This Instant Pot Penne Bolognese recipe is what easy dinner dreams are made of! All made in one-pot at one time. Just a 5 minute cook time AND using affordable ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry! This easy pasta with meat sauce is hearty, delicious, and budget friendly.
Ingredients You’ll Need for this One-Pot Pasta with Meat Sauce:
- Ground beef
- Onion and Garlic
- Beef Broth
- Spices: Dried Basil and Dried Parsley
- Marinara Sauce – user your favorite jar
- Penne Pasta – or other short pasta such as rotini , farfalle, or ziti
- Optional Toppings: Fresh Basil and Parmesan Cheese
Check out this quick video!
How to make the Instant Pot Pasta:
- Sauté the Beef and Onion. You can do this in the Instant Pot using the Sauté function. Add the garlic in the last minute. If you add the garlic with the beef and onion, you risk overcooking and burning the garlic.
- Add Remaining Ingredients. Beef Broth, Spices, Jar of Marinara, and Dry Pasta. Give it a stir!
- Cook on High Pressure. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to 5 minutes on High Pressure.
- Natural Release then Quick Release. When finished cooking, allow to Natural Release for 5 minutes before doing a controlled quick release.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Tips and FAQs
Do I have to brown the ground beef first?
Yes! Browning the ground meat is so important for both the flavor and texture. It’s super easy in the Instant Pot, no need for an extra pan. Just use the sauté setting.
I’ve never used my Instant Pot before, how do I start?
Using a pressure cooker for the first time can be SUPER intimidating. I recommend first doing a ‘water test’ to learn how it works and what to expect during the pressure cooking process. Here is a great step by step. The ‘test’ does not make your Instant Pot work better, but it will allow you to get comfortable before actual food and ingredients are involved.
Does this reheat well for leftovers?
Yes! Leftover pasta can be stored in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Use a good jar of marinara!
I recommend using your favorite jar of marinara. The marinara is the bulk of the sauce, so using a quality jar will make a big difference in the flavor of the sauce. Do you have a favorite store-bought marinara? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to try some.
Check out some other Instant Pot recipes:
- Instant Pot Sweet Potato Pork Stew
- Salsa Chicken Quinoa Bowls
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- Vegetarian Curry Lentils
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All made in one-pot at one time. Just a 5 minute cook time. AND using affordable ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry! This easy pasta with meat sauce is hearty, delicious, and budget friendly.
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 pound lean Ground Beef
- 1 small to medium Yellow or White Onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
- 1 15oz can Beef Broth
- 1 24-oz jar Marinara Sauce
- 8 ounces Penne Pasta
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
- 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
- Sliced Fresh Basil and Grated Parmesan. Optional, for serving
- Sauté the Beef, Onions, and Garlic. Set your Pressure Cooker to the high sauté setting. Heat the olive oil. Add the ground beef and onions. Sauté and crumble while it all cooks. About 3-5 minutes until the ground beef is cooked and the onions are translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for one minute more. Drain excess fat.
- Add Remaining Ingredients. Turn off the Pressure Cooker. Add beef broth. Scrape any browned bits off the bottom. Stir in marinara sauce, spices, salt and pepper to taste, and pasta.
- Cook on High Pressure. Close lid, set valve to sealing, and set the Instant Pot to 5 minutes on High Pressure.
- Release Pressure. When the time is up, allow to natural release for 5 minutes. Then do a controlled quick release (see notes). When pressure is released, turn off instant pot and serve.
- Serve and Enjoy! Sprinkle on sliced basil and parmesan cheese, if desired.
Instant Pot: I use an 8qt Instant Pot, but a 6qt would also work. I have not tested in a smaller size than the 6qt.
Pasta: I used regular, white pasta. Cook time may need to be adjusted if you use whole wheat or other alternative pasta.
Controlled Quick Release: Slightly open the valve in small bursts. If liquid spurts out, then close valve and natural release for another minute or two. Do controlled, quick bursts before opening valve all the way.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Instant Pot, Main Dish
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: Instant Pot Bolognese, Instant Pot Pasta with meat sauce, Instant Pot Bolognese Pasta, Pressure Cooker Pasta recipe