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Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta

This Instant Pot recipe from Cook With Manali is divine! It’s like a delectable caprese salad but with pasta… what more could you want?

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Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta

This delicous Intant Pot recipe is super satisfying, and oh so tasty!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, Instant Pot, pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 479kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, large
  • 1 small onion
  • tso Italian seasoning
  • tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup water an 8qt. Instant Pot may require 1½ cups water
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (or fire roasted)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup basil, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp pine nuts


  • On your Instant Pot, press the saute button, and adjust to "less".
  • Once it deplays hot, add 2 tbsp olive oil. Add garlic and onion and saute for 4-5 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, sugar and stir.
  • Add 1 cup water. Make sure there's nothing at the bottom. (Scrap with wooden spoon to get all the bits off from sauteing)
  • Add pasta, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Do not stir, especially if your IP has the tendancy to give the BURN message.
  • Close and seal the IP. Cook on HIGH pressure for 4 minutes. (For softer pasta – 6 minutes). Quick release the pressure.
  • Open the pot and stir everything together. Press the saute button again and adjust to "less.
  • Add in the heavy cream and stir.
  • Add the cream cheese and stir. Keep stirring until the cream cheese melts. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Turn off IP.
  • Add the basil and pine nuts and stir.


Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 17.9IU | Vitamin C: 15.4mg | Calcium: 9.8mg | Iron: 13.2mg