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Instant Pot Ziti Recipe

Under 30 minutes for this easy, flavorful Instant Pot Ziti Recipe. Packed with flavor and CHEESE, you’ll love this delicious weeknight dinner in the pressure cooker!

My family is obsessed with pasta, sauce, and meat. One of our go to dinners is Instant Pot Meatball Sliders. Served on a bun or over pasta, it’s a family favorite!

Plate of ziti made in the instant pot with parmesan cheese and garlic bread

I was on a mission this past week to conquer all things ziti.

You may recall this delicious Baked Ziti recipe that I shared. It’s seriously THE BEST. 

Baked Ziti is known in my house as “lasagna with mostacchioli noodles.” Not quite, but dang, pretty close.

  • Thick meaty marinara sauce
  • Tangy ricotta cheese filling
  • Baked with extra mozzarella on top

While Baked Ziti is fantastic, I wanted to try my hand at making it in the Instant Pot.

Let me just cut to the chase and say, it turned out fantastic. Using my baked ziti recipe as the base…this Instant Pot Ziti Recipe was a winner, with so much flavor.

Unlike most Instant Pot Ziti recipes, my version still has the ricotta filling like you would find in a traditional recipe. All the zing and flavor with half the work!

How to make Instant Pot Ziti

Step by step process of instant pot ziti recipe

STEP 1: Turn Instant Pot to “Saute” and add olive oil, diced onions, and pressed garlic. Heat for about 2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon.

STEP 2: Add ground beef and mild Italian sausage. Cook and brown in the “Saute” mode until done. When browned, turn Instant Pot off.

DEGLAZE THE POT. Add your beef broth and with a wooden spoon get all the bits from the bottom of the pot or you will get the burn notice!

STEP 3: To the pressure cooker, add marinara sauce (your favorite spaghetti sauce), Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Do not Stir.

STEP 4: Pour in uncooked Ziti noodles. Do NOT stir. Using the wooden spoon, press the noodles until they are submerged in the sauce, but not stirred.

STEP 5: Secure lid to instant pot, making sure it is on “SEALING“. Turn pressure cooker on high “Pressure Cook” for 6 minutes. Allow to cook then do a QUICK RELEASE.

PRO TIP. Hold a thin tea towel above the release valve (several inches away) to  prevent the liquid to spray all over your cabinets. Pasta liquid will usually spray longer too!

STEP 6: While the pasta is cooking, make the cheese mixture by combining ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, parsley, and cottage cheese. Set aside.

STEP 7: Once the pressure is released, open lid. Spoon in the cheese mixture, stirring until fully combined. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Instant Pot Baked Ziti on a spoon
Ziti on a plate with instant pot and garlic bread in background.

Can Instant Pot Ziti be made on the stove top?

Yes!

For this recipe, you can make the meat sauce in a large skillet (while cooking the noodles in a separate pot). Omit the extra beef broth from the recipe, as you won’t need it.

Once the noodles are done cooking, drain them and add them to the skillet (or add the sauce to the pot with the drained noodles if your skillet isn’t large enough).

Drop in the cheese mixture, mix until combined and serve hot!

Serving Suggestions

If you’ve ever been to Olive Garden and had their ziti, you know how good it is paired with salad. This Italian Salad is JUST LIKE Olive Garden’s recipe. Only better because you don’t have to leave the house!

Whip up a batch of these easy, no knead Garlic Dinner rolls to go with your dump and serve ziti recipe. You’ll love the flavor!

My family could eat Caesar Salad with every meal. Good thing I’ve got an easy, homemade caesar dressing recipe (and no raw eggs needed)!

Ziti with parmesan and basil in Instant Pot.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use your favorite combination of meat, from ground beef, Italian sausage, and ground turkey!
  • Avoid the “burn notice” by following directions exactly. Do NOT stir the noodles into the sauce.
  • You can substitute penne pasta if you desire. Both work great in this recipe, trapping sauce and cheese in the tubes of pasta.
  • Cheese. Stir the cheese in at the end completely, adding more or less to your taste.
Ziti on a white plate and garnished with parmesan cheese.

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Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Ziti Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Under 30 minutes for this easy, flavorful Instant Pot Ziti Recipe. Packed with flavor and CHEESE, you'll love this delicious weeknight dinner in the pressure cooker!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • ½ lb. ground beef
  • ½ lb. mild Italian sausage
  • 1 jar (24oz) marinara sauce (your favorite pasta sauce)
  • 1 ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 8 oz ziti, uncooked
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese

Instructions

  1. Turn Instant Pot to "Saute" and add olive oil, diced onions, and pressed garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add ground beef and mild Italian sausage. Cook and brown in the "Saute" mode until done. When browned, turn Instant Pot off.
  3. Add beef broth to the pot and using a wooden spoon DEGLAZE the bottom by scraping all the bits and pieces stuck to the pot. This will prevent the burn notice.
  4. To the pressure cooker, add marinara sauce (your favorite spaghetti sauce), Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. DO NOT STIR.
  5. Pour in uncooked Ziti noodles. Do NOT stir. Using the wooden spoon, press the noodles gently until they are submerged in the sauce, but not stirred.
  6. Secure lid to instant pot, making sure it is on "SEALING". Turn pressure cooker on high "Pressure Cook" for 6 minutes. Allow to cook then do a QUICK RELEASE.
  7. While the pasta was cooking, make the cheese mixture in a small bowl by combining ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, parsley, and cottage cheese. Set aside.
  8. Once the pressure is released, open lid. Spoon in the cheese mixture, stirring until fully combined. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • Recipe tested in a 6qt Instant Pot.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 930mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 25g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Cheesy, creamy Instant Pot Ziti recipe. Ready in under 30 minutes!

About Aimee

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Posted on September 4, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. What is the reasoning for a 10 minute wait and then QR? I only ask because when I do mac and cheese I do 4 minutes and QR. Is it because there is so much sauce and you want the noodles to absorb more? I am making it now and I’m on the 10 minute countdown

  2. You do not need to double the time. I’ve made it several times in my 8qt, doubled ingredients every time, still 6 min cooking time!

  3. I really enjoy this recipe. I’ve made it a handful of times. Only change I make is I use all ground beef as I don’t eat pork products. The problem I have is that every time I make it, my IP never comes up to pressure. It starts the countdown without coming up. I have to open it, and brute force it by closing it in sealing position so it seals. I’ve checked the seal every time. I’ve made other recipes without issue. I scrape the pot before adding all the liquid to make sure there’s nothing stuck. I don’t stir after adding the pasta. I just press the pasta in as per your recipe. What am I doing wrong??

  4. I followed the instructions exactly but after the QR, I opened the pot and the noodles weren’t cooked. I put it on sauté until they cooked as I had stirred the pot already. Only my second recipe so I don’t know how to trouble shoot!!

  5. This was my first ever Burn notice and there wasn’t much liquid to it. I followed directions and did everything as usual after sauté, 

    1. If any of the meat was stuck to the bottom of the pan, the burn notice can get issued. After browning meat, be sure to deglaze before pressure cooking.

  6. If I double the recipe, do I need to add any time to the pressure cooking stage? I’ll use the 8 qt pot . Thanks!

      1. I’ve made this a few times and it’s come out perfect each time. I substitute ground turkey and chicken broth because I don’t do beef or pork. I did follow the suggestion to declare and had no issues. This pressure cook method infuses the pasta with so much flavor! And it’s so easy to make. Def one of my favorites! Thank you!

  7. How much ziti? My grocery store only had penne, so I subbed in a whole pound but I got multiple burn warnings. I’m assuming this was the issue.

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