The Ultimate Instant Pot Lasagna [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 7 reviews

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. Check out the recipe video attached below for an easy step by step tutorial. 

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

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 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.

Easy Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe

Specialty items needed to make this pressure cooker lasagna

How to make Instant Pot Lasagna?

While this recipe is fairly easy, there are a few steps that you have to follow. For exact measures please see the recipe card below. Also, I have attached a short video tutorial on how to cook it. 

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 on 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 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

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 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 the 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.

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Notes on Pressure Cooker Lasagna:

  • We highly recommend covering the lasagna with foil. This will prevent the condensation from forming on the top. 
  • You can use marinara or homemade tomato sauce. Just go with what you like the most. Also, try using a good quality marinara sauce as it makes a huge difference in this dish. 
  • Also, this recipe can be made with other meats. Ground beef, chicken, turkey, or Italian sausages all work great here. Go with what you have on hand, or what you like the most. 
  • Similarly, for a Meatless Instant Pot Lasagna, just omit the meat altogether. 
  • We recommend using Mozarella or Parmesan cheeses here. But you can also use any other type. 

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5 from 7 reviews

Easy Instant Pot Lasagna

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 Instant Pot work its magic.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

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Nutrition information

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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Kristi Wheeler

I love the cheese layer! I usually just layer different cheese separately. I love the mixture, it's really tasty.

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Nina

Can I use fresh homemade lasagna noodles?

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Yes, that will work.

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Victoria

I use regular lasagna noodles, I soak them in hot water for 5 minutes before use.

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