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Basil Pesto Spaghetti (Instant Pot and Stove Top)

Basil Pesto Spaghetti made in Instant Pot , with how to cook Pesto Spaghetti on stovetop instructions included | Pesto Spaghetii Recipe in Instant Pot
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Mains
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • Instant Pot
  • Big Container(for stove top method)


  • 8 Oz Spaghetii
  • 1 Cup Basil Pesto (homemade/store bought)
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Parmesan Cheese as required
  • 1 tsp Salt or as required
  • Chilli Flakes as preferred
  • Roasted Cherry Tomatoes as required


Pesto Spaghetti in Instant Pot

  • Take Spaghetti and break into half.
  • Layer it on the base of inner pot spreading it uniformly.
  • Add water till the spaghetti is soaked in it. Add little salt and olive oil
  • Now close the lid and switch on the IP, in Pressure Cook Mode, set the timing to 4 mins for al dente pasta and 5 mins for soft pasta.
  • When the IP beeps, wait for few seconds and the do the Quick Pressure Release.
  • Open the lid and toss spaghetti lightly with the help of tongs to separate it.
  • Now add pesto, roasted cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese. Toss lightly to mix pesto and cheese.
  • Take out in a pasta bowl and serve topped with more pesto and cheese as preferred.
  • Check notes in case of adding veggies in pasta.

Pesto Spaghetti in Open Pot(Stove top)

  • In a big container boil enough water.
  • When the water starts boiling add spaghetti. You can break it in smaller size if the container is not big enough.
  • Cook as per the instructions on the package, till al dente.
  • Then drain the water and keep aside till further use.
  • Now in a pasta plate or serving bowl, add cooked spaghetti, pesto, cheese, pan roasted tomatoes or veggies if adding.
  • Toss lightly mixing and coating pesto nicely on the spaghetti strands.
  • Serve garnished with more pesto and cheese if you like.


If adding veggies like bell peppers, mushrooms in pasta while cooking in Instant Pot, add add 1-2 tbsp oil and switch on the sauté mode for 5 mins..
Roast the veggies stirring continuously. Do not over cook, retain the crunch.
Keyword Basil Pesto Spaghetti, Pesto Pasta in Instant Pot
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