Instant Pot Tortellini with Basil and Parmesan

Instant Pot Tortellini is ready in just 15 minutes! Cheesy tortellini are swirled in a flavorful fire-roasted tomato cream sauce and sprinkled with parmesan and basil. Quick and delicious!

Instant Pot Tortellini

Have y’all made pasta in the Instant Pot yet?

I’ll admit I was super skeptical at first, thinking no way could this turn out edible.

Fully expecting a pot-o-mush I experimented, whipping up the most amazing Instant Pot Taco Pasta and falling head-over-noodles in love.

Now that I’m team pasta-in-the-pot, I decided it was time to tackle the Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Tortellini from my friend Stefanie’s new cookbook, Quick Prep Cooking with your Instant Pot.

(Her book is amazing – simply amazing! Grab a copy right meow!)

I didn’t have sun-dried tomatoes handy, but armed with a cup of crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, I was ready to get my tortellini on!

Basil Tortellini and Instant Pot

I used a 9 ounce package of chilled cheese tortellini but anywhere from 9-12 ounces should work great here!

You can go the vegetarian route and stick with cheese tortellini or mix things up by trying spicy sausage tortellini, chicken tortellini, or even spinach and cheese tortellini.

No Instant Pot? No problem! This dish can totally be made on the stove.

Instant Pot Tortellini with Basil and Parmesan

This IP pasta recipe couldn’t be easier! Take everything but the final three ingredients, toss it in the Instant Pot, and set to high pressure for 2 minutes.

TWO MINUTES!!! <—- cue jazz hands and basil confetti.

Once your IP beeps, release the pressure, swirl in the cream and parm and top with a sprinkling of fresh basil.

Helloooooo delicious!

From start to finish, this recipe will take about 15-20 minutes to make, making it perfect for busy weeknights!

Basil Tortellini and Instant Pot
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Instant Pot Tortellini with Basil and Parmesan

Instant Pot Tortellini is ready in just 15 minutes! Cheesy tortellini are swirled in a flavorful fire-roasted tomato cream sauce and sprinkled with parmesan and basil. Quick and delicious!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Instant Pot Tortellini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Pressure Build Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 416 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup canned crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 9 oz uncooked refrigerated tortellini any variety; I used cheese filled
  • 1/4-1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh topped basil for topping dried basil works in a pinch


  1. In a 6-Quart Instant Pot combine the stock, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes,  red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. Mix in tortellini.

  2. Secure the lid and place the vent in the sealing position. Set to "MANUAL" or "PRESSURE COOK" mode on "HIGH" pressure. Use the +/- button to adjust the cook time to 2 minutes.

  3. When the Instant Pot beeps and the countdown has finished (about 8 minutes to come to pressure and 2 minutes to cook) quick release the pressure by flipping the valve to venting position. Stand back as the steam releases. Once the pin drops and the lid unlocks, remove the lid and mix in the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.

  4. Top with fresh basil and feel free to add some extra parm and/or cracked black pepper. Dive in while it's hot!

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Quick Prep Cooking with your Instant Pot by one of my blog besties, Stefanie Bundalo.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Tortellini with Basil and Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 1407mg 59%
Potassium 317mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 17%
Vitamin C 11.5%
Calcium 29.8%
Iron 19.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tortellini Bowl with Pressure Cooker

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If you get a chance to try this quick and easy Instant Pot Tortellini, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

hungry for more?

I’m dying to try Stephanie’s Bourbon Pot Roast Nachos in the Instant Pot next! I’ve basically stuffed bookmarks between every other page in her cookbook at this point. Can’t wait!

Crazy for tortellini? Try this Easy Tortellini Soup and prepare to be obsessed I have made this so many times these last few weeks!

Looking for a salad to pair with your pasta? Tomato Quinoa Salad is a healthy and delicious choice.

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  • Cassie N.

    This was delicious! Stuck with your suggestion of the crushed fire roasted tomatoes… Only thing I would change is add in all the sausage next time! Pasta was cooked just right and the tomato sauce was SPOT ON. Give me all the instant pot recipes!!!

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