Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cooking with Pressure: Meatballs and Noodles 🍝

I bought a Power Pressure Cooker XL a few months ago and with a few failed attempts I decided not to use it. But, my daughter and my granddaughters loved one of the failed recipes, which was the meatballs and noodles. 

The reason why it failed was due to putting too much dry ingredients (over the max line) and too little liquid. I couldn't get it to pressurize. This time I watched a number of videos as I couldn't find my original recipe and decided to take another crack at it.


1 1/2 24 oz jars of spaghetti sauce
36 oz of water (use empty spaghetti sauce jar 1 1/2 times)
2 Tablespoons olive oil (enough to cover the bottom)
1/2 cup white wine
26 oz bag of frozen meatballs
16 oz box of macaroni
2 handfuls of mozzarella cheese
Season with Italian seasoning, garlic salt and black pepper


Add in order olive oil, wine, meatballs, noodles, sauce, water, cheese and seasonings not go over max line and make sure liquid covers dry ingredients. I picked beans/lentils 15 minutes, but should have adjusted the time to 11 minutes. If I was using rigatoni 15 minutes would have been fine. My macaroni was a little over cooked, but still good. I was just happy 😊 that it pressurized! After the time runs down to zero release steam. Then the top will unlock. Stir and serve. Add Parmesan cheese, if desired Yum Yum

Dried Pasta Cooking Chart
Cooking Time
Cooking Time
Acini de pepe5 to 6 Penne9 to 13
Capellini5 to 6 Radiatore9 to 11
Egg noodles, regular8 to 10 Rigatoni12 to 15
Egg noodles, extra wide10 to 12 Rosamarina (orzo)8 to 10
Elbow macaroni8 to 10 Rotelle10 to 12
Farfalle13 to 15 Rotini8 to 10
Fettuccine11 to 13 Shells, jumbo12 to 15
Fusilli11 to 13Shells, medium and small9 to 11
Japanese curly noodles4 to 5 Soba noodles6 to 7
Lasagna noodles12 to 15Spaghetti8 to 10
Linguine9 to 13Vermicelli5 to 7
Mafalda8 to 10Wagon wheel10 to 12
Manicotti10 to 12Ziti14 to 15
Mostaccioli12 to 14


  1. Same thing happened to me over and over again and atlast I gave up. Thanks for coming up with the problem and giving the solution to it. Going to try it in morning.