Introducing my newest book, Italian Instant Pot!

Italian Instant Pot Cookbook

Instant Pot Italian Cookbook: 100 Irresistible Recipes Made Easier Than Ever

When a major publisher knocks on your door (or your agent’s door) and asks you if you’d like to write a book that combines two of your favorite things (The Instant Pot and Italian food), you say, “Si, per certo!” and get to work.

This last year I had the opportunity to fall more deeply in love with my Instant Pot AND got to use my experience living and working in Italy to write a book with 100 Italian recipes for the Instant Pot. Truly more fun was never had.

If you’re not familiar, the Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker that cooks food quickly, infuses dishes with flavor, turns tough cuts of meat into rib-sticking ragus in a quarter of the time, and makes incredible one-pot meals. It’s also a rice cooker, a steamer, sautés, and even slow cooks food.  People are taking to it with all the fervor of a new religion. If you need proof, the first print run of my Italian Instant Pot book was 100,000 copies! (That’s breath taking.)

In my book, you’ll find comfort food favorites like Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches with Instant Pot Giardiniera (quick pickled veggies), creamy 1-pot Spaghetti Carbonara, buttery Rosemary Focaccia, and Italian Stuffed Artichokes. But there is also regional Italian dishes that you won’t find in the dump-it-and-forget it blogosphere–Savory Parmesan Custards with Red Bell Pepper Sauce; Porcini Dumplings in IP Chicken Broth; Venetian Duck Ragu; Beef Braciole; and even a desserts, including a seriously awesome Sicilian Cassata with Instant Pot homemade ricotta. (Yes, you can make ricotta in your IP!)

But don’t take my word for it. Get a copy here.   Here.  Or here. While you wait for the book to arrive (the publication date is February 6th), try this recipe for 1-pot Farfalle with Sausage Meatballs, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Arugula, and be sure to tag me on Instagram (ivy_manning).

And don’t forget to enter the book giveaway! I’ll be sending 3 copies to random winners (US residents only) who comment in response to this question by 2/14: “What is your favorite Italian dish of all time?”

ItaliSausage Farfalle with Arugula from Italian Instant Pot Cookbook

Italian Sausage Meatball Farfalle with Arugula from Italian Instant Pot, photo by Lauren Volo, 2017, All rights reserved.

Farfalle with Sausage Meatballs, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Arugula

Serves 4  |  Active time: 20 minutes  |  Total time: 35 minutes


This lovely pasta is made up of ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, so it’s sure to become a go-to on busy weeknights. The recipe is endlessly adaptable—make it lighter by using turkey sausage; substitute chopped dandelion greens, escarole, or baby kale for the arugula; or use jarred roasted red peppers instead of the sun-dried tomatoes.


8 ounces bulk sweet Italian pork sausage

1 tablespoon olive oil

12 ounces dry (uncooked) farfalle pasta

2 cups low- sodium store-bought chicken broth

1 small yellow onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced through the root end (about 1 cup)

1/2 cup oil- packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped

4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

Salt and pepper

2 cups loosely packed baby arugula leaves

1/2 cup grated Pecorino romano cheese

1 Form the sausage into dabs that are about 1 tablespoon each—no need to roll them into perfect spheres (rustic is good). Put the oil in the pot, select SAUTÉ, and adjust to NORMAL/MEDIUM heat. When the oil is hot, add the sausage dabs and cook them, without stirring, for a few minutes. Stir gently and cook until browned on a second side; they don’t need to be cooked through, as they’ll finish cooking with the pasta. Press CANCEL.

2 Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat in the pot. Add the pasta, broth, onion, sun- dried tomatoes, garlic, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, several grinds of pepper, and 1 cup cold water. Stir to combine.

3 Lock on the lid, select the PRESSURE COOK function, and adjust to LOW pressure for 6 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is in the “Sealing” position and that the “Keep Warm” button is off.

4 When the cooking time is up, quick- release the pressure. Remove the lid, stir, and let the pasta stand in the pot, uncovered, for 5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Add the arugula and cheese and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

—recipe and image from Instant Pot Italian, by Ivy Manning (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018), photos by Lauren Volo, 2017, All rights reserved



27 Responses to Introducing my newest book, Italian Instant Pot!

  1. Courtney January 11, 2018 at 7:47 PM #


  2. David Darrow January 11, 2018 at 7:59 PM #

    There are so many great Italian dishes, so tough to choose. But, this time of year, Osso buco.

  3. Christina January 11, 2018 at 8:15 PM #

    I have been obsessed with Fettucine Alfredo since I first had it as a child. It’s my personal comfort food. Can’t wait to try your InstantPot recipes, especially since I’ve been trying to convert your soups (which I love) to InstantPot cooking.

  4. Pdxknitterati/michele January 11, 2018 at 9:17 PM #

    Zuppa toscana. Is it really Italian? Congratulations on your new book! We are loving our Instant Pot, and always looking for new recipes to try.

    • Ivy Manning January 11, 2018 at 9:24 PM #

      I’m not sure exactly what is in that, it’s just “Tuscan Soup” in Italian, but I lived in Florence and yes, there are lots of Tuscan recipes in the book. Thanks for visiting!

  5. Maia Paul January 12, 2018 at 7:48 AM #

    Hmmm that’s a hard question to respond to. Too much good Italian food. I might have to keep it basic and say Spaghetti and Meatballs for now.

  6. Andrea January 12, 2018 at 9:05 AM #

    I’m so excited the book is finally out (or will be very soon)! I had my IP for over 2 years now and still love it (and use it at least 3x a week!).
    Decadent Spaghetti alla Carbonara is probably my favorite though I don’t allow myself have it very often 🙂

    • Ivy Manning January 12, 2018 at 10:29 AM #

      Great! There’s a delicious spaghetti carbonara 1-pot recipe in this book. Hope you love it as much as I do!

  7. Beth January 12, 2018 at 10:02 AM #

    Favorite EVER? That memorable gnocchi I had on my birthday in the little Italian place on the Lower East Side (abt 20 yrs ago)…no no, it’s the canolli from Veniero’s…wait, I must confess that PIZZA is my favorite food.

  8. Paige January 13, 2018 at 7:59 PM #

    Love my instant pot and love Italian food so pretty excited about this cookbook. My favorite Italian dishes are spaghetti and meatballs (classic) and spaghetti carbonara!

  9. Barbara White January 16, 2018 at 8:55 AM #

    Arugula is my most favorite salad green and not often do I think to use it in other dishes. This recipe just may be the perfect opportunity. Italian? My most favorite Italian dish is Eggplant Rollatini – yum

  10. judith bishop January 25, 2018 at 5:14 PM #

    Veal or eggplant parmigiana with an excellent “gravy”.

  11. Liz February 1, 2018 at 1:25 PM #


  12. Ann February 1, 2018 at 1:35 PM #

    “What is your favorite Italian dish of all time?” Lasagna is my favorite. Can I make it in the Instant Pot Ivy?

    • Ivy Manning February 6, 2018 at 11:22 AM #

      Yes you can! I have a lovely creamy version and a red sauce lasagne in the book, Ann!

  13. Wendy February 1, 2018 at 1:47 PM #

    Pasta Con Sarde!!!! YUM!

  14. Bee Talmadge February 1, 2018 at 8:26 PM #

    A good stuffed ravioli makes my heart do flips! So excited to see the completed book! Congrats!!

  15. Vicky Mazzone February 2, 2018 at 9:14 AM #

    Escarole soup – it’s something my grandmother used to make. BTW, the braciole was fantastic!

  16. Sigrid Trombley February 5, 2018 at 6:08 PM #

    Well, I could list a number but a particular favorite is Marcella Hazan’s Classic Tomato Sauce. It couldn’t be simpler but it’s delicious in its simplicity. I also have great memories of being a child and eating at the home of an Italian friend who made gnocchi.

  17. Rita February 5, 2018 at 6:31 PM #

    Chicken Scarpariello, Sunday Gravy, Penne alla Vodka, Pasta with Tuna Sauce, Pannacotta – it’s hard to pull out a favorite when there are so many delicous Italian dishes.

  18. Rita February 5, 2018 at 6:39 PM #

    Tomorrow is the Big Day! I know your book will be a great success.

    I forgot to mention that I will be making the Italian Sausage Meatball Farfalle with Arugula (above) because I love the flavors of fennel and arugula and the recipe is a refreshing change from a tomato pasta sauce.

  19. Patricia R. February 6, 2018 at 11:29 AM #

    Pasta Carbonara

  20. Mark Morrissey February 7, 2018 at 10:48 AM #

    What types of gluten free pasta would you recommend using the the instant pot? Grabbed the book and now will have to buy an instant pot or find someone nearby to loan me one for a test cook.

    • Ivy Manning April 4, 2018 at 4:11 PM #

      Hi Mark
      You know, I must admit I haven’t had time to try out any gf pastas in the Instant Pot. My guess is you’d be best off with bean based ones (based on garbanzo etc), the brown rice kind would probably fall apart. 🙂

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