Italian meatballs and Veggie pasta
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Italian Meatball and Veggie Pasta (Instant Pot Version)

Every month we have a potluck at our house with our church friends and I am always looking for quick and easy dishes to make. This particular day we had a lot of errands to do in the morning and ended up coming home later than I expected. So I stopped at the store and grabbed some frozen italian meatballs and headed home to make this italian meatball and veggie pasta. This was done in the Instant Pot, leaving me with time to do the dishes and have everything read for the potluck.

Why make pasta in the Instant Pot?

I have found that one of my favorite things to make in the Instant Pot is pasta because I have figured how to get it la dente and done in less than 4 minutes. It means I don’t have to make another pot dirty by boiling the pasta or to wait for the water to boil and then wait for another 12 minutes to cook the pasta. See where I am going with this?

Since I was short on time I used pre-sliced mushrooms but it is easy enough to slice them on your time. You may also wonder why I didn’t just use regular pasta sauce and that is because I did not want an overwhelming tomato sauce taste. This way I got a nice blend of tomatoes and cheese, just the way I like.

By the way, have you looked into accessories for your Instant Pot? Check these fun items out!

If you find the inner sealing ring for the Instant Pot is starting to smell, consider buying an extra ring for non-savory dishes so there is no flavour contamination. No one wants a chilli flavored oatmeal for breakfast!

 

Preparation Time – 15 Minutes

Cook Time – 20 Minutes

Serves – 6

Ingredients for Italian Meatball and Veggie Pasta

Pasta (any kind) –  500 Grams

Water – 4 Cups

Frozen Italian Meatballs – 1 lb

Baby spinach – 3 cups

Mushrooms – 3 cups, sliced

Onions – 3 small, sliced

Garlic – 4 cloves, crushed

Tomato paste – 1/2 cup

Italian Seasoning – 2 Tablespoons

Chilli flakes – 1/4 Tablespoon

Olive oil – 4 Tablespoons

Cream cheese – 1/2 a block cut into cubes

Parmesan cheese – 1 cup

Salt – 1/4 Teaspoon

Directions

Set the Instant pot to saute and when hot, add the olive oil, onions and garlic, saute for a minute or so. Then add the meatballs, italian seasonings, salt and chilli flakes. Saute for about 2 minutes. Add the water, tomato paste and pasta into the inner pot, mix well.

Pasta in the Instant Pot

Put the lid on and set it to sealing. Choose pressure cook and set it for 3 minutes. When done, gradually release the steam. Be careful of any foam or liquid squirting from the valve. Stir in cream cheese, parmesan and spinach, this will wilt in the heat. Serve hot.

italian meatball and veggie pasta

Finally, I would serve this with a side of garden salad and italian dressing. See, I told you guys this would be an easy recipe and I wasn’t joking. If you are rushing home from work to feed the family and are reading to scream at the top of your lungs from the pressure, this italian meatball and veggie pasta will be perfect. Not only is it subtle in flavour but the creaminess of the cheese and the added vegetables make it delicious. If you have leftovers and need to reheat the pasta put a splash of milk to let the sauce get thinner. Hope this recipe makes one of your weeknights bearable in the dinner department. If you are curious about other instant pot recipes, click here!

Happy cooking!

Italian Meatball and Veggie Pasta (Instant Pot Version)

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time19 mins
Course: Instant pot
Servings: 6
Author: Anne Mutisya

Ingredients

  • 500 Grams Pasta, any kind
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 Lb Frozen Italian Meatballs
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach
  • 3 cups Mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 Small onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tbsp Chilli flakes Optional
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 block Cream Cheese, cut into blocks
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Set the Instant pot to saute and when hot, add the olive oil, onions and garlic, saute for a minute or so. Then add the meatballs, italian seasonings, salt and chilli flakes. Saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the water, tomato paste and pasta into the inner pot, mix well. Put the lid on and set it to sealing. Choose pressure cook and set it for 3 minutes. 
  • When done, gradually release the steam. Be careful of any foam or liquid squirting from the valve. Stir in cream cheese, parmesan and spinach, this will wilt in the heat. Serve hot.



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6 Comments

  • Ashika | Gardening Foodie

    Anne, I have been thinking of getting an instant pot for the longest time. With this amazing recipe I REALLY need to hurr up and get one. I love how easy and convenient it is to use. This recipe sounds great and it looks so delicious…would absolutely love to try 🙂

    • admin

      Aww you are sweet to say that! I definitely love the Instant Pot and I think it can be a huge help. I won’t say you can do everything in it, sometimes old school slow cooking is the way to go. But overall, with some tweaking it is easy to use. I don’t find it as intimidating as some people do. This recipe was awesome because as it cooked I went and fed the baby, instead of having to stand over the stove and wait for the pasta to boil etc. It is the little things that help!

  • Louise - Cooking with kids

    This looks delicious! It looks really creamy 😊. I don’t have an instant pot but I’ll try something similar with my kids (Will is starting to get fussy about pasta sauce…! but I think this might work for him). I also love the sound of pot luck. People Don’t tend to do it in the UK but my best friend lived in New Zealand for a couple of years and used to do it there. It sounds a lovely way to come together as a community
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    • admin

      Yes we do it once a month and each one just brings whatever we can to share. And it’s worked out pretty well. I host it so that forces me to come up with something. Pasta sauce is tricky especially if it’s too tart or tangy…this worked out well for me. Let me know if the kids like it. For the stove top just add some broth to make the sauce and cook pasta separately. It should work out to be the same.

  • Sarah

    Oh boy does this look good! The more Instant Pot recipes I see, the more I am convinced that I need to get one. This looks like the type of meal my family would love.

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