One Pot Pasta with Turkey Meatballs

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I love dinners that are quick, easy, and delicious! Especially those that don’t require multiple pots and pans.

I’d much rather wash one pot than five, you know what I mean?

That’s one of the main reasons that I love my Instant Pot. That, and the fact that everything cooks in 1/4 of the time, or less!

Rice cooks in just FOUR MINUTES! Four! 

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, it definitely is something that you should purchase. Right now. It cuts dinner preparation time way down, and there’s loads of delicious recipes to choose from!

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One Pot Penne and Turkey Meatballs

Recipe from The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook

Prep: 10 minutes   Pressure: 5 minutes   Total: 25 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain or panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato puree or sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta (We used bowtie, since I was unaware that we were out midway through preparation.)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, onion, garlic, basil, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Form 1 1/2 inch meatballs and place on a plate.
  3. Preheat the Instant Pot by selecting Sauté on high heat.
  4. Once hot, coat the bottom of the pot with the oil. Add the meatballs, one at a time, in close proximity and, if possible, in one layer. Cool for 1 minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes with juice, tomato puree or sauce, water, and pasta. Carefully push the pasta down so that it’s mostly submerged in the sauce.
  6. Select Manual and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes.
  7. Once cooking is complete, select Cancel and let it sit for 1 minute. Then use a quick release.
  8. Test the pasta. If it isn’t cooked enough, select Sauté and simmer on high until the desired texture is reached.
  9. Serve topped with more Parmesan and basil.


This pasta was DELICIOUS! It had such a different flavor than what I regularly cook, as I rarely use turkey in place of ground beef or chicken. It was such a nice change of pace, and is definitely a make again recipe!


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