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Instant Pot Beef Ziti

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 20 minutes plus time to come to full pressure
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • ½ lb. ground beef
  • ½ lb. mild Italian sausage
  • 1 ½ cup beef broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 jar (24oz) marinara sauce (your favorite pasta sauce)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 8 oz ziti, uncooked
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese
  • additional ricotta cheese and parsley for garnish


  1. Add olive oil and diced onions to the Instant Pot. Turn on to saute mode and cook for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef and mild Italian sausage. Cook and brown until done. When browned, turn Instant Pot off and mix in the garlic. Drain off any excess grease.
  3. Add beef broth to the pot and DEGLAZE the bottom of the pot by scraping all the bits and pieces stuck to the pot. This will prevent from getting the burn notice.
  4. Add in the marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. DO NOT STIR.
  5. Pour in uncooked Ziti noodles. Do NOT stir. Press the noodles gently until they are submerged in the sauce, but not stirred.
  6. Secure lid and set to cook on high “Pressure Cook” for 7 minutes. Once complete do a quick pressure release.
  7. While the pasta is cooking, add the mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, parsley, and cottage cheese to a bowl. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  8. Once the pressure is released, open lid. Spoon in the cheese mixture into the pot, stir until fully combined. Top with additional ricotta and parsley for garnish is desired. Serves 6.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes plus time to come to pressure
  • Category: Beef, Pork
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian
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