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Instant Pot Italian Potatoes

Instant Pot Italian Potatoes

  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Side
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


Healthy, hearty, and flavorful, these oil free Instant Pot Italian Potatoes are so delicious.
Inspired by Vegan Richa


  • 1 medium yellow onion, fine dice
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 – [ 8 oz. can ] tomato sauce
  • 1 – [ 14 oz. can ] petite diced tomatoes, drained, pureed
  • 1 cup water
  • 24 oz. baby potatoes, peeled *
  • ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup (optional) *
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda (optional) *

Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon regular chili powder *
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin *
  • Pinch dried crushed thyme leaves (optional) *
  • ¼ to 1 teaspoon sea salt * (+/-)

Other Ingredients:

Optional Toppings:

  • Chopped fresh parsley or basil


Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Place all the Spice/Herb Ingredients into a small bowl, whisk to combine, set aside.
  2. Preheat the Instant Pot by selecting the Sauté setting. Then add the onion along with a Tablespoon of water to prevent burning/sticking.  Sauté until the onions are tender, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Then add the minced garlic, sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in the tomato sauce, drained and pureed petite diced tomatoes, Spice/Herb Mix, and Cook until almost a boil, for about 2 minutes. Add the baking soda (optional), stir well to incorporate. Select the Cancel setting. Stir well, scraping the bottom to pull up any pieces that may have stuck to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  5. Add the potatoes to the Instant Pot and stir to coat them in the sauce. Press them down into the sauce evenly.
  6. Lock the lid into place, set the Pressure Release Knob to Sealing, select the Pressure Cook/Manual setting to high pressure, and set the cook time to 9 minutes for 1-inch (2.5 cm) or smaller potatoes and 10 minutes for larger potatoes.
  7. Once the cooking cycle is done, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then carefully set the Pressure Release Knob from Sealing to Venting to release any remaining pressure. Open the lid.
  8. Stir in the Vegan Parmesan Cheese (or nutritional yeast). Allow to set for 5 minutes for the flavors to marry.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

 *Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

 *Servings: 4

*Nutrition Information: Using a lower fat vegan parmesan cheese or substituting with nutritional yeast will reduce the fat content.