17 Classic Italian Recipes to make in your Instant Pot

Italian pressure cooker recipes

My mother’s side of the family comes from northern Italy. We always order pasta from our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicagoland when we all gather for the holidays. Many of us also enjoy cooking Italian food when we have time. Cooking classic Italian dishes in your pressure cooker can be a game changer! Meals that took your grandma hours or even days to prepare can be cooked in just a few minutes in your Instant Pot! Here’s a list of my favorite classic Italian dishes that turn out to be super tasty and tender when cooked under pressure! You’ll save a lot of money when preparing these meals at home, but you’ll still have a restaurant-quality meal!

Lemon asparagus risotto Risotto

is a rice dish that originated in Milan, Italy. It is traditionally cooked on the stove, where rice is cooked with chicken broth until it becomes creamy in texture. I promise you that cooking risotto in your Instant Pot will be a game changer! This meatless dish requires only a few ingredients and tastes like restaurant-quality food.

Seafood lasagna Soup Lasagna

has been around since the Middle Ages. The ancient Romans used to make it with seafood. You’ll love the flavors of this creamy fast-cooking garlic lasagna and seafood soup! This recipe is a great way to please the whole family with seafood while keeping food inexpensive!

Instant Pot Minestrone Minestrone

is one of my favorite pressure cooker recipes! Minestrone has been a widely made dish in Italy for hundreds of years, and is meant to be made with seasonal vegetables. All you need are tomatoes, beans, vegetables and pasta noodles for this recipe. I highly recommend adding Parmesan cheese on top!

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Instant Pot Chicken Piccata Chicken Piccata

was created in the 1930s in the United States by an Italian-American family. You’ll love this Instant Pot recipe because your chicken will cook evenly. You’ll want to use the sauté feature to make chicken piccata in your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

(meaning pasta and beans) is one of my favorite Italian recipes. This soup is made with ground beef, vegetables, basil, beans and other Italian flavors. This Italian instant pot recipe will taste like it’s been slow cooker for days.

Instant Pot Tortellini with ham and peas This Instant

Pot Tortellini with ham and peas

is a super easy pasta dish to make at will. All you need is a packet of dried tortellini, mozzarella cheese, frozen peas and ham leftovers. This dish has a super fast cooking time. Be sure to immediately release the pressure just as your timer goes off! Mushrooms would also taste great with this food.

Pork loin

Marsala Marsala

is a city in Sicily known for its Marsala wine. Most regions of Italy have their version of Marsala chicken or pork. This pork loin marsala is a sight and is a great main course to make at Christmas gatherings!

Instant pot dumplings Dumplings

are one of my favorite Instant Pot foods. All you need to do is mix the meat with Italian seasonings, garlic and the rest of the ingredients and cook it quickly in your Instant Pot. These taste great when cooked in marinara sauce!

Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi

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Shrimp Scampi

was invented by Italian-Americans. This dish has easy instructions, and you’ll love the cuteness of the shrimp!

Instant Spaghetti

and Meat Sauce

This instant spaghetti with meat sauce cooks on high pressure for a few minutes before it’s ready! You’ll want to make a big batch of this and have leftovers!

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Chicken Cacciatore The chicken


is my favorite Italian chicken recipe! You can use olive oil or butter when you do this. I highly recommend a side dish of pasta al dente penne or rotini!




If you like pizza but not all carbs, you must make this Instant Pot Supreme Chicken! This chicken makes me realize how my Instant Pot is among my favorite purchases of all time! I recommend adding pepperoni, Italian sausages and peppers to this meal!

Italian dressing Chicken thighs Italian dressing


Italian salads as we know it in the United States dates back to the 1940s. It was created by Italian immigrants in Massachusetts who made it in large batches and served it in their restaurant. Italian dressing is a fantastic marinade for chicken, and this meal can be cooked in a pot!

Instant Pot Italian

Pot Roast (pizzaiola)

This Italian roast can be served in sandwiches, on pasta or with potatoes. You can eat this pot roast for days! (store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days)

Instant Pot Italian beef sandwiches


beef sandwiches made their first appearance in the early 1900s in Chicago. Your kitchen will smell amazing when you open the toy lid of our Instant Pot and smell the aroma of these sandwiches.

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Lasagna by Instant Pot Lasagna Lasagna first

made its appearance in Naples during the Middle Ages. Lasagna means layers. Although lasagna needs to be cooked for over an hour in the oven, it can be made in your pressure cooker in minutes!

Instant Pot Chicken


The first known record of Parmesan cheese was from 1254, when the monks wanted a cheese with a longer shelf life. Now Parmesan chicken is one of our favorite Italian foods! Check out the recipe for this instant chicken parmesan!

What is your favorite Italian food to make in your Instant Pot? If you do one of these, I’d love to know how it turned out! Please tag me on social media or comment below this post. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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