5 Ingredient Instant Pot Ground Turkey Red Lentil Penne

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Ground Turkey Red Lentil Penne– quick, easy, delicious, and perfect for the whole family.

The easiest dinner of all time– ready and on the table in 30 minutes! And.. it’s made in just ONE POT with 5 simple ingredients– that’s a total win if you ask me. This meal has become a staple in our house because it’s SO easy, super fast, delicious, and is just as good for leftovers the next day.

It knocks out a few meals in one, which is so helpful to me these days! I used Trader Joe’s Red lentil pasta here for less carbs and some added protein, however, feel free to use any pasta. ENJOY!!!

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Ground Turkey Red Lentil Penne


5 Ingredient Ground Turkey Red Lentil Penne

5 Ingredient Instant Pot Ground Turkey Red Lentil Penne
  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 oz red lentil penne (I used Trader Joe’s, but feel free to use pasta of choice)
  • 124 oz jar of your favorite marinara (I used Rao’s homemade)
  • 2 c water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Optional Add-ins:

  • 3 c fresh spinach, optional
  • Grated parmesan, for serving, optional


  1. Select ‘saute’ function on instant pot.  When the screen reads ‘hot’, add 3 T olive oil and then add ground turkey.  Cook, breaking up with the back of your spoon until turkey is fully cooked through. Season well with salt and pepper.
  2. Add onion and garlic and sauté another minute or two, until garlic is fragrant and onion translucent.
  3. Pour entire jar of marinara into instant pot.
  4. Add 2 c water into empty marinara jar and give it a good shake; then pour into instant pot and stir.
  5. Add pasta to pot and gently prod the top of it so its just covered but do not stir it!
  6. Press cancel on the instant pot.  Secure the lid, set the steam valve to “sealing” and cook high pressure for 8 minutes.
  7. When the cooking time is up, release the pressure by gently moving valve to “venting” and let all steam release.
  8. Remove the lid and give it a big stir.  If you are adding spinach, add it in now and stir it up.
  9. Serve warm in bowls.  Option to add grated Parmesan and red pepper flakes.
  10. ENJOY!!!
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  • Reply
    February 17, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    This is soooooo good! And healthy!

  • Reply
    March 7, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Just made this without meat! We added a little more pasta and it was amazing! Such an easy weeknight dinner- especially with a one year old! Thank you for looking out for fellow mamas!

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      March 9, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Love it!!! Thank you SO much for sharing!!! I’ll have to try without meat next time!!

  • Reply
    Susan Turk
    March 15, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Would like to know a serving size ? For Ww purpose

  • Reply
    Lindsay Buzbee
    April 25, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Our new favorite! This recipe is permanently in our weekly rotation.

  • Reply
    January 13, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    I love this, the flavor was delicious, and so easy! One question, I am new to the instant pot cooking. I have an 8 qt Ninja Foodi. I would like this a little more saucy, it came out a little more beef-a-roni like. Any suggestions? Truly delicious, thanks!!!!

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    June 3, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    One of my fave go-to’s! Love your IP recipes! Yummm!!!

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