meatless baked ziti in instant pot
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Meatless Baked Ziti in Instant Pot

The Italian American classic made easy for an effortless weeknight pasta dinner!!! Creamy, cheesy and comforting meatless Baked Ziti in Instant Pot is made with jarred sauce and comes together in less than 30 minutes from start to finish. 
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Author: Maria Doss


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced



  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella


  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons grated paremsan
  • fresh basil, chopped


  • Heat Instant Pot to saute mode. 
    When hot, add olive oil,  chopped onion and garlic. Saute for about 2 minutes, until it begins to get translucent. 
  • Press cancel. Add all group-1 ingredients, stir very well to combine. Close Instant pot and lock lid (making sure that valve is set to sealing). Cook 6 minutes on manual. 
     In the meantime, stir together ricotta and heavy cream (from group-2) in a small bowl, until thoroughly combined. Mix in the 1/2 cup mozzarella and keep aside. (Why not stir all three ingredients separately into the cooked pasta? This helps in making a more creamier baked ziti since the ricotta melts along with the cream without giving a gritty feel) 
    Release pressure as soon as the cooking time is done. 
  • Open lid, stir in the cheese-cream mixture, until thoroughly combined. 
    Sprinkle group-3 ingredients on top. Close lid for about 1 minute, to melt cheeses. 
  • Serve instant pot baked ziti hot with steamed or roasted veggies on the side. 


Tomato sauce - I used Prego (tomato, basil and garlic)
Chicken stock - I used 33% less sodium chicken stock. If using regular or no sodium stock, then please adjust salt accordingly. 
Salt - Salt depends on the type of tomato sauce and chicken stock used.