Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Most of the pasta dishes we know require a lot of time to prepare ingredients and cook the sauce and the pasta separately.

However, by taking similar ingredients and utilizing our favorite equipment — the Instant Pot — we found that we can make Instant Pot Baked Ziti in only 11 minutes!

So, whenever the craving strikes what you need is simply a bowl of consoling ziti, that we can have right away.

What is so special about this Recipe?

  • It takes lesser time than in the oven. Minutes vs an hour!
  • No pot of boiling water to deal with.
  • The Instant Pot Baked Ziti comes out more saucy and creamy.
  • The flavors seem more pronounced.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti Recipe Video

What can I add for toppings?

You can add crushed potato chips on the top just to have some toppings.

What can I use other than Mozzarella Cheese?  

Well, you can opt for your favorite one.

Otherwise, try using cheddar or parmesan cheese.

Can I re-heat Instant Pot Baked Ziti?

Of course, make in a bulk and freeze some for some other time.

It will keep in the cooler for a up to 3 days and it makes extraordinary extras to prepare in your lunch the following day.

What can I use instead of Ricotta?

Substitute ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese, if desired.

You can also make a homemade cheese using this Instant Pot Ricotta recipe.

Some tips to make it even tastier:

  • Add extra mozzarella cheese if you prefer an even cheesier version.
  • Add red pepper flakes for a spicier version.

How to make Instant Pot Baked Ziti?

Gather all the ingredients first.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Take some Spinach and chop roughly.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Now take garlic cloves, peel them, and crush them.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Lets shred some Cheddar cheese now.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Now take your Instant Pot and add some olive oil.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Add crushed garlic into it.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Set the instant pot to Saute for 5 minutes and stir.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Now add 2 cups of water.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Now we have to add a table spoon of Kosher salt.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Add the chopped Spinach into the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Add the main ingredient, Pasta Ziti.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Now let’s add some Marinara Sauce.

Now cover the lid of your pot.

Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 6 minutes.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Do a Quick Release and stir.

Add skimmed Ricotta.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Add shredded mozzarella  cheese.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Add Pecorino Romano to the pot.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Mix well.

Cover the lid AGAIN for 3-4 minutes until the cheese melts.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Dish out your toothsome Instant Pot Baked Ziti and enjoy 🙂

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

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Instant Pot Baked Ziti
Instant Pot Baked Ziti
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course, party, picnic, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta, ziti
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5
  • 2 cup baby spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cup water
  • 3/4 tbsp kosher salt
  • 10 oz ziti pasta
  • 2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • chopped parsley for serving, optional
  • Press saute and add olive oil.
  • Add garlic and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add water, salt, spinach, pasta and marinara sauce and close the lid.
  • Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid and add skim ricotta, Pecorino Romano and mozzarella and stir well.
  • Close the lid and wait 4 minutes until the cheese melts.
  • Open the lid, garnish with parsley and serve 🙂
Calories: 387kcal Carbohydrates: 51g Protein: 19g Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 1839mg Potassium: 551mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 7g Vitamin A: 1760IU Vitamin C: 11mg Calcium: 277mg Iron: 2mg

Delicious Instant Pot Baked Ziti

This recipe is part of our 1001 Instant Pot recipes project, a huge collection of free, easy and delicious recipes.

2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Baked Ziti

  1. I have a presto pressure cooker that was my mother’s. I use it mostly for meats. Can, I use it for the ziti pasta recipe? I’ve seen the instant pots in stores, but cannot afford one. Thank you, Carolyn

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