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!

You can also make these quick and easy peanut butter cookies and these no-bake chocolate cookies. Both are so easy to make and delicious. No one will even know that they are both gluten-free!

Gluten Free Pressure Cooker Pasta with Meat Sauce

Delicious Gluten Free Pressure Cooker Pasta with Meat Sauce

I have made this pasta in the instant pot with both 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 always have this Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce on hand. I either make it, divide 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 one of my favorite pasta sauces made in the pressure cooker.

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4.20 from 5 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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Time for Instant Pot to pressurize 10 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 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


  • 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 the stir pasta.  Sauce will thicken slightly.


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


Calories: 588kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1008mg | Potassium: 1258mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 14.4mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 5.8mg
Servings: 4
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Cindy Hopper
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….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.

Here are a few of my Instant Pot recipes and a couple of gluten-free recipes too:

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  1. I want to double this, would doubling everything work or do you think it would be to much liquid and do you think I need to change the cook time?

  2. I want to double this, would double everything work or do you think it would be to much liquid and do you think I need to change the cook time?

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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.

  8. I have made it with regular pasta. I promise you though, if you use Barilla brand pasta he will never know the difference!

  9. Marian, using only the marinara is too thick and I don’t think you will be able to get the pressure cooker to pressurize.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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