How to Make Noodles in the Electric Pressure Cooker

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How to Make Noodles in the Electric Pressure Cooker
How to Make Noodles in the Electric Pressure Cooker

Everyone loves pasta, but no one likes to get half the pots and pans in the house dirty just to make it. With a good electric pressure cooker, it only takes one piece of equipment and about ten minutes to have everything ready. Just put the pasta and the sauce of your choice in the electric pressure cooker along with 4 cups (about 1 liter) of water. Close the lid and set the manual timer for four to eight minutes. As soon as the pan beeps, open the pressure valve and give everything a good stir. Dinner will be on the table in less time than it would take a pot of water to boil!


  • 250 g to 500 g of raw pasta dough.
  • 700 ml of sauce of your choice.
  • 3 ½ to 4 cups (800 ml to 1 liter) of water.
  • Additional ingredients of your choice.
  • Dehydrated spices (to taste).


Part 1 of 3: Adding the ingredients

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Step 1. Place the raw pasta dough in the electric pressure cooker

With this type of pan, you don't have to measure everything exactly. Just open a 500g packet of your favorite noodles and place half or all of it in the pan. You can use any type of dough in the crockpot, but those with a more uniform shape, such as penne, snail, and fusili do better.

  • Thinner doughs such as spaghetti and angel hair can stick together.
  • As food cooks very quickly in the pressure cooker, it's easier to prepare the entire package at once and store what's left in the fridge.
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Step 2. Add your favorite sauce

Open a package of ready-made sauce and add about 700 ml on top of the noodles. You can put a little more or less depending on your personal taste. The sauce also provides moisture for cooking the pasta, so be prepared to make any necessary adjustments to the amount of water.

If you choose a thinner sauce, you may not have to add a lot of water. If preparing a recipe with Alfredo sauce or other thicker options, use the normal amount

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Step 3. Add seasonings to taste

At this point, you can add a pinch of salt, garlic, oregano, basil or any other herb and seasoning you like to make dinner even more delicious. Choose seasonings that match the flavor of the dish.

If you don't know exactly how much spice to use, start with a little (about ½ teaspoon) of each and add more later if necessary

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Step 4. Cover ingredients with water

In general, 3 ½ cups to 4 cups of water is enough for 500 g of dough. The important thing is that the dough is completely covered. If there is not enough liquid in the pan, it can go raw.

  • In general, it's good to use about 1 cup (240 ml) of water for every 100 g of dough.
  • You can always drain excess liquid later if the dough gets too wet.

Part 2 of 3: Cooking the dough

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Step 1. Cover and seal the electric pressure cooker

Place the lid on the pan, then turn it clockwise until it locks securely. Check that the small, round valve that releases pressure is completely closed before putting the pan to work.

  • Plug the pan into the nearest outlet. It's good to be around!
  • The electric pressure cooker valve is responsible for releasing or retaining heat depending on its position. If it's open, the noodles won't cook properly.
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Step 2. Choose "pressure cooking" mode

Confirm that the pan is programmed to the "highest" setting. This adjustment ensures that the dough is the right texture.

The electric pressure cooker combines heat with pressure to cook food in less time than using conventional cookers

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Step 3. Set the timer for four or eight minutes

Manually choose your preferred cooking time by pressing the "+" button until you reach the desired number. The pressure cooker takes a few minutes to heat up. As soon as she gets the pressure she needs, the timer starts counting down.

If you're preparing a simple pasta and sauce recipe, four or five minutes is enough to cook everything evenly. For larger recipes with many ingredients, such as meat and vegetables, you may need to schedule eight minutes

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Step 4. Wait for the dough to cook for the specified time

Finish preparing the rest of your meal or take the chance to get upside down and have a well-deserved rest. You don't have to wait long: when you finish setting the table, dinner will be ready!

  • Avoid touching the lid or valve while the electric pressure cooker is in operation.
  • This type of pan automatically turns off when cooking is finished. You'll know it's over when she beeps.
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Step 5. Release the pressure valve

Locate the circular valve on top of the cap and use your fingertip to slowly turn it counterclockwise until it stops moving. Thus, the accumulated vapor will be released. Stay a safe distance from the pan while the valve is open.

If you are afraid to handle the valve, place a glove or folded dish towel on top of it to protect your hand from the heat

Part 3 of 3: Draining and Serving the Noodles

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Step 1. Remove the crockpot lid

To unlock it, hold the handle and turn the cover counterclockwise. Carefully lift it as the contents will be very hot. Place the lid on a flat, heat-resistant surface.

The lid handle is made of a thick plastic material, meaning it is safe to handle without wearing gloves

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Step 2. Drain excess liquid

If you accidentally add too much water, the noodles can turn into soup. Transfer the contents of the pan to a serving dish to serve the noodles and tilt it slightly over the sink to let excess liquid run off. Another option is to use a slotted spoon to remove the pasta from the pan, leaving the excess broth in it.

  • A little extra liquid does not affect the taste or texture of the dish.
  • Keep testing different measurement units until you hit the best one. Don't forget to write down your preferred proportions to make it easier to prepare your favorite dish next time.
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Step 3. Stir the pasta well

Mix all the ingredients until they are evenly distributed. Stir the bottom to loosen the sticky ingredients and use a spoon to loosen the stuck noodles.

  • If the pasta looks undercooked or the sauce is too thick, turn the pan back on for another minute or two.
  • A good stir also helps to incorporate small amounts of liquid that have settled to the bottom of the pan.
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Step 4. Enjoy the dough while it is still hot

Add some grated Parmesan cheese to serve and cut a slice of crispy garlic bread to complete the meal. For a lighter touch, try serving the pasta with a green leafy salad or mixed vegetables. You can make lots of other delicious side dishes with the time you saved!

Store what is left in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This noodle can last from three to five days


  • The electric pressure cooker is perfect equipment for preparing your favorite noodle recipes on rush nights and when you're out of time.
  • If you want to make a smaller amount of noodles, be sure to scale down all the ingredients proportionately.
  • You need to put at least ½ cup of water in the electric pressure cooker for it to reach the correct pressure level.
  • After dinner, clean the inside of the pan washing the loose part with soap and water. The outside should be cleaned with a damp cloth.


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