Entrees, Vegan Food

Instant Pot Veggie Macaroni


This is one of my favourite instant pot recipes. I use the base pasta recipe all the time and then add whatever veggies I feel like/have in my fridge!

PS: for more delicious vegan recipes, check out my cookbook!

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Instant Pot Veggie Macaroni

  • Author: Liv B
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


A super easy & quick pasta recipe that helps you sneak in some veggies!


  • 2 cups dry macaroni
  • 2 cups water
  • 11/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen veggies
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients to the instant pot and stir well.
  2. Put on lid and move valve to “sealing”. Press “Manual” and set for 5 minutes. The pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure before it starts cooking.
  3. Release pressure by moving valve to “venting”. When all the steam has escaped, remove lid and stir pasta. Add nutritional yeast if desired. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes


  1. Hi there!

    Do you think I could use whole wheat pasta for this recipe? Would I need to alter anything for it?

    Thanks so much! Love your blog!

  2. This recipe is great! My noodles were a little overdone, but I also let it sit in the instant pot when it was finished for a couple of minutes… that could be why.

    That being said, my dad made a dish similar to this that he called goulash. It was a midwestern, Americanized version of a traditional goulash dish. His recipe consisted of canned soup, noodles, ground meat, and powdered Parmesan cheese. It was one of his favorite things to cook.

    He passed away in 2014. And try as I might, mine never tasted as good as his did. Over the years, I tried to make vegetarian versions that didn’t even come close.

    But this…this tastes *exactly* like his. So much so that I started crying (happy tears) in the middle of my kitchen after tasting it because of how much it reminded me of my dad.

    I didn’t change much to this recipe. I used whole wheat elbow noodles, and frozen mixed veggies. I also added cooked vegan beef crumbles to the pasta after it was cooking.

    Thanks so much for this. You helped me recover a bit of my dad I wasn’t sure I was ever able to experience again. I’ve even forwarded this recipe to my sister in another state, hoping she tries it.

    Thank you. ❤️

    • Oh my gosh!! Tearing up reading this! I am screen shotting this comment and saving it <3 thank you for taking the time to write me! xox Liv

  3. I was feeling very tired after work and not wanting to make dinner. I was browsing your site and came across this recipe and thought it seemed simple enough. My BF is really hard to impress so I warned him when he came home that dinner is nothing fancy. He had THIRDS! Writing this recipe down in my tried and true book! Thank you!!

  4. I made this recipe and all I could save after burning part of it in my insta pot was great. My insta pot doesn’t have a manuel setting so I selected the pressure cook setting and that didn’t work out well. I guess I needed more water. I’m still learning how to use this thing.

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