Back in 2015 when I jumped on the Instant Pot Bandwagon, the whole “IP” craze was just starting to unravel ~ and I gave in… the pot arrived a few days later and I was in heaven.
Why would anyone want to keep their crock pot when this thing IS a crock pot + a myriad of other things?
When you can throw dinner in, walk away, and cook it in half the time – well, that’s pretty darn incredible. With a family of 7, we are always in a funk to get out the door to practice and lessons – so it only makes sense that we invest in something that can help us streamline our time.
One of the first questions I asked myself way back in 2015 was whether or not I could cook pasta in the Instant Pot.
I did a lot of searching.
All I could find was the recommendation against cooking pasta in the Instant Pot, and I wasn’t sure exactly why. But… I wasn’t ready to call it quits, so I decided to use it for pasta anyways (call me a rebel!) and it worked wonderfully.
Disclosure: I have done spaghetti in the Instant Pot, but for the sake of this post, pasta is defined as the elbow macaroni, penne pasta, bow-tie type. Not that spaghetti doesn’t work – because it sure does…. but these other pastas cook so much better.
And bonus: we did use gluten-free pasta and it cooks up perfect every time.
We have picked up organic pasta at Costco, and regular Barilla pasta at the grocery store – it’s incredibly wonderful to be able to make a whole box of regular pasta for many reasons:
- We can keep the cooked & drained pasta refrigerated and throw into our own homemade mac and cheese in a hurry
- If they kids are hungry, we can warm up the pasta and serve with sauce, or stir in ground beef that is pre-cooked for an easy dinner
- It’s an amazing way to serve up Pesto – any of these 5pesto recipes OR, this arugula pesto combined with pasta make for a really healthy meatless meal
So there you have it. Give it a try & let us know how it works for you!
- 1 box of pasta, 12 - 16 oz (macaroni, bow-tie, penne, rigatoni)
- 4 C water (more or less)
- In the empty instant pot, pour the box of pasta in, and add 4 C. of water.
- You want JUST enough water to cover the pasta by 1/2 - 1 inch (which is about 4 C. depending on the size of your pasta box).
- Make sure that the water covers the pasta, then place the lid on the Instant Pot and close the valve (seal).
- Set the timer for manual (high) for 4 minutes.
- The pot will count down 4 minutes once it reaches pressure.
- Once the pot beeps finished, turn "OFF" the pot and perform a quick release.
- Use a slotted spoon to spoon the pasta into a bowl and drain off excess water (if any).