Perfect for those days you forgot to defrost something. This baked ziti can be cooked with frozen meat!
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Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Have this ziti dinner in a flash.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: beef, Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cooking with frozen meat, instant pot meals, quick baked ziti, superbowl party food
Servings: 6
Calories: 363kcal
Author: Judith Hannemann


  • 1 lb lean ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 2 cups beef or chicken stock
  • 2 cups dry ziti or penne
  • 26 ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh basil optional
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Place all the ingredients, except the cheese, in the instant pot insert in the order listed.
  • Close the lid and cook at high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, release pressure immediately.
  • Using a large spoon, break up the ground meat, add the shredded cheese, and stir.
  • Serve at once or leave on keep warm.


You can use frozen meat if you forgot to defrost.
Nutritional values calculated with ground beef.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 996mg | Potassium: 833mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 714IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 3mg