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On the road recipes - Instant Pot Lasagna!

Does everyone love lasagna? It's a wonderful comfort food. This recipe might take a couple of shortcuts, but it's loaded with layers of flavor. We like popping the cooked lasagna under the broiler for a second to get some color, but it's totally optional if you'd rather not turn on your oven.


  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 tsp. dried oregano

  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 lb. ground beef

  • Kosher Salt

  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

  • 3 c. marinara sauce, divided

  • 2 c. ricotta cheese

  • 1 c. egg, lightly beaten

  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan

  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped basil, plus more for garnish

  • Cooking spray

  • 9 lasagna noodles, boiled to al dente

  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella


  1. Set Instant Pot to Sauté and heat oil. Add onion and cook until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add oregano and crushed red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until no pink remains. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Using a slotted spoon, remove beef and place it in a large bowl. Add 2 ½ cups marinara to meat and toss to combine. Remove Instant Pot bowl and clean.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir to combine ricotta, egg, Parmesan, and basil and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Build lasagna: Spray an 8" springform pan with cooking spray. Spread ¼ cup marinara in the bottom of the pan. Add a layer of noodles, trimming to fit the pan, then top with ½ the ricotta mixture. Add ½ the meat mixture and sprinkle with ½ cup mozzarella. Add another layer of noodles, then add the remaining ricotta mixture and meat sauce in even layers. Top with more noodles, remaining ¼ cup marinara and remaining mozzarella.

  5. Add 1 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the Instant Pot, then fit with a trivet. Place lasagna on trivet and secure lid. Set Instant Pot to high and cook for 22 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release.

If desired, set the oven broiler to high and broil until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then garnish with basil before serving.

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