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!


  • 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


  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!


  • Recipe tested in a 6qt Instant Pot.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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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