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Instant Pot Pasta and Meatballs

Instant Pot Pasta and Meatballs is a quick and easy one pot dinner made in the pressure cooker. It's perfect for busy days and when you're on vacation!
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword instant pot pasta and meatballs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Pressure and release time 15 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 320kcal
Author Dee


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 16 small meatballs (frozen)
  • 1 16-ounce box penne pasta (uncooked)
  • 1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce (no salt added)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)


  • Spread olive oil evenly over bottom of Instant Pot, and add meatballs
  • Add pasta over meatballs, and add marinara sauce and tomato sauce over pasta
  • Pour water around sides and over the pasta, and add Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Do Not Stir
  • Cover with lid, and turn vent to Sealing position
  • Hit PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes cook time, do a quick release 
  • When pin drops, carefully open lid and stir pasta and sauce together. Top with Parmesan cheese, if using, and serve.



Recipe was made in 8-quart Instant Pot and 6 quart using Cooked Perfect Meatballs, Barilla brand pasta and marinara sauce and Hunts tomato sauce. Amounts and cook time are same for both size pressure cookers.


Calories: 320kcal