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Easy Instant Pot Five Cheese Ziti

Instant Pot Five Cheese Ziti

Instant Pot Five Cheese Ziti is the perfect comfort food dinner for those busy weeknights that you don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Instant Pot Five Cheese Ziti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6
Author Recipes Simple


  • 16 ounces Penne pasta
  • 14 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
  • 24 ounces classic marinara pasta sauce (homemade or jarred)
  • 4 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Pour water into Instant Pot.

  2. Next add canned tomatoes and whipped cream cheese and the seasonings. 

  3. Add pasta sauce and gently stir gently to combine. Add pasta and gently push down to submerge in liquid. Make sure the pasta is covered with liquid.

  4. Place lid on instant pot and seal pressure cooker according to manufacturer instructions. Make sure pressure valve is closed and not releasing pressure.

  5. Set to high pressure for 8 minutes.

  6. Allow 5 minute natural pressure release, then perform a quick release.

  7. Stir in shredded cheese to combine.

  8. Allow pasta to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Stir again before serving to allow any remaining liquid to absorb.

  9. Right before you are ready to serve, mix in one cup of Ricotta cheese until blended. 

  10. Sprinkle each serving with grated Parmesan cheese.

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