Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Fusilli in tomato sauce with chopped parsley and shredded cheese

One pot meal you can make in the Instant Pot in only 11 minutes! The best pasta dish ever!

Fusilli in tomato sauce with chopped parsley and shredded cheese

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.

Recipe Video

What can I add for toppings?

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

How to serve?

You can serve it as is or add a delicious side dish. Check out What to Serve With Baked Ziti for 20 ideas.

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.

Pro Tips

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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Fusilli in tomato sauce with chopped parsley and shredded cheese

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Classic comfort food of baked ziti pasta with a gooey and yummy cheesy texture. One-pot meal in only 11 minutes.
4.92 from 12 votes
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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: 15 minutes
Servings: 5
Author: Corrie


  • 2 cup baby spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cup water
  • ¾ tablespoon kosher salt
  • 10 oz ziti pasta
  • 2 cup marinara sauce
  • ½ cup skim ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup Pecorino Romano cheese
  • ¼ 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


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10 thoughts on “Instant Pot Baked Ziti

  1. This looks delicious and I'm certainly going to make it but the pasta you used is rotini, not ziti Do you think this would fit in the 3 qt mini IP?

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! I am brand new to instant pots--this recipe is my first attempt! What recipe do you suggest I look at if I want to add meat to it next time? Thank you

    1. You can follow this same recipe. You can add ground beef or sausage in step 2 with the garlic and complete the recipe as written. Or you can add fully cooked meat at the end.

  3. 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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