Instant Pot Baked Ziti Recipe

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Give this easy and satisfying Instant Pot Baked Ziti recipe a try. Italian sausage, ziti pasta, ricotta cheese, spaghetti sauce and more come together for the ultimate baked ziti with ricotta.

This is similar to Instant Pot lasagna but without all the prep and steps. I love a hearty baked ziti with sausage, it is better than takeout.

Don't get me wrong, I love Olive Garden's Baked Ziti with all my heart, but this baked ziti Instant Pot recipe is just as good, and I can whip it up in my pressure cooker, so it's easier than a lot of baked dinner recipes.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is one of our favorites. It is so fast to prepare and the pasta cooks perfectly in the Instant Pot. I am a huge fan of pasta in the pressure cooker, and this recipe is a must make.


  • ziti or penne pasta
  • hot Italian sausage
  • chicken stock
  • half and half
  • pasta sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • ricotta cheese (or cottage cheese)
  • mozzarella cheese

Supplies Used

Can I Substitute Cottage Cheese For Ricotta

Yes, if you don't love ricotta feel free to reach for cottage cheese. Both work great.

You are welcome to use either route, it will still offer that creamy and satisfying flavor. So, feel free to whip up whatever you would prefer.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

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What Is The Best Pasta To Use

I normally use Ziti noodles, but didn't have any on hand. Instead I used penne pasta.

If you don't have either of those pasta types on hand, you can use any smaller sized pasta. Elbow, shells, etc. They all will work, you just want similar sized pasta so you get the right texture.

Will Ground Beef Work In This Recipe

You bet! If you don't love Italian sausage or maybe you don't have any on hand reach for ground beef or even ground turkey. They all work great and it will alter the flavor slightly but ultimately be a tasty dish to serve up.

The sausage adds a bit more kick in flavor, but ground beef is what I use often! Either meat works great. You will love it.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Here are More Pasta Instant Pot Recipes To Make

  • Mac and Cheese with Ground Beef | This is a Hamburger Helper version that is great for kids and adults to enjoy.
  • Goulash | Here is a hearty and satisfying goulash that will be a total comfort dish for you. I highly recommend giving this recipe a try.
  • Thai Instant Pot Noodles | My favorite Thai inspired dish that will knock your socks off. Whip this up for one insanely satisfying dish.
Instant Pot Baked Ziti

How to Make Baked Ziti

First, brown the Italian sausage using the saute function on your Instant Pot. When the sausage is cooked, deglaze the pot with a little bit of the chicken stock to make sure there is no food stuck on the bottom of the pot.

Then, you'll add in the remaining ingredients and make sure that the pasta is tucked down into the broth and pasta sauces so the pasta is completely covered. When learning how to cook pasta in an Instant Pot, that is the most important tip. Make sure the pasta is covered.

Once that is done, close the lid on the pot and set to sealing. The sealing ring will ensure a tight seal on the pressure cooker.

Set the cook time on high pressure and get ready to pressure cook. The heating element will heat up the pressure cooker, cooking the pasta to perfection.

How Long to Cooked Baked Ziti

You'll set the pressure cooker baked ziti cooking time for just 5 minutes. Remember that the pasta is cooking when the pot is building up to pressure, during the pressure cooking countdown, and then when the pot is releasing pressure. So, 5 minutes on the timer is plenty.

How long to cook pasta in Instant Pots will vary based on what type of pasta you use. Keep that in mind if you decide to use a different type of pasta.

How To Store Leftover Pasta

You will want to store this in an airtight container in the fridge. This can store for up to three days. Just reheat as you would like whether in the microwave or even in a skillet on the stove or oven.

It tastes great leftover and is filling enough to stretch a few meals!

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Instant Pot Baked Ziti is an easy one-pot dinner recipe that is quick to make and absolutely delicious. While it's not actually baked, you could put this in the oven for a few minutes to melt cheese on top, or use an Instant Pot Air Fryer lid for a few minutes to do the same thing. This is one of the best Instant Pot pasta recipes. Our Instant Pot Ziti recipe is a winner every single time.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  1. Brown Italian sausage on saute mode.
  2. Drain any excess grease, and then add chicken stock and deglaze the pan.
  3. Add half and half and pasta sauce.
  4. Add in seasonings.
  5. Add pasta and press down to make sure it is covered with liquid.
  6. Close the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the pressure valve is set to sealing.
  7. Set for a high-pressure time of 5 minutes.
  8. Do a quick pressure release, and then add in cheeses, stirring until melted.
  9. Serve with additional sauce, if desired.


Why Does My Instant Pot Say Burn?

It can be very frustrating when you try new recipes and your Instant Pot keeps saying burn. This alert is a burn notice Instant Pot provides when there is food stuck on the bottom of your inner pot that is burning.

Avoid getting a burn notice every time by following this simple advice: after cooking meat, sauteing onions, etc, always deglaze the bottom of the pan.

How to Deglaze a Pan

To deglaze a pan, simply pour a small amount of the liquid that your recipe calls for (normally broth or water) and scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen up any food that has stuck to the bottom.

When that is done, and no stuck food residue remains, add the remaining liquid and continue to follow recipe instructions.

When you deglaze your pan for this easy ziti recipe, you should not have a problem with a burn notice.

Cooking Variations

  • Use a springform pan and a trivet and cook the baked ziti using the pot-in-pot method. Add 1 cup of water to the inner pot, and then add the trivet to the Instant Pot and add the ingredients for the baked ziti into a springform pan or other baking dish. Cook the sausage and then deglaze the pan before setting the pressure cook time for the pot-in-pot baked ziti.
  • Add in 1-2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning for extra flavor.
  • Cook the Italian sausage in a splash of olive oil for enhanced flavor.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 435Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 62mgSodium 1189mgCarbohydrates 27gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 6gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 24g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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