Instant Pot Penne Bolognese – One Pot!

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.

Instant Pot Penne Bolognese with text

What You’ll Need for this One-Pot Pasta with Meat Sauce:

  • Ground beef
  • Onion and garlic
  • 1 can of Beef Broth
  • Dried Basil and Dried Parsley
  • 1 jar or Marinara Sauce
  • Penne Pasta – half a box
  • Fresh Basil and grated Cheese to top it off!

High up shot of instant pot penne bolognese

The steps to make this one-pot meat sauce pasta are silly easy!

How to make the One-Pot Bolognese Pasta in your Instant Pot:

  1. First, set your Instant Pot to the Sauté function and brown the ground beef and onions. Adding in the garlic for the last minute.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients: beef broth, spices, jarred marinara, and pasta. Stir it up!
  3. Close the lid and set your pressure cooker to 5 minutes on High Pressure.
  4. When finished cooking, allow to Natural Release for 5 minutes before doing a controlled quick release.
  5. That’s it! Serve up, pile on the cheese, and enjoy!

close up of penne bolognese in instant pot with wooden spoon

I told you that this one-pot Instant Pot Penne Bolognese was a game changer! And I hope I have you convinced. My one final suggestion: use a goooood jar of marinara sauce. The marinara sauce takes this recipe from not just and easy meal to a FANTASTIC meal. Do you have an absolute favorite store-bought marinara? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to try some of your favorites.

Penne Bolognese in white bowl with gold fork

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Instant Pot Penne Bolognese - One Pot!
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. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #KathleensCravings #InstantPotPasta #OnePotPasta #InstantPotBolognese #InstantPotMeatSauce
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. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #KathleensCravings #InstantPotPasta #OnePotPasta #InstantPotBolognese #InstantPotMeatSauce
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes (+ time to come to pressure and quick release)
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small to medium yellow or white onion diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups beef broth 1 can
  • 1 24-oz jar marinara sauce use your favorite!
  • 8 ounces penne pasta half a box (see notes)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • sliced fresh basil and grated parmesan optional, for serving
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes (+ time to come to pressure and quick release)
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small to medium yellow or white onion diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups beef broth 1 can
  • 1 24-oz jar marinara sauce use your favorite!
  • 8 ounces penne pasta half a box (see notes)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • sliced fresh basil and grated parmesan optional, for serving
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. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com #KathleensCravings #InstantPotPasta #OnePotPasta #InstantPotBolognese #InstantPotMeatSauce
Instructions
  1. 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. About 2-3 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for one minute more. Drain excess fat.
  2. Turn off Pressure Cooker. Add beef broth. Scrape any browned bits off bottom. Stir in marinara sauce, spices, salt and pepper to taste, and pasta. Close lid, set valve to sealing, and set the Instant Pot to 5 minutes on High Pressure.
  3. 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. Sprinkle on sliced basil and parmesan cheese, if desired.
Recipe Notes

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.

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