Instant Pot Lasagna: 3 Tasty Ways

Preparation Time: 20 minutesCooking Time: 35 minutes

This lasagna is as close to Italian takeout as possible - even better, you do it three ways. Make vegetable lasagna, classic lasagna with meat sauce, or a combination of veggie and meat sauce lasagna in under an hour in your Instant Pot. You'll get cheesy, saucy goodness Garfield would eat up in a second.

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Instant Pot Lasagna

Instant Pot Lasagna

I am a picky lasagna eater. Imagine if Garfield was picky about his lasagna? I will only order lasagna at one Italian restaurant near where I grew up. I have tried my best to recreate their lasagna over the course of my lifetime.

Well, this Instant Pot lasagna recipe is as close as it gets and is now my favorite homemade lasagna.

Instead of publishing two different recipes, I included spinach vegetable lasagna for those who’d rather not have a meat sauce for Instant Pot vegetable lasagna. Alternatively, if you want to keep the spinach and the meat sauce, you can do that too.

This Instant Pot dish can be made three tasty ways:

Original lasagna
Vegetable lasagna
Veggie + Meat sauce lasagna

How to Make Instant Pot Lasagna

I’m going to first have you figure out the main components of your dish: your sauce, your cheese mixture, and your noodles.

You could very well use a jarred store-bought marinara. However, if you’d like to go the homemade route, you could try this:

On the stovetop, you’ll heat up the olive oil, then sauté your garlic until its a nice golden brown. Though, make sure you don’t burn the garlic, as it can happen fast.

Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper, and your bay leaf, reduce your heat to low. When you turn off the heat, add in your fresh basil. Set this aside.

Instant Pot Lasagna Meat Sauce

If you’re doing a traditional lasagna with meat sauce. In your Instant Pot, or in a separate pan, brown your ground meat and make sure it’s thoroughly cooked.

Drain the fat off your ground beef. With the heat on low, add in your sauce and mix together. Set aside for assembly.

For the ricotta cheese mixture, you’ll combine one large egg, with your ricotta, add some Italian seasoning, your pepper, chopped fresh parsley, parmesan cheese, and kosher salt.

Instant Pot Vegetable Lasagna

This next part is completely optional. If doing Instant Pot vegetable lasagna or if you want to have a spinach/meat lasagna, you will add in your completely cooked and drained spinach into your ricotta mixture here.

Pro tip: Make sure you squeeze out the excess water but bunching up your frozen spinach in a paper towel before adding.

Ultimate Instant Pot Lasagna

Next, you’re going to start the layering process of your Instant Pot lasagna. Use a 7-inch springform for your lasagna layers. You can also set cut parchment paper on the bottom of your pan for easy maneuvering later.

Next, take your oven-ready lasagna noodles, and make an even layer on the bottom of the pan. If you need to break some noodles into pieces, feel free to so you can get a nice even layer.

Layer your marinara/meat sauce on top of the noodles. Next, do your ricotta cheese mixture as an even thin layer on the sauce. Add some of that shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the ricotta layer.

Then, you’ll repeat this 2x more and top with your mozzarella cheese and some chopped parsley. Next, wrap your springform tightly around with aluminum foil. This step is crucial.

You are going to put a cup of cold water on the bottom of your Instant Pot inner pot, then place your trivet/rack inside. Place your springform lasagna pan on top of the rack so it does not come in contact with the water.

Close the lid, set your valve to sealing, and pressure cook for 24 minutes plus a ten-minute natural release when the timer goes off.

Optional but recommended: When you’ve carefully taken your lasagna out of your Instant Pot, place your Instant Pot lasagna on a baking sheet and broil for about five minutes or until golden brown.

You can do the same with the Instant Pot Duo Crisp lid if you have that and don’t want another step.

To serve, once your Instant Pot lasagna has cooled, you may need to run a knife around the edges before undoing your springform pan.

You should be able to see all the yummy layers. Serve with a side salad or more lasagna. Do whatever you fancy!

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Take a look at my recommendations on Instant Pots and other pressure cookers. You really can’t go wrong with any of these products.

For more information and more recipes take a look at my guides and recipes page. Happy pressure cooking!

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