This Vegan Instant Pot Italian Pasta is so incredibly easy and fast to make. A 1 pot meal requiring only 8 simple ingredients. It is oil-free, dairy-free and is topped with a delicious vegan parmesan cheese and fresh basil!
Course: Dinner, pasta
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Keyword: 1 pot vegan pasta, vegan instant pot pasta, vegan instant pot recipe, vegan Italian pasta
Servings: 3-4 servings
Author: Brandi Doming
1/2packed cup (80g)finely diced red onion
2tablespoonsgarlic powder (yes, tablespoons, lots of flavor!)
Have all ingredients measured and ready to go, this is a quick meal! Add the onion and a few tablespoons of water to the instant pot and turn to normal saute setting. Cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring often until the onions are tender and caramelize (turn warm brown). Add only tiny amounts of water as needed to keep the onion from sticking/burning. Turn off the saute mode.
Add the garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt/pepper and stir around for 30 seconds until fragrant. If it's too dry to stir, add a tiny splash of water. Then add the tomato sauce, water, vinegar, syrup and pasta and stir the mixture really, really well so it is mixed thoroughly.
Cook on high pressure by selecting either manual or pressure cook and set the time to 5 minutes. Please note that it takes about 10 minutes before the IP will come to pressure and start the 5 minutes cooking. After the 5 minutes is up, allow the instant pot to naturally pressure release for 5 minutes only. Set the timer. You don't want to let it sit longer than that or it can make the pasta mushy. TIP: What I basically like to do is as soon as the instant pot has reached pressure and it begins the 5 minutes cooking, I set a timer for 10 minutes (for the 5 mins cooking and 5 mins to sit). Do a manual quick release of any remaining pressure, using a pot cover to protect your hand. Make sure to never stand too close to the pot or near the steam vent.
Open the lid and it will look quite soupy, this is normal. Stir the pasta around for 1 minute or 2 and it will absorb the remaining liquid perfectly, making it nice and saucy, as pictured. Turn off the IP.
Stir in the basil and add to serving bowls. Garnish with sliced olives and my Lemon Parmesan cheese if desired.
NO INSTANT POT? I specifically created this recipe for instant pot users. But, if you don't have an instant pot, no worries, I have another amazing tomato and pasta recipe that is similar and full of flavor. Try this Easy Tomato Garlic Pasta instead!