Quick & Easy 5 minute Pasta Meal

We got an Instant Pot for Christmas and it has changed our life. However, this is a story of Instant Pot rookies who didn’t realize we couldn’t use tomato sauce in an Instant Pot when using the pressure cooker setting 😬. While our chicken parm cooked on the crockpot setting, we had to throw this little number together at the last minute. We always keep ingredients for a “pasta hodgepodge” meal because A. We love pasta and B. It’s a perfect last minute meal. This one in particular has pesto sauce, canned chickpeas, spinach, canned diced tomatoes, olives, ricotta salata, pine nuts and a little parm. Took us about 5 minutes after the pasta was cooked. So delicious and bonus chicken parm for leftovers! Cheers!

Quick & Easy Pasta Meal

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quick and easy pasta meal

quick and easy pasta meal


  • 1 pound pasta
  • 6 oz pesto sauce
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 can olives
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 4 oz ricotta salata
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • Parmesan cheese to taste


  1. Boil water with pinch of salt. Cook pasta. Drain and return to pot.
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas, tomatoes and olives in a colander. Add to cooked pasta.
  3. Add pesto, spinach, ricotta salata and pine nuts to the pot.
  4. Mix well. Serve with parmesan cheese.



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