Instant Pot Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Instant Pot Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Instant Pot Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Don’t we all love a bowl of pasta with tomato cream sauce? Everyone needs this delicious, comforting, and satisfying pasta in their dinner rotation. This easy Instant Pot Penne Pasta is ready in under 20 minutes and is something the whole family will enjoy!

pasta with tomato cream sauce served in a white bowl
This simple Italian recipe is perfect for those days when you don’t feel like chopping vegetables or washing extra dishes. The kid-friendly dish uses basic pantry ingredients that are simply layered in the Instant Pot. Top with some freshly grated parmesan for a restaurant-quality vegetarian meal that will be ready in no time.

EASY 20 Minute Pasta Dinner
Tomato cream sauce pasta can be prepared by novice as well as expert cooks. It perfectly fits my goal of enabling everyone to cook! This month I was approached by several mothers requesting cooking lessons for their teenagers. The more I understood how hectic and crazy their college schedules could be, the more I continued to develop simple recipes.

This recipe is created with a purpose, that makes sure that all of us can put together a quick meal that is fast, inexpensive, and yet satisfying. I am so proud that this creamy tomato pasta has now become so popular not only with teenagers but with their families as well.

Basic Ingredients
Pasta – I have used penne pasta in this recipe but you can use any shape including gluten free pasta
Sauce – Marinara sauce or use your favorite jarred tomato sauce
Cream – Heavy whipping cream adds the perfect creminess to this pasta and you can also substitute it with coconut cream or cashew cream

Ingredients for Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Tips to make perfect Instant Pot pasta
Make sure that most of the pasta is submerged under liquids
Pressure cook time = Half the cook time on the box minus 1 minute
Always layer thicker liquids like tomato sauce on top
Quick-release after pressure cooking cycle is complete
Always stir in cream, cheese, etc after the pressure cooking cycle
Here are easy steps to cook the best creamy tomato pasta:

Step 1: Add pasta to the Instant Pot, add broth, and water. Layer garlic powder, red chili pepper, salt, and tomato sauce. Make sure to push all the pasta under liquids.

Steps showing how to cook pasta in Instant Pot

Step 2: Close the Instant Pot lid and Pressure cook. Quick Release and then stir in the cream, grated parmesan, and basil or parsley.

Penne Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce
Incredibly creamy and delicious pasta with an EASY dump recipe that is ready in under 20 minutes!


▢1 pound uncooked Penne Pasta
▢2 cups low sodium broth
▢2 cups water
▢1 teaspoon garlic powder
▢½ teaspoon red chili flakes
▢1 teaspoon kosher salt
▢2 cups tomato sauce plain or marinara
▢1 cup heavy cream
▢2 tablespoons grated parmesan
▢¼ cup basil or parsley chopped
Add the pasta, broth, water, garlic powder, red pepper, salt to the Instant Pot insert. Layer tomato sauce on top. Gently push all pasta under liquids. Do not mix.
Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Pressure cook (Hi) for 4 minutes followed by quick release.
Open the Instant Pot and stir in the cream. Add parmesan cheese and chopped basil or parsley.


1. We are using a full box of pasta in this recipe.
2. Using penne pasta in this recipe, which has a stove cook time of 10 minutes. To adjust for Instant Pot cook time – Divide the cooking time by half and minus one for al dente pasta. Hence we are pressure cooking for 4 minutes.
3. Always have enough water or broth to cover most of the pasta underwater. Depending on the shape of pasta you may need more or less liquids.
Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1055IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg