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Easy Penne Pomodoro Recipe

Easy Penne Pomodoro Recipe made with Penne cooked al dante and fresh tomatoes. Instant Pot instructions are given as well.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: penne al dante, penne pomodoro, pomodoro sauce
Servings: 4
Author: simplyvegetarian777


  • 4 cups Penne pasta cooked al dante
  • 1 cup Pasta Water reserved from boiled pasta
  • 2 lbs or 900 grams Cherry Tomatoes washed & halved
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced fine
  • 10 Basil Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded

Oils & Spices

  • 2&1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sugar optional
  • To Taste Salt


Preparing Pasta

  • Boil the pasta al dante as mentioned at the back of package in instructions. Meanwhile. work on the Pomodoro Sauce so that both the elements of the dish are done at the same time.

Preparing Pomodoro Sauce

  • Take a heavy bottom pan and heat olive oil in it. Add minced garlic to it and saute it lightly on low heat.
  • Add the halved cherry tomatoes, sugar, salt, black pepper & basil leaves to the pan. Bring the heat of the pan back to medium. Stir the ingredients well with a spatula.
  • Cover the pan with the lid or else the tomatoes will splutter.
  • Cook for about 10-12 minutes till tomatoes are softer and cooked. Stir Occasionally.
  • Add pasta water and stir again. Cover & cook for 5 more minutes. Switch off the gas.

Putting Penne Pomodoro together.

  • Add the boiled Penne to the Pomodoro sauce and toss well.
  • Add cheese and garnish further with few basil leaves.
  • Serve it Hot.

Instant Pot Penne Pomodoro Recipe

  • Place Inner pot inside the Instant Pot. Plug it in. Press Saute Button and set on High. When it displays HOT, add olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and spices to it.
  • Saute for 2-3 minutes till tomatoes become soft. Make sure to deglaze or scrape the bottom of the pot before you add pasta to avoid any BURN WARNING.
  • Now add uncooked 1 pound/box Penne Pasta. Give it a good stir. Add enough water till pasta is just enough submerged/drowned in water. Place the Lid and lock. Set the valve to SEALING. 
  • If the box instructions say to cook pasta for 12 minutes, then cook the pasta in Instant Pot for 6 minutes on HIGH PRESSURE/MANUAL Mode. Then follow QPR (quick pressure release).
  • Add fresh basil leaves, adjust salt if needed, stir in some parmesan cheese. Serve Instant Pot Penne Pomodoro Hot. If you see any liquid, do not worry. The pasta will soak it up fast.


For Lunch Box, I boil and keep pasta ready a night before. Then I make Pomodoro fresh and toss pasta in it and pack.