You can count on Instant Pot recipes to come to the rescue when you're short on time. With just one handy gadget and a few minutes, you can make a delicious dinner that's packed with nutrients.
Below, you'll find a hearty dish for just about everyone, including those following a vegan, gluten-free, low-carb or high-protein diet.
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The best part: Most of these ideas include ingredients you likely have in your fridge and pantry. Keep scrolling for the best Instant Pot pasta recipes that make dinner less of a headache.
1. Instant Pot Chicken Florentine With Pasta
"Mushrooms are one of the few food sources of vitamin D," says Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN of Bucket List Tummy and author of A Guide to Intuitive Eating. She also notes that it provides selenium — an antioxidant that can help you maintain a healthy immune system.
Get the Instant Pot Chicken Florentine With Pasta recipe and nutrition info from Little Sunny Kitchen.
2. Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta
This dish is rich and creamy but contains a high amount of fat. To lower the fat, try swapping for lower-fat dairy options like skim milk or fat-free half and half instead of heavy cream, Schlichter says.
Get the Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta recipe and nutrition info from Easy Chicken Recipes.
3. Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta
This recipe is a great way to sneak extra vegetables into a meal without drastically changing the flavor. "The sundried tomatoes help bring a natural sweetness to this dish while adding fiber and micronutrients like potassium and magnesium," Schlichter says.
Get the Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta recipe and nutrition info from Cooking Classy.
4. Creamy Instant Pot Vegan Pasta
Even though this dinner doesn't have any meat or dairy, you won't miss it. "The dairy-free cream, made with cashews soaked in water and tomato paste, is higher in unsaturated fatty acids compared to a creamy cheese sauce," Schlichter says. Cashews offer additional protein, too.
Get the Creamy Instant Pot Vegan Pasta recipe and nutrition info from The Recipe Well.
5. Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
Frozen meatballs come in handy with this quick weeknight meal. But be sure to remember that convenience foods often come with higher sodium content. To keep sodium levels balanced, use a homemade pasta sauce, low-sodium diced tomatoes and low-sodium broth, Schlichter suggests.
Get the Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe and nutrition info from The Seasoned Mom.
6. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Using fortified oat milk in this recipe adds lots of micronutrients such as B vitamins, calcium, vitamin D and potassium, Schlichter says. Try pairing this dish with a lean protein like chicken breast, turkey, eggs or beans.
Get the Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe and nutrition info from Lexi's Clean Kitchen.
7. Instant Pot Lo Mein
"The addition of shrimp to this recipe provides fair amounts of phosphorus, vitamin B12, calcium and iron," Schlichter says. But she does warn that shrimp is higher in sodium, so if you're looking to reduce your salt intake, swap out for chicken breast.
Get the Instant Pot Lo Mein recipe and nutrition info from Buns In My Oven.
8. Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta
Tomatoes not only offer lycopene, an antioxidant that's linked to lower rates of diseases like cancer and heart disease, but it's also a source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K. "The red onion also adds a natural spice, while contributing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds," Schlichter says.
Get the Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta recipe and nutrition info from The Recipe Well.
9. Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash and Short-Cut Bolognese
"Spaghetti squash has fiber, vitamin C, potassium and B vitamins," Schlichter says. "Plus, it boasts a plethora of antioxidants, which help prevent oxidative stress and damage to cells."
Get the Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash and Short-Cut Bolognese recipe and nutrition info from Real Food Whole Life.
10. Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta
The addition of vegetables, salsa and avocado add a touch of freshness to this dish. "The variety of veggies also helps to increase fiber, nutrients and antioxidants, while the avocado offers healthy and filling unsaturated fats," Schlichter says.
Get the Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta recipe and nutrition info from The Girl on Bloor.
11. Instant Pot Baked Feta Pasta
"Feta cheese is an excellent source of calcium," Rebecca Gawthorne, APD (accredited practicing dietitian) of the Dietitians Association of Australia, says. And if you want to add additional fiber, consider whole-grain pasta instead of the white kind.
Get the Instant Pot Baked Feta Pasta recipe and nutrition info from Little Sunny Kitchen.
12. Instant Pot Baked Ziti
One serving of this cheesy recipe clocks in at 30 grams of protein. And using lean ground beef is a smart choice to keep saturated fat low, Gawthorne says. If you don't eat beef, consider using ground chicken or turkey.
Get the Instant Pot Baked Ziti recipe and nutrition info from The Recipe Rebel.
13. Instant Pot Ground Beef and Pasta
This recipe is simple to make when you're looking to get a meal on the table in minutes. To get more nutrients, Gawthorne suggests adding extra veggies like mushrooms, spinach, kale or bell peppers.
Get the Instant Pot Ground Beef and Pasta recipe and nutrition info from Damn Delicious.
14. Vegan Instant Pot Pasta
The best part about this veggie-forward recipe is it's a great way to use up additional produce in your fridge. Mix and match your favorite vegetables and even throw in a can of white beans to add extra fiber and protein.
Get the Vegan Instant Pot Pasta recipe and nutrition info from Nutriciously.
15. Instant Pot Chickpea Pasta
Three common ingredients make up this delicious meal. "The addition of frozen spinach adds extra micronutrients while keeping the cost low," Gawthorne says. Add frozen meatballs, chicken or turkey sausage for more protein.
Get the Instant Pot Chickpea Pasta recipe and nutrition info from Bites of Wellness.
16. Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Pasta
"I love how the milk and cheese make this recipe rich in calcium, which is beneficial for bone health," Gawthorne says. She also notes that the addition of low-sodium bone broth keeps sodium content down.
Get the Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Pasta recipe and nutrition info from Tastes Better From Scratch.
17. Instant Pot Hamburger Helper
Using beef in this recipe adds protein, iron and vitamin B12, Gawthorne says. If possible, stick to a lean variety to keep the saturated fat low and pair with a side of vegetables to boost fiber and micronutrients.
Get the Instant Pot Hamburger Helper recipe and nutrition info from Julie's Eats and Treats.
18. Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
"This is a great high-protein meal, but consider omitting the extra teaspoon of salt as the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth are already high in sodium," Gawthorne notes. She also suggests bulking up on vegetables to get more micronutrients into the dish.
Get the Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff recipe and nutrition info from Julie's Eats and Treats.
19. Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
"Chicken is a great source of protein, niacin, vitamin B5 and phosphorus," Gawthorne says. "Consider grating in zucchini to increase the fiber content without altering the flavor."
Get the Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo recipe and nutrition info from Julie's Eats and Treats.
20. Instant Pot Chicken and Noodles
This homemade dish comes together with just a few pantry ingredients. Consider adding additional fiber by using whole-grain noodles and adding your favorite vegetables.
Get the Instant Pot Chicken and Noodles recipe and nutrition info from The Recipe Rebel.