Instant Pot Dump and Go Meatball Lasagna is a perfect dinner on those nights when you need dinner fast! This 8 ingredient pasta dish is faster than picking up pizza and it will be gobbled up in no time.
The SLOW COOKER instructions are listed in the recipe card below.
Instant Pot Dump and Go Meatball Lasagna (video)
I’m pretty sure this entire pot of food was scarfed down in 5 minutes flat. I’m okay with it. I love when the easiest and fastest dinners are also the favorites at my house. I hope you try this recipe soon! I know you’ll love it too.
What kind of meatballs do you like? There are lots of different brands of frozen meatballs out there. I have tried some really tasty frozen meatballs and also really gross ones too. For this Instant Pot dump and go meatball lasagna I went with an Italian style meatball and I purchased the Kroger brand. The Costco frozen meatballs are also tasty and at a good price. Test out several brands and find your favorite. Frozen meatballs are such a good hack for a busy night or a night when you don’t feel like cooking.
Why do you layer the dish instead of stirring it all together? To avoid the burn error code. Read more about the burn message and why it happens.
What kind of pasta sauce should I use? I threw in a can of Hunt’s garlic basil pasta sauce. Other brands and flavors of pasta sauce work great as well. Try Ragu, Prego, Classico, the store brand. It doesn’t matter much.
Can I use a different type of pasta? I used the cute farfalle (bowtie) pasta for this dish. However other types of pasta would also work well. Try penne, cavatappi, rotini (cook for 1 less minute), shells, etc. I prefer the shorter cuts of pasta for this dish as opposed to spaghetti, fettuccine and linguine.
Can I use gluten free pasta? I haven’t tried this recipe with gluten free pasta before. However Gwen from the 365 Days Instant Pot FB groups says, “I use Barilla GF pretty regular. The penne and elbows both hold up well in recipes – not rotini. I do use whatever time the IP recipe calls for and add 1-2 min of natural release.”
What if I don’t have fresh basil? You can try adding a little dry basil at the end about ½ tsp (of just leave it out).
What if I don’t like ricotta? You can leave it out or you can substitute with cottage cheese or a few dollops of softened cream cheese.
Can I use parmesan cheese from a can? Yes. I used fresh parmesan but in a pinch the stuff out of the green can will work too.
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A perfect dinner on those nights when you need dinner fast! This 8 ingredient pasta dish is faster than picking up pizza and it will be gobbled up in no time.
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 24 frozen Italian-style meatballs
- 8 oz uncooked farfalle (bowtie) pasta
- 24–26 oz can/jar pasta sauce
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 cup mozzarella
- 1/2 cup ricotta
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- Pour water into Instant Pot. Add in meatballs and then layer the pasta and pasta sauce on top. Sprinkle in the Italian seasoning. Don’t stir.
- Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 4 minutes. When time is up let the pot sit for 5-10 minutes and then move valve to venting and release any remaining pressure. Remove the lid.
- Stir in the cheeses and basil.
- Scoop into bowls and serve.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. You can make this in your 3 or 8 quart pot with no changes.
To make in the slow cooker: add water, meatballs, pasta, pasta sauce and Italian seasoning to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, or until pasta is cooked through. Add in cheeses and basil and stir.
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Italian
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