I'll admit it: I've become a crockpot kind of girl lately. And speaking of instant cooking appliances, the Instant Pot, the pressure cooker that took Amazon customers by storm, doesn't only cook savory meat dishes but can also cook up a comfort-food favorite: pasta. Simply put, the cooker lets you get dinner on the table in no time. I rely on it, especially on busy weeknights, to have dinner ready for my growling tummy when I get home from work. It's also a great device to prep ahead of the week.
With Instant Pot pasta recipes, I no longer have to make a pot of sauce and add it to the noodles later. You can make the sauce on Sunday and have it ready to go any night of the week. This also helps when you have a hungry family to feed. And it's not just Bolognese you can dish up—it's everything from spaghetti squash noodles to pasta primavera to pho. Keep reading to see seven Instant Pot pasta recipes to make now.
This recipe for ground turkey and bread-crumb meatballs cooks up so well in the Instant Pot. Serve them atop spaghetti squash for a delicious alternative to spaghetti Bolognese. Put a Parmesan rind in the tomato sauce to add just the right amount of saltiness.
Total time: 40 minutes
Spicy, sticky noodles in a chili soy sauce are fancied up with slices of peanuts and green onions in this recipe. Add chicken or throw in any of your favorite veggies for protein (we recommend adding red bell peppers and some onion).
Total time: 8 minutes
This traditional Vietnamese pho with noodles, sirloin, meatballs, and fish sauce is perfect for a chilly day. The best part? It can be made in only an hour. Don't forget to put out dipping plates with Sriracha and hoisin sauces.
Total time: 1 hour
Evaporated milk is the secret to making an ultra-creamy mac and cheese in the Instant Pot. This recipe calls for a blend of cheeses—think shredded cheddar, gouda, Swiss, fontina, and provolone. Making dinner for a younger crowd? You can serve the basic version, and then add pesto, pine nuts, butternut squash, and fried sage for the adults.
Total time: 10 minutes
Italian-seasoned chicken meatballs cook up alongside asparagus, snow peas, and cherry tomatoes in this dish. Add a little extra sauce if you choose to make it with zucchini noodles instead of cauliflower rice. (Oh, and don't forget the Parmesan.)
Total time: 40 minutes
You didn't think that we were going to leave out our vegan friends, did you? In this healthier take on macaroni and cheese, gluten-free noodles are coated in a cashew-cream sauce that relies on nutritional yeast to up the cheese factor. Simply throw in some broccoli for added nutrition.
Total time: 20 minutes
Another creamy option is this recipe for penne pasta with brussels sprouts, chicken breast, and a sauce made from broth and cream of mushroom. Top with any of your favorite steamed or roasted veggies and plenty of mozzarella cheese (more is definitely better).
Total time: 30 minutes
Is there anything more delicious sounding than chicken alfredo? Then combine that with Fettucine and you have the makings of dinner heaven. The best part is, this one's super easy to make in an instant pot. In fact, it's ready in 30 minutes or less. Voila!
This is the perfect recipe for when you're feeling lazy, and for me, that's almost every night of the week during these cold winter nights. The best part about this recipe is you can make extra in the instant pot and have it pre-prepared for those nights when you really need to get dinner on the table fast.
Pizza with pasta in a crockpot? It doesn't really get much better than that. Okay, so this one says it's made in a crockpot but the recipe also translates to an instant pot too. This one is gluten-free, but you can interchange whatever pasta you prefer.
Up next: 14 slow-cooker recipes that make weeknights easy.
This story was originally published on January 16, 2018, and has since been updated.