Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Spinach Lasagna is a quick and easy meal with ground beef and homemade marinara sauce. Perfect weeknight dinner that uses only one pot!
I took my lasagna recipe I have used for years and added a spin to it and created Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Spinach Lasagna. I threw in a little spinach AND I used my latest obsession, the Instant Pot. This was one fabulous idea if I do say so myself!
Calories: 497 Fat: 24G Net Carbs: 30G Protein: 48G
This is the pan I used to cook the lasagna. You will need a pan to place inside the pot.
As with most Instant Pot recipes, this was an experiment for me. This is my first time using no-boil noodles. I have been on the fence about them for years. Stay Snatched recipes are QUICK and easy.
In order to make this a quick and easy recipe, I had to try them out, especially because I make my marinara sauce from scratch.
Feel free to use your favorite store-bought brand to save time! I prefer to make my own because I can control the ingredients.
A lot of store-bought brands are loaded with sugar. I am so happy I finally caved and tried the oven-ready, no-boil lasagna noodles! There was no difference in taste from the standard. Going forward, I will definitely use them again.
This recipe may not fit all “diet” plans. I think of this recipe as one that is perfect for someone who is committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Using the Instant Pot and the 6 inch round pan helps a lot with portion control and advance meal prep.
I usually bake my lasagna in a 9 x 13 pan. To fit the pan, I usually add a ton of noodles and cheese. Also, because I try hard not to waste food, I usually end up eating most of the pan!
The noodles are long so you will have to break them into pieces in order to fit the pan. This was a win for me because I used fewer noodles, yet still came out with the perfect lasagna.
Using the Instant Pot will save you time in comparison to the traditional baked method. I usually bake my lasagna in a foiled covered baking dish for 50 minutes to an hour.
If you do not own an Instant Pot, this recipe can be baked as well. With the Instant Pot, I cooked the lasagna for 20 minutes with a 10-minute natural pressure release, totaling 30 minutes.
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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Spinach Lasagna
- 1 pound ground beef
- 6 oven-ready, no boil lasagna noodles
- 1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
- 4 cups spinach
- 1 cup Lite mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan reggiano shredded
- 2 tbsp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper to taste
- In large sauce pan or skillet heat olive oil and add onions, 3 cups of spinach, and garlic cook until tender. Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and wine. Top with the bay leaf.
- Cook for 20 minutes on low. Remove the bay leaf.
- Cook the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper. Break the beef into small chunks.
- Add the marinara sauce to the beef. Stir.
- Add the egg, ricotta, remaining spinach, and Parmesan reggiano to a bowl. Stir to combine the ingredients.
- Layer the baking pan with marinara followed by the ricotta mixture. (I started with using the sauce to coat the pan because I feared the noodles on the bottom would not soften up without sauce on the bottom to coat.)
- Break the lasagna noodles into smaller pieces to fit the pan. Add the noodles to the pan.
- Add marinara and the ricotta mixture. Add mozzarella cheese.
- Continue to create layers with the noodles, marinara, ricotta mixture, and mozzarella.
- When you reach the final layer, sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top.
- Cover the top of the pan with foil to prevent water from getting into the lasagna.
- Add a 1.5 cups of water to the pot. Place the trivet inside the pot. (This comes with the device).
- Create a foil handle to remove the pan from the Instant Pot. Fold a large piece of foil in half the long way. This will be used to wrap around the pan to make it easier to lift out of the Instant Pot.
- Place the foil handle in the Instant Pot. Place the pan in the middle of the pot over the foil handle.
- Set the Instant Pot on manual, 20 minutes. After the Instant Pot alerts that 20 minutes have passed, allow the steam to settle without quick release for 10 minutes.
- Unfold the foil handle and remove it from the Instant Pot. Place the pan on a baking rack to cool. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
- I used a jar of peanut butter to assist with removing the lasagna from the baking pan. I placed the pan on top of the jar and then pressed down on the sides of the pan to remove.