One-Pot Instant Pot Tortellini

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One-Pot Tortellini in the Instant Pot is an easy, family-friendly vegetarian recipe that’s made with your favorite stuffed pasta in a cheesy tomato sauce with baby spinach.

Close up picture of Instant Pot tortellini topped with fresh parmesan and parsley, placed in a white bowl. Additional parmesan and slices of wheat bread in the background.

❤️ Why you’ll love it: Instant Pot Tortellini with tomato-spinach sauce is a satisfying one-pot recipe that goes from frozen to finished in 15 minutes. 

Tortellini is always a crowd-pleaser at my house. Whether it’s filled with meat or cheese, everyone is always happy to dig into piping hot bowls of tortellini. And while it’s easy to cook up frozen or fresh tortellini on the stovetop, you always have to make a separate sauce. 

That’s why I decided to combine the sauce and pasta into a one-pot tortellini recipe for the Instant Pot.

You get all of the rich, well-developed flavors of a long-simmered tomato sauce. However, this recipe has a 2 minute cook time, and there’s no need to boil water for the tortellini! 

Overhead picture of easy Instant Pot Tortellini in a tomato basil sauce topped with parsley and parmesan cheese in a white bowl with a spoon.

How to Make Instant Pot Tortellini

This One-Pot Tortellini recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL

The great thing about this recipe is that there are no special tricks or strategies to pull it off. This is a fantastic recipe for beginners––it’s as simple as dump and go. 

Simply combine all of the ingredients in the pressure cooking pot, lock the lid in place, and after a 2-minute cook time at high pressure, you can release the pressure and reveal your bubbling hot, deeply flavorful dinner! 

While you can enjoy the pasta as-is when you remove the lid, I like a slightly thicker sauce coating my pasta. If you do too, then stir in a quick slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken up the dish a bit. It takes just a few minutes, and you can do this while the spinach cooks down into the sauce. 

Can I Add Meat?

This recipe is based on the creamy sausage tortellini recipe in our Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook

If you want to add a little more protein to this meal, add sausage for a richer, smokier flavor. To do so, brown the sausage in the pressure cooking pot on the Sauté function before you add the remaining ingredients. Then follow the recipe as written. 

You could also swap cheese tortellini for your favorite meat-filled pasta with no changes to the recipe. 

A spoonful of Instant Pot tortellini with fresh parmesan, with a white serving bowl filled with tortellini in the background.

Suggestions for Leftovers

If you end up with leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing the cooked tortellini, as the texture may not hold up well after defrosting. 

When I made this at home, we ended up eating all the tortellini but had leftover sauce. My oldest specifically asked me to save the extra sauce to eat on pasta the next day for lunch! It’s that good!

Easy tortellini cooked in a tomato basil sauce topped with fresh parsley and parmesan and placed in a white bowl in front of an Instant Pot.

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Close up picture of Instant Pot tortellini topped with fresh parmesan and parsley, placed in a white bowl. Additional parmesan and slices of wheat bread in the background.

One-Pot Tortellini

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Easy One-Pot Tortellini in the Instant Pot is a fast and flavorful weeknight pasta dinner with tomato sauce and cheese-filled pasta perfect for Meatless Monday. 


  • 1 cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces, each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini*
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Grated parmesan cheese


  1. Add the broth, tomatoes, basil, onion powder, salt, and tortellini to the pressure cooking pot. 
  2. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 2 minutes cook time. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Use a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Select Sauté and add the slurry to the pot, stirring constantly. Add the spinach and stir until it wilts. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with parmesan. 


* You can use any type of cooked, frozen tortellini in this recipe.

Note: Tortellini and tortelloni are different sizes and will have different cook times. Be sure to use tortellini in this recipe. If you bought tortelloni, you can calculate the cook time by taking the time on the package, dividing it in half, then subtracting a minute from that total.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 492mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.


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originally published April 8, 2021 — last updated October 4, 2021
Categories: Pasta