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Instant Pot Meaty Italian Pasta dinner is an easy pasta recipe for dinner. It’s made all in one pot with almost no work.

Instant Pot Meaty Italian Pasta Dinner
Instant Pot Meaty Italian Pasta Dinner

This Italian instant pot recipe with ground beef and Italian sausage is full of meat and noodly goodness. It’s sort of like a goulash lasagna. So yum.

I LOVE that I can sauté in the instant pot, throw in the rest of the ingredients, batten down the hatches and pressure cook up a delicious quick dinner.

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Instant Pot Meaty Italian Pasta Dinner
Instant Pot Meaty Italian Pasta Dinner

The best Pressure cooker recipes are all hands off once that pressure cooker lid is sealed. This Italian pasta recipe is one of those. A quick easy dinner. 

The noodles in this Italian sausage instant pot meal came out perfect.

Easy pressure cooker recipes like this one make life for the cook easy. No more running back and forth to the stove checking on it. Quick release and serve.

In the picture above you see this Italian beef instant pot recipe made with my frozen homemade roasted peppers  and frozen whole tomatoes from our organic garden.

Instant Pot Meaty Italian Pasta Dinner
Instant Pot Meaty Italian Pasta Dinner is a delicious easy dinner idea.

Use jarred roasted red peppers and canned whole or diced tomatoes if that’s what you have. I adjusted the recipe for you. 🙂

Set the controls and walk away. I bought the glass lid accessory and the silicone pot holders to keep life easy.

TIP: If you don’t have the glass lid for sautè try your round crock pot lid to see if it fits. Just use a vented lid of any kind that fits the pot.

Italian Pasta Dinner:

As Instant pot Italian beef dinners go, this one is a winner. The flavors are similar to lasagna. We can’t stop eating it. 

NOTE: The balsamic vinegar is an important ingredient in this recipe. I hope you will not skip it. However, If you are out of balsamic vinegar do NOT substitute other vinegars like red wine or apple cider.

They are completely different flavors and will ruin the flavor profile of this recipe. If you have no choice simply omit the balsamic and replace with water as necessary. Add Italian Spices to beef up the flavor lost.

Instant Pot Pasta Recipe Tricks:

A few cooks have had problems with this dish burning. To correct that problem I adjusted the manual pressure to low.

The Bow Tie noodles and other thick noodles cook fine in five minutes on high. However, thin noodles can overheat.

Instant pot pasta dinner recipes can give you a burn message if you cook them on high pressure. Electric pressure cooker recipes are cooked differently than other methods.

Pressure cookers cook pasta under pressure in about 5 minutes. BUT IT STILL NEEDS LIQUIDS to absorb into the pasta.

The instant pot is a wonderful tool. but if you’re new to it or have never cooked pasta in the instant pot please follow the instructions for this recipe carefully .

PLEASE NOTE: We made a video demonstration for you on this recipe. I says to natural release the instant pot once the dinner is cooked. That is incorrect. I meant to say QUICK release.


  1. Brown your meat on the NORMAL temp setting for the sautè function.
  2. Drain very  fat meat. We use a lean organic grass fed hamburger so we don’t drain it.
  3. Don’t use very thin egg noodles or other thin noodles like spaghetti noodles for this recipe. I have had good luck with penne noodles and spiral noodles and the bow ties.
  4. Here’s how to adjust the pressure to low pressure as I suggest in the recipe. 
    1. There is a pressure button right above the manual button on your instant pot control panel. (at least that is true on my 6 quart duo-Your Pressure cooker may have a different panel).
    1. If you push this button it toggles back and forth between high and low pressure. A light will light up in the bar above the pressure button and the less normal more button that shows you if the pot is on high or low pressure.

I hope this helps. If you have a different pressure cooker than I do please refer to your manual on how to adjust the pressure to low for this recipe. 

This recipe is full of Italian flavor with the balsamic vinegar, roasted peppers, tomatoes, garlic and Mozzarella. It reminds me of the flavor of a lasagna on a local Italian restaurant menu. One of our favorites!

At serving Sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese over the top for flavor and garnish as desired.

This instant pot ground beef recipe with bulk Italian sausage is full of delicious meaty Italian flavor.

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Instant Pot Meaty Italian Pasta Dinner
Yield: 8

Instant Pot Meaty Italian Pasta Dinner

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A very fast, easy  and delicious dinner with lots of Italian flavors.


  • 1 15 oz. can can of whole or diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Avocado oil (or any oil)
  • 1 lb. Mild Italian bulk sausage
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 4 cloves garlic-chopped
  • 1/2 Cup roasted peppers-chopped
  • 12 oz. uncooked pasta, (choose a thick pasta like penne or bow ties)
  • 1 8 oz. can can tomato paste
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 1/2 Cups water
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese


Select saute' function on NORMAL and add the oil.

  1. Add the meat and break it up into bite sized chunks and cook until completely browned. (I use the GLASS lid during saute' to keep the splatters in the pot)
  2. Add the chopped garlic and chopped peppers and stir.
  3. Add the uncooked pasta and the water.
  4. Add the liquids and the tomatoes. Stir it all together.
  5. Secure the PRESSURE COOKING lid. Vent closed.

Select MANUAL function. Select ADJUST and set the time for 5 minutes.

  1. Select PRESSURE button and choose LOW pressure. (See notes on this in recipe notes)
  2. Seal the vent.
  3. When cooking is done turn the instant pot OFF and use quick release. The pasta should be completely cooked but not mushy. If it needs a few more minutes, hit the Saute' function button and cook until you're happy with the noodles. (mine came out perfect)
  4. At serving Sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese over the top for flavor and garnish as desired.


The total time on this recipe is around 40 minutes. The instant pot should come to pressure in 10 minutes or so after it is loaded, locked down and set.

Once it counts down the 5 minutes and beeps. Shut it off! Quick release the pressure valve and at serving garnish with the cheese.

Note on Video Demonstration: I incorrectly said natural release on the video. PLEASE QUICK release the pot once it's done.

Note on the pasta: I have made this recipe several time with different pastas. I would choose the bow tie pasta or other thick pasta like penne.

*TIP: Don't use very thin egg noodles or other thin noodles for this recipe. I have had good luck with penne noodles and spiral noodles and the bow ties.

*TIP: Use ONLY balsamic vinegars. If you don't have it omit it.

*Tip: If you DO get the burn message turn off you pot and quick release immediately. The dinner is usually fine to serve. A few noodles may have stuck to the bottom. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 1/2 Cups

Amount Per Serving Calories 463Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 61mgSodium 899mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 2gSugar 8gProtein 20g

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Instant Pot Meaty Italian Pasta dinner is an easy pasta recipe for dinner. It’s made all in one pot with almost no work.

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Saturday 11th of July 2020

I really like this recipe. It's been a meal prep staple for a while. What I also started doing was to use Chorizo instead of sausage and jalapenos instead of the italian pepper to give it more of a kick. Awesome recipe!


Saturday 11th of July 2020

Hi Jacob, Thanks so much for the great recipe review. Your version with the chorizo and jalapeños sounds very intriguing. I will definitely give that a try. Have a great day!


Sunday 14th of July 2019

I just made this and it came out pretty yummy. I added about a quarter cup more water using my 6 quart instant pot. I added the noodles after everything was mixed and just gently pushed them down so they were covered, they didn’t stick to the pot. I used balsamic vinegar but may be a little too much for our taste, next time I won’t have as much. Very easy to make and hoping my family will enjoy it :)


Sunday 14th of July 2019

Hi Ramona, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your tips and experience with this recipe. Balsamic vinegar can be a strong flavor depending on the brand and even how far down the bottle you are. I am happy you enjoyed this recipe. Have a great day!


Thursday 6th of June 2019

His quick question, is the prep time of 10 minutes the actual prep time to get things together or do we set the instant pot for 40 minutes and the prep time is for it to get up to speed. I've made this several times and now I can't remember what I did! Thank you D


Thursday 6th of June 2019

Hi D, Ten minutes prep, SET THE POT for 5 minutes manual. The pot will take about 10 minutes to get to pressure if all goes as it should. after the pot beeps QUICK release and serve. Enjoy!

Terence Tchen

Tuesday 21st of May 2019

Tried the recipe using Barilla Penne (I mention this as cook times vary depending on the pasta used as well as the brand of pasta). Pretty much followed the recipe, but make some cooking adjustments based on experience with other Instant Pot recipes as follows: After step 2 ("Add the chopped garlic and chopped peppers and stir"), do not add the pasta. Add the water, liquids and tomatoes but DON'T stir. Add the uncooked pasta (making sure they are covered by the liquids), but DON'T stir. Then cook as instructed. Based on other recipes, this method helps reduce the chances of getting the "Burn" message.


Tuesday 21st of May 2019

Hi Terrence, Thanks so much for adding your input on this recipe. Hope you enjoyed it. Have a great day!


Thursday 11th of April 2019

I just made this as my first instant pot recipe! I actually have an 8 quart crockpot version and not an instant pot. It turned out wonderfully. I read all the comments ahead of time about using an 8 quart instant pot and added a total of 3 cups of water. At the end of five minutes, the noodles weren’t quite al dente, so I took your advice and used the sauté function for a minute or two. This is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing it with us.


Thursday 11th of April 2019

Hi Lora, Yay! I'm so happy this recipe worked well for you. Kudos on figuring out how to successfully adapt it to your pressure cooker. This is one of our very favorite easy dinners. Thanks for rating the recipe! Have a great day!