Instant Pot Pizza Pasta

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When you can’t decide between pizza and pasta, make both!This Instant Pot Pizza Pasta brings all your favorite pizza toppings together in an easy one-pot pasta dinner.

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Pizza pasta made in the pressure cooker.
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Pizza Pasta Recipe

Putting pizza ingredients in pasta is almost a no-brainer (remember these stuffed pizza shells). Kids love this cheesy combination of sausage, pepperoni and pizza sauce AND it’s so easy to make in the Instant Pot.

I’ve made this dozens of times and love experimenting with different combinations of toppings. The version I’m sharing here today makes a perfect pasta that tastes just like biting into a hot slice of pizza.

Instead of ordering a pizza tonight, fire up your Instant Pot and give this delicious Pizza Pasta recipe a try.

It’ll be ready in less time than it takes to wait for delivery!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make pizza pasta in the Instant Pot.
  • Italian sausage – I used mild sausage however hot or medium sausage can be substituted if you want the pasta spicier.
  • Rotini pasta – Penne and bow tie pasta work great in this recipe too.
  • Pepperoni – Use mini pepperoni for best results.
  • Mozzarella and Parmesan – Buy in blocks and shred them yourself at home. Store bought pre-grated cheese doesn’t melt as smoothly as freshly shredded.

I also use green peppers, mushrooms and onions in this recipe because I love them on pizza! You can swap them out for other favorite pizza toppings, if you prefer.

Step by Step Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make pizza pasta in pressure cooker.

STEP 1. Brown the sausage

Set your Instant Pot to SAUTE. Cook the sausage in olive oil with diced onions until brown and crumbled. Turn off the Instant Pot.

STEP 2. Deglaze

Add the broth to the pot and use a wooden spoon to scrape off any bits of meat or onion on the sides and bottom of the pot.

STEP 3. Add pasta and vegetables

Add the seasonings and stir to combine. Now, add the mushrooms and green peppers and pasta. DO NOT stir!

Pour the pizza sauce over the uncooked pasta and spread so the sauce covers all the noodles. Be careful NOT to stir it!

Top with the mini pepperoni.

STEP 4. Pressure Cook

Cover the pot with your lid, set the valve to sealing and select HIGH PRESSURE for a cook time of 4 minutes. When the cook time ends, quickly release the remaining pressure by turning the valve to “venting.”

STEP 5. Add cheese

Take off the lid (away from your face–it’ll be HOT!) and stir in the cheese and black olives. Make sure all the ingredients are well combined. Serve hot and enjoy!

Cheesy pizza pasta casserole in the Instant Pot.

Serving Suggestions

Pizza Pasta makes a complete meal all on its own. It’s also amazing with a light side dish like this Olive Garden Salad or some Soft Garlic Breadsticks.

I like to serve the pasta with some extra red pepper flakes and grated parmesan on the table so everyone can add more to their liking.

Looking for a low carb pizza dinner? Try this delicious Crustless pizza casserole recipe!

Find more of our favorite Instant Pot Recipes for your next weeknight dinner!

Recipe FAQs

Does this recipe work with different pasta shapes?

Yes, this recipe will work just as well with bow tie, penne or medium shell pasta. Anything that’s similar in size to the rotini is delicious here.

What size Instant Pot do I need for this recipe?

I tested the pizza pasta recipe in a 6 quart instant pot.

Can I make this with gluten free pasta?

Yes, this recipe will work with gluten free pasta, too.

How long does it take to make this recipe?

You can make this recipe in under 20 minutes. The longest part is waiting for the pot to come to pressure. The Instant Pot will be very full, so it takes a little longer than other dishes.

Pizza pasta in a bowl with instant pot in background.

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5 from 7 votes
By: Aimee
When you can't decide between pizza and pasta, make both! This Instant Pot Pizza Pasta brings all your favorite pizza toppings together in an easy one-pot pasta dinner.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 10 servings


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • ½ cup diced yellow onion about 1 small
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 green pepper diced and seeded
  • 1 pound box rotini pasta uncooked
  • 2 jars each pizza sauce 14 oz
  • 5 oz mini pepperoni
  • 1 can sliced black olives 3.8 oz
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
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  • Turn Instant Pot on SAUTE. Add olive oil, Italian Sausage (bulk, not the links), and diced onion. Cook until sausage is crumbled and browned (about 8-10 minutes). Turn pressure cooker off.
  • Add broth to pot with sausage and using a wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the pot to remove all the bits of browned meat (this is called deglazing, and when done correctly will prevent a burn notice).
  • Add Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes, stir everything together.
  • Add fresh mushrooms and green pepper, DO NOT STIR. Add the uncooked pasta and DO NOT STIR.
  • Pour both jars of sauce over the uncooked pasta, without stirring, spread so no pasta is visible. DO NOT STIR.
  • Top with slices of mini pepperoni.
  • Secure the lid and make sure the valve is set to SEALING. Select HIGH PRESSURE or MANUAL and set a cook time of 4 minutes. The pot will take awhile to come to pressure because of the large amount of contents.
  • When the cook time ends, do a quick release of pressure by moving the valve on top to VENTING.
  • Once the pressure is released, open the lid away from your face, and stir everything together. Add black olives and cheese, stir and serve hot.


  • Recipe tested in 6 qt Instant Pot
  • Penne or bow tie pasta are also delicious in this dish.


Calories: 421kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 1212mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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All the flavorful sausage, cheesy goodness and spicy pepperoni make Pizza Pasta made in the Instant Pot a kid-friendly dinnertime hit!

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Posted on February 2, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. This recipe was so easy and came out perfect in the IP! I cooked the onions and green pepper separately and let people add them according to their preferences. This was a perfect meal for hungry teenagers and they requested it for their next sleepover!

  2. It’s the first time that I tried this pizza pasta recipe and my kids loved it! It was very easy to make, I cooked it in less than 30 minutes. This is going to be our new go-to-snack recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    This is perfect for busy weeknights! Pasta is always a winning dish in our house and the fun pizza twist was loved by everyone in the family.

  4. This is a great recipe!! I made it tonight and all plates were licked clean. I’ll be adding this to my arsenal!

5 from 7 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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