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Instant Pot Pasta Puttanesca Recipe

This Instant Pot Pasta Puttanesca came about because of Lemony Snicket.

It’s a flavorful Neapolitan dish that one of my children requested after reading that the Baudelaire children prepared it in one of the books in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

It couldn’t be simpler in the Instant Pot–just add the ingredients and come back to a pasta dinner!

It’s among our favorites when it comes to easy recipes for homemade meals.

It’s a simple recipe with affordable ingredients, quick prep times, minimal cooking time, and bold flavors.

This recipe is vegan, but see the tip for how to add in anchovies (or use anchovy paste), which are traditional.

Garnish with shredded cheese or chopped fresh basil if you like.

You may also want to check out my Pinterest Instant Pot board for more great recipes like this pressure cooker Pasta Puttanesca!

Instant Pot College Cookbook Julee Morrison Pasta Puttanesca

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Modern

Difficulty: Easy

Browse Category: Rice Pastas, Vegan, Vegetarian

Duration: 15-30 min

Diet: Dairy Free, Vegan

Cooking Technique: Pressure Cook

Main Ingredient: Capers, Garlic, Pasta, Pasta Sauce

Instant Pot Pasta Puttanesca Ingredients:

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 (32-ounce) jar pasta sauce

3 cups of water (use chicken broth for more flavor)

4 cups dried pasta, such as penne or rigatoni

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes *

1 Tablespoon capers

1/2 cup Kalamata olives, sliced

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

cilantro, to taste (optional) as garnish

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (optional) for topping

This Instant Pot Pasta Puttanesca couldn't be simpler in the Instant Pot--just add the ingredients and come back to a pasta dinner!

Instant Pot Pasta Puttanesca Directions:

Assemble the Ingredients:

Combine all of the ingredients (except cilantro and Parmesan cheese if using) in the inner cooking pot and stir to coat the pasta.

Pressure Cook.

Lock the lid into place and turn the pressure release valve to “sealing”.

Select Manual, or Pressure Cook, and adjust the pressure to High Pressure.

Set the time for 5-minutes.

When cooking ends, carefully turn the valve to “venting” to quick release the pressure.

Unlock and remove the lid.

Give it a good stir with a wooden spoon.


Garnish with cilantro, fresh parsley and/or Parmesan cheese, and enjoy this quick dinner!

This Instant Pot Pasta Puttanesca couldn't be simpler in the Instant Pot--just add the ingredients and come back to a pasta dinner!

Variation Tip:

If you eat fish, go ahead and add anchovies for additional flavor.

Use 1 (2-ounce) can of anchovies packed in oil (drained), adding it to the pot along with the other ingredients.

I think their salty, pungent flavor offsets the sweetness of a typical tomato-based sauce.

*Save those crushed red pepper packets from your pizza order, they work perfectly in this recipe.

Garnish with grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, or black olives on top of the pasta.

You can find this recipe and more in the e-book version of my cookbook The Instant Pot College Cookbook available!

It’s filled with 75 home-style quick and delicious meals to get any college kid through finals without starving.

We hope you enjoy this one-pot spaghetti puttanesca made in an electric pressure cooker.

When you’re finished, why not give your Instant Pot a deep clean with this guide.


This Instant Pot Pasta Puttanesca Recipe is found in my Instant Pot College Cookbook.

Instant Pot College Cookbook Julee Morrison Pasta Puttanesca


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About Julee:

Julee Morrison is a blogger, mother of six, who lives in the foothills of Virginia with their four dogs.

Her first book The Instant Pot® College Cookbook: 75 Quick and Easy Meals that Taste Like Home celebrates her family recipes and making quick meals everyone will love.

Her writing has appeared on The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Pop Sugar, SheKnows, Yahoo Shine, Love What Matters, Ellen Nation, and her recipes have been featured on Bon Appetite, SparkPeople, and The Huffington Post.

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