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Instant Pot Pesto Pasta

If you are thinking about ways to incorporate greens in your kid’s diest or if you just need a dump and start Instant Pot recipe, this one-pot pesto pasta is one good option for you.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 291kcal


  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 2.5 cups of water
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup pesto sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup roasted kale or fresh spinach optional


  • Add penne pasta water and olive oil to the Instant Pot. Pressure Cook for 5 minutes, followed by a quick release.
  • Stir the pasta well and add pesto sauce, black pepper, a little salt, vegan cheese.
  • This is also a good time to add in any quick-cooking veggies at this time, such as spinach, roasted kale, roasted broccoli. Toss well to get an even mix of the pesto sauce on all the pasta.
  • Optionally, you could add lemon juice, red chili flakes, or vegan cheese to add flavor.
  • Instant Pot Pesto Pasta is complete! Here’s to another family dinner with the Instant Pot!



The nutrition values I show here are my best estimates. Please be sure to check your preferred nutrition calculator, if you are relying on accurate calculations in your diet.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 312IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg