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Instant Pot

Bucatini with Cherry Tomato Sauce and Fresh Sage

4-6 Servings

45 minutes 20 minutes active

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This dish takes inspiration from a recipe in “Simple” by Yotam Ottolenghi. But instead of conventional stovetop simmering, we pressure-cook cherry or grape tomatoes, which tend to be dependably good no matter the season, into a tangy-sweet sauce. The pasta cooks in the pot at the same time, so there's no need to boil a separate pot of water. Fresh sage, smoked paprika and pecorino Romano cheese ratchet up the flavors. We especially liked this dish made with bucatini pasta, which is a thick, tubular spaghetti; linguini is a good alternative, but reduce the pressure-cooking time to 4 minutes.




Don't forget to break the pasta in half so the strands lay flat in the pot. And when adding the pasta, make sure no pieces poke above the surface of the liquid. All of the pasta must be fully submerged to cook properly.

45 minutes

20 minutes active


  • cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve

  • 4

    medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced


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David S.
February 26, 2024
Definitely a crowd-pleaser!
Unexpectedly amazing; the smoked paprika takes this dish to another level. Kids vacuum this stuff up, and my wife asks me make it, over and over!
Pat B.
April 2, 2023
Loved to use my Instant Pot
I loved to be able to make this so quick and easy. Really loved the fresh sage. Hate to have to break the bucatini, especially since it doesn't twirl well. But, I will make again and use the Instant Pot!
Nancy B.
September 2, 2022
Family likes so much I had to double the recipe
Loved using my garden cherry tomatoes and was pleasantly surprised author well the sage worked. My family wanted more, so I doubled the recipe. My pressure cooker worked perfectly with double the ingredients and no change in time. Thanks!
John H.
June 21, 2022
Loved it
Made this for my family and they loved this as a side dish to ROMAN BRAISED BEEF WITH TOMATO AND CLOVES. Did not change a thing.
Jan F.

This dish surprised me. For such a simple list of ingredients and such an easy preparation, I expected something dull and boring. Instead, the flavors were layered and complex. This is definitely a keeper and will go into the regular rotation.

Vernon B.

I don’t have an Insta pot, so I cooked Penne pasta and the other ingredients in a skillet for 11 minutes. Drained, put in serving bowl and added the sage. Nice variation on a non-sauce theme.

Edward A.

Loved this recipe! I totally agree with Jan you take basic ingredients with minimal prep work and a few minutes later you have a really good pasta dish.

Jill S.

Hubby loved this recipe! We’re not sage fans so we sub’d basil. Funny, he said, “It’s what Chef Boyardee is supposed to taste like!”
So simple to make and fantastic flavor! I even forgot about halving the tomatoes and they were all cooked and incorporated. This will definitely be one of our go-to meals!! Thank you MilkStreet


Horrified at breaking the pasta in half so that it can be cooked in an Instant Pot; Italians would throw a fit. Why not just make the sauce as usual, cook the pasta properly, and finish the pasta off in the sauce?

April D.

Mark - good news: we have a stovetop version of this recipe! Breaking the noodles in half makes this dish possible in an Instant Pot, and cooking the noodles right in the sauce and under pressure means that they absorb a huge amount of flavor. You can find the stovetop version here: .

The Milk Street Team