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Instant Pot {Pressure Cooker} Ham & Penne Pasta

posted by Julie Evink on May 30, 2017

Instant Pot {Pressure Cooker} Ham & Penne Pasta ~ Our Favorite Meal Now in the Instant Pot! Only One Dish to Clean and You Have an Easy Dinner Recipe!

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Instant Pot {Pressure Cooker} Ham & Penne Pasta ~ Our Favorite Meal Now in the Instant Pot! Only One Dish to Clean and You Have an Easy Dinner Recipe!

This recipe is an adaption of my One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet which has been CRAZY popular since I first posted it a few years ago. It goes nuts over Easter because of all that leftover ham, but really you can make this any time of year!

If you haven’t joined the Instant Pot craze yet, I have only one questions for you. What on earth are you waiting for??

If you are scared of the Instant Pot and haven’t used yours yet, like I was. Really, I was. My friends were using it all the time and I left mine in the closet collecting dust because I was nervous to use it! I assure you that it’s not hard, this is the perfect recipe to start with. You really can’t go wrong with it and the entire family will love it. Plus, you’ll be an Instant Pot junkie just like I am now!

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Instant Pot {Pressure Cooker} Ham & Penne Pasta

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:08 Serves 8     adjust servings


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 c. diced yellow onions
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 c. cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 c. chicken broth
  • 2 c. 2% milk
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 (16 oz) penne noodles, uncooked
  • 2 c. frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese


  1. Place 1 Tbsp olive oil in bottom of Instant Pot. Turn on to manual. Saute ham and onions until onions are translucent. Add garlic, parsley, basil, oregano, pepper and red pepper flakes; cook 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth, milk, and flour. Whisk until combined. Add the rest of the ingredients except Parmesan cheese.
  3. Place lid on Instant Pot.
  4. Set to high pressure for 8 minutes.
  5. After it is done, let the pressure naturally release for about five minutes, and then change to quick release until all the pressure is gone.
  6. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of pasta. Serve immediately.


Recipe Notes

If you'd like to make this on the stove top here is the One Pot version of this recipe!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 509kcal Calories from fat 147
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 1139mg47%
Carbohydrate 59g20%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 8g
Protein 30g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • Kristi

    I made this for supper tonight and I’m sorry to say it wasn’t the greatest. My husband thought there were too many noodles. Some noodles were undercooked and it was dry. I think it would have been better as a skillet meal.

    • Carol

      I wondered about it being a bit dry. Thanks for the honest review!

  • Hallie Fry

    I’m new to the IP and just made this recipe. We loved it! Mine came out as more of a soup, but the noodles were done perfectly. I did substitute broccoli for the peas and rotini pasta for the penne. Just used what I had on hand and it turned out great. Thanks!

    • Julie Evink

      Glad you enjoyed it anyways!

  • Crystal

    Hi! Fairly new to the instant pot and stumbled upon this recipe. I had to increase the chicken broth because it threw up the “burn code”. I had to google what to do next. It had absorbed all of the liquid before it could cook.

    Praying that it turns out okay now that I’ve scraped the bottom and added more broth.

    Smells amazing though!

    • Crystal

      So..after trying it again it still failed and soaked up liquid and threw the burn code up again. Not sure why. I followed all instructions and measurements. Luckily by the time it tried to build up pressure twice the noodles were done so we were able to eat it.

      Although I will stick to stovetop for this next time my toddler loved it and ate the whole plate.

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