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Perfect Pressure Cooker Pasta is the easiest way to prepare boxed pasta without having to stand over the stove while cooking. This simple recipe delivers perfectly cooked pasta that requires no draining, just top with butter or sauce and serve.
How To Make Perfect Pressure Cooker Pasta
Pasta is an affordable product that is so versatile that it can be used in thousands of dishes and taste different in each and every one. We all have those nights where we need a quick and simple side dish. We have a box of pasta in the cabinet but don’t necessarily want to stand over the stove making it. Electric pressure cooker to the rescue!
A good number of varieties of pasta work very well in an electric pressure cooker. While I can make most work, I have found that the ones that work best are short to medium sized pasta whose box calls for 8-10 minutes cooking time. This includes varieties such as elbows, shells, penne, ziti, farfalle, rigatoni and others. Generally you’ll be setting your electric pressure cooker to cook for 4-5 minutes, or approximately half of the cooking time specified on the pasta box. Once the cooking time has finished, do a quick pressure release and stir well. A good stir will help ensure that nothing is stuck and to help evenly distribute any small amounts of liquid that may remain in the pot. Top with butter or your favorite prepared sauce and you’re all set. Here’s how I make perfect pressure cooker pasta.
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- 1 lb small-to-medium sized pasta (I used Ronzoni Trio Italiano #122)
- 4 cups water (chicken broth or vegetable broth work equally well and enhance the flavor)
- butter or prepared sauce of your choice
Pour the water or broth into the pot.
Place the pasta into the pot, making sure you have as much of it as possible (al of is it best) covered by the broth.
Place the lid onto the pot and close to seal.
Set the pressure cooker to cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
Once the cooking cycle has finished, do a quick pressure release.
Remove the lid and stir well. This helps ensure that nothing is stuck and to help evenly distribute any small amounts of liquid that may remain in the pot.
Top the pasta immediately with your choice of butter or sauce and stir well.
Place in a bowl and serve immediately.
If you are looking for a different type of pressure cooker pasta recipe be sure to check out some of my other pressure cooker pasta recipes!
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