Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Pasta, as seen on Food Network.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Instant Pot Pasta

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
What's the saying about a watched pot? If you don't feel like waiting for water to boil, here is your solution for perfectly cooked al dente pasta, ready in no time.


Special equipment:
a 4-, 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot® multi-cooker
  1. Combine 1 pound penne, 4 cups water and 2 teaspoons kosher salt in an Instant Pot® multi-cooker. Follow the manufacturer's guide for locking the lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
  2. After the pressure-cook cycle is complete, follow the manufacturer's guide for quick release and wait until the quick-release cycle is complete. Being careful of any remaining steam, unlock and remove the lid. There is no need to drain the pasta, but you can stir in 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil to keep it from sticking.

Cook’s Note

We don't recommend trying this with other pasta shapes, such as rigatoni and bowtie, as they cooked unevenly during our testing. For every 4 ounces of pasta, use 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.