Instant Pot Rabbit Ragu with Orecchiette

This rabbit ragu is a reminder of what a wonderful, cheap and sustainable meat rabbit can be in this rustic and wonderfully tasty Instant Pot rabbit pasta recipe.

Portrait image of a light shredded rabbit ragu with orecchiette pasta served in a blue bowl

InstantPot Rabbit Ragu with Orecchiette Pasta.

Rabbit makes a fairly regular appearance on my site. This rabbit ragu joins recipes as diverse as this North African inspired Rabbit tagine and these simply braised rabbit legs.

For those that have never tried it, please give it a go.

It is a wonderfully versatile meat. In most places very affordable and makes a wonderful change from chicken.

This rabbit ragu sauce makes the perfect hearty summer pasta if you ask me.

It is the perfect meal after I have spent a day at the grindstone in the garden. Particularly as the mercury has now permanently risen!

I can’t believe we are now entering June, in just 4 short weeks we will be halfway through the year. How on earth did that happen?

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Unusual Pasta Recipes.

You may think that this rabbit pasta recipe is a little unusual. However, rabbit pasta is incredibly traditional if now a little old school, it really is just a riff on rabbit stew!

Pasta ragu is not just about pasta bolognese, a ragu is just a stewed sauce. In the main that means meat although you can make a cracking lentil ragu.

One of my favourite ragu sauces is this duck ragu, in many ways it is similar to this Instant Pot Rabbit Ragu.

Simple ingredients stripped back and they both pack way more flavour than you would think!

In fact, pasta sauces can contain a really diverse set of ingredients. As far as I am concerned everything from smoked mackerel pasta to pea pasta is all fair game!

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A Foodie Treat.

In other news, our foodie summer really kicked off with a real treat. Our trip to the Gourmet Festival a couple of weeks ago was heaven for a couple so enamoured with eating well.

We have followed it up by scoring some tickets to the Debrecziner Gourmet Festival at the end of this month.

We went last year and it was awesome.

A whole host of restaurants from across Hungary coming together to celebrate the Debrecziner Sausage.

It is kinda similar to a Chorizo, heavy with Hungarian Paprika and utterly glorious.

Each restaurant has 2-3 dishes all featuring the star of the show in one way or another.

Everything from Bao to Gulyás and Burgers to Pho. You should definitely follow me on Instagram to grab a sneaky peak of the day as it happens.

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Instant Pot Rabbit Ragu with Orecchiette

Instant Pot Rabbit Ragu with Orecchiette

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This rabbit ragu is a reminder of what a wonderful, cheap and sustainable meat rabbit can be in this rustic and wonderfully tasty InstantPot pasta dish.


  • 1 kg Whole Rabbit
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil, Neutral
  • 30 g Carrot, Small dice
  • 30 g Celery, Small dice
  • 75 g Onion, Small dice
  • 150 ml Dry White Wine
  • 150 g Cherry Tomatoes, Cut in half
  • Salt and Pepper, To taste
  • 30 g Parsley, This should be a nice bunch with stalks and all, roughly chop the stalks and medium fine chop the leaves
  • 350 g Orecchiette Pasta


  1. Heat your instant pot on saute mode and when hot add half the oil and cook out your onions, celery and carrots for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2. Place the remaining oil in a frying pan and and heat over a medium high heat and brown the rabbit flesh that you have seasoned with salt and pepper. This should take 5 minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes turn off the instant pot and add in half of the tomatoes, parsley stalks, bay leaf and white wine.
  4. Now nestle in the rabbit and season with 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, a good grind of black pepper and cook on manual high pressure for 40 minutes with a natural pressure release.
  5. When the instant pot has finished cooking and starts its pressure release phase, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook the Orecchiette pasta as per the instructions, which should be in the 10-12 minute region.
  6. Now remove the lid from the instant pot and take out the rabbit and shred it.
  7. Whilst shredding flip the instant pot over to saute mode, add in the remaining cherry tomatoes and reduce the sauce by half.
  8. Finally drain off your pasta and add back into the reduced sauce and shredded rabbit meat and serve with a nice glass of wine.


Regular readers will know I don't like searing meat in the instant pot, I find it ergonomically poor as well as a poor performer you can of course brown your meat in yours if you wish.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 768 Total Fat: 29g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 215mg Sodium: 187mg Carbohydrates: 33g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Protein: 82g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

12 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. Again, an absolutely delicious dish! I’m new to rabbit and this was a perfect first try. It’s light and fresh and that rabbit came out wonderfully. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks Nina, sorry it has taken a while to come back to you… It has been a crazy week. So glad you liked this I am so happy to have introduced someone to a new ingredient, especially when they like it 😀

    • Thanks Kim, it is nice to be able to get several hours traditional cooking done in a fraction of the time.

  2. I must admit l have never tried rabbit before, l think l’m the kind of person who likes to stick to the same boring chicken, turkey, beef, and occasionally pork. It does look tasty, mind, and very colourful. Scrolling down the post l thought my mind was playing tricks, do the photos zoom in? Lovely dish!

    • I think we are all drawn to things we are more familiar with, I like to throw a little curve ball in every now and then and if I encourage only one person to try something new either at home or out in a restaurant I will be a happy chap 🙂 As for the photos, rest assured you are not going mad, they are dynamic and zoom in on a mouse hover 🙂

  3. The traditional Spanish way to cook rabbit is a little similar to this, but definitely isn’t done in an InstantPot. I so need to buy one of those! You’ve got a million amazing recipes that use it!

    • Thanks Nicola, to be honest the only reason I name check it is for timing purposes, all electric pressure cookers operate at different pressures so times can vary a little, but any pressure cooker will make these recipes 🙂

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