Instant Pot Rigatoni Meat Sauce Recipe

I recently got an Instant Pot Duo (6 quarts). I’m still trying new recipes and having a lot of fun making homemade meals. This rigatoni pasta and meat sauce is super quick, easy and delicious.

Instant Pot Rigatoni Meat Sauce

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 lbs ground beef
diced onions and green peppers (as much or as little as you want)
olive oil
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 box (16 oz) rigatoni pasta
1 jar (24 oz) pasta sauce
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
4 cups of water or beef broth
Parmesan cheese to taste


  1. Turn on pot to the sauté setting, add olive oil to cook the onions and green peppers. Add the ground beef until browned.
  2. Drain the fat after browning the meat and return to the Instant Pot.
  3. Add the Italian seasoning, and stir.
  4. Add the water/broth and diced tomatoes, and  stir.
  5. Add the pasta evenly over the mixture. Do not stir.
  6. Pour the pasta sauce over the rigatoni pasta and cover it completely. Do not stir.
  7. Cancel the sauté function. Put the lid on the pot and turn the steam release knob to the sealing position. 
  8. Use the manual pressure cook option. Use the + or – buttons to select 7 minutes (for rigatoni). If you are using a different pasta, set the cooking time to half of the time recommended in the pasta packaging.
  9. When cooking if complete, do a quick release of the pressure/steam by turning the steam release knob to the venting position.

You may serve directly from the Instant Pot or transfer it to a serving dish. Add Parmesan cheese as desired.

Enjoy, Bon Appétit, Buen Provecho!                                                

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