The Ultimate Instant Pot Lasagna [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot Lasagna is cheesy and hearty! The best part is that you don’t have to boil the noodles. Layer everything and let the pressure cooker work its magic.

Instant Pot Pasta Recipes are incredibly popular on the blog, and I make them very often for our family. Among our favorites are the Cheeseburger Macaroni, the famous Lasagna Soup, and the kid’s favorite Pizza Pasta. It only made sense, to finally share my recipe for pressure cooker lasagna, and I promise you, its a must try!

Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe

The Best Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe

Instant Pot Lasagna is another cheesy, rich and hearty recipe, that you can easily make in the electric pressure cooker. This recipe is for a classic lasagna, that has layers of lasagna noodles, marinara sauce, browned ground beef, and a cheesy layer.

The cheesy layer is probably my favorite, as I have combined three of my favorites: ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

Making lasagna has never been easier, I like that I can use the pressure cooker to brown the beef and later cook the lasagna in it. The lasagna turns out perfectly cooked, juicy, flavorful and its ready in just under one hour, from start to finish. Also, in case you don’t have an Instant Pot, you should try my oven baked Chicken Spinach Lasagna.

What is Lasagna?

Lasagna is the singular form “Lasagne”, which is a type of wide and flat pasta. It is usually prepared by being stacked with sauces and ingredients such as meats, vegetables, and cheese, and sometimes topped with melted grated cheese.

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Easy Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe

Specialty items needed to make this Instant pot lasagna

What noodles to use for Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe

Classic noodles can be used, but you will have to boil them before adding to the pan. To cut the preparation time and make this recipe easier, I recommend using no-boil noodles. They can be found in the pasta aisle of most grocery stores. Don’t worry about breaking the noodles to fit the pan perfectly, after cooking the lasagna, it won’t be noticeable.

How long do you cook lasagna in the Instant Pot

Lasagna cooks fairly quickly in the pressure cooker. All you need is 22 minutes on High Pressure with a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release.

The Best Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe

How to make Instant Pot Lasagna?

While this recipe is fairly easy, there are a few steps that you have to follow. First, gather your ingredients and specialty items, to have everything on hand.

  • Browning the Beef – for the best flavor, you have to brown the beef. You can do it in the pressure cooker on sauté, or in a pan. In addition, this recipe can be made with, ground chicken or ground sausage meat, or a combination of ground sausage and ground beef.
  • Cheese Layer – for the cheese layer I have combined ricotta, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. You can easily just use shredded mozzarella. If you plan on using the ricotta, add one egg, it improves the texture.
  • Sauce – to save time, I choose to use store-bought marinara sauce. Also, use your favorite homemade or store-bought sauce. If you want to make a white lasagna, use Alfredo sauce.
  • Lasagna Noodles – preferably use no-boil lasagna noodle sheets and break them to fit the pan.
  • Layering – there is no rule how you should layer your ingredients, but always start with the lasagna noodles and finish with a final layer of lasagna noodles topped with sauce and cheese.
  • Vegetarian option – to make this lasagna vegetarian skip the meat layer and double the ingredients for the cheese layer.
  • Cooking – always cover the lasagna with foil. Make a tent so the foil doesn’t touch the cheese.

How to freeze uncooked lasagna?

  • Assemble the lasagna in a dish that can be frozen. Most glass or ceramic casserole dishes are fine for this purpose.
  • Specifically for this recipe, use a dish that can be placed in the pressure cooker to cook the lasagna.
  • Also, keep in mind that when using an aluminum pan for freezing the lasagna, the food might end up picking up a tinny taste.
  • Cover the lasagna with freezer-safe plastic wrap. Then, wrap the plastic around the entire dish, to make sure there are no gaps in the wrap where air could get in and cause freezer burn.
  • Wrap the dish tightly in aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months for best flavor. It will keep good for 6 months or more.

How to freeze cooked instant pot lasagna?

  • First, let lasagna cool to room temperature. An entire cooked lasagna can be frozen in a freezer safe dish. Most glass or ceramic casserole dishes are fine for this purpose.
  • Also, if the lasagna has been but into individual pieces, refrigerate it first, for the layers to settle, it makes wrapping them easier.
  • Cover the lasagna with freezer-safe plastic wrap. Then, wrap the plastic around the entire dish, to make sure there are no gaps in the wrap where air could get in and cause freezer burn.
  • The individual lasagna slices can be individually wrapped in freezer-safe plastic wrap and foil or added to freezer safe bags. This is a great alternative for those who don’t want to thaw an entire lasagna or want to cook smaller food portions.
  • Then, freeze for up to 3 months for best flavor. It will keep good for 6 months or more.

How to thaw and reheat frozen lasagna

  • The night before you intend to have the lasagna for dinner, transfer it from the freezer to the fridge and thaw it overnight.
  • Once thawed, cook the lasagna or reheat if it has been already cooked.
  • If you try to bake it while it’s still frozen or partially frozen, it will cook unevenly and it won’t be as good.

Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe step-by-step video:

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Easy Instant Pot Lasagna
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

Cheese Layer:

  • 1 cup  Ricotta cheese 
  • 1  large egg 
  • 1/2 cup  Mozzarella cheese  (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup  Parmesan cheese  (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon  dried basil 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried thyme 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon  Italian Seasoning 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper 

Meat Layer:

  • 1 pound  ground beef  (or ground chicken or ground Italian sausage meat)
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 1  small onion  (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon  minced garlic 

Sauce and Pasta Layers:

  • 1 24 oz  jar pasta sauce or marinara sauce 
  • 9  No-boil lasagna noodles  (depends on the size)
  • 1 cup  Mozzarella cheese  (shredded)

For Cooking:

  • 1 1/2 cup  water 

Instructions

Cheese Layer:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients listed in the "Cheese Layer" section. Stir to combine and set aside.

Meat Layer:

  1. Press Sauté button on the Instant Pot, once it reads hot, add olive oil to the inner pot.
  2. Add meat, and cook unmoved for 1-2 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, break the beef and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add diced onion, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Saute stirring occasionally for 1-2 minutes, until the onion is soft.
  4. Scoop mixture from the Instant Pot and add it to a bowl.
  5. Add 1 1/2 cup of water to the pot and deglaze it. Turn off the pressure cooker.

Assembling:

  1. In a 7x 3 springform pan or push pan, start layering the ingredients in the following order.
  2. First layer: break about 3-4 no-boil noodles and arrange them to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Second layer: Spread about 3/4 - 1 cup of the pasta sauce over the noodles, smooth the sauce using the back of a spoon, and make sure the noodles are well covered.
  4. Third layer: Spread 1/2 of the meat mixture evenly on top of the sauce layer. Press slightly.
  5. Fourth layer: Spread 1/2 of the cheese mixture evenly on top of the meat layer. Press slightly.
  6. Repeat 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th layer. Press slightly.
  7. Add a final layer of no-boil lasagna noodles. Press slightly. Cover with sauce and sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on top.
  8. Spray a sheet of foil with nonstick spray and cover the pan, the foil should not touch the cheese, aim for it for be 1 inch from the top lasagna layer.

Cooking:

  1. Assuming that you have not discarded the 1 1/2 cup of water from the Instant Pot, if you did, then add 1 1/2 cup of water to the pot.
  2. Place the covered lasagna pan on a trivet with handles and add it to the inner pot.
  3. Close and lock the lid. Point the steam knob to the Sealing position.
  4. Press the Pressure Cook or Manual button and input 22 minutes.
  5. When the cooking cycle has ended, follow with a 15 minutes Natural Release. Then, turn the knob to the Venting position to release any remaining steam.
  6. Open the pressure cooker and transfer the lasagna pan to a cooling rack.

  7. Turn on the oven broiler to 450 degrees F and place an oven rack in the middle of the oven.
  8. Remove the foil cover, sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and carefully, wearing oven mittens, transfer the lasagna pan to the oven.
  9. Broil for just a few minutes, until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Watch it closely to not burn it!

Removing From Pan:

  1. Remove the lasagna from the oven, and let it rest on a cooling rack for about 10-15 minutes. This will help maintain its shape when you try to remove it from the pan.
  2. Release the lasagna from the springform pan and slide it onto a plate.
  3. To release the lasagna from a push pan, wearing oven mittens, lift the pan and place it on a large aluminum or stainless steel can (anything canned!) while still holding the pan. Carefully and slowly press down by the sides of the pan. The bottom of the push pan with the lasagna will remain on top of the can, quickly slide another plate under the lasagna.
  4. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired. Slice and serve.
Calories: 563 Carbohydrates: 43 Protein: 37 Fat: 26 Saturated Fat: 11 Cholesterol: 112 Sodium: 1260 Potassium: 806 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 7 Vitamin A: 960 Vitamin C: 10.1 Calcium: 523 Iron: 4.3
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Melanie Bauer

Ooh this looks so good! I need to try this immediately, love it!

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Katerina @ diethood .com

Oh my goodness!! This looks absolutely delicious!! My family would LOVE it!!

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Toni | Boulder Locavore

This is making me hungry! Looks really good!

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Jamielyn

Love this idea! Perfect for busy weeknights!

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Abeer

I love the idea of making lasagna in the Instant Pot! This needs to happen soon!

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Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

Ultimate comfort food! Looks amazing!

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Annie

I dont have a pan that fits inside of my instant pot... i have a fagor brand.... any suggestes ways i can cook this? Or alternatives?

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you need a pan that would fit in the IP, there is really no work around it. You can order the pan from Amazon, I link to it in the blog post.

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Dale Sharpe

I have a round oven safe baking dish that fits my instapot. OK to use it?

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yes, should be ok

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I have an anchor set that I bought at Walmart. I make a lot of things in it. When I use a glass bowl, I add another minute or two onto the cooking time to allow for the bowl to heat up. I love using these bowls as I cook, serve, and store leftovers in them!!! (the set I got even came with lids for storage after cooking/cooling).

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Susan

Do you know how long it took to come to pressure? I see the rest of the times 22 mins hp, 15 mins npr, 5 or so for broil, 10-15 min set time.

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may take about 10-15 minutes.

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Miranda

It turned out great. The only thing I would change is the amount of seasoning. The spices should be cut in half, it was very overpowering. I will try it again but with less seasoning. 

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