Pasta Caprese – Instant Pot

Easy one pot pasta caprese with tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar prepared in Instant Pot.

Most of our meals these days are made in Instant pot. No baby-sitting the food, healthy one pot meals and super easy cleanup! After all the delicious Indian dishes – butter chicken, stuffed eggplant and the south indian bisi bele bhath it was time to change up to a new cuisine!

We love Italian food and pasta is a favorite dish. I love simple pasta made with few basic yet whole some ingredients.

pasta caprese ingredients

Last week I decided to modify my summer caprese salad recipe to a pasta recipe using my Instant Pot DUO-60. As always even before I turn on the Instant pot, I start with a good mise en place.

pasta caprese ingredients

Once all the ingredients are ready to go, turn on the Instant pot and follow along the video to see how quick and easy it is to make perfect pasta caprese:


Instant Pot Pasta Caprese
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 3
Easy one pot pasta caprese with tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar prepared in Instant Pot.
  • 2-1/2 cups mezze penne
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 4 handful basil leaves
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella balls
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  1. Set Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Once the Instant Pot displays 'Hot', add oil, onion, garlic and crushed red pepper. Sauté for a min. Add grape tomatoes, pasta, pasta sauce, half of the basil leaves, salt and 1 cup of water. Stir well. Set Instant Pot to Manual(High) 4 mins with pressure valve set to sealing. Quick Release. Stir once again. Add fresh mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinegar. Serve hot garnished with more chopped basil and shredded parmesan.


17 thoughts on “Pasta Caprese – Instant Pot

    1. Thank you Antonia! I love fresh basil and fresh mozzarella in this dish and the drizzle of balsamic vinegar .. just finishes up this dish so beautifully!

  1. This looks great! I’m trying to figure out the ratio of pasta to liquid since I’m using a different shaped pasta and am looking to go by weight rather than volume. Do you happen to know how much pasta, by weight, you used?

    1. Linda, you do not need to double the time. It will work with same time. Would love to know how you like it! Thank you.

  2. Great recipe for a quick lunch dish. I tweaked the ingredients a bit by using shallots in addition to the onions and garlic. Also used whole grain pasta. Reduced the balsamic vinegar quantity- 1/4 cup is a bit much. A drizzle (few teaspoons) is perfectly fine. And pecorino Romano grated also goes well. A hearty flavorful dish all in all.

  3. Thanks for the fantastic recipe! The mozzarella balls are pretty but hard to eat, so I think next time I’ll try adding shredded fresh mozzarella instead.

    1. Hi Pam, So glad you enjoyed this pasta recipe! You can also chop up mozzarella balls into small pieces or shred it!

  4. How do you film your videos? do you have your camera hooked on something? I need to figure out how to make some videos to share with my sisters on things I am making. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

      1. Thanks!! Also have a question for the amount of water for pasta. How do you determine how much water to add to pasta as it doesn’t look like a lot? I figured out your equation for cooking times but need help with water for pasta!!!

        1. Hi Roshni! It is tricky with the water. As different pasta recipes have different liquids from the sauce, tomatoes, etc. After adding all the sauces, tomatoes, I add enough water so that most of the pasta(90%) is under water. I use a spatula to push the pasta under the liquids. Hope this helps.

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