This Instant Pot Lasagna uses just a few ingredients but turns out a delicious lasagna in no time.
If lasagna is a dish you avoid unless you have several hours to devote to it, then this Instant Pot Lasagna will change your mind!
A few days ago, I asked the girls what they’d like for dinner, but it had to be something I could make in my Instant Pot.
Katie insisted she’d been craving lasagna, so what’s a mom to do except make the girl lasagna? The best part was that I didn’t even have to run to the store for ingredients.
(If you haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet, I highly encourage you to try it! I never thought I’d love it as much as I do. It’s an impressive appliance and a real workhorse in the kitchen. You will LOVE IT!)
WHAT IS AN INSTANT POT?
The answer to that on the official Instant Pot website is “Instant Pot® is the Smart Multi-Use, Programmable Pressure Cooker
designed by Canadians with the objective of being Convenient, Dependable & Safe.” In layman’s terms, it’s a pressure cooker that speeds up cooking yet turns meats into tender, fall-apart bites that will melt in your mouth! You can make just about anything in it (even an Instant Pot Cheesecake!) as well as use it for a slow cooker, rice cooker and to make yogurt. I’ve personally tried all of the Instant Pot settings and they all do their job well. But perhaps what I love about it most is that you can saute right in the pot, then pressure cook away!
WHICH INSTANT POT TO BUY?
I get this question often. There are so many to choose from and it can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve never cooked with an Instant Pot before. I typically recommend the (affiliate link) 6-quart DUO60 as that’s what I use most often (I also own the 5-quart). It’s big enough for a family of 4-6 yet isn’t as huge as the 8-quart. There are other 6-quart models with more bells and whistles, so take a look through the different models before you commit.
I had a jar of good pasta sauce on hand, Italian sausage and even the ricotta cheese. Since it’s summer, I also have fresh basil growing everywhere (yay)! I figured this Instant Pot lasagna would be pretty good with a jarred sauce, or at least it would do in a pinch.
It turned out SO well. We all devoured it, then a friend stopped by after dinner and I offered him a piece, too. Every few bites, he’d murmur about how good it was. Let’s just say there were no leftovers!
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There are so many reasons I love this easy recipe.
First, because it uses ingredients that I can just throw together anytime, it’s incredibly simple. And the size of an Instant Pot lasagna is perfect for us (it fed four people with no leftovers).
I own two Instant Pots so next time I plan on making two at a time and freezing one. Nothing better than not being in the mood to make dinner and remembering you have a frozen lasagna ready to be tossed in the oven, amiright? :)
Yeah, I know these pictures are terrible. I just cannot shoot a lasagna to save my life. But I wanted to show you the delicious layers and how it looks just out of the pot. It’s so much prettier than how lasagna is normally served, don’t you think?
This Instant Pot lasagna recipe is very basic, too, so feel free to modify as you like.
I use a whole pound of Italian sausage despite the size being smaller, but I highly recommend it. Some mushrooms and onions sautéed with the sausage would be a good twist. And I love adding small pieces of cream cheese to my lasagna, too (I’d use about 4 oz. and add a layer right in the middle).
This week I’m making a homemade pasta sauce with our garden tomatoes so of course I’ll have to make this again!
Instant Pot Lasagna (a basic recipe)
Try adding small pieces of cream cheese, too (it’s sooo good!) I’d add about 4 oz. to this recipe, dropping in pieces as a middle layer.
- 1 lb ground Italian sausage
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/3 package oven-ready lasagna noodles
- 1 25- oz jar high-quality marinara or spaghetti sauce
- 2 cups shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
- 2 T chopped fresh basil
- Press “Saute” to preheat your Instant Pot. When the word “hot” appears on the display, add the sausage until browned and crumbled. Turn off IP and remove sausage with a slotted spoon (discard grease).
- In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, egg and parmesan until smooth.
- Grease a round 7-inch baking pan. Place a thin layer of sauce onto the bottom of the pan. Top with one layer each of lasagna noodles, ricotta mixture, sausage then shredded cheese. Every time you add a layer of noodles, gently press down so lasagna compresses slightly. Continue layering twice more (sauce, noodles, ricotta, sausage, cheese), ending with a final layer of just sauce and cheese (I like to make my top layer of cheese the thickest).
- Pour 1 1/2 cups of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot, then place the trivet inside. Make a foil sling out of tinfoil (a long piece of tinfoil folded twice lengthwise) and place baking pan on top. Cover baking pan with additional foil (spray it with a little cooking spray so cheese doesn’t stick), then, using the sling, carefully set the pan onto the trivet, folding down any tinfoil so that it doesn’t interfere with closing the lid.
- Close the lid, press “Manual” and immediately adjust the timer to 20 minutes. Check that the cooking pressure is on “high” and that the release valve is set to “Sealing”.
- When time is up, allow to IP to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, then open the IP using “Quick Pressure Release”. Using the foil sling as “handles”, carefully remove lasagna from IP. Remove foil, and pop under the broiler a few minutes to brown cheese. Allow to rest for 10 minutes, then serve. Top with freshly chopped basil, if desired.