This is one of the first things I experimented with when I got my Instant Pot a few years ago. Once I got it figured out, it quickly became a go-to on busy nights! I had been making this same thing on the stove for years, so why did I feel the need to perfect it in the Instant Pot? Because even though it takes about 40 minutes from start to finish, all I have to do is brown the meat, dump everything else in, and set the timer! There’s no waiting for a pot of water to boil. No standing by the stove babysitting the pasta. No draining the pasta. And only one pot to wash instead of the two I usually use when making it on the stove.
- 1 pound ground beef
- garlic powder
- 3 Cups water
- 13.25 oz whole wheat rotini
- 25 oz jar pasta sauce
Using the saute function on the Instant Pot, brown the ground beef and drain grease if necessary. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Without stirring, add the water, then the rotini, then pour the pasta sauce over the top (make sure to cover all the pasta!). Do NOT stir!
Secure the lid and set to pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. After it’s done cooking, quick release pressure (this is very important! If you don’t release pressure right away, it will turn to mush…ask me how I know 🙄).
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