4 Minute Pasta Recipe
By :Thasneen Naina
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Votes: 17
Rating: 3.94
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Rice & Pastas
Duration less than 15 min
Diet Vegetarian
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Broccoli, Cheese, Pasta
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp dry red chili flakes
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup salsa or tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or parsley or basil or Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups macaroni pasta whole wheat
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese
  • 2 handfuls cilantro or parsley chopped
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Rice & Pastas
Duration less than 15 min
Diet Vegetarian
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Broccoli, Cheese, Pasta
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp dry red chili flakes
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup salsa or tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or parsley or basil or Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups macaroni pasta whole wheat
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese
  • 2 handfuls cilantro or parsley chopped
Votes: 17
Rating: 3.94
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Instructions
  1. Turn on the Instant pot.
  2. Click Saute button, click Adjust- set temperature to Normal.
  3. Let the display show HOT.
  4. Add oil, add dry red chili flakes, saute for a few seconds.
  5. Add onion, season with 1/4 tsp salt. Saute for a minute.
  6. Add green pepper, yellow pepper, broccoli florets or any kinds of mixed veggies.
  7. Add salsa or tomato sauce, ground cumin, dried oregano, pasta and water. Combine well.
  8. Close the pot with the lid.
  9. Turn vent to Sealing.
  10. Click Manual- High pressure- set time to 4 minutes.
  11. Before you know it will beep and do a quick pressure release.
  12. Open the lid, combine well.
  13. Add cilantro and cheese, add salt to taste.
  14. Done, delicious and creamy pasta is ready to be enjoyed.
  15. If you prefer, you could even add boneless chicken breast and cook along with veggies and pasta.
Recipe Notes

Cooking time might vary for other kinds of Pasta. 4 minutes worked well for Macaroni pasta.

21 replies
  1. jclarke
    jclarke says:

    Maybe I overdid it on the pepper flakes, but this was WAY to spicy. It also lacked flavor in general. I won’t be making this again.

  2. Prettyfaithful1
    Prettyfaithful1 says:

    I used this as a base recipe. I suggest it as such. Change the ingredients (including the pasta shape) to suit your taste and create your own recipe. I basically used this recipe to gauge timing foe my own. As a basic recipe, it wasnt bad and my end product was good. Im making tweeks and will likely post my own recipe.

  3. Heidi Brottlund
    Heidi Brottlund says:

    I thought it was too spicy! I had to make another meal for my kids. I recommend not using the red pepper flakes at all. I added sour cream which was good.

  4. Mlapeare
    Mlapeare says:

    Super quick and easy. I would reduce the chili flakes this is way to spicy for a child to enjoy.

  5. Shapoopie88
    Shapoopie88 says:

    While im sure this recipe is fantastic for people who like spice, i dont know that it should be included under “kid friendly”

  6. mcrb92
    mcrb92 says:

    Easy to make, took some time to prep though. I used garlic instead of red peppers since I was making it for my toddler too. Turned out pretty well for a vegetarian dish. Definitely needed to add more water than recommended, and more salt for sure.

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