One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta

Make this Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta Recipe in 30 mins! Comforting vegan pasta bursting with flavors. Great quick & easy dinner!

5 mins prep to make this Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta Recipe! Comforting vegetarian & vegan pasta bursting with umami flavors. This 30-mins Pressure Cooker Pasta meal is a great quick and easy dinner your family will love! 😀

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We are overwhelmed by the rave reviews for this One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Recipe: Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese, so it’s time for another one!

This time, we have a meatless vegetarian & vegan pasta in mind. 🙂

One of our Vegetarian restaurant partners specializes in creating classic comfort food with a vegetarian twist. The first time he invited us to taste test his gluten free vegetarian lasagna creation, as a classic lasagna lover, I was blown away by how the textures resemble the meat version!

Inspired by his vegetarian twists, we ventured to use mushrooms and zucchini squash as meat substitutes to create a vegetarian/vegan pressure cooker pasta. Mushroom is meaty in texture while zucchini’s crunch and texture works surprisingly well as a meat substitute in classic carnivore or pasta dishes.

Time for some Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta!

Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta Recipe Ingredients

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Ingredients for One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta

  • Penne
  • Onion
  • Shallot
  • Garlic
  • White mushrooms
  • Zucchini squash
  • Sherry wine
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried Basil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil

Pasta Sauce:

Make this Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta Recipe in 30 mins! Comforting vegan pasta bursting with flavors. Great quick & easy dinner!

Tools for One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta

Tips for One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta

1. Prevent Overcook Zucchini: Make sure the zucchini are thickly sliced to avoid overcooked Pressure Cooker zucchini (see picture below)

Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta Recipe - thickly sliced zucchini to avoid overcooking them in pressure cooker2. For Evenly Cooked Pasta: make sure all the Penne Rigate Pasta are completely submerged into the sauce before pressure cooking.

3. Dump-and-Go Option: For Busy families, you can dump all the ingredients into the pot for a fast and easy one pot meal. Just take note that the flavors will take a hit. Make sure to add the Penne Rigate pasta and tomato paste last and start the cooking cycle immediately.

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One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta
 
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Make this Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta Recipe in 30 mins! Comforting vegan pasta bursting with flavors. Great quick & easy dinner!
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Recipe type: Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Main Course, Pasta, Quick Meals, Sauce, Vegetarian, Vegan
Cuisine: American
Serving: 2 - 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb (454 g) penne pasta
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 small shallot, diced (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 zucchini squash, thickly sliced
  • A dash of sherry wine
  • A pinch of dried oregano
  • A pinch of dried basil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
Pasta Sauce:
Instructions
  1. Prepare Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click the adjust button to Sauté More function). Ensure your pot is as hot as it can be before adding any ingredients (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).

    *If you prefer crunchy zucchini squash, sauté sliced zucchini squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and set aside.
  2. Sauté the Onion, Garlic, and Shallot (Flavor Enhancement Step): Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Ensure to coat the oil over whole bottom of the pot. Add minced shallot and sliced onion, then sauté. Add a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper to season. Stir occasionally until slightly browned. Add minced garlic and stir for roughly 30 seconds until fragrant. Add sliced mushrooms, a pinch of dried oregano, a pinch of dried basil, and sliced zucchini squash (omit zucchini squash if you already sauteed them) and cook for another minute. Taste and adjust if necessary.
  3. Deglaze and Create Pasta Sauce: Pour in a dash of sherry wine and deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Mix 1 cup of unsalted chicken stock (or vegetable stock), 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce in the pot.
  4. Pressure Cook the Pasta: Pour Penne in the sauce. Place 156 ml tomato paste on top of the pasta and mix (SEE NOTES). Test seasoning and adjust. Ensure all Penne are completely submerged in the sauce. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and wait 5 minutes before Quick Release.
  5. Serve: Taste pasta, if you find them too hard, close lid and let the leftover heat cook them until desired doneness. If you have set aside some crunchy zucchini squash, now is the time to mix them in and serve immediately.

    *Add freshly grated Parmesan cheese to take it up a level. Enjoy~
Notes
Dump-and-Go Option: you can dump in all the ingredients together for a fast and easy one pot meal. However, the flavor will take a hit. Make sure to add the Penne Rigate and tomato paste last and start the cooking cycle immediately.

Mixing Tomato Paste: Mixing 156 ml tomato paste with 3 cups of liquid should be completely safe. However, avoid mixing the tomato paste in if you are afraid of scorching.
Make this Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta Recipe in 30 mins! Comforting vegetarian pasta (with vegan option) bursting with flavors. Great quick & easy dinner!
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  1. Hello!
    Trying your recipe as is tonight and very excited! Was wondering if I could add some meat next time… specifically chicken thighs and if that changed cooking time/instructions?

    Thank you for your yummy post!

    1. Hi Jacqueline,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      No changes are needed if you don’t add too much. 2 pieces of chicken thighs will be fine 🙂

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi GC,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you for your question. Use the pressure cook or manual button. The cooking time will be the same.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  2. I have an insignia pressure cooker. I don’t have a manual or pressure cook setting. Could I use the soup/stew or steak/meat setting?

  3. hi…i just ordered my 6qt instapot from Amazon…i will be trying this penne recipe first…thank you for all the nice recipes …i am looking forward to trying them…

  4. This recipe was amazing. Made it it veggie penne pasta and grilled and added vegan sausage. Used two zucchini and cooked them seperately as suggested. It was delicious.

  5. I am having a Christmas open hose Can I leave this on keep warm for an hour or two?
    Als, I have been using fish oil per your instructions. It works great

    1. Hi Lena,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can substitute the sherry wine with rice wine or dry white wine.

      If you don’t want to use those, you can just use water.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. Hi Amy & Jacky,

    I love my Instant pot and always look forward to your wonderful recipes.
    Would like to make the Penne Rigata Pasta recipe with hamburg, can that be done?
    Thank you

  7. I’m getting an Instant Pot next week and can’t wait to try this! I assume the penne pasta is “regular” pasta. Do you know if I can substitute whole wheat pasta? If so, is there any change to the cooking time? Thanks!

    1. Hi Sharon,

      Congrats on your new Instant Pot 🙂

      Some of our readers have used whole wheat pasta without changing the cooking time.

      Take care & have a great weekend!
      Jacky

    1. Hi Denise!

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      Some of our readers have used GF pasta for this recipe and reported back saying no adjustment was needed.

      Happy New Year to you and your family!
      Jacky

  8. Hi! Have you ever tried this recipe with pesto instead of Tomato Paste?
    I’m new to the Instant Pot and I’ve got lots of pesto waiting to be used in the fridge!

    1. Hi Veronique,

      Congrats on your new Instant Pot 🙂

      Pesto is quite thick so you will have to just layer it on top without mixing it in!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  9. Hi there, how would you add protein like chicken to this cooking process? Thank you.

    (I am really enjoying all your recipes on your site and your thoughtful responses to comments/questions)

  10. I made this but got called away and I was delayed in releasing the steam. It is a bit dryed out because of this- what would you recommend to moisten it?

  11. Hi

    What do I do if I’m lazy and want to use pre made sauce? Do I replace the paste etc with water and then just add the sauce at the end

    Thank you! I love your site!

  12. Yum another great recipe from you guys. I saw fish sauce and thought, Huh?! But I put it in anyway and it was great!!! I should know to always trust you two.

    Thanks again,
    Ken

  13. hello!
    I see in the instructions you say turn off the heat before quick release. Should I turn the IP off completely or just keep it on low?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Molly,

      So happy to hear from you again 🙂 Thank you for your question.

      You can keep the Instant Pot on Keep warm mode without turning it off completely.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  14. My husband just got out of the hospital and I wanted to make a non-meat meal. It was wonderful and he loved it. Thank you so much for a very yummy recipe!!

    1. Hi Christine,
      Hope your husband is doing okay. Glad you & your husband enjoyed the vegetarian meal.
      Pray for a speedy recovery + good health for your husband and you’ll have enough rest taking care of him.
      Please take care & have a wonderful week! 🙂
      ~Amy

  15. Really great recipe! I had to improvise a bit. I was out of tomato paste so used I a can of hunts thick and rich four cheese pasta sauce and added a can of tomatoes with green chilies. I also added some sliced celery and once it was cooked I added a few handfuls of spinach (any chance to add more vegetables right??) thank you for posting this easy, wonderful recipe!!

    1. Hi Sue,

      thank you so much for your kind words & sharing your cooking experience with us 🙂

      Always a good idea to add more veggies!!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  16. I am looking for a recipe to serve 8 for a ladies weekend. Can this recipe be doubled and how would that change the cooking time with the IP? Thank you for helping me sort this out !

    1. Hi Dotty,

      thank you for your question 🙂
      If you are using a 6 QT pressure cooker, doubling this recipe will be over the safety limit. The most I would recommend is 1.5x the recipe in a 6QT. The cooking time will stay the same 🙂

      If you have a 8 QT or larger pressure cooker, you can safely double this recipe without changing the cooking time.

      Happy New Year & Have Fun Cooking!
      Jacky

  17. Thank you for making a vegan/vegetarian dish! I have recently moved into the V lifestyle and though there are plenty of recipes out there, I was saddened at the thought of using my IP less. I look forward to trying this dish out and ask that you PLEASE experiment with more V-dishes. =)

  18. Thank you so much. I don’t eat meat on Fridays and am always open to quick and delicious no meat meals. This definitely looks like it fits the bill! BIG SMILE

  19. Yery yummy. Switched the sherry with merlot (because why not) and added some all purpose seasoning, and it was amazing yet so simple!

    1. Hi Tanayha,

      thank you for leaving such a positive feedback.

      Merlot sounds like a fine substitution 🙂

      See you around!!

      Happy New Year and have fun cooking
      Jacky

  20. This was fantastic! I cut the recipe in 1/2 as I was not sure how much it would make! I also skipped the fish sauce and substituted vegan/vegetarian worcestershire sauce!
    5 stars (but it would only let me pick 4)!!!

    1. Hi Atiruam,

      thank you for taking your time to leave a feedback. I have changed it to 5 stars 🙂
      May I ask what browser and device did you use?

      Happy New Year!

      Thank you
      Jacky

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