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Instant Pot Baked Ziti

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.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Baked Ziti
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


  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.

Recipe Notes

  1. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  2. You can use penne pasta in place of ziti.
  3. Use ground beef or Italian sausage with your preferred level of spiciness. 
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Baked Ziti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 792 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 1316mg57%
Potassium 975mg28%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 805IU16%
Vitamin C 21.8mg26%
Calcium 365mg37%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.