Instant Pot Ragu Cavatappi

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Looking for a classic and simple, comfort food dish to do in your instant pot. This instant pot ragu cavatappi is made in the instant pot 6 quart for a perfect Sunday dinner. Short ribs and the red sauce make the cavatappi delicious.

Instant Pot Ragu Cavatappi

Hence, the cavatappi is made separately on the stove. We just like the way it comes out on the stove versus the instant pot. It’s a thicker noodle and doesn’t cook as well. However, you can cook the noodles in the pot prior to making the beef ragu in the instant pot.

Instant Pot Ragu Cavatappi

Therefore, the Short ribs are sauteed on saute mode. A bit of olive oil is used to make sure that the short ribs don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. After placing all the short ribs and searing them on the saute mode. The sauce and water is then added to the instant pot.

Instant Pot Ragu Cavatappi

Cooking Times:

The short ribs are then cooked down for 40 minutes. The reason is that 30 minutes after many trial and errors did not render the beef tender enough to shred. Forty minutes with quick release works well. Additionally, an extra 10 minutes will render the beef super tender. This is up to your preference.

Instant Pot Ragu Cavatappi

The sauce and water will mix well when cooking. The thicker the spaghetti or marinara sauce you use the thicker the end result will be. We suggest using a thicker sauce with the water. If the sauce is thin it will be runny and not coat the noodles well.

Instant Pot Ragu Cavatappi

Parmesan can also be added as a topping to this instant pot ragu cavatappi. Using a fresh pecorino or reggiano cheese makes a world of difference with this ragu cavatappi. Beef short ribs are traditionally used in ragu. However, country pork ribs will render the same result.

Instant Pot Ragu Cavatappi

This instant pot ragu cavatappi is made in a instant pot 6 quart duo. If you plan to make this in a instant pot 8 quart or 3 quart pot you will need to convert the recipe to fit the size of your pot.

Instant Pot Ragu Cavatappi

Instant Pot Ragu Cavatappi

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes

Instant Pot Ragu Cavatappi made with beef short ribs and savory sauce.


  • 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 lbs beef short ribs
  • 1 lb cavatappi pasta
  • 2 tablespoons garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Add olive oil to the instant pot. Set to saute mode. Add in beef short ribs and sear the outsides.
  2. Turn off saute mode. Add garlic, water, and spaghetti sauce. Place lid on instant pot and close vent to sealed. Set to high pressure for 40 minutes. Quick release pressure once instant pot stops counting. 
  3. Cook pasta as directed on box while sauce and beef is cooking.
  4. Open instant pot and remove beef. Shred beef and add back to sauce. 
  5. Drain pasta and add to instant pot with beef and sauce. 
  6. Serve with parmesan and/or parsley.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 671Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 685mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 45g

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