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Instant Pot Lasagna

Instant Pot Lasagna is delicious and hearty. No need to pre-cook the pasta if you use no-boil noodles. Pressure cooker lasagna is easy to make.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pressure cooker lasagna
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 4 minutes
Servings 4 - 5
Calories 427 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


Meat Mixture

  • ½ lb Lean Ground Beef (85% to 90% lean) You can use all ground beef
  • ½ lb Ground Italian Sausage (you can use all sausage)
  • ½ teaspoon Coarse Salt (1/4 tsp table salt)
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning

Cheese Mixture

  • 1 cup Ricotta Cheese (or Cottage Cheese)
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Salt (if your pasta sauce is salty, decrease to 1/4 tsp)
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • ¼ cup Chopped Fresh Parsley

Remaining Layers

  • 1 (24 oz) jar Pasta Sauce (about 3 cups) (I prefer marinara, or use your favorite brand)
  • ½ cup Chopped Spinach Leaves, optional (fresh, or frozen, thawed)
  • 5-6 No Boil Lasagna Noodles (or regular uncooked lasagna noodles that have been soaked in very hot water for 15 minutes)
  • ½ cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated


Cook Meat

  1. Set pot to Sauté and add the beef, sausage, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Cook, stirring, until the meat is cooked.

  2. Remove meat, drain, and set aside. Clean out pot and add 1 ½ cups water to it.

Mix the Cheese Mixture

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the ricotta, egg, mozzarella, parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, oregano, salt, pepper, and parsley. Use a fork to mix thoroughly. Set aside.

Make the Lasagna

  1. In a 7"x3" or 6"x3" springform or push pan, make a layer of the no-boil noodles by breaking them and fitting them like a mosaic to cover the bottom of the pan.

  2. Spread ⅓ of the pasta sauce over the noodles, covering them all.

  3. Spread ½ of the meat mixture over the sauce evenly.

  4. Spread ½ of the cheese mixture evenly over the meat.

  5. Sprinkle the spinach (if using) over the cheese mixture evenly.

  6. Add another layer of noodles, press down on them a little.

  7. Add another layer of ⅓ of the sauce.

  8. Add the second half of the meat.

  9. Add the second half of the cheese mixture.

  10. Add another layer of noodles, the last ⅓ of sauce, ½ cup of mozzarella, and ½ cup of parmesan.

  11. Spray a piece of foil with nonstick spray and lightly cover the pan with the foil, enough that water can't get in.

  12. Set the pan on a trivet with handles and lift them into the inner pot that has 1 ½ cups of water in it. You can also use a sling to set the pan on the trivet in the pot.

  13. Close the lid and lock in place. Turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  14. Press the Pressure Cook or Manual button (or dial) and choose 24 minutes. High Pressure. It will take about 5 minutes or so for the pot to come to pressure.

  15. When the cook cycle has ended, let the pot sit undisturbed for 10-15 minutes (10-15 minute Natural Release). Then, turn the knob to the Venting position to release any remaining steam.

  16. When the pin in the lid drops down, open the lid. Use silicone mitts, sling, or good pot holders that can get wet to lift the rack with the hot pan out of the pot to a cooling rack. Be VERY careful as it could slip off the rack. 

  17. Carefully remove the foil. Turn on your broiler to 450° with the oven rack in the middle to top ⅓ position in the oven.

  18. Set the pan on the oven rack and let the cheese on top brown to your desired amount. Watch it closely as it doesn't take very long. Every oven is different!

  19. Let the lasagna rest for a few minutes before releasing from the pan. This will help it maintain its shape and cool down just a bit.

  20. Carefully (pan and lasagna very hot) release the lasagna from the springform pan while it is on a plate.

  21. If you used a push pan, set a large can of soup or veggies on a plate and set the push pan on top of the can. gently, and carefully push the sides of the pan straight down. Wear oven mitts or some kind of hand protection. The pan and the lasagna will be very hot.

    Then slide another plate under the lasagna. You might need to use a spatula to help slide it over.

  22. Serve with salad and some crusty bread!

Recipe Notes

This recipe works best in a 7"x3" springform or push pan. It will not fit in a 2" deep pan.