If you like pizza and you like your Instant Pot - This Instant Pot Pizza Pasta is the recipe for you 🙂
Using simple ingredients, you can get a delicious one-pot meal that is much better and cheaper than getting it out at your favorite Italian restaurant. It’s a win-win!
Why This Recipe Works
This recipe is a mash-up of two incredible things—pizza and pasta. How do you get better than that?!
This recipe is all the things you love about pizza… customizable toppings, great for leftovers, eat it hot or cold and it still tastes great! But it also has the convenience of a one-pot meal.
Instead of making a mess of your countertop rolling out pizza dough, you’ll only have one dish to clean when dinner is done!
Butter – you can also use olive oil.
Italian sausage – hot or mild Italian sausage both work great depending on your preference! Use bulk ground sausage or links that are sliced or cut into bite-sized pieces.
Pasta sauce – any marinara sauce or tomato-based sauce of your choosing. You can even use vodka sauce or arrabbiata!
Mozzarella – I like to freshly grate it myself when I have time since it melts better than pre-shredded, but either way works.
Pasta – for this Instant Pot Pizza Pasta recipe, I used pipe rigate pasta. But feel free to use your favorite shape! Some of my other favorite options include fusilli, cavatappi, farfalle, Spaghetti, or penne.
How to make
Gather all of the ingredients:
Turn on the Instant Pot, set to low sauté mode, add in butter and let it melt.
Add garlic, Italian seasoning, sausage and sauté until the sausage changes color and browns.
Add in the spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce, and mix well.
Add the pasta and water and stir to combine. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and seal. Set the Instant Pot to “Manual” for 5 minutes, then release the pressure quickly through the steam vent.
Open the lid, add half of the cheese and pepperoni into the pasta, and mix well. Sprinkle remaining cheese and pepperoni on top of the pasta to serve.
Garnish with additional cheese if desired. Serve and enjoy!
How to Serve
This recipe is the ultimate one-pot meal.
It’s a great comfort food dinner served all on its own. If you want to continue the pizza-pasta theme though, serve it with some garlic bread on the side!
More One-Pot Pasta Recipes
If you are into Italian food, you can also check out these easy pasta recipes by She Go Wandering.
Can I add extra cheese?
Of course! If you’re a cheese lover like me, I totally understand this question.
Hard cheeses like Parmesan or Grana Padano can be mixed into the pasta dish. They are also frequently sprinkled on top for garnish, adding a lasting impact of flavor.
What’s the difference between pizza and pasta sauce?
Pizza and pasta sauce look exactly the same but there is one major difference. Jarred pasta sauce is seasoned and simmered or roasted for depth of flavor. Pizza sauce on the other hand is usually simpler and uncooked.
This Instant Pot Pizza Pasta calls for a mix of the two because the pizza sauce adds brightness from the fresh tomatoes and the pasta sauce adds seasoning and a deeper flavor. If you only have one, that’s totally fine! Just use 24 ounces of sauce total.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 lb sausage Italian mild
- 8 ounce pizza sauce
- 16 ounce pasta sauce
- 28 ounce water
- 8 ounce mozzarella
- 20 slices pepperoni
- 1 lb pasta
- 2 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- Turn on the Instant Pot and select saute.
- Add in butter and let it melt.
- Add garlic, Italian seasoning, sausage and saute until brown (About 3 minutes)
- Add in spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce and mix well.
- Add pasta and water and stir.
- Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
- When cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
- Open the lid, add half of the cheese and pepperoni and mix well.
- Dish out the pasta and sprinkle the remaining cheese and pepperoni over the mixture.
- serve and enjoy 🙂
- Just like picking out your favorite pizza toppings, this recipe can easily be adapted to match whatever type of pizza you’re going for!
- With sausage and pepperoni, this is more of a meat-lovers pizza recipe. If you’re a veggie lover, try adding onion, bell pepper, mushroom, and olives.