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a plate of lemon pasta with peas

Instant Pot Lemon Pasta with Peas

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
A delicious pasta with spring flavors that you can make all year. Option to cook on the stove top is included!
5 from 2 votes


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups frozen peas


  • Place the Instant Pot on the Saute-Normal function. Add the olive oil and garlic and cook until fragrant - about 2 minutes.
  • Add the pasta, water and salt - no need to stir.
  • Attach the lid and ensure the valve is in the sealing position. Turn the instant Pot to pressure cook for 4 minutes.
  • When the Instant Pot has finished, release the pressure by switching the valve to the "venting" position - be careful, it will steam!
  • Add the remaining ingredients (parmesan, cream, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and peas) and stir to combine.
  • Place the lid back on the Instant Pot (it should be on the keep warm setting) and let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the peas have warmed through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • Pasta: You can substitute with any dried pasta you like - farfalle, orecchiette and cavatappi are all great options. 
Store any leftover pasta in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. 
This pasta can also be made in advance and served at room temperature - perfect for a picnic!


Calories: 447kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 567mg, Potassium: 317mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 705IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 136mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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