Making pasta in the Instant Pot is amazingly easy if you follow these guidelines for best results. You can make pasta on its own to add to other dishes or to toss with your favorite sauce. Either way, you will find yourself using this handy method to make many a quick and easy meal.
Add pasta, salt and oil to the inner pot. Using a spoon, push pasta down evenly. Add enough water just to cover pasta, pushing pasta down as needed, then add another ½ cup water.
Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing. Set your Instant Pot to pressure cook on High and adjust the time to half the time recommended on the pasta package minus 1 minute. (If the cooking time is a range, use half of the higher number minus 1 minute.)
When the cooking time is done, press Cancel and turn the steam release handle to Venting. When the float valve drops down, remove the lid. The pasta should be al dente. (If more cooking time is needed, continue pressure cooking on High for 1 minute.) Drain off excess water, if necessary.
Serve immediately, add to your sauce or add to another recipe according to directions.
Use only dried pasta. Do not use pasta that requires less than 8 minutes cooking time. Fresh pasta usually requires 7 minutes or less to cook.
Do not use tiny pasta, such as orzo or pastina, as it may clog the steam release vent.
Do not use any pasta, such as gnocchi, that has “floating” as the doneness test, as you cannot see the pasta to tell whether it is floating.