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Five minute one-pot pasta


Five minute one-pot pasta

The fastest, most delicious one pot pasta you could possible make for your family when they want to eat now and you have not even defrosted meat.

I have been making this recipe for the last three years and it saves me every time! When we have been out and there is no food at home or when my children have friends over, This is the recipe that I make. Even if they mince is still frozen, no problem. With an Instant pot you can add frozen mince, but it will need an extra five minutes to cook.

And I promise it takes less then 5 minutes to add the ingredients to a pot and only 5 minutes in the Instant Pot (The pressure still needs to build, so maybe it takes more then 5 minutes to cook) but still way faster than cooking this in two saucepans, using a colander and cleaning the stovetop afterwards.


I keep Pesto Princess sauces in the freezer for all the days when things get a little to hectic and I did not have time to cook. The flavour of all their products are always spot on and so delicious. Here are six reasons why we love Pesto Princess and their ‘SoulBusiness’ 

You can read more about Pesto Princess and their stockists on their website.

  1. They remain true to their original recipes
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If you want to try this recipe but you will not using Pesto Princes, Tomato sauce. Just add Passata instead and make sure to add an onion and balsamic vinegar to balance out the acidity of the tomato sauce.

When I first got my Instant Pot, I had to Google every single food I wanted to cook. I then decided to create a fabulous Instant Pot cheat sheet

for myself but also for my clients. So please have a look if this printable will also help you save time.

What if I don’t have an Instant Pot?

You can still make this recipe just add all the ingredients to a a saucepan, and cook for about 20-30 minutes on a meduim heat. Stir every few minutes. Until cooked.

Other similar recipes on the blog is

Three easy dinner recipes using Pesto Princess

Five Minute one-pot pasta

Five minute one-pot pasta

  • Author: Ankie Niesing
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 4-6 Portions 1x


5 Minutes and only one pot to wash up, do I need to say more. This is a life-saver recipe for busy families. Especially if you have an Instant Pot.



500g lean mince

150 g fresh tomatoes, grated carrots or baby marrow for extra vegetables

500ml Pesto Princess tomato sauce or passata

225g pasta

2 cups water

I also added 2 cloves of garlic, fresh basil and rosemary.

If you are not using Pesto Princess Tomato Sauce also add a chopped onion.


Switch Instant Pot to sautè mode.

Add onion and sauté if not using Pesto Princess Tomato Sauce.

Otherwise just add mince meat and brown slightly. Add garlic and vegetables and then add Pesto Princess tomato sauce, pasta and water. Give it a stir and close the lid of the Instant Pot.

Press High Pressure mode and switch on for five minutes.

Once the cooking time is finished, turn the pressure release valve until all the pressure have been released.

Take of lid and give a stir, it might be a little watery. But the liquid absorbs after a while.

Serve with parmesan and fresh basil

Add seasoning if needed.

Keywords: pasta, easy dinner, five-minutes, instant pot

Ankie Niesing

Hi, I'm Ankie! Welcome to Wooden Spoon Kitchen, my pantry of life, love and health where we constantly stir laughter, learning, eating and cooking together!

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