Gluten Free Pressure Cooker Pasta with Meat Sauce

    Posted by  ·  May 11, 2017

    Do you need a quick and easy recipe for busy weeknight meals? You will love this Gluten Free Pressure Cooker Pasta with Meat Sauce.  It is delicious and nobody would ever guess it is gluten and dairy free. If you can have dairy, parmesan is a great topping! I have made it with Barilla and Ronzoni  brand pasta with great results. If you are looking for more Instant Pot recipes to make dinner time a breeze we have you covered.  We use our pressure cooker (Instant Pot brand) at least four times a week. It has made a huge difference in our meal planning. I alway have this Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce on hand.  I either make it, diving the ingredients into two freezer bags and freeze (add 10 mins to the cooking time if cooking from frozen) or I divide the recipe making one to eat now and one to freeze. It is a great pressure cooker recipe.

    Delicious Gluten Free Pressure Cooker Pasta with Meat Sauce

    Gluten Free Pressure Cooker Pasta with Meat Sauce
    pressure cooker instant pot pasta dinner
    5 from 2 votes

    Gluten Free Instant Pot Pasta with Meat Sauce

    Delicious one pot meal cooked in minutes in the Instant Pot. Gluten and Dairy Free too!

    Author Cindy


    • 1 onion chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 24 ounces spaghetti sauce
    • 1 pound ground beef or sausage
    • 12 ounces gluten free rigatoni pasta uncooked
    • 2 cups chicken broth or water
    • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon basil


    1. Turn Instant Pot to saute. Cook meat, onions and garlic. Don't let garlic burn. Remove any extra fat. Add remaining ingredients to the meat mixture. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. When finished cooking quick release pressure. Open Instant Pot and stir pasta.  Sauce will thicken slightly.

    Recipe Notes

    The perfect easy recipe for a busy weeknight.  Be sure to allow time for the Intant Pot to pressurize.  It takes about 10 minutes.


    pressure cooker instant pot pasta dinner

    ….and while you are eating you can be making dessert! A yummy  Instant Pot Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake .  Yes, dessert in the Instant Pot.  This is why I have two of the inner pots! You can’t believe how handy it is to have two.

    My friend Jen has a round up of amazing InstaPot Recipes. Be sure to check them out!

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    1. Peggy Middleton
      Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
      I am new to the Instant Pot. How do you "wait" for it to pressurize? Do you go ahead and push Manual and the time you want and it pressurizes before the timer starts ticking? I made a chicken and rice dish and it flopped. It seemed it wasn't pressurized. Thank you!
      • Cindy
        Sunday, January 28th, 2018
        Hi Peggy,
        Hit on, then manual then use the + and - to set the time. Make sure the spout is turned to the back and let the instant pot do the work. It will first say on then come to pressure then start counting down the time.
        If it doesn't come to pressure it usually means there is not enough liquid.
    2. Kristin
      Monday, January 1st, 2018
      We had this for dinner last night and it was delicious. My first instant pot pasta meal! If I don't want to eat meat, can I use the same proportions and directions for the sauce, water, and pasta and cook time? Are the directions the same just omit the meat? I tried to wing it tonight because I cleared my internet history and couldn't find this recipe and everything was a disaster! After that mess, I set out to find this recipe and bookmark it!!!
      • Cindy
        Thursday, January 4th, 2018
        Yay Kristin, so glad you liked it! It is a family favorite of ours.
    3. Ruth
      Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
      Have you tried this recipe with Ancient Harvest brand Lentil and Quinoa Rotelle? I am trying this tonight since I need to have a quick meal to come home to after doctor's appointments after school. Does having the time delay on for 6 hours prior to the cook time affect the cook time? I needed to be able to have everything prepped and be able to walk away and come home to dinner.
      • Cindy
        Thursday, January 4th, 2018
        I haven't tried that pasta Ruth. I would assume the cook delay would affect the recipe, as the noodles would be soaking in the liquid for 6 hours, also I would be worried about the meat not being refrigerated for that long of time. If you had all the ingredients ready to go and place them in the pressure cooker when you arrive home, you could have dinner on the table quickly. Allow about 10 mins for the pressure cooker to pressurize.

        For days like this the crock pot might be a better choice. Hope this helps.
    4. Marian
      Saturday, September 16th, 2017
      Hi. I'd rather not use broth or water. Does it have to do with the gluten free pasta? Can I just increase the marinara quantity? Look forward to your reply. Thx
      • Cindy
        Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
        Marian, using only the marinara is too thick and I don't think you will be able to get the pressure cooker to pressurize.
    5. Lee Barrilleaux
      Thursday, September 14th, 2017
      Does this work as well with elbow macaroni. As it is, I have a hard time getting my husband to eat gluten free pasta, his mom was 100% Italian, so I usually use elbow, or small shell tinkyata. He's also not a fan of penne.
      • Cindy
        Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
        I have made it with regular pasta. I promise you though, if you use Barilla brand pasta he will never know the difference!
    6. Melissa Wolfe
      Thursday, July 20th, 2017
      I made this last night as my first instant pot recipe and it was amazing!!! I was so impressed with myself for pulling it off. I followed your recipe but added a few things - I sautéed in a tiny bit of olive oil to get my onions a little browner. I added a chopped up zucchini and I added a dash of white wine. Best dinner I have ever made. Thank you so much!! And the gluten free pasta was cooked perfectly.
      • Cindy
        Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
        So happy you liked it Melissa. You must try the spaghetti and meatball recipe I have too. Super easy and yummy! It is a full pot so it does take some time to pressurize.