Pressure Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Pasta has all the kids running to the table! It makes the tastiest leftovers – great for school lunches too!

We’re going basic today friends. I’m talking really really basic. Like, put a few “you can find them anywhere” ingredients into your pressure cooker/instant pot and then give them a quick stir and back off.

Did I mention its not going to be winning any “healthiest dinner of the year” awards, but it WILL win the “every single kid in the universe likes it” award.

Seriously, I’ve met one kid in my entire life who didn’t like pizza. That’s saying a lot, because I’ve met a lot of kids! Lol. I worked for a nanny agency all throughout college and estimate I nannied for about 180 different kids during that time. Out of those, 1 didn’t like pizza.

Yes, yes, I know, it’s pasta, not pizza. But literally the only difference is that it has noodles instead of pizza dough. Not a deal-breaker in a kids world at all!

The only reservation I have sometimes about giving my toddlers pasta over pizza is the mess… but y’now what? I have a solution for that now! I don’t know what they’re actually called, but we call them the pasta bibs!

Here’s an Amazon version, but PSSSST, IKEA sells them for half the price.

Let’s talk sides. You’ve got this fan favorite pasta ready to go, and since dinner has already been so easy, let’s keep it that way. My go to sides for a basic pasta are frozen green beans, sautéed over high heat in my cast iron until slightly roasted and covered with butter, salt, and pepper. Another easy option is some quick oven roasted broccoli with a little olive oil.

You can’t go wrong by adding a side of french bread, garlic buns, or a crusty loaf of sourdough for sopping up all those extra tomato sauces. YUM!

Pressure Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Pasta: making families happy since 2020.

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Pressure Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

  • Author: Jessie
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Pressure Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Pasta has all the kids running to the table! It makes the tastiest leftovers – great for school lunches too!


  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup quartered pepperonis
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce (affiliate)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste (affiliate)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning (affiliate)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Stir together all ingredients but the mozzarella cheese.
  2. Lock lid and set to high pressure for 4 minutes.
  3. When time is up, do a quick release and stir in shredded mozzarella.


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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins