Can You Cook Pasta In A Pressure Cooker?


Can You Cook Pasta In A Pressure Cooker?

Cooking pasta in a pressure cooker might seem unbelievable to some as you can’t open the lid. Are you running out of time and want to cook pasta fast? Can you cook pasta in a pressure cooker? Well, you have visited the right place. 

Pasta can be cooked in a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker helps food to cook quickly by pressure. But every food isn’t cooked in the same way. It’s possible to cook almost every type of pasta in a pressure cooker. Some people make a one-pot pasta dish in a pressure cooker. Making pasta in a pressure cooker saves lots of time compared to other kitchen appliances. 

In the following article, I will discuss the easy ways of cooking pasta in a pressure cooker. Read till the end to know tips for cooking pasta.

Ingredients For One Pot Pasta In a Pressure Cooker.

These 7 ingredients are mandatory for a basic one pot pasta dish in a pressure cooker. Such as 

  • Pasta half packet
  • Oil 2 teaspoon 
  • Tomato 4 boiled
  • Pepper 1 teaspoon 
  • Salt 2 teaspoon 
  • Oregano 1 teaspoon 
  • Basil half teaspoon 

Note: 

These ingredients are for basic pasta. You can add more ingredients according to your taste bud.

Cooking Process Of One Pot Pasta In A Pressure Cooker (6 Steps)

By one pot pasta, I meant cooking pasta in a pressure cooker without using any other kitchen utensils. This cooking process saves lots of time for busy people. Follow these 6 steps cooking process of one pot pasta in a pressure cooker. Such as:

  1. Put some oil and heat it. Put some diced onions and keep sauteing it until the onions aren’t soft. 
  1. Make a puree of tomato after peeling off its skin. Then put the puree into the pressure cooker.
  1. Put salt, oregano and basil according to the perfect measurement and wait until the tomato pure soaks up the water.
  1. Put 2 cups of water for half a packet of pasta. Measurement water should be perfect as the lid of the pressure cooker will be off.
  1. Put the pasta and stir everything nicely. After that close the lid of the pressure cooker for 10 minutes maximum. 
  1. After 10 minutes switch off the pressure cooker and serve on a plate.

Why Should You Cook Pasta In A Pressure Cooker?

Some people consider cooking pasta in a pressure cooker according to their comfort level. There are mainly three reasons why you should cook pasta in a pressure cooker. Such as:

1. Saves Utensils: 

While stove cooking pasta, one needs to use too many cooking utensils. This makes work excessive for a person. It’s possible to one pot pasta in a pressure cooker. So the problem of cleaning pots is solved.

2. Saves Time:

 Another main reason for cooking pasta in a pressure cooker is time. Normally, stove cooking takes more time than a pressure cooker. So cooking pasta in a pressure cooker saves lots of time for any busy person.

3. Doesn’t Overflow: 

Starchy water overboils when you don’t watch the pasta boiling. Especially beginners always face problems while cooking pasta. A pressure cooker solves this problem. As the lid is closed starch water doesn’t overflow like in stove cooking. 

5 Steps For Cooking Plain Boiled Pasta In A Pressure Cooker

It’s easy to boil pasta in a pressure cooker. Just follow these simple 5 steps for cooking plain boiled pasta in a pressure cooker. Such as: 

1. Read Instruction:

There are lots of pasta brands in the market. Every brand of pasta doesn’t require the same time to boil. While cooking in a pressure cooker you can’t check if the pasta is overcooked or not. So at first check the instructions of the pasta at the backside of the packet.

2. Water Ratio:

Use 1 cup of water to boil 1 cup of pasta. In a packet of one pound pasta, there is 3 to 4 cup of pasta. So use water according to the 1:1 ratio for boiling in a pressure cooker. 

3. Oil or Butter:

After putting in water and pasta. Add oil or butter into it. As the pasta releases starch after boiling. Pasta becomes mushy and attaches to one another. So to prevent this situation any kind of oil or butter is used. 

4. Use Salt:

Put some salt to enhance the taste of pasta. Lots of chefs recommend putting salt while boiling pasta. But don’t use salt if you are following a low sodium diet. It doesn’t make much difference by not adding salt.

5. Cooking Time:

Put off the lid and let the pasta boil. Set the timer according to the packet of pasta. Deduce half of the time and let the pasta cook for that many minutes. For example: If the packet says 12 minutes then boil pasta for 6 minutes in a pressure cooker. 

Tip: 

Some people add broth for cooking pasta to enhance the flavour more. You can add any meat or vegetable stock together for a rich flavour in pasta. 

Pressure Method To Use For Cooking Pasta In A Pressure Cooker.

There are basically two types of pressure methods to use for pasta in a pressure cooker. One is easier and one is a bit hard. Choose a pressure method according to your comfort level.

1. Quick Release:

 Quick release method is easier but some people don’t like it. Because when you quickly take out the lid hot starch water can splash. But I still use it by draping a towel over the lid of the pressure cooker and using the quick release method. So hot starch water doesn’t splash over.

2. Natural Release: 

Natural release method is a bit time consuming. So I consider it as a hard method. While waiting for the pressure cooker to release naturally the pasta inside can become softer. So make sure to cook the pasta less than the half time that is recommended.

Time Difference Between Pasta Cooked In A Pressure Cooker and Stove 

I am comparing the time difference between 4 types of pasta cooked in a pressure cooker and stove. Such as:

Pressure Cooker Stove
It takes 5 to 7 minutes to cook rigatoni pasta in a pressure cooker.It takes 10 to 16 minutes to cook rigatoni pasta on the stove. 
Ravioli pasta takes 2 to 4 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker.Ravioli pasta takes 4 to 9 minutes max to cook on the stove.
Lasagne pasta takes 4 to 7 minutes max to cook in a pressure cooker.On a stove, it takes 11 to 15 minutes max to cook lasagne pasta.
Macaroni type pasta takes 4 to 6 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker.Macaroni type pasta takes 9 to 12 minutes to cook on the stove.

Can You Overcook Pasta In A Pressure Cooker?

You can overcook pasta in a pressure cooker. Make sure to plan the time for cooking beforehand. Also, try not to use the natural release method because it can overcook pasta in a pressure cooker. If you don’t want to overcook pasta make sure to take out pasta after the heat is turned off. 

Can You Cook Al Dente Pasta In A Pressure Cooker? 

You can cook Al Dente pasta in a pressure cooker. But you have to make sure of time as you can’t check pasta in a pressure cooker. Divide the time of cooking pasta into half then deduct two minutes from the cooking time of pasta. In short, cooking pasta less than half a time in a pressure cooker can give you al dente pasta.

Final Verdict: 

Don’t get nervous if you are cooking pasta in a pressure cooker for the first time. It’s quite easy to cook every type of pasta in a pressure cooker by keeping the aforementioned important tips in mind. However, maintaining time for boiling pasta is a bit difficult.

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Raymond Brown

This is Raymond Brown. I have created this website to share kitchen hacks and to teach easy recipes. You can use these kitchen hacks to improve your cooking skill. By profession, I am a Michelin chef from California. From my teenage years, I had a keen interest in cooking. I took a diploma in Culinary Arts to start my career as a professional chef.

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