I have the 6 qt Ultra and this is a full pot recipe which is easy to cut in half. Cook time and water for pasta depends a bit on the brand and shape you choose. I used campanelle which is like a rolled cone and sort of thick. I cooked 6 min with 2 1/2 c water. Thinner or straight tubes like ziti or elbows I'd try 5 min. with 2 c water. You can use less meat and sub drained rinsed cannelini beans also. Hope this helps. I'm still in my experimental phase of IP ownership.