there for cooking that particular pasta brand and type on the stove. My penne in this example says ’12 minutes’. 

To cook pasta in the instant pot, we take that instruction, divide it in 2 and subtract 1. So we get 5 mins. 

Cooking pasta in the instant pot is a breeze once you know how! 

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And you should. 

As it tastes DELICIOUS!!!

The instant pot pasta water ratio is always so that the pasta is fully submerged in liquid

Instant Pot Penne Pasta ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are shown in the photo below, you can refer to this on your phone at the shops, so you get everything you need in 1 shop!Ingredients for instant pot penne pasta with text overlay

As you can see we need:

  • penne pasta
  • tomato passata
  • ricotta cheese
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • dried onion
  • capers
  • olives
  • olive oil (reserved from sun-dried tomatoes)
  • water
  • parsley
  • salt and pepper

As always, you can use fresh herbs in place of dried ones, but I find it almost always easier to use dried ones as I have them in the cupboard. Whereas I have to go and buy fresh ones. 

Instant Pot Creamy Pasta 

I wanted to give you guys a recipe for an instant pot creamy pasta, but the thing is, cream doesn’t go so well in a pressure cooker! 

So instead, we put our lateral thinking caps on and use ricotta cheese instead. It delivers with the creamy taste, smooth texture and out of this world to die for, need to eat pasta every day kindof vibe! 


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Here are the step by step instructions to make this penne pasta

Start with the 1 ‘hard work’ step (which is super easy) of prepping your sun-dried tomatoes and go from there! 

Process shots for making instant pot penne pasta with text overlay 1

  1. chop sun-dried tomatoes, add oil, tomatoes and passata to the instant pot (photos 1-4)

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The sun-dried tomatoes can be chunky and rough, to add texture to the dish. Do this quickly, no precision needed!

Method for cooking instant pot pasta with text overlay

  • add dried basil, onion, oregano and salt  (shown in photos 5-8) 

Using dried herbs is super easy, plus you won’t have to run out and buy them!

Instant Pot Penne Pasta method with text overlay

  • add ricotta cheese to the pot and stir thoroughly to combine (shown in photos 9-10) 
  • add dried penne pasta and use the empty passata bottle to add water (shown in photos 11-12) 

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Using the empty passata bottle ensures we get every last drop of the rich tomato passata out of the bottle. I find that 2 full pours which is around 1.4 litres is enough to cover my noodles! 

Method for instant pot penne pasta with text overlay

  • add ricotta cheese to the pot and stir thoroughly to combine (shown in photos 9-10) 
  • pour in dried penne pasta and use the empty passata bottle to add water (shown in photos 11-12) 

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You might have come to have a read of this recipe as you love pasta, vegetarian food or all of the above. Some further inspiration for you for vegetarian or vegan recipes is below:

The 2 photos below are me favourite as they show you ‘before’ and ‘after’ woot woot!!

Before and after photos for penne pasta in the instant pot

Instant pot penne pasta quick info:

About the recipe:

  • this is a vegetarian recipe
  • also a kid friendly recipe
  • we use 500 grams uncooked penne pasta
  • you can make this on the stove is you don’t have a pressure cooker
  • this is a super quick and easy recipe! 

FAQs about cooking penne pasta in the Instant Pot

  1. the instant pot bowl is stainless steel (and not non stick)
  2. this recipe won’t stick as we add enough liquid to make sure it doesn’t
  3. it takes 5 mins of pressure cooking to make this recipe
  4. the instant pot will heat before it starts to pressure cook
  5. penne pasta is a freezer friendly recipe
  6. also a family friendly recipe
  7. this is an EASY recipe

Penne pasta on a white plate with parsley, capers and olives

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Instant Pot Penne Pasta Pro tips:

These additional tips are so that you can master pasta in your instant pot from the 1st time you cook it:

  • wait till you have ALL of your ingredients in your pot before adding the lid 
  • stir the sauce really well so it is consistently mixed together before adding dried pasta
  • make sure each piece of pasta is covered by liquid before cooking
  • once cooked, use a non scratch utensil to stir the mix a few times
  • the sauce will thicken after you have finished cooking, wait patiently as it is magical!

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Instant Pot cooked pasta with white plated pasta in front

To freeze this recipe, simply wait until it is cool, then portion out into zip lock bags. To reheat simply defrost and then microwave for 3-5 mins or until warmed through! 

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Serve your pasta with capers, olives and parsley. These ingredients don’t need to be cooked, but add pops of flavour and color and are SO YUM!! I actually think this one is cheesy enough (haha!!!) without adding parmesan to it, but you go right ahead if you want! 

Close up shot of penne pasta on white plate with capers, parsley and olives

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Instant Pot Penne Pasta

Instant Pot Penne Pasta is a delicious vegetarian recipe that will blow your mind! With passata sauce and creamy ricotta, this recipe is quick and easy!! 
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, International, Italian
Keyword: instant pot penne pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Pressure cooker reading time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 680kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Instant Pot (or pressure cooker)


Instant Pot Penne Pasta

  • 500 grams penne pasta Note 1
  • 375 grams ricotta cheese
  • 700 grams tomato passata Note 2
  • 280 grams sun-dried tomatoes Note 3
  • 1/4 cup olive oil also see Note 3
  • 1.4 litres water
  • 1 tsp dried onion
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 50 grams kalamata olives Note 4
  • 2 tbsp capers Note 5
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • parmesan cheese to garnish (optional)


Instant Pot Penne Pasta

  • Use kitchen scissors to roughly chop your sun-dried tomatoes into pieces.
  • Add oil, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, passata, basil, dried onion, oregano, salt, pepper and ricotta to the instant pot bowl.
  • Use a wooden spoon (or other non stick utensil) to stir the ingredients together for the sauce.
  • Add dried penne pasta
  • Use the empty passata bottle and refill it with water, pour that water over the pasta until is is completely covered (I used 700 mls x 2 pours) Note 6
  • Set your instant pot to 5 mins pressure cook and seal with the lid Note 7
  • Let the pasta cook in the instant pot for the 5 mins then when it starts beeping to say it is finished, use tongs to release the pressure. Make sure the pressure is fully released (the value will drop down again). Then you can take the lid off
  • Stir, stir, stir!
  • Serve with kalamata olives, capers, parsley, cracked pepper and parmesan cheese (optional). Note 8



  • Note 1 Penne is the short tubular pasta shown in the photos here, it is commonly found in the pasta aisle of the store. 
  • Note 2 This is usually in a tall jar labelled 'passata sauce'. It is thick, rich and perfect in pasta dishes. We use the whole bottle and then use that bottle to measure our water. 
  • Note 3 Sun-dried tomatoes when sold in a jar come with a delicious richly seasoned olive oil liquid. Instead of using additional oil for this recipe, we are doing to use the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. If you buy fresh sun-dried tomatoes (often from the deli) then use 1/4 cup olive oil. 
  • Note 4 You will be able to purchase the kalamata olives without pits (pitted). They are in the salad dressing type area of the grocery store. 
  • Note 5 The capers will come in a vinegary brine. We drain and discard that. 
  • Note 6 This is an important step as you need the liquids to cover the pasta,  if it is a bit more that 1 .4 litres (6 cups) in your pot that is fine. 
  • Note 7 Yup, it is only 5 mins cook time woot woot and life changing. Your pot will take about 10 mins to get to the right pressure 1st. 
  • Note 8 This is a cheesy, delicious dish, I find that parmesan cheese is not entirely necessary, but you only live once and this is pasta so add if you please! 


Calories: 680kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 804mg | Potassium: 2390mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 1524IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 8mg
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This is an insanely delicious dish. Like it will literally blow your mind that you can make this, so quickly, without any effort and have it taste SO incredible! 

You may even find yourself spoon in one hand stirring and then taking little bits out to eat as you stir as it is THAT GOOD! 

It was my intention to deliver deliciousness to you with this and there ain’t no doubt about it. Grab yourself an Instant Pot and make it ASAP. (I know you will thank me, but all good, that’s why I am here, air high 5, yo!) 

Please give me a shout if you have questions or make the recipe as I would love to hear your feedback.

I’ve got you with this recipe, you are going to LOVE IT!!!

Adrianne xx


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Farah Abumaizar March 23, 2020 - 8:10 am

5 stars
Have never tried pasta in an instant pot but this seems genius! Kid friendly too- can’t wait to try it!

Adrianne March 23, 2020 - 8:44 am

Thanks Farah!! Yes, give it a go. It is so easy and fast, life changing when you think there is no stirring involved!! Cheers

Bry March 23, 2020 - 10:54 am

SO YUm! It was creamy and rich, and the olives add the perfect burst of flavour. Will definitely be making this again – possibly my new fvourite pasta!

Danielle Wolter March 23, 2020 - 11:05 am

What a perfect easy to make instant pot meal! I can’t wait to try it!

Adrianne March 23, 2020 - 5:23 pm

Thanks Danielle, yes so easy all in 1 go, cheers.

Deanne March 23, 2020 - 12:38 pm

I love that you added capers and olives – what an awesome harmony of flavors!

Adrianne March 23, 2020 - 5:24 pm

Cheers Deanne for your positive vibes. Thanks!

Jen March 23, 2020 - 1:17 pm

5 stars
The sun dried tomatoes and olives give this dish such a zing of flavor! This was an absolute hit!

Adrianne September 13, 2020 - 7:54 am

Thanks Jen, sorry I missed your comment earlier, appreciate your feedback!

Rachael Stray March 23, 2020 - 2:30 pm

Oooh this definitely sounds delicious and hearty!

Adrianne March 23, 2020 - 5:23 pm

Thanks Rachael! Yes, both of those. I think you would love it. Cheers

thisiswholesome March 25, 2020 - 10:29 am

5 stars
Ricotta and pasta are the perfect pair and the dried tomatoes make this wonderful dish even more tasty!

Adrianne March 25, 2020 - 8:01 pm

Thanks for your feedback! I love the combo too, cheers

Alison March 25, 2020 - 11:41 am

5 stars
This is an easy to make and delicious comforting meal my whole family enjoyed. Thanks!

Adrianne March 25, 2020 - 8:01 pm

No worries thanks for your feedback

kim March 25, 2020 - 12:28 pm

5 stars
Yum! Love this recipe. It was so easy and flavorful! I’ll be making it again and again!

Adrianne March 25, 2020 - 8:02 pm

Thanks Kim! Love your positive vibes.

Ellen March 25, 2020 - 12:30 pm

Pasta is such comfort food. Plus it’s so delicious when made in the instant pot. Great recipe!

Adrianne March 25, 2020 - 8:02 pm

I’m with you on those points Ellen!! Cheers for your input.

Ashley March 25, 2020 - 1:06 pm

5 stars
Oh yum!!! I had all these ingredients, and it was such a comforting (quick, too!) meal last night!

Adrianne March 25, 2020 - 8:03 pm

Awesome, thanks Ashley!! Yes, nothing too difficult about this one. Cheers


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