Instant Pot Baked Ziti Recipe

This creamy and cheesy Baked Ziti tastes just like it’s from your quaint local Italian restaurant but it’s cooked in the Instant Pot digital pressure cooker. Use ground beef or Italian sausage with your preferred level of spiciness. Penne pasta can be substituted for ziti.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked ziti, Instant Pot, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 792 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb mild or spicy Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 24 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15. oz can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 lb ziti pasta
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese
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  1. Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your Instant Pot.
  2. Press "saute" setting. Add oil to insert and heat up. Add garlic and chopped onion and saute until the onion is almost translucent. Add Italian seasoning and dried oregano, stir well.
  3. Place Italian sausage (casings removed) in Instant Pot and cook, breaking it down with a wooden spoon. Cook until no longer pink and there are brown bits on the bottom of the IP insert. Press "cancel/off" button. Add ¼ cup of water to sausage and stir well, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the insert.
  4. Add ziti and 2 cups of water and stir well.
  5. Pour diced tomatoes (with juices) over pasta, add tomato paste and crushed tomatoes. Do not stir.
  6. Close lid of the Instant Pot, switch the valve to "sealing" position.
  7. Press "manual" setting and adjust timer to 6 minutes. The Instant Pot will beep and start coming to pressure.
  8. When the timer is done, the Instant Pot will beep. Press "off/cancel" button. Switch the valve to “venting” and quickly release the pressure. When the done, carefully open the lid.
  9. Add mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese and stir well.
  10. Serve ziti garnished with fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Baked Ziti Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 792 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 1316mg 55%
Potassium 975mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 73g 24%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 10g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 16.1%
Vitamin C 26.4%
Calcium 36.5%
Iron 26.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.