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    Sep 11, 2019

    18 Instant Pot Pastas That Pretty Much Make Themselves

    If you haven't cooked pasta in your Instant Pot yet, you're missing out.

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    If you haven't cooked pasta in your Instant Pot yet, you're missing out.

    Pasta recipes are one of the best (and most underrated!) uses for the pressure cooker. Here's why: Everything cooks in one pot, so not only are you saving on cleanup and cook time, but you're also allowing the noodles to cook directly in the sauce. That means they'll absorb even more flavor — from the inside out — than the traditional stovetop method. Here are some of our favorite Instant Pot ideas for your next pasta night. 🍝

    1. Instant Pot Ground Beef & Pasta

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    This only pressure cooks for five minutes — and prep is super easy because you'll use your favorite store-bought marinara sauce as the base.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Ground Beef & Pasta

    2. Instant Pot Pasta Primavera

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    Packed with vegetables — plus an extra boost of protein from using chickpea noodles instead of traditional ones.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pasta Primavera

    3. Instant Pot Lasagna

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    All of your favorite lasagna flavors with way less fuss.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Lasagna

    4. Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

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    Faster (and way tastier) than the boxed stuff.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

    5. Stuffed Shells With Meat Sauce

    Instead of spooning the cheese mixture ever so ~perfectly~ into the raw shells, make it easier by scooping the filling into a piping bag (or reusable Ziploc) first — then squeezing it in.

    Recipe: Stuffed Shells With Meat Sauce

    6. Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

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    Cubing the chicken breasts into small pieces first means that everything cooks through in a flash.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

    7. Sausage Pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce

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    Sausage is a great go-to protein to keep in the fridge, especially for pasta dishes. It's cheap, versatile, and — if you buy the pre-cooked version — it lasts a long time unopened.

    Recipe: Sausage Pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce

    8. 4-Ingredient Mac 'n' Cheese

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    It seriously doesn't get much easier than this.

    Recipe: 4-Ingredient Mac 'n' Cheese

    9. Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

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    This hearty pasta also packs plenty of protein and colorful veggies — like red and green peppers (loaded with Vitamin C!) and baby spinach.

    Recipe: Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

    10. Shortcut Spaghetti and Meatballs

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    The shortcuts here are using store-bought sauce and frozen meatballs. It means the whole thing is ready in no time.

    Recipe: Shortcut Spaghetti and Meatballs

    11. Veggie-Packed Mac 'n' Cheese

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    Featuring the green trinity: broccoli, spinach, and pesto.

    Recipe: Veggie-Packed Mac 'n' Cheese

    12. Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli

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    This can also be easily adapted to cook low and slow in the Crock Pot for several hours. (Just add the pasta near the end so it doesn't overcook.)

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli

    13. Tuscan Chicken Pasta

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    Creamy garlic sauce, golden brown chicken, and a dinner that pretty much cooks itself? I'm in.

    Recipe: Tuscan Chicken Pasta

    14. Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo With Chicken

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    To upgrade the jarred sauce, you'll also toss in fresh garlic, parsley, and Parm.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo With Chicken

    15. Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Pasta With Meat Sauce

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    Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite things to use the Instant Pot for because it only takes about 15 minutes of high pressure to cook down a large raw squash. (In the oven, it's often closer to 30 or 40 minutes!)

    Recipe: Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Pasta With Meat Sauce

    16. Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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    This goes from pot to plate in less than 30 minutes.

    Recipe: Creamy Pasta Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

    17. Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi

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    You can use frozen shrimp or fresh shrimp for this — just cook the latter for a bit less when you're sautéing to kick off.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi

    18. Creamy Cajun Chicken Alfredo

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    Dinner-wise, is there anything better than creamy, dreamy chicken alfredo? (Nope!)

    Recipe: Creamy Cajun Chicken Alfredo