How Long To Cook Dried Egg Noodles?

Our hearty noodles can be prepared quickly and easily in instant pots either on their own or as part of a complete meal.

Note: You might want to experiment with these instructions and add the noodles in the final 5 minutes of cooking your entire dish if you’re using an Instant Pot recipe that calls for them. You might not be able to add our noodles all at once because a full bag takes up a lot of room in the cooker when dry.

Quick Tip: Try cooking them first, setting them aside, and then adding them back in for the last few minutes to combine them with the dish you are preparing. This has worked well for our customers.

Watch Becky’s sister-in-law Angel Groves Warren as she provides video instructions for using an instant pot.

Our noodles can be prepared quickly and easily in microwave ovens for a quick meal.

Meals that require a lengthy, low-heat cook can be prepared in a slow cooker.

Nota: Our noodles can withstand moderate amounts of contact with heat and liquid. But if you let the noodles soak in boiling broth for 4 to 8 hours, they won’t turn out as well as they could.

How to Cook Egg Noodles: Cook the noodles in salted boiling water until al dente. Fresh noodles will only need to cook for 3-5 minutes (depending on thickness). Dried noodles will take about 8-12 minutes.

Instructions and cooking time

Egg noodles cook very quickly in a pressure cooker. The biggest danger is overcooking the noodles, which will make them mushy or extremely soft.

I’ve discovered the best method for making Instant Pot egg noodles after cooking numerous batches of noodles.

  • Combine the water and salt in the Instant Pot.
  • Add egg noodles. Mix gently, so all of the noodles are wet, even though they arent submerged in water.
  • Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes, with a quick release. If you prefer noodles that are truly al dente, then cook on high pressure for 1 minute with a quick release.
  • After the quick pressure release, stir the noodles.
  • If the noodles arent as soft as youd like, set the lid back on the pot and let the noodles rest for a few minutes. They will continue to soften in the residual heat. They will also soften as they absorb any remaining water in the pot. After a few minutes, stir and taste again.
  • When the egg noodles are done to you liking, add a pat of butter for flavor. Remove the egg noodles immediately from the hot pressure cooker into a serving dish.
  • Water to noodle ratio

    Depending on the recipe, the amount of water used to cook Instant Pot noodles can change. For every 8 ounces of noodles, however, use 2 cups of water as a general rule.

    This wont be enough water to completely cover the noodles. You don’t want too much water in the pot because that would defeat the purpose of using a pressure cooker for pasta, but that is okay.

    A pressure cooker’s main function is to facilitate the absorption of the starchy, salty water used to cook the pasta. This enhances the flavor of the pasta and helps the sauce adhere to the noodles.

    What’s the best way to cook noodles in a pressure cooker?

    Heres the best method:

  • Cook the noodles for a short amount of time (time varies, depending on the noodle)
  • Use a quick release
  • Stir the noodles well
  • Let the noodles rest as they finish cooking in the residual heat and softening as they absorb any remaining liquid in the pot.
  • The length of time the pasta needs to rest can range from a few minutes to up to ten, depending on the type of noodle.

    This technique gives you a great deal of control and reduces the likelihood that the noodles will become mushy and soft. The noodles should be transferred to a serving dish as soon as they have the ideal texture.

    Pro Hint: As a general rule, to estimate the cooking time for pasta in an Instant Pot, multiply the stated cooking time by two and divide the result by half. This is a general principle that, while not always perfect, generally works well.

    Try these favorites for tried-and-true pasta recipes for pressure cookers:

    Egg noodles vs pasta

    Regular pasta is not like egg noodles because the dough contains more eggs. While many varieties of dried pasta don’t contain any eggs at all, some varieties of regular pasta do contain eggs.

    Eggs give the pasta a slightly thicker, chewier texture. Wide and short egg noodles typically have a slight twist.

    How Long To Cook Dried Egg Noodles?

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    FAQs about egg noodles & pressure cooker pasta

    I dont recommend it. After being frozen, the defrosted noodles have a mushy texture.

    No. Noodles made of rice are typically used in the Vietnamese soup called pho.

    No. Chinese egg noodles are longer, like spaghetti. If youd like to learn more about Chinese egg noodles, check out this recipe for homemade Chinese egg noodles on The Woks of Life.

    No. Homemade or fresh noodles cook faster than store-bought dried pasta. I wouldn’t cook homemade egg noodles in a pressure cooker.

    Depending on the type of noodles being cooked in the pressure cooker, the cooking time varies. But in general, the proportion of 2 cups water to 8 ounces of dried pasta works well.

    Instant Pot Egg Noodles

    How Long To Cook Dried Egg Noodles?

    Egg noodles in the Instant Pot cook in just one or two minutes and can be transformed into a hearty, flavorful meal.

    If you want to make more than 8 ounces of dried egg noodles, consult the recipe notes for the appropriate water to noodle ratios.

    10 minutes to bring the Instant Pot to pressure, followed by 1 or 2 minutes of cooking, plus a quick release

  • Author: Jenny Meier | Kitchen Skip blog
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes + 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to reach pressure
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Instant Pot
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian
  • 8 ounces egg noodles (wide or extra wide)
  • 2 cups water
  • ΒΌ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter
  • Combine water and salt in the Instant Pot
  • Add the egg noodles. Stir the noodles gently so they get wet. The noodles wont be completely submerged in water. Thats okay.
  • Secure the lid, making sure the steam release valve is in the sealed position
  • Cook for 2 minutes on high pressure. For more al dente noodles, cook for 1 minute on high pressure.
  • Do a quick release when the cooking time is complete. Watch out for steam and starchy liquid that will spew from the steam release valve. (I often drape a towel loosely over the valve, although this isnt officially recommended)
  • Remove the lid and stir the noodles well.
  • Let the egg noodles rest if needed. At this point, the noodles are cooked, but might need a few more minutes to reach the perfect texture. Set the lid back on the pot for another minute or two if you want softer noodles, then mix again and taste the noodles. Keep doing this until theyre cooked to your liking.
  • Add butter and gently mix.
  • Transfer the noodles to a serving dish.
  • If you’re cooking 12 or 16 ounces of noodles, cook them for the same amount of time, but change the water and salt.

    Be careful when releasing the steam because the pot is so full that more starchy water will spout. 12 ounces of egg noodles equal 3 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. 16 ounces of egg noodles equal 4 cups of water and 3/4 teaspoon of salt.

    This recipe calls for fine egg noodles, which are more akin to angel hair pasta, as opposed to regular, wide, or extra wide egg noodles.

    This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot

    Egg noodles, egg noodles from an instant pot, and egg noodles from a pressure cooker


    How do you cook dried egg noodles?

    Stovetop Instructions
    1. Bring to boil 2-3 quarts of chicken or beef broth.
    2. Drop noodles into boiling broth.
    3. Cook for 20 minutes, or to the desired doneness, on a slow boil.
    4. To prevent the noodles from sticking to the bottom and to one another, stir occasionally.
    5. Drain for casseroles.

    How long does dried egg pasta take to cook?

    Just boil. then add the cooked noodles to your dish once it’s ready in four minutes.

    How long do you cook dried noodles?

    Even though making pasta is very simple to do, timing is very important. Most dried pasta cooks in about 10 minutes; any longer will result in a slimy mush and any less will be chalky and tough.

    How long boil Chinese egg noodles?

    Bring a sizable pot of water to a boil in order to prepare the noodles. To prevent the noodles from clumping together, add them and stir them right away. Boil for 60-90 seconds. They can now be added to your preferred sauce, noodle soup, or stir-fry after being immediately drained.