Cooking Pasta In Instant Pot

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Learn all about cooking pasta in instant pot. If you have wanted to use the instant pot for your favourite pasta recipes or for a quick pot of pasta, then keep reading.

Also, if you have an air fryer, you can use this pasta in instant pot method to cook the pasta and then finish the pasta recipe in the air fryer.

Instant Pot Pasta
Instant Pot Pasta

Pasta In Instant Pot

The first time we ever had pasta in the instant pot, we were on holiday travelling around Europe with our Instant Pot.

We were in France. We had no fridge and I made do with mainly canned and long-life food because it was hot and couldn’t carry about with me much fresh.

I had dried spaghetti, an onion and some garlic that needed using up and plenty of extra virgin olive oil. I was just craving something simple with spaghetti. So went to the campsite bar where we were staying, ordered a glass of wine. Then made spaghetti pasta with the garlic and white wine and it was delicious.

It started my love for instant pot pasta. Though when we made the spaghetti it was just using the sauté function.

This method for pasta in instant pot is even better, because we are pressure cooking the pasta, and its all about the perfect water/pasta ratio. Then there is no draining, you just have pasta ready for dinner.  

Plus, if you would like more instant pot hacks to try also check out: instant pot frozen broccoli, instant pot caramel from condensed milk, instant pot brown rice and my personal favourite instant pot strawberry cheesecake.

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Can You Cook Pasta In An Instant Pot?

Yes, you can cook pasta in an instant pot. You could use the sauté setting, like you would if you were cooking pasta in a wok or a frying pan, you can also pressure cook pasta which is similar to boiling pasta.

Can You Cook Noodles In An Instant Pot?

Yes, you can cook noodles in an instant pot. But note with noodles, because they are much thinner than pasta, you are better off sauteing them using the sauté function, and just pressure-cooking pasta or rice instead.

How Do You Keep Pasta From Burning In Instant Pot?

Some instant pots can display the “burn” warning a lot more than others do. I think in my 8 years with an instant pot, I have only had this happen a couple of times. Mainly when I have been sauteing, forgotten about it, and gone to answer the phone. If you do have an instant pot that does this frequently, I recommend you sauté with an onion first with some coconut oil. This will create a non-stick coating to your instant pot before adding the pasta.

How Do You Keep Pasta From Sticking To The Instant Pot?

For us, we find the best way to stop pasta from sticking to the instant pot, is a little extra olive oil, before cooking the pasta and making sure you have added enough water, and also that you have given it a very good stir before you have brought it to pressure.

How Much Water For Pasta In Instant Pot?

When you are cooking pasta in the instant pot, what you are really doing is boiling pasta in instant pot. You are adding pasta and water, then sending the instant pot to pressure. So, because I have been doing this for so long, I never count (unless I am making a recipe for you) of how much water for pasta in the instant pot.

If you have a look at the photo, you will see its approximately enough water to be 1cm over the pasta.

How Much Water For Pasta In Instant Pot

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Pasta Instant Pot Ingredients

Pasta Instant Pot Ingredients

Pasta – You can use any dried pasta in this recipe, other than ones from the spaghetti family. Think about bags of pasta shapes, instant pot bow tie pasta is another option.

Water – Cold water is fine for using in your pressure cooker pasta. Though instant pot pasta water ratio is pasta in grams, doubled in millilitres. So if you are using 250g of pasta, then this would double becoming 500, then be 500ml. However, with this pressure cooked pasta we have used 500g of pasta shapes which would then become 1000ml or 1 litre.  Or if you work with imperial that would be 18oz of pasta with just over 4 cups of water.

Can You Recommend An Instant Pot?

I often get asked which electric pressure cookers we recommend and which one we use. In 95% of our instant pot recipes, we use either this instant pot duo (we have both the 6qt and 8qt) or the Ninja Foodi air fryer and pressure cooker in 1. You can click on the links above and read up on them.

Plus, we recommend you head over to our instant pot recipes category as we have many electric pressure cooker recipes and have been using instant pots for 5 years.

How To Cook Pasta In Instant Pot?

Instant Pot Pasta Step by Step
  • Add. Start by adding your pasta and your water to the instant pot. Stir and then make sure the water is 1cm above the pasta.
  • Cook. Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 3 minutes, then follow this up with a 5 minute natural pressure release. Then release the pressure, stir and you have instant pot pasta.

Cooking Pasta In Instant Pot With Sauce

If you want to cook pasta in instant pot with sauce, then I recommend you follow our ninja foodi spaghetti Bolognese recipe. It’s a great easy recipe, and you cook the meat, the spaghetti and the sauce, all at the same time. 

How Long To Cook Pasta In Instant Pot?

The instant pot pasta time is an easy one, that you will remember in your head, the more times that you cook pasta in instant pot. It is a 3 minute cook time, followed by a 5 minute natural pressure release.

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Cooking Pasta In Instant Pot

Learn all about cooking pasta in instant pot. If you have wanted to use the instant pot for your favourite pasta recipes or for a quick pot of pasta, then keep reading.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 817kcal


  • 500 g Dried Pasta Shapes
  • 1 Litre Cold Water


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  • Load the instant pot with the water and pasta and mix well. If you have a different sized instant pot to us, just double check the water is 1cm over the pasta.
    How Long To Cook Pasta In Instant Pot?
  • Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 3 minutes. Follow this up with a 5 minute natural pressure release.
    How Long To Cook Pasta In Instant Pot?
  • Do a quick pressure release and stir the pasta. Then add your tomato sauce and some meatballs to your pasta and stir or add another favourite.
    How Long To Cook Pasta In Instant Pot?


Basics. This is the basics for cooking pasta in the instant pot. Do try our instant pot spaghetti with frozen meatballs if you would like this as an all in one meal.
Thanks for reading our pasta in an instant pot recipe on Recipe This. We have many more instant pot recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to see more instant pot pasta recipes, do check out our instant pot feta pasta next.


Calories: 817kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 916mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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