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17 Classic Italian Recipes to make in your Instant Pot

by Kristen

te My mom’s side of the family comes from Northern Italy. We always order pasta from our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicagoland when we all get together for holidays. Many of us also enjoy cooking Italian food when we have the time.   Cooking Classic Italian dishes in your pressure cooker can be a game-changer! Meals that took your grandmother hour or even days to prepare can be cooked in just a few minutes in your Instant Pot!   Here is a list of my favorite Classic Italian dishes that turnout super flavorful and tender when pressure cooked! You will save so much money when you make these meals at home, but you will 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 the 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 calls for only a few ingredients and tastes like a restaurant-quality meal.

Seafood lasagna Soup 

Lasagna has been around since the middle ages. The ancient Romans used to make it with seafood. You will love the flavors in this quick-cooking creamy garlic seafood lasagna soup! This recipe is a great way to indulge the whole family in seafood while keeping the meal budget-friendly!

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 it is meant to be made with seasonal vegetables. All you need is tomatoes, beans, vegetables, and pasta noodles for this recipe. I highly recommend adding parmesan cheese on top!

Instant Pot Chicken Piccata 

Chicken Piccata was created in the 1930s in the United States by an Italian American family. You will love this Instant Pot recipe because your chicken will cook evenly. You will want to use the saute function 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, veggies, basil, beans, and other Italian flavors. This Italian instant pot recipe will taste like it has been slow cooking 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 on a whim. All you need is a package of dried tortellini, mozzarella cheese, frozen peas, and leftover ham.   This dish has a super quick cooking time. Make sure you immediately release the pressure right when your timer beeps! Mushrooms would also taste great with this meal.

Pork Tenderloin Marsala 

Marsala is a city in Sicily known for its Marsala wine. Most regions in Italy have their version of chicken or pork Marsala. This Pork tenderloin marsala is a show stopper and is a great main dish to make at holiday gatherings!

Instant Pot Meatballs

Meatball subs are one of my favorite Instant Pot meals. All you need to do is blend the meat with Italian seasoning, garlic, and the rest of the ingredients and cook this quickly in your Instant Pot. These taste great when cooked in marinara sauce!

Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi 

Shrimp Scampi was invented by Italian Americans. This dish has easy instructions, and you will love the tenderness of the shrimp!

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce 

This Instant Pot Spaghetti with meat sauce is cooked on high pressure for a few minutes before it is done! You will want to make a big batch of this and have leftovers!

Chicken Cacciatore

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

Supreme Pizza Chicken

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

Italian Dressing Chicken Thighs

Italian salad dressing 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 makes a fantastic marinade for chicken, and this meal can be cooked together in one pot!

Instant Pot Italian Pot Roast ( pizzaiola) 

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

Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

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

Instant Pot Lasagna 

Lasagna first made its appearance in Naples during the middle ages. Lasagna means to layer. Although lasagna needs to cook for over an hour in the oven, it can be made in your pressure cooker in minutes!

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan 

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

What is your favorite Italian meal to make in your Instant Pot? If you make one of these, I would love to hear 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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