Can you put gluten free pasta in an Instant Pot?

The quick answer is heck ya!

Amanda couldn't believe it when she made this gluten free pasta dish in the Instant Pot.  While I was away on business, Amanda just wanted something easy to make that our kids will enjoy.  She took a risk and decided to google making pasta in the instant pot.  There are certainly varying opinions on cooking pasta in the Instant Pot, let alone gluten free pasta.  But for us, it worked.  We probably wouldn't make gluten free spaghetti in it, but this gluten free penne just works perfectly.

The dish took about 15 minutes to make.  The instant pot heats up so fast in saute mode that the meat browns so fast.  Once that is done, it just takes 4 minutes to cook after the Instant Pot gets up to pressure.  Check out the recipe below.

This recipe was adapted from the The Holy Mess.

1 pound ground beef or sausage
8 oz (half box) gluten free penne (we used the pasta from Costco)
1 jar spaghetti sauce (24 oz)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
¾ spaghetti sauce jar of water

  1. Click the "saute" button on Instant Pot and cook ground beef until brown, about 5-8 minutes. It does have have to fully cook through.
  2. Turn machine off.
  3. If desired, drain fat. (The more fat your drain, of course the healthier. A little bit of fat keeps pasta from sticking together.)
  4. Add 1 jar spaghetti sauce.
  5. Add ¾ jar full of water.
  6. Add pasta. Do not mix, but gentle push pasta into liquid and move around a bit to prevent sticking.
  7. Turn Instant Pot to "Manual" and set for 4 minutes.  Be sure to close the valve.
  8. Use quick release.  Mix and serve.


  1. Bought an Instant pot a couple of months ago it is amazing, but I have been hesitant to cook gluten free pasta in it. This is what I'll fix for dinner tonight.


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