Spinach Lasagna (no boiling needed)

This tasty Spinach Lasagna is an easy recipe and jam-packed with spinach & three kinds of cheese!

Layers and layers of pasta, sauce, cheese & spinach, this dish can be made ahead of time, freezes and reheats well and everyone loves it.

Spinach Lasagna on plates with Reynold's Wrap

I am so excited to have partnered with Reynolds Wrap® to bring you this favorite spinach lasagna!

Tips for an Easy Meal

Who doesn’t love to cook entrées that are easy, delicious, and filling? Spinach Lasagna is a family favorite, with its fragrant layers of rich flavors — and lots and lots of cheese! Below are our favorite time-saving tips!

  • Lining the pan with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil before baking makes cleanup a total breeze. (This works with any lasagna recipe)!
  • Skip boiling the noodles, and simply pour hot water over them while you prepare the sauce and the cheese mixture.
  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil is durable and sturdy and using it to line the pan means you can lift the lasagna out (without the foil tearing) for easy cutting and serving!
  • This dish can be made up to 3 days ahead of time before baking.
  • Bake spinach lasagna covered with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil for the first 45 minutes to keep it from drying out.
  • Top with cheese and bake uncovered for the last 15 minutes; this gives a nice cheesy crust on top.

This dish is a great one to bake an extra and give to a neighbor or loved one. I am excited to partner with Reynolds Wrap® this year especially after learning of their partnership with Feeding America®. They are helping provide meals to people who need them. Did you know that 1 in 9 Americans do not have access to a meal? This affects all walks of life, children and adults alike, which means many children and families need help. Reynolds Wrap® has joined Feeding America® in the fight against hunger by helping to provide 2 million meals* to families across the country. 

Visit Feeding America® here for ways that YOU can get involved, including donating, fundraising, and volunteering to name a few. Volunteers are always needed across the United States (check out the link above to find a food bank close to you) and each has a variation of needs making every volunteer experience a little different.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals on behalf of the Feeding America® network of food banks

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Ingredients

SAUCE We love homemade marinara sauce but a jarred sauce makes this extra quick. Replace the marinara with a meat sauce if you’d like.

SPINACH LAYER Spinach lasagna needs a great spinach layer. We add ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan for great flavor. Frozen spinach works well in this recipe (but you can replace it with fresh if you’d prefer). Be sure to squeeze it dry so the layers set up.

PASTA Traditional lasagna noodles are our favorite (and they don’t actually require boiling, more on that below). You can also use fresh lasagna sheets found in the refrigerate area (no boiling required for those either)!

Time Saving Tip

To make lasagna without boiling the noodles first—even if they are not the oven ready kind — pour boiling water over them while you prepare the sauce and cheese mixture.

Use plenty of sauce and be sure to cover the casserole with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil so no steam escapes. Tender noodles and no boiling!

ingredients to make Spinach Lasagna

How to Make Spinach Lasagna

Spinach lasagna takes a bit of time, but it’s easy to pull together. Your family will love its cheesy goodness!

  1. Prep Sauce Simmer your favorite marinara sauce with some onions, garlic, and seasonings (per recipe below).
  2. Prep Filling Stir together spinach, ricotta, some mozzarella, and some parmesan.

Sauce in a dish with Reynold's Wrap and lasagna noodles

  1. Layer the Lasagna Line the pan with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil and layer the lasagna.
  2. Bake Cover tightly with foil and bake. Uncover, add cheese, and bake until browned.
  3. Rest 15-30 minutes to allow the lasagna to set up. Grab the edges of the foil and lift it out of the pan. Cut and serve.

Spinach Lasagna in pieces on Reynold's Wrap

 

Make it a Freezer Meal

  • Freeze a whole lasagna by prepping it in a casserole dish lined with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil, extending the foil on each side about 6 inches. Wrapping in foil will protect the spinach lasagna from freezer burn.
  • Fold over the foil and freeze the lasagna. Once frozen, remove the lasagna from the casserole dish (and wrap well in Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil). This way your casserole dish can be used for other things until you’re ready to thaw and cook the spinach lasagna.
  • To bake from frozen, place the foil-wrapped lasagna back into the same pan and bake covered 75 to 90 minutes at 350°F or until hot in the middle. Open the top of the foil, add cheese and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

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More Lasagnas We Love

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Spinach Lasagna

This homemade Spinach Lasagna is cheesy & budget-friendly, it’s the perfect dish to feed a crowd!
Course Casserole, Dinner, Entree, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Rest Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 476
Author Holly Nilsson

Equipment

  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil

Ingredients

  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups pasta sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach thawed
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese shredded, divided
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 pan with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil.
  • Place lasagna noodles in a pan and cover with boiling water for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water and dab dry.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add pasta sauce and Italian seasoning. Simmer 5 minutes more or until slightly thickened.
  • While sauce is simmering, squeeze spinach to remove moisture. Combine with ricotta cheese, 2 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, egg, and fresh parsley. Mix well.
  • Place 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Layer with 3 lasagna noodles. Add ½ of the spinach and cheese mixture and ⅓ of the sauce.
  • Add 3 more lasagna noodles, remaining ½ of the spinach and cheese mixture, and ⅓ of the sauce. Top with the last 3 noodles and the remaining sauce.
  • Cover with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil to ensure it is well sealed and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil, top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until browned.
  • Cool 20 minutes before cutting.

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Nutrition

Calories: 476 | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1320mg | Potassium: 751mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5430IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 553mg | Iron: 3mg
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Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

Chicken Lasagna Roll-ups are a cozy weeknight meal. Tender chicken, broccoli and cheese are rolled in lasagna noodles and baked in a homemade cream sauce.

A complete meal in one dish, this is a family favorite!

plated Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

What are Lasagna Roll-Ups?

We love new takes on a classic lasagna!

A lasagna roll up is made by rolling all of the traditional lasagna ingredients in pasta instead of layering them in a pan.

In this case, we’ve taken the ingredients in our favorite chicken lasagna and created rolls filled with chicken and veggies.

Ingredients

CHEESE Our recipe lightens it up by using a cottage cheese mixture but ricotta works if you’d prefer.

VEGGIES Chicken and Broccoli is the classic comfort food combination but any steamed veggie from carrots to asparagus will work.

SAUCE This recipe uses a creamy homemade sauce. It’s rich and delicious while still being a bit lighter than a traditional alfredo sauce. While I prefer the flavor of the homemade sauce, to make prep quicker, you can substitute a jar or two of alfredo sauce.

process of rolling Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

How to Make Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups

Chicken lasagna roll-ups have a few steps involved, but the result is so luscious it’s worth the extra effort of making rollups!

  1. Cook noodles, set aside. Combine cheese mixture, set aside.
  2. Make the cream sauce per recipe below and spread some in the bottom of a casserole dish.
  3. Lay out noodles & spread each one with cheese, broccoli, & chicken. Roll up each filled noodle & lay, seam side down in a dish.

Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups after rolling process

  1. Top the rolls with remaining sauce, cover & bake.
  2. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and bake until bubbly.

What to Serve with Lasagna Roll-Ups

Serve with our tasty homemade garlic bread, a bright and tangy Caprese salad, a side of grilled lemon parmesan asparagus, and a delicious easy cheesecake for dessert!

top view of a slice of Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

Leftovers

  • Keep creamy chicken roll-ups in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat the entire casserole in the oven or individual portions in the microwave. Add extra cheese and place the roll-ups under the broiler until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
  • Cooked and cooled lasagna roll-ups can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw and reheat using one of the methods above.

More Cozy Chicken Recipes

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Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

Chicken and broccoli are the perfect combination in this creamy pasta dish!
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 931
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 12 lasagna noodles cooked and cooled
  • 4 cups cooked chicken
  • 3 cups broccoli cooked and cooled
  • 2 ½ cups mozzarella shredded

Cheese Mixture

  • 2 cups cottage cheese or ricotta
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • ¼ cup parmesan shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped

Sauce

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • ¼ cup Parmesan shredded
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano chopped

Instructions

  • Combine cheese mixture ingredients and set aside.

Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan, cook onion and garlic in butter until tender, about 3 minutes. Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add broth and milk a bit at a time whisking after each addition. It will be thick at first but will thin out. Once all of the liquid has been added, stir in cream cheese until melted. Simmer 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, dried basil, and oregano.

Assembly

  • Place 1 cup of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  • Lay out noodles. Divide cheese mixture, broccoli, and chicken over noodles. Top each with 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese.
  • Roll noodles and place seam down in the pan. Top with the remaining sauce.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

Cottage cheese can be substituted with ricotta if you’d prefer.

Any steamed veggie from carrots to asparagus can be added with or instead of broccoli.

We prefer the flavor of the homemade sauce, to make prep quicker, you can substitute a jar or two of alfredo sauce.

 

Nutrition

Serving: 2roll ups | Calories: 931 | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 1456mg | Potassium: 892mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1798IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 747mg | Iron: 3mg
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Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups on a plate with a title

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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe is one of our favorite simple pasta dishes on an Italian menu! A little pasta, some cheese, a little butter, and fresh cracked black pepper is all you need for perfection!

This dish uses just simple ingredients to achieve an incredible meal. There is a little bit of technique involved in this one to ensure you get a smooth and creamy sauce.

Cacio e Pepe on a plate with a fork

What is Cacio e Pepe?

This rustic recipe is an Italian favorite for its simple ingredients and creamy consistency. This is a dish I love to order in restaurants and while the ingredients are simple, the flavor is anything but.

In this dish, a simple sauce is made from butter, cheese and pepper with a little bit of the starchy pasta water.

While many versions use olive oil (and even sometimes a bit of cream), I opt for butter.

ingredients to make Cacio e Pepe

Simple Ingredients

PASTA – Spaghetti, capellini or any long pasta is most commonly used!

CHEESE Pecorino romano is the cheese listed in this recipe for its nutty and bright flavor. Parmesan or asiago will melt easily and evenly too. I find I get the best results if I finely shred the cheese on the small side of a cheese grater myself.

Do not use pre-shredded or store grated cheeses in this recipe, they often have additives that affect how they melt.

ingredients to make Cacio e Pepe

Serve cacio e pepe with tossed salad and some cheesy garlic breadsticks!

How to Make Cacio e Pepe

Simply wholesome and unforgettable, Cacio e Pepe makes a perfect meal!

This recipe can be a bit tricky. This recipe has simple ingredients but to be honest, can take a couple of times to get it just right (kind of like making a carbonara).

There are many different methods used for making this recipe from Serious Eats’ two pan method to the addition of cream from Cooks Illustrated. I personally find cooking the butter with starchy water and then adding the pasta and finally mixing in the cheese works best.

If the mixture is too hot, the cheese can seize up.

  1. Grate Cheese (per recipe below) finely using the smallest side of a box grater. I tried using a food processor to grate it a few times, the results were not as smooth.
  2. Boil Pasta in just enough water to cover it (you need starchy water for the sauce so don’t add too much). Cook until pasta is al dente. Reserve some of the pasta water. Do not rinse!

adding spaghetti to sauce to make Cacio e Pepe

  1. Make Sauce Work quickly, you need the pasta to be hot. While pasta drains, immediately melt butter in the sauce pan and whisk in some of the pasta water until smooth. Toss cooked pasta with the mixture.
  2. Add Cheese With the heat OFF, add cheese a bit at a time tossing with pasta until melted. Add a bit of hot pasta water if needed. Continue adding cheese and pasta water slowly a bit at a time until you get a creamy consistency.

process of adding cheese to pot to make Cacio e Pepe

Tips for a Smooth Sauce

Ensure the cheese is finely shredded by hand (don’t use pre-shredded cheese).

Prepare ALL ingredients before you begin.

Work quickly to use the heat from the pasta (and pasta water) to melt the cheese.

Heat pasta water and butter over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat and before you begin adding the cheese a very little bit at a time while stirring. If the pasta water is too hot, it can cause the cheese to seize up.

Cacio e Pepe after cooking on a plate

  • Cacio e pepe is all about the pasta, so cooking it properly is key. Do NOT overcook.
  • This recipe needs really starchy pasta water so cook in just enough water to cover the pasta.
  • The sauce clings best to unrinsed pasta. Same goes for the pasta water, some of the pasta starch remains in the water, making it a perfect thickener for cacio e pepe.
  • Prep ahead and be ready. Once the pasta is cooked, this dish comes together fast!
  • We’ve had the best results in a non-stick pan.

Perfect Pasta Dishes

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Cacio e Pepe on a plate with a fork

Cacio e Pepe

This cheesy pasta is simple perfection.
Course Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 477
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces spaghetti or long pasta
  • 4 ounces Pecorino Romano plus extra for garnish
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper finely ground
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Bring a shallow pot of salted water to a boil. You want enough water to cook the pasta but you want the water to become very starchy so don’t overfill the pot. The water should just barely cover the pasta.
  • Meanwhile, shred cheese with the fine side of a cheese grater. Add finely ground black pepper.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain well, reserve 1 ½ cups of pasta water (do not rinse pasta). The pasta water should be a bit starchy and a little thick.
  • Working quickly, place 3 tablespoons butter in a pan and melt over low heat. Whisk in 1/3 cup of pasta water until smooth. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the hot pasta and toss with the butter in the pan. With the heat off add cheese a couple tablespoons at a time while tossing with tongs until melted.
  • Continue adding cheese a little at a time tossing until melted and adding pasta water as needed to create a creamy sauce.
  • Garnish with additional cheese and parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Do not use pre-shredded cheeses.
  • Prepare all ingredients before you begin.
  • Shred the cheese with the fine side of a cheese grater.
  • Use just enough water to cook the pasta, you want it to be very starchy.
  • Do not rinse the pasta, you need the starch on the pasta.
  • Save some pasta water, you need the starchy water for the sauce.
  • Work quickly once the pasta has drained, you need the heat from the pasta to melt the cheese to create the sauce.
  • Only add the cheese once removed from the heat so it melts smoothly and evenly.
  • You may not need to add all of the cheese or all of the pasta water. Add just enough to get a creamy sauce.
  • The pasta will thicken as it stands/cools so don’t discard your pasta water in case you want to thin out your sauce.
  • We’ve had the best results in a non-stick pan.

Nutrition

Calories: 477 | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Calcium: 323mg | Iron: 1mg
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Easy Cheesy One Pot Ground Turkey Pasta

This ground turkey pasta is a super easy cheesy meal made in just one pot! It’s so delicious, reminiscent of our favorite hamburger helper recipe but healthier and just as easy!

Add this to your dinner rotation; the entire family will love it!

top view of Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta in a pot

Why You Need This One-Pot Pasta

  • This easy recipe is a time-saver; something every home cook needs! All in one pan, no extra dishes.
  • This recipe is made from scratch but is just as easy as any boxed mix you’ve ever used.
  • It uses ingredients you most likely have on hand.
  • The sauce is so good, my family just can’t get enough and you won’t believe how fast it comes together.
  • It reheats well making it great for lunches (although we never have any left over).

Serve it with a colorful tossed salad and some homemade garlic bread!

ingredients to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

What’s in Ground Turkey Pasta?

MEAT Ground turkey is the meat of choice, but ground chicken would work well in this dish too. Or use ground beef and turn it into a hamburger helper style dish.

PASTA Medium pasta shapes work well in this recipe, I love the way the shells act as little cups to hold the sauce. Penne or rotini are great choices.

SEASONINGS Paprika, garlic, and black pepper add flavor. Add salt to taste.

CHEESE Two different kinds of cheese give this ground turkey pasta it’s signature savory flavor and creamy texture.

Be sure to use a bold cheese like sharp cheddar, it gives this dish a flavor boost.

noodles in sauce to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

Variations

Ground turkey pasta is also a great way to use up leftovers!

  • Add veggies like spinach, broccoli, or mushrooms (or anything else you think might go well with mac and cheese) for a heartier dish with extra texture and flavor.

How to Make Ground Turkey Pasta

This easy dinner comes together in no time. It’s such a quick dinner to make!

  1. Brown Meat – Brown turkey, onion, and garlic (per the recipe below). Drain any liquid.
  2. Cook Pasta with Meat – Stir in broth, milk, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Add pasta and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the pasta is tender.
  3. Thicken Sauce – Make a slurry by combining equal parts corn starch & water until smooth. Add to sauce to thicken.
  4. Add Cheese – Remove from heat and stir in cheese.

adding cheese to pasta to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

Tips For a Perfect Dish

  • Choose a medium pasta shape; shells, penne, bowtie, or rotini are good choices.
  • Different pasta shapes will cook for different times so check your pasta by tasting a piece. Add more time (and a bit more water/broth) if needed.
  • Thicken the sauce further with more cornstarch slurry if needed.
  • Freshly grated cheese will melt better than pre-grated, bagged cheese (bagged cheeses can be gritty). A sharp cheddar will add way more flavor.
  • Add the cheese once the pan is removed from the heat. This keeps it from overheating and separating or becoming gritty.

Leftovers

  • Cheesy ground turkey pasta tastes just as good the next day Keep it in a covered container in the refrigerator and it will keep about 3-4 days.
  • Freeze turkey pasta in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside and it will keep in the freezer for a month.

One-Pot Wonders

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Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

This Ground Turkey Pasta is a cheesy one-pot meal, perfect for a weeknight meal with the family!
Course Dinner, Entree, Lunch, turkey
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 607
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth not low sodium
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ½ cups pasta shells uncooked (or elbow macaroni)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Brown ground turkey, onion, and garlic in a pan until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Stir in broth, milk, dry mustard, paprika, and black pepper. Bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 9-12 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  • Combine cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water and whisk into the simmering sauce. Simmer 1 minute more.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese.

Notes

  • Choose pasta shapes that are hearty enough to stand up with the meat and any vegetables. Elbow macaroni, penne, bowtie, or rotini are good choices.
  • Different pasta shapes will cook for different times so check your pasta by tasting a piece. Add more time (and a bit more water/broth) if needed.
  • Thicken the sauce further with more cornstarch slurry if needed.
  • Freshly grated cheese will melt better than pre-grated, bagged cheese (bagged cheeses can be gritty). A sharp cheddar will add way more flavor.
  • Add the cheese once the pan is removed from the heat. This keeps it from overheating and separating or becoming gritty.

Nutrition

Calories: 607 | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 694IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 437mg | Iron: 2mg
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Instant Pot Spaghetti (including pasta!)

Instant Pot Spaghetti is a complete meal including meat sauce and pasta all cooked in one pot!

Brown ground beef in the Instant Pot and then stir in sauce ingredients and some uncooked spaghetti. Voila! Dinner in one pot in minutes.

cooked spaghetti and meat sauce in a pressure cooker

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Taste This recipe tastes like it’s been cooking all day but really, it’s SUPER fast for a full meal!

Quick A from-scratch sauce with pasta in under an hour… perfection!

Versatile Toss in leftover roasted veggies, green peppers, mushrooms or shredded zucchini to up the veggie intake.

Easy One pot and pretty much set it and forget it, this recipe couldn’t be easier.

left image shows Raw meat and onions in an instant pot and right image shows cooked meat and onions in an instant pot

How to Cook Spaghetti in an Instant Pot

  1. Brown Meat Brown the beef using the saute setting on the Instant Pot. If your meat has a lot of fat, drain it but if there’s just a little, leave it for flavor.
  2. Add Pasta & Sauce Add spaghetti and sauce ingredients per the recipe below.
  3. Cook Secure lid and set to manual/high pressure/8 minutes.

Quick-release the pressure once done and let rest 5-10 minutes.  Serve immediately with cheese, parsley, and maybe a slice of homemade garlic bread.

Once cooked you may need to break apart a few of the noodles with a fork. The sauce may seem a little bit thin when you open the lid but as it cools and the pasta continues to soak up the sauce, it’ll thicken up beautifully!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Spaghetti in an instant pot

Tips for Success

  • Deglaze the brown bits on the bottom of the pan after browning the meat, this helps avoid the dreaded burn notice!
  • Submerge Ensure the pasta is completely submerged in the sauce before cooking.
  • Size This recipe has only been tested in a 6QT Instant Pot. If your IP is a different size, consult your manual.
  • Rest Once cooked you will see liquid on the top, give it a stir an allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes uncovered. The pasta will continue to cook and the sauce will thicken.

Got Meatballs?! You could even toss in some frozen meatballs and let them thaw and reheat as the sauce and dry noodles cook! Let your instant pot do all the work in one pot.

Leftover Spaghetti?

Leftover spaghetti makes a lunch or dinner the next day, in fact, just like chili it’s almost better next day! It’ll keep in the fridge up to 4 days.

No need to re-season, just reheat (and maybe re-cheese)! Kids love a hot lunch and a couple of scoops of instant pot spaghetti in a covered container can easily be reheated at school! For work, just pop into the microwave!

Easy Instant Pot Recipes

Instant pot spaghetti in a white bowl garnish with parsley and parmesan cheese

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Spaghetti and meat sauce prepped in an instant!
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Building Pressure & Resting Time 25 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 367
Author Holly Nilsson

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 6 ounces spaghetti uncooked
  • 2 cups marinara sauce or pasta sauce
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes with juices
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Turn a 6QT Instant Pot onto saute. Cook beef, onion and garlic until browned and no pink remains. Drain fat if there is more than 1 tablespoon or so.
  • Add water and scrape any brown bits. Break spaghetti in half and add spaghetti, tomatoes, marinara, seasoning, and wine. Press the pasta so it is in the sauce.
  • Close the lid and select manual, high pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Once completed, quick release pressure and stir. Rest 5-10 minutes.
  • Stir in cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 367 | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 753mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 552IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 4mg
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Pappardelle with Sausage – A Crowd Favorite!

Pappardelle is a long pasta that pairs perfectly with a hearty Italian sausage sauce.

This recipe uses both fresh and canned tomatoes to create a rich zesty sauce similar to a Ragu or Bolognese (a tomato-based meat sauce). While it takes a bit of time, it’s definitely worth it because the flavor is amazing.

pappardelle in a bowl with tomato sauce

What is Pappardelle?

Pronounced ‘pa-par-DAY-lay’, pappardelle pasta originates from the Tuscan region of Italy and it’s one I learned to make by hand in an olive grove in Italy!

It is a wide flat noodle, similar to fettuccine (but much wide). Pappardelle is a hearty pasta so it’s perfect for heavier sauces (and also goes great with a mushroom sauce).

pasta to make Pappardelle with Sausage

Ingredients

This sauce is incredibly rich and delicious.

TOMATOES/PEPPERS Fresh tomatoes are roasted with bell peppers, onion and garlic. Red bell peppers add some sweetness to balance the acidity from the tomatoes. The canned tomatoes add great texture.

MEAT Italian sausage is seasoned and has lots of flavor.

If you substitute another ground meat (like beef),  you’ll want to add some extra seasonings.

The extra step of roasting the tomatoes and peppers is so worth the flavor it adds. Start with the veggies and while they’re roasting brown the meat.

How to Make Sauce for Pappardelle

  1. Toss tomatoes, red peppers, and onion with olive oil and seasonings (per recipe below). Roast in the oven until tender.
  2. While the vegetables are roasting, brown the sausage in a skillet and drain off the fat.
  3. Add the remaining sauce ingredients (including the roasted vegetables) and simmer.

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  1. Cook pasta in salted boiling water until ‘al dente’ (to the bite). Drain, but reserve 1 cup of the pasta water.
  2. Toss pappardelle with the meat sauce, adding pasta water as necessary. Garnish with fresh chopped herbs and grated parmesan cheese.

pappardelle in a bowl with meat sauce

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Pappardelle with Sausage

This fresh & flavorful Italian-inspired dish is the perfect meal to feed a family or crowd on a busy weeknight!
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 514
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes fresh
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning divided
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 28 ounces canned whole tomatoes with juices
  • 14 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • 16 oz pappardelle

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Chop tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion into 1″ pieces. Toss with garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
  • Spread in a single layer on a foil-lined pan and roast 20 minutes. Stir and turn oven to broil. Broil 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender and have some light browning on the edges.
  • While vegetables are roasting, brown the sausage in a large saucepan. Drain fat.
  • Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, ½ cup water, and remaining Italian seasoning. Stir in roasted vegetables with any juices.
  • Bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 1 hour or until sauce reaches desired consistency (add more water if needed).
  • Cook pappardelle in salted water according to package directions until al dente. Drain well, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
  • Stir in parsley & basil into the sauce. Toss pappardelle with meat sauce, add pasta water if needed to reach desired consistency. Top with additional herbs if desired.

Notes

Roasting the vegetables adds amazing flavor. The bell pepper cooks into the sauce and while you won’t really know it’s there, the sweetness balances out the acidity in the sauce.

Cook the pasta to al dente (firm) and don’t rinse before tossing with the sauce. The starches on the pasta help the sauce stick.

Reserve some of the starchy water from the pasta and add it to the sauce if needed. It can help thin out the sauce but the starches also help it cling to the pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 514 | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 838mg | Potassium: 1001mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2448IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 4mg
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Originally posted at Spend with Pennies