Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

The BEST thing my sister in law EVER made!!! And she wants everyone to know, that she takes offense to that comment.

Keep reading about this fabulous pasta recipe that’s ready in under 30 minutes!

Why you’ll love Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

While my sister in law was serving this simple 5 ingredient and ridiculously easy recipe, she found herself perplexed. Unanimously, her family voted that, “This is the Best thing you’ve ever made!“. A bit of background history, she is a culinary graduate and a foodie. She has spent countless hours in the kitchen trying to prepare only the best and tastiest dishes for her family. So, her offenses to this comment is valid and quite comical.

How to make IP Creamy Tomato Pasta

This no fuss pasta recipe is (honestly) the best instant pot pasta recipe. Start by adding the penne noodles, chicken stock, cream into the pot. Now, take a spoon and press the pasta down gently, making sure all the noodles are submerged in the liquid. Next pour on top of the noodles your favorite marinara sauce and do not stir! Add your spices on top of the sauce and close the lid. Next, set the instant pot to 5 minutes on high pressure. Immediately, when the timer runs out do a quick release, leaving the keep warm setting on. After removing the lid you will see a very soupy mixture, you’re not done. The lovely pasta will need to cook for 8-10 more minutes on the warm setting. Every couple of minute give it a stir to encourage even cooking and allowing the sauce to soak into the noodles.

Suggested Marinara Sauce

You may use any pasta sauce that your heart desires, but we’re highly recommending RAO’s Roasted Garlic Sauce.

What to serve with Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

Honest Review

This is our families favorite Instant Pot pasta recipe EVER! Whether you’re new to Instant Pots or have been loving them for a while now, give this recipe a try. You are going to fall in love with this flavorful and luxurious pasta.

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Instant Pot Pasta

Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

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  • Author: Amy Kinnard
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x


Incredibly easy and delicious Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta comes together in just under 30 minutes! This specific recipe is for a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Bon Appetit!



16 ounces penne pasta

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

2 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 cups marinara sauce

1.5 teaspoons garlic powder

1.5 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon salt

1/41/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Optional- garnish with fresh basil and grated parmesan


Place the pasta noodles into the liner of Instant Pot

Pour over the noodles the chicken stock and heavy cream

Gently press noodles down to ensure they are covered by the liquid

Pour in the marinara and DON’T STIR

Top with garlic powder, dried basil, salt and red peppers flakes, DON’T STIR

Close the lid and cook on high for 5 minutes

Immediately after the timer goes off do a quick release of the vent, leaving the keep warm setting on

Open the lid and stir the very saucy mixture

Continue to cook the pasta on the keep warm setting for 8-10 minutes, stirring the pasta every couple minutes to encourage even cooking and allowing the sauce to soak into the noodles

Adjust seasoning if needed and top with optional fresh basil and grated parmesan

Serve immediately and enjoy!

  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 960
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Sodium: 1040mg
  • Fat: 60g
  • Saturated Fat: 35g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 89g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Cholesterol: 200mg

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  1. I made this for dinner tonight and YUM!! I used whipping cream instead of heavy cream so it was a bit more saucy but still delicious! A new favorite!

  2. Words just don’t do this recipe justice OMG!!! Just make it!

  3. The best thing I’ve made in my instant pot yet, thanks!

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