Creamy Instant Pot Pasta with Broccoli

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5 from 4 reviews

This instant pot pasta is one of the quickest, easiest meals ever which makes it one of my favorites on a busy weeknight! This creamy garlic pasta comes together in just minutes and is loaded with tons of nutty Parmesan flavor along with tender-crisp broccoli.




  • fresh chopped parsley
  • shredded Parmesan cheese
  • red pepper flakes


  1. Turn instant pot to the sauté function and add olive oil.
  2. Sauté minced garlic, oregano, and garlic powder along with a couple pinches of salt and pepper for a minute. Stir frequently.
  3. Add a splash of veggie broth to help delgaze the pan if the garlic is sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add broccoli.
  4. Add pasta, remaining vegetable broth, and heavy cream along with a couple large pinches of salt and pepper.
  5. Stir to combine, seal the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  6. Use the quick-release vent and gently press on it to remove the steam.
  7. Remove the lid, stir once, then let it sit for 3 minutes.
  8. Stir in Parmesan cheese until cheese melts. Season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!



  • You can double this recipe with ease! If you're feeding a crowd, make double batch but cook it for the same amount of time.
  • Use a controlled quick release instead of a natural release for this recipe so the pasta doesn't overcook and you don't end up splattering hot cream all over the kitchen! Flip the valve to "Venting" and then quickly back to "Sealing" allowing the steam to release in short bursts. Continue releasing the pressure in short bursts until no cream is coming out and just steam is being released. Once the float valve drops, you can remove the lid.
  • After you remove the lid, be sure to let the pasta sit for a a few minutes after cooking. The pasta needs time to cool so that the Parmesan can melt properly into the sauce. Don't rush this part!
  • Your cooking time will vary slightly depending on what type of pasta you use. Check the package directions, find the lowest recommend cooking time, divide that in half and subtract 1. That will give you the length of time required to cook your pasta in the instant pot. For example if your pasta has a recommended cooking time of 10-12 minutes, your math will look like this:
    • 10 / 2 = 5
    • 5 - 1 = 4
    • Cooking Time = 4 minutes
  • If your pasta only lists an odd number for the cooking time, round down to the nearest even number. So if the cooking time is listed as 11 minutes, round down to 10 and then start your formula.