5 from 14 votes
Rich red spaghetti puttanesca on a pale green plate.
Pressure Cooker Pasta Puttanesca
Prep Time
4 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
10 mins

A dump and go Instant Pot / electric pressure cooker recipe that's ready in minutes. Chilli, anchovies, garlic, capers and tomato all combine to make a rich and delicious pasta dish.

Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pressure cooker pasta puttanesca
Servings: 2
Calories: 311 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 270 ml water
  • 120 g spaghetti.
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ can chopped tomato (200g)
  • ½ tsp onion or garlic powder.
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp olives (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp heaped capers
  • ½ small can tinned anchovies (25g)
  1. Snap the spaghetti in half and scatter into the pressure cooker pot. Add the water, olive oil and a pinch of salt.

  2. Swirl to evenly distribute pasta – make sure none sticks together.
  3. Layer the rest of the ingredients on top of the pasta – canned tomatoes, chilli flakes, sliced olives, garlic, tomato puree, rinsed capers and anchovies. You don't need to worry about cutting the anchovies up, as they fall apart once cooked.

  4. Check the seal, put the lid on the pot and seal it closed. Check that the weight is set to the sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to cook for 3 minutes at high pressure.

  5. Once cooking has finished, leave the pot on the 'keep warm' setting for a further 3 minutes of natural pressure release (NPR).

  6. Release the remaining pressure and open the lid. Don't worry if it looks as if there is too much liquid.

    Give everything a really good stir for about a minute and the extra liquid will be absorbed.  If there is still too much liquid, set the pressure cooker to saute and simmer off any remaining liquid, stirring all the time.

    Season and serve.

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Nutritional Information



Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Pasta Puttanesca
Amount Per Serving
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 351mg 15%
Potassium 522mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 8.2%
Vitamin C 12.5%
Calcium 6.8%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.