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Instant Pot Pasta Carbonara Recipe

The easiest pasta dish you can make in your pressure cooker! Spaghetti noodles tossed with bacon, grease and egg and Parmesan mixture to make the sauce, make this pasta dish a huge favorite!

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Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Instant Pot carbonara, Instant Pot pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 520 kcal
Author Anna


  • 8 oz. spaghetti noodles
  • 4.5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Grab a handful of spaghetti noodles at a time, break in half and arrange in a criss-cross pattern. Add water. Do not stir. Place one tablespoon of butter on top of pasta. Close the lid. Set valve to "sealing" position. Make sure the IP is set to cooking on HIGH pressure. Press "manual" setting and set timer to 7 minutes. The IP will take up to 10 minutes to come to pressure.

  2. Once the timer is done, press "cancel/off" button. Wait 1 minute, then switch the valve to "venting" position to release pressure. Once the pin drops and pressure is released, open the lid carefully away from your face. Spoon out 1/2 cup of pasta water into measuring cup and set aside. Drain pasta over colander, discard remaining pasta water. Keep spaghetti in colander.
  3. Place the insert back in the Instant Pot. Press "saute" setting. Wait 1 minutes. Add olive oil to insert. Add bacon and cook until crispy. Add garlic and saute with bacon for 1 minute. Add one tablespoon of butter and let melt. Press "cancel/off" button. Add pasta back to the IP. Toss well with bacon, garlic and grease.

  4. In a small bowl, beat egg and Parmesan together. Slowly add the egg and Parmesan mixture, stirring constantly to make sure the egg does not scramble. It should turn into creamy sauce. Add reserved pasta water, a little bit at a time, stir well. The pasta should be creamy.

  5. Season with black pepper. Serve garnished with chopped parsley and more grated Parmesan.

Recipe Notes

Cooking time includes cooking pasta as well as cooking bacon. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pasta Carbonara Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 520 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 602mg26%
Potassium 224mg6%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 251mg25%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.