One-Pot Ravioli from Frozen | Instant Pot recipe

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Instant Pot One-Pot Ravioli has all the cheesy goodness and flavor of lasagna without the prep work. Made with frozen ravioli pork sausage, tomato sauce, spinach, and cottage cheese for a rich, satisfying dinner in no time. 

A horizontal shot of a serving of ravioli, coated in a creamy tomato sauce, topped with grated parmesan cheese and garnished with basil leaves. The ravioli is on a pale gray, speckled ceramic plate, with a fork on the top right of the frame. A small bowl of parmesan cheese are in the top left of the plate.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

With this recipe, you make a delicious homemade meat sauce at the same time as the ravioli cooks. Not to mention, it has a super-quick two-minute cooking time!

We love making quick and easy one-pot dinner recipes, especially using freezer-friendly and pantry staple ingredients. This is a twist on our crowd-favorite one-pot tortellini recipe with a few tweaks. 

My son declared this one-pot ravioli as the best homemade Italian dinner he’d ever had! If that’s not enough to convince you, you’ll have to try it yourself.  

This is one of our favorite Instant Pot pasta recipes featuring frozen ravioli. If you’re looking for more cheesy, saucy goodness, try our Macaroni and Cheese, Bow Tie Pasta with Sauce, and Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

An overhead photo of the ingredient needed to make frozen ravioli in the Instant Pot. From right to left are bowls of frozen ravioli, cornstarch, heavy cream, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, oil, spices, chopped fresh spinach, cottage cheese, ground pork sausage, and broth.


Here’s what you need for the best one-pot ravioli recipe:

  • Sausage. We use original ground pork sausage from Jimmy Dean. 
  • Beef broth. You can use store-bought or make your own in an Instant Pot
  • Ravioli. Choose your favorite frozen ravioli. 
  • Canned tomatoes. We use a mixture of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and canned tomato sauce for this ravioli recipe. 
  • Seasonings. Capture the classic Italian flavors with dried basil, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder. 
  • Cornstarch. This is the trick for quickly thickening up your tomato sauce. 
  • Spinach. We recommend chopped fresh baby spinach. 
  • Cottage cheese. Use small curd cottage cheese, which melts more evenly. 
  • Cream. Heavy cream enriches your sauce, even though it’s just a small amount. 

How to Make Ravioli with Sausage in an Instant Pot

Start by searing the sausage using the Sauté function on the Instant Pot. Cook until the meat is browned and crisp, then drain off any extra fat, if necessary. Add the beef broth to the pressure cooking pot and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom. 

Place the frozen ravioli into the pot in an even layer without stirring, then add the fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and your seasonings and salt. 

Lock on the lid and cook the ravioli on High Pressure for 2 minutes. When the timer beeps, use a quick pressure release and carefully remove the Instant Pot lid. 

In a separate bowl, make a slurry by whisking the cornstarch with two tablespoons of cold water to make a smooth paste. Return the Instant Pot to Sauté and add the slurry to the ravioli, stirring as you go. Add the baby spinach and cottage cheese and continue to stir everything until the sauce is thick and creamy and the spinach is softened. Pour in the heavy cream, then season your sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

An overhead photo of a serving of ravioli on a pale gray, speckled ceramic plate, with a fork placed diagonally on the left of the plate. The ravioli is coated with a tomato cream sauce and garnished with parmesan cheese and two small basil leaves.

Important Tips for Making Instant Pot Ravioli

  • We like to use Jimmy Dean original pork sausage for this recipe because of the added flavor, but any loose pork sausage will work. You could also use chicken or turkey sausage if you prefer, but the sauce won’t be as rich and flavorful. 
  • The little bit of heavy cream really adds to the texture of the finished dish, so don’t skip it!
  • Adding small curd cottage cheese to this ravioli recipe helps keep it moist, as it’s not as dry or crumbly as ricotta cheese. 
  • You can omit the spinach if you want, but we like to add veggies where we can. Or, try another green like chopped kale or arugula. 
  • We developed this recipe using the standard-size pack of frozen ravioli at our grocery store, but it’s very forgiving. The recipe works well if you use two packs of frozen ravioli and no change to the other ingredients. It was slightly less saucy, but still easily fed 8.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Instant Pot Ravioli

Can I make vegetarian one-pot ravioli?

Yes, you can simply skip the sausage and prepare the recipe as instructed for a vegetarian version. 

Can I double the recipe?

We recommend doubling the amount of ravioli and keeping the other ingredients the same if you’d like to feed 8 rather than 4. 

How should I store leftover ravioli?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. 

Should I thaw the frozen ravioli before cooking?

No, this recipe is designed to cook the pasta from frozen. Thawing your ravioli might yield mushy results. 

Can I add other mix-ins?

We like the sausage and spinach in this recipe, but you can mix things up if you like. For example, you could use bacon or pancetta instead of sausage. Or add frozen peas, corn, or other frozen mixed veggies instead of spinach.  

A large serving bowl of ravioli in a meat sauce, with a silver serving spoon in the top right of the bowl. A smaller plate with a serving of the ravioli is partially in frame in the bottom right of the photo, and a basket of bread slices is partially in the frame in the upper right.

More One-Pot Dinner Recipes for the Instant Pot

Try these other fast and easy one-pot dinners next: 

  • Tex-Mex Spicy Mac is a fully loaded twist on mac and cheese with a kick of spice and plenty of melty cheese. 
  • One-Pot Tortellini features our favorite stuffed pasta in a simple tomato sauce with baby spinach. 
  • Garden Minestrone Soup is a healthy and light veggie-packed dinner that’s perfect for summer produce. 

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An overhead photo of a serving of ravioli on a pale gray, speckled ceramic plate, with a fork placed diagonally on the left of the plate. The ravioli is coated with a tomato cream sauce and garnished with parmesan cheese and two small basil leaves.

One-Pot Frozen Ravioli | Instant Pot recipe

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Additional: 10 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
This quick one-pot Instant Pot Ravioli is a family-friendly dinner made with pork sausage, baby spinach, and a creamy and satisfying tomato sauce.
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  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 package 24 ounces frozen ravioli
  • 1 can 14.5 ounces fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cups fresh baby spinach chopped
  • 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated parmesan cheese for serving


  • Select Saute and preheat the pressure cooking pot. When hot, add the oil and sausage and cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain if necessary.
  • Add the broth and stir to ensure no browned bits remain on the bottom of the cooking pot.
  • Next, add the frozen ravioli in an even layer. DO NOT STIR. On top, layer the fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 2 minutes cook time. When the cook time ends, use a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Select Sauté and add the slurry to the pot, stirring constantly. Add the spinach and cottage cheese and stir until the sauce thickens and the spinach has wilted. Add the heavy cream and stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


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