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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.

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.

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

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Instant Pot Baked Ziti

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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Yield: 8

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

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.

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


  • 8 ounces ziti or penne pasta
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta (or cottage cheese)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Additional pasta sauce, optional


  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.

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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Friday 3rd of April 2020

looks really good I will give this one a try