Instant Pot Pasta with Lamb & Mint

Overhead shot of bowl of lamb pasta.

Instant Pot Pasta with Lamb & Mint will be on your dinner table with minimal effort. This delicious dinner is quickly & easily prepared with the help of your electric pressure cooker. 

I’m back with another Instant Pot recipe for you guys! This dish is impressive enough to set the scene for a beautiful dinner party at home, but it’s easy enough to make for a casual weekday dinner at home.

I think it’s the perfect dish for fall because it’s comfort food at it’s finest. This Instant Pot pasta recipe features rich American lamb, nutty parmesan cheese, and green beans. It’s creamy and hearty, but it’s brightened up with a bit of fresh lemon and mint. I think you’ll love this dish!

I’m a huge fan of lamb and I love to swap it into recipes where ground beef is called for. I feel like its flavor brings dishes to the next level. Ground lamb is a great way to upgrade tacos, burgers, sauces and meatballs and it’s super fun to experiment with.

Here’s some fun facts on lamb:

  • More than 50% of the lamb in the US marketplace comes from Australia and New Zealand.
  • By choosing American Lamb, you’re supporting local ranchers throughout the US.
  • No growth hormones are used in lamb production in the United States.
  • Sheep improve pasture quality by recycling vital nutrients back into the soil, minimizing erosion and encouraging plant growth.
  • The majority of sheep in the states graze pastures for most of their lives.

For this recipe, I used Simple Truth Natural Ground Lamb made from American Lamb. It’s a choice that I feel good about, especially knowing that it was raised right here in the US, and not shipped overseas. The flavor is so perfect for upgrading this Instant Pot pasta.Lamb pasta in Instant Pot.

Hand reaching for bowl of instant pot pasta with lamb. How Do You Make Pasta in the Instant Pot?

  • It’s super easy to make pasta in your pressure cooker! All you need to do is make sure you have enough liquid to cover the pasta, not much more than that. Then, just set your Instant Pot to cook the pasta on high pressure for half the amount of time that the pasta cooking package directions call for. So, for this recipe, I used mini penne. The package called for 7 minutes to make al dente pasta. In the Instant Pot, I cooked the pasta for four minutes.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, don’t fear! You can make this dish on the stove top too. Just make this recipe in a large skillet, and cook the pasta for the time called for on the pasta package directions. Once finished, add in the green beans and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Overhead shot of table set for dinner with instant pot pasta with lamb. I served this Instant Pot Pasta with Lamb & Mint as part of a dinner party that we hosted. Alongside, I served some grilled broccolini and roasted squash. And to go with dinner, we of course had to open some wine!

I paired this dish with a bottle of Pinot Noir. Its bright acidity and earthy notes paired really well with the richness of the lamb and the bright flavors of the mint and lemon. If you’d like to offer a white wine option as well, a Sauvignon Blanc would make a great pairing.

Erin at dinner table with glass of wine.

Are you a lamb fan? What are your favorite ways to prepare it? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Overhead shot of bowl of lamb pasta.

Instant Pot Pasta with Lamb & Mint

Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, lamb, pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Time for pressure to build: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 477 kcal
Author: Erin
Instant Pot Pasta with Lamb & Mint will be on your dinner table with minimal effort. This delicious dinner is quickly & easily prepared with the help of your electric pressure cooker.
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Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound American Ground Lamb
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 green onions sliced (whites and greens separated)
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces pasta ½ package (I used mini penne)
  • 12 ounces frozen green beans or ¾ lb
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • ¼ cup fresh mint chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE, add olive oil. Once hot, add the ground lamb and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 4-6 minutes, breaking apart with a spoon, until browned.
  2. Add garlic and white parts of onions and sauté for 2-4 minutes, until fragrant.
  3. Pour in the broth and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the pasta.
  4. Cover and seal the lid - turn the vent to sealing. Hit CANCEL then press the MANUAL (high pressure) button and set the timer to 4 minutes (or ½ the time of the pasta package directions). It will take about 15 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  5. Once the 4 minutes are up, hit CANCEL and do a quick pressure release to release the pressure.
  6. Open the lid, stir in the lemon juice and zest, frozen green beans, remaining green onions, mint, parmesan and butter. Let sit with the lid on for 5 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pasta with Lamb & Mint
Amount Per Serving
Calories 477 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 571mg 24%
Potassium 520mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 14.4%
Vitamin C 31.1%
Calcium 15.6%
Iron 15.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you loved this Instant Pot Pasta with Lamb & Mint I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

 

I teamed up with American Lamb to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Wine Pairings for Lamb & Mint Pasta: 

  • Pinot Noir. Its bright acidity and earthy notes pair well with the richness of the lamb and the bright flavors of the mint and lemon.
  • Merlot would also be a great match for this delicious dish.
  • Sauvignon Blanc is a great white wine pairing option for this lamb pasta.

Side view of bowl of instant pot pasta with lamb.

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Lamb Chops with Mint Mustard Sauce

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13 comments

  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam


    So few Americans cook with lamb, so I bet serving this at dinner would be a tasty surprise! Also, I love your photos of the table—so gorgeous.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Catherine! I was definitely getting in the fall mood with my tablescape!

      Reply

  2. Danielle


    I actually don’t think I’ve ever had lamb except maybe once or twice ever!? But this sounds so yummy and simple! I love when a recipe has minimal ingredients, but still packs flavor – and it looks gorgeous too!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thank you so much Danielle! I really love the flavor of lamb, and it’s so versatile when it’s ground… Swap it in meatballs, salads, etc. Sooo good!

      Reply

  3. Hillary Knudsen

    Lamb is one of my favorite and it’s something we make often! We usually make lamb shanks, but I would love to start using more ground lamb! I love that you added mint to this as well!

    Reply

  4. Jacque Hastert


    This sounds like an elegant dinner you can have in the middle of the week. Love it!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Agreed! It’s super easy, but so delicious too!

      Reply

  5. Sue

    The directions don’t say when to add the green beans. Do they get pressure cooked with the pasta? Or added in after pressure cooking?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      So sorry about that Sue! I just updated the recipe. The green beans get added in after the cook time is complete. Then just let them sit in the hot mixture with the lid on for five minutes.

      Reply

  6. Tanya Harris


    This sounds like a great elegant dinner recipe. Perfect for date nights in or dinner during the week.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Tanya – I hope you enjoy it!

      Reply

  7. Kimberly


    Hi Erin! I have a dinner party in January and am going to make this “menu”. Looks like you used the vinegarette broccolini recipe listed on your site? Also, do you have the roasted squash recipe? What type did you use, acorn squash? Thanks so much! Enjoy your site and can’t wait to try my 1st “Erin” recipe!! I and am a new instant pot owner, loving it!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Kimberly – I did use the grilled broccolini recipe on my site to pair with this. I used this recipe for the acorn squash. Thanks for the kind words. I hope your dinner party is fantastic!

      Reply

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