Instant Pot Pizza Pasta is a family favorite meal, cheesy and with lots of delicious pepperonis. An easy perfect dinner, for a busy weeknight.
Easy Instant Pot Pizza Pasta Recipe
Instant Pot Pizza Pasta is another delicious Instant Pot pasta dinner that is easy to make and equally delicious. This meal is always a great success, kids and adults love it equally. It helps that its made with easy to find ingredients and its ready in 30 minutes, just only by using the Instant Pot.
You don’t have to pre-cook the pasta, you just add everything to the pot and let it do its magic. The Instant Pot Pizza Pasta is hearty, cheesy and fantastically good.
The tart tomato sauce, the slightly salty pepperoni, create such an amazing and tasty meal. You can also customize it, add some bell peppers, or top the pasta with black olives and caramelized onions, The possibilities are endless!
- I always say this, but a good meat-centered meal starts with quality meat, preferably use organic beef for this meal.
- Also, look for fresh meat, that has a bright color, and that has a 15-20% fat content to get great flavor and tenderness.
- Browning the beef is essential, it will lock in the flavors and the beef juices and also elevate the meat flavor.
- You don’t have to pre-cook the pasta for this recipe. Just add the uncooked pasta to the pot and 5 minutes on HP will give you al-dente pasta. 6 minutes will result in more well-cooked pasta.
- Any ground meat can be used for this dish. Like, chicken, turkey or pork. The cooking time will still be the same if you use the same amount of the other ingredients listed in the recipe.
- In addition, for a spicier kick, add red pepper flakes or hot sauce.
- The Pizza Pasta can be made with pizza sauce, tomato sauce or marinara sauce. Also, you can use diced tomatoes in your favorite flavor.
- I added an Italian four-cheese blend, mozzarella or provolone will also work well. For a spicier kick, you can use pepper jack cheese as well.
- This meal can be made with other types of pasta, I like to use large shells, macaroni or elbows.
- Instant Pot – I have the 6 quarts one. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.
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How to store this pressure cooker pasta?
If you have leftovers, this dish can be easily stored in the refrigerator. Prior to storing it, ensure it is completely cooled down. Then, transfer it to an airtight container, and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Looking for more Instant Pot Pasta Recipes? Check these out:
- Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Pasta
- Cheesy Instant Pot Taco Pasta
- Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Pasta
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Instant Pot Pizza Pasta
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 yellow onion ( diced)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup tomato sauce or pizza sauce
- 5 ounces pepperoni slices
- 2 1/2 cups beef broth
- 8 oz cellentani pasta
- 2 cups Four Cheeses mix
- Set Instant Pot to Saute.
- Once the IP is hot, melt the butter.
- Add the diced onion and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the ground beef, to get a nice sear on it. Break it up using a wooden spoon as it cooks.
- Once the ground beef has been almost fully cooked, with minimal red spots, add minced garlic, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add tomato sauce and pepperoni. Stir to combine.
- Add beef broth and scrape well the bottom of the pot to remove any bits of beef that stuck to it. If needed, you can add a little beef broth right after you cook the beef.
- Add pasta. Stir to combine.
- Cover and seal the lid. Make sure the valve points to Sealed. Change setting to manual and adjust time to 5 minutes on High Pressure.
- Once Instant Pot beeps to show that it's done, do a quick release, by changing the position of the valve to Vent. Carefully remove cover and stir.
- Turn off the Instant Pot. Remove the lid and stir the pasta.
- Top with the cheese, put the lid back on but don't seal. Allow a minute or two for the cheese to start melting. Stir to combine.
- Serve topped with chopped parsley.