One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese

One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese Recipe: 5-min prep to make this super flavor-packed comfort food. Perfect quick & easy one pot meal your family will love, especially for busy weeknights!

5 mins prep to make this One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese Recipe. Super flavor-packed comfort food that is so satisfying to eat. Perfect quick & easy one pot meal your family will love, especially on those busy weeknights!

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Ever since we published this first One Pot Pressure Cooker Recipe: Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese,

We’ve been overwhelmed by all the delicious photos & rave reviews.

Some of our readers requested for instructions on substituting spaghetti with penne pasta.

Since it was one of our first recipes without a recipe video,

why not convert the recipe using penne rigate pasta AND develop a recipe video?

So, here it is! 😀

You’ll love this One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese because:

  • Quick & Easy to make – on the table in less than 30 mins!
  • Super flavorful with every bite
  • Simple & accessible ingredients
  • Budget-friendly
  • Family-friendly (kid-approved)

One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese Recipe Ingredients

Tools for One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese

Tips for One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese

1. Evenly Cooked Pasta: ensure all Penne Rigate Pasta are completely submerged in the sauce before pressure cooking.

2. Dump-and-Go Option: dump all the ingredients into the pot for a fast and easy one pot meal. Flavors will definitely take a hit. Ensure to add the Penne pasta and tomato paste last and start the cooking cycle immediately.

3. Extra Pinch of Salt: sometimes you’re just a pinch of salt away from awesomeness! Salt won’t reduce the sourness, but will bring out other flavors to balance the dish. Try it for yourself! 🙂

4. Vegetarian/Vegan Version: One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta

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4.9 from 28 reviews
One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese
 
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5-min prep to make this Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese Recipe. Super flavor-packed comfort food. Perfect quick & easy one pot meal for busy weeknights!
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Recipe type: Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Pasta, Quick Meals, Sauce, Vegetables
Cuisine: American, Italian
Serving: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ pound (227 grams) ground beef
  • 1 pound (454g) penne rigate
  • 12 white mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, 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 (Tatung: press Meat/Chicken button or Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click the adjust button to go to Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be before placing any ingredient in the pot (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).
  2. (Flavor Enhancement Step) Brown Ground Beef: Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the pressure cooker. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Add in ½ pound of ground beef and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Moisture begins to come out of ground beef. Let the moisture evaporate. Browning begins due to maillard reaction. Remove & set aside.
  3. (Flavor Enhancement Step) Sauté the Onion, Garlic, Celery and Mushrooms: Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the pot. Add sliced onion, sauté. Add a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper to season. Stir occasionally until slightly browned. Then, add minced garlic and stir for roughly 30 seconds until fragrant. Add sliced mushrooms, chopped celery, a pinch of dried oregano, and dried basil. Cook for another minute. Taste seasoning and adjust with more kosher salt and ground black pepper if necessary.
  4. Deglaze and Create Pasta Sauce: Pour in a dash of sherry wine and deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Add browned ground beef, 1 cup of unsalted chicken stock, 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Mix everything together.
  5. Pressure Cook Pasta: Pour 450 g of Penne pasta into the sauce. Place 156 ml tomato paste on top of the pasta. Mixing 156 ml tomato paste with 3 cups of liquid should be completely safe. However, avoid mixing the tomato paste if you are afraid of scorching. Taste and adjust with more kosher salt and ground black pepper if necessary, as it is harder to adjust the seasoning after.
    Ensure all the Penne pasta are completely submerged into the sauce. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and wait 5 minutes before doing a Quick Release. Open the lid carefully.
  6. Serve: Give it a quick stir and everything should blend together. Taste one of the Penne pasta. If you find the texture too hard (ours came out al dente), close the lid and let the leftover heat cook them until desired doneness. Sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan cheese to kick it up a notch. Serve immediately. Enjoy! 🙂
Notes
Dump-and-Go Option: Dump all ingredients into the pot for a fast and easy one pot meal. Be mindful that the flavor will take a hit. Ensure to add the penne pasta and tomato paste last. Also, start the cooking cycle immediately.

Scorching: Mixing 156 ml tomato paste with 3 cups of liquid should be completely safe. But if you're afraid of scorching, avoid mixing the tomato paste, just place it on top of the pasta.

Tatung Pressure Cooker Users: the pressure cooker may cool down when sauteing. Press Keep Warm/Cancel and press Meat/Chicken button again to heat it back up.
One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese Recipe: 5-min prep to make this super flavor-packed comfort food. Perfect quick & easy one pot meal your family will love, especially for busy weeknights!

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Shay
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Shay

Hello!

I have a family of six, would this recipe still work if I doubled it?

Sandra Lynn Chan
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Sandra Lynn Chan

Hello Amy and Jacky,

I absolutely love your recipes because they actually have flavour! It is because of your recipes that I started to use my instant pot on a more regular basis.

I would like to try to recipe but I don’t have sherry wine for deglazing. What are some suitable alternatives. For example, could I use shaoxing cooking wine or balsamic vinegar to deglaze?

Thank you.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Just made your recipe but read it wrong when u said “Mixing 156 ml tomato paste with 3 cups of liquid should be completely safe. ” thought u meant add another 3 cups of water! Now it’s cooking pretty sure it’s going to end up very soupy ?

Jacky + Amy
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Jacky + Amy

Hi Stephanie,

Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
Sorry to hear what happened. Hopefully it came out alright.
Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

Happy New Year & please take care
Jacky

Stephanie
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Stephanie

To my surprise it came out ok, pasta was a little soft but not soupy at all. Slightly less intense in taste but I added a bit more tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce! Great taste! Thanks for the recipe!

Kate5700
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Kate5700

I almost did this. Your post saved me.

Cory
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Cory

I just got my instant pot today and tried this recipe for my boyfriend (a picky Colombian) and myself and let me say, we were both blown away!! We followed the instructions exactly and it couldn’t have come out more perfectly! Cannot wait to try more of your recipes!!

Jacky + Amy
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Jacky + Amy

Hi Cory,

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

Happy New Year & please take care
Jacky

Anny
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Anny

Followed the recipe the best I could while substituting ingredients with what I already had at home. Red wine instead of Sherry, Italian Seasoning instead of Dry Basil and Dry Orenago and I cooked the pasta separate because I was afraid it’d get soggy in the I.P.

Initially, the bolognese turned out watery so I turned it back onto Saute mode and let it cook out a bit then mixed the cooked pasta in with the sauce once it was done cooking.

Turned out delicious! The husband raved about it and we will definitely include this in our routine.

Lew Hann
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Lew Hann

I followed the recipe very closely, except that I used a full pound of meat. The result was absolutely delicious. To make sure that the pasta got moist, I divided the meat and put half in the sauce and the rest on top with the tomato paste. The pasta was completely and perfectly cooked. Thanks again for a wonderful recipe.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

This was delicious! I used whole wheat pasta and followed the directions. It came out perfect. So this works for 100% whole wheat pasta also. I was a little concerned it would affect the outcome but it was perfect.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I just realized that I used 1/2 pound of the pasta. Not sure if that makes a difference. It was a little ‘soupy’. We were okay with that.

Ricci
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Ricci

I just got an Instant Pot as a gift, and this was the first recipe I made in it – it was super delicious, oh my god! Pasta Bolognese has been my favorite dish since childhood, and this is my new favorite recipe now. Thank you so much!

Jessica
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Jessica

Hiya. Is it possible to make this without the wine, fish sauce and soy sauce? I also have 1 pound of beef and would like to use about 1/2 pound of pasta. Would I need to adjust anything to accommodate this? Many thanks xx

Mollie
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Mollie

Hello!
I recently purchased the Lux 3qt and plan on cooking the Bolognese. Do you have any recommendations on splitting up this recipe to fit in the 3qt pot?
Thanks!

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