Instant Pot Italian Wonderpot–a dump and go, one pot meal that couldn’t be easier. It has so much flavor! A perfect weeknight meal.
Instant Pot Italian Wonderpot
What a cool recipe! Pasta, tomatoes, spinach, seasonings, shallots all thrown into one pot and cooked perfectly. No sautéing, no stirring, no boiling over! It’s magical! It’s an Italian wonderpot! The Instant Pot was MADE for meals like this one.
I was worried that I may miss the meat in this meal but I didn’t at all. I loved all the tomato flavor that sticks to the pasta. I loved the spinach and the seasonings and don’t forget the parmesan cheese!
If you want to add meat: If you’d like to add meat to this dish I suggest slicing up smoked sausage and adding it in with the spinach. You could also brown up some ground Italian sausage or ground beef using the sauté setting and then add in the broth and deglaze the pot before moving on with the recipe. If you do end up using sausage you may want to reduce the amount of salt.
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Instant Pot Italian Wonderpot
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
A dump and go, one pot meal that couldn’t be easier. It has so much flavor! A perfect weeknight meal.
- 2 cups broth (vegetable, chicken or beef)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 8 oz fettuccine
- 8 oz coarsely chopped spinach (frozen works too)
- 1 (14 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 1 shallot, diced
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Add broth and olive oil into Instant Pot. Break the fettuccine in half and lay them in a criss-cross pattern into the broth. Add the spinach, tomatoes, tomato sauce, shallots, garlic powder, basil, oregano, cayenne, pepper and salt into Instant Pot on top of the noodles, do not stir.
- Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 5 minutes. When time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Stir well. Stir in the parmesan cheese. Scoop onto plates and serve.
If you’d like to add meat to this dish I suggest slicing up smoked sausage and adding it in with the spinach. You could also brown up some ground Italian sausage or ground beef using the sauté setting and then add in the broth and deglaze the pot before moving on with the recipe. If you do end up using sausage you may want to reduce the amount of salt.
Make this in your 6 or 8 quart pot. For the 3 quart pot halve the recipe and keep the same cooking time.
Recipe adapted from Budget Bytes
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Instant Pot
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Mary Coate says
I would have given 5 stars, because this was tasty, but I had terrible problems with “burn”. I followed the recipe exactly, so I don’t know what caused this. This added an extra hour to the cooking, because the machine kept shutting itself off while it indicated “burn”. I would love your thoughts on how to deal with this.
Darn! Did you layer the ingredients and not stir?
Tonna Dedon says
I made this yesterday and I loved it! Super easy to make and I am sure I’ll make it often. I did add ground meat.
So glad you liked it Tonna! Thanks for the 5 stars!
Addie Calvitt says
This recipe is great! I did add ground beef, and I also tossed in a package of sliced mushrooms. Big hit!
Mushrooms!! good plan!
Made this for dinner and my husband said this was a WINNER!!! I added more spinach than was called for and it was wonderful!!!
Yay! Thanks for the 5 stars Rose!
This was fantastic. So much flavor. I did add the Italian sausage, I am a huge meat eater. It was so yummy!!
It really does have a lot of flavor! So glad you tried it.
Do you have crock pot directions for this recipe?
no, I’ve found that pasta isn’t usually a good candidate for the crockpot. Sorry!
Made this the other day and it was very tasty. I used about 12 oz. of Italian sausage, sautéed. Since I didn’t have a shallot, used diced onion and minced garlic which I cooked in with the sausage. The seasonings were just right.
mmmm sounds good!
This is barely cooking!!! So exciting!!
I know I love it!
Renee S says
Not a rating if the recipe itself but wanted you to know I’m on an iPhone and your format, photos, etc. look fine on my end. Also, love your recipes!
Thanks for letting me know Renee!
Judy Rimbach says
I don’t care for fettuccine. Can I substitute linguine? Would the cooking and sitting time change? Thank you!
Yes! And I would keep the same cooking time.
Annie, what is “cubs of chicken Herbox”? Your version of this recipe sounds good but I am not familiar with this ingredient.
Herbox is a regional cube of boulion.
Thanks, Toni. I learned something new today.
I made this with spaghetti and arugula instead of spinach, had no ‘tomato sauce’, but used a 25 oz can of crushed san marzano tomatoes and threw in half a box of cherry tomatoes. Didn’t use same seasoning, tore up some fresh basil leaves, two sprinkles red pepper flakes, two three finger pinches of salt and same of sugar. Cooked according to same directions and it came out so delicious! Will use a little less crushed tomatoes OR maybe use a whole box of spaghetti next time, but this is enough for 4 small portions. Spaghetti not as thick, so could have used more.
Used two cubs of chicken Herbox in two cups hot water.
I did take all the pasta out, leaving some of the juiciness in the pot, threw in a pan and added a blob of butter and a blob of cream cheese, to make it a little creamy, and a sprinkling of grated Locatelli.
It is an incredible and easy way to cook pasta! No waiting for water to boil!
Yum Annie your version sounds so amazing!
Sue P says
How about subbing spaghetti squash? Either already cooked or fresh? What would the time chages be? I’m getting hungry just thinking about this! 😉
That would be so tasty! I would cook spaghetti squash by itself for 8 minutes. Shred it up. Stir it into the pot with all the rest of the ingredients (no broth though). simmer on saute setting (lowest setting) until cooked through.
Could I add a 1/2 lb of sliced mushrooms to this? Or would that water-down the sauce?
I added. mushrooms when I made it yesterday. Made no other changes, just added the mushrooms and it turned out perfect. Next time I’ll probably add a bell pepper too
Yum! Love the mushroom idea!
Yes you can…it may water it down a bit so you could add extra seasonings if needs be.
Looks delicious! If you use penne or some other pasta would you change the cooking time?
It depends on the type of pasta. Usually I take the stove number on the back of the box and divide by two then subtract 1 minute.
Yes!!! That worked!!!!
Lori Sari says
This sounds awesome! I made a similar recipe on the stove years ago. I can’t wait to try this!
It’s so tasty! I hope you like it Lori!