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Instant Pot Penne Pasta

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Introducing Instant Pot Penne Pasta with Sausage – a flavorful meal made easy! With the Instant Pot, enjoy perfectly cooked pasta with savory sausage in no time. Cooking pasta in the pressure cooker has never been easier. This will soon become one of you favorite Instant Pot Pasta Recipes.

instant pot penne pasta

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy Gourmet Goodness: Get fancy flavors without the fuss, thanks to this fantastic pasta dish.
  • Make it Your Way: Pick your favorite sausage and spice levels for a cozy, customized dish.
  • Fast and Yummy Pasta: Dive into a creamy, speedy pasta delight where sausage, spaghetti sauce, and cream team up for a tasty meal.
Instant Pot Penne Pasta Ingredients.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Infuse rich and fruity notes into the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Sausages: Add savory and hearty elements, choosing your favorite sausage variety for a personalized touch.
  • Penne Rigate: This dried pasta provides the perfect texture to hold the pasta sauce.
  • Vegetable Broth: Enhance depth and richness with vegetable broth, creating a savory base for the dish.
  • Water: Ensure proper cooking and consistency by adding water to the mix.
  • Tomato Sauce: Introduce a robust tomato flavor, marrying perfectly with the creaminess of the dish.
  • Heavy Cream: Infuse luxurious creaminess, balancing the acidity of the tomatoes and adding a velvety texture.
  • Salt and Pepper: Season to perfection, allowing you to tailor the dish to your preferred level of saltiness and spiciness.
  • Fresh Chives: Garnish with fresh chives, adding a touch of freshness and a mild onion flavor to the final presentation.
Ketchup For Instant Pot Penne Pasta.

How To Make Instant Pot Penne Pasta?

Here are step by step instructions for this penne pasta recipe.

Step One: Turn On Saute

First, pour Extra Virgin Olive Oil into the inner pot and set IP to saute function. As the IP preheats, cut sausages into bite-sized pieces.

Sausages for Instant Pot Penne Pasta.

Step Two: Saute Sausage

Cook bite-sized sausage pieces in the oiled inner pot, for about 2-3 minutes or until all sides are browned.

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Step Three: Add Broth And Deglaze

Turn off saute function and pour broth and water into the inner pot, making sure to deglaze the bottom of the pot by scraping any burned, brown bits with a wooden spoon.

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Step Four: Add Pasta To Pot

Add penne into the inner pot, ensuring that it is completely covered in water/broth.

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Step Five: Add Sauce

Add tomato sauce on top of the pasta. There is no need to mix the ingredients.

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Step Six: Pressure Cook Pasta

Close the Instant Pot and set on high manual pressure for 4 minutes.

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Step Seven: Quick Pressure Release

Once the time is up, do a quick pressure release. Open the Instant Pot and set to saute. Add cream and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Step Eight: Garnish And Serve

Serve in individual bowls, topping each one off with fresh chives.

Cooking Tips

  • Al Dente Pasta: If you prefer your pasta al dente then simly cut the pressure cooking time by 2 minutes.
  • Sausage Choice: Pick your preferred sausage, whether it’s spicy Italian or sweet, for a personalized flavor.
  • Sauté for Depth: Sauté sausages before pressure cooking for enhanced flavor and added depth to your dish.
  • Creaminess Adjustment: Customize the creaminess by adjusting the heavy cream to suit your preference.
  • Seasoning Balance: Adjust seasoning before serving for the perfect salt and pepper balance to match your taste.
  • Chive Finishing Touch: Sprinkle fresh chives for a burst of freshness and an appealing visual element.

Variations

  • Add Mushrooms: Saute some mushrooms for an earthy and creamy twist to your penne pasta dish.
  • Spinach Surprise: Throw in fresh spinach for extra nutrients and a splash of green.
  • Add Heat: For extra heat add some crushed red pepper flakes to your penne pasta sauce.
  • Whole Wheat Pasta: You can cook plain pasta or switch it up for whole wheat pasta.
  • Pasta Shape: You can use different pasta shapes or types in your Instant Pot for a satisfying and tasty dish.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Allow cooked penne pasta to cool before storing it in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: Cool the cooked penne pasta and marinara sauce, portion it into freezer-safe bags or containers, label with the freezing date, and store for up to 2-3 months.
  • Thawing: Transfer frozen penne pasta to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight for best results.
  • Reheating: Gently reheat in a pot with a bit of water or sauce until warmed through, or use the microwave with a damp paper towel for a quick reheating option.

What To Serve With Penne Pasta?

  • Garlic Bread or Breadsticks: Grab some Garlic Bread or breadsticks for a classic side.
  • Caesar Salad: Toss together a Caesar Salad with romaine, Parmesan, and Caesar dressing.
  • Grilled Veggies: Add grilled veggies like zucchini and peppers for a tasty side.
  • Simple Green Salad: Keep it light with a green salad and balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Roasted Asparagus: Roast Asparagus with garlic and Parmesan for a quick and tasty veggie side.
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FAQ’S

Can I Use Gluten Free Pasta?

Yes, if you need a gluten free option try cooking gluten free pasta in place of regular penne pasta. You can find gluten free pasta on the gluten free isle at your local supermarket.

Can I Make This Dish Vegetarian?

Yes, skip the sausage and load up on veggies for a delicious meat-free version.

Can I Use A Different Protein Instead Of Sausage?

Certainly! Try chicken, shrimp, or even ground beef for a protein switch.

Can I Add Extra Cheese

Of course! Sprinkle more cheese for an extra cheesy experience. I like to sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on my penne pasta.

instant pot Penne pasta

Instant Pot Penne Pasta

Yield: 4-5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

If you want to have pasta to serve to your family yet you have limited time to make it, then you can try this Instant Pot Penne Pasta Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 sausages of your choice
  • 6 cups penne rigate
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh chives for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Pour Extra Virgin Olive Oil into the inner pot and set IP to "sauté" function. As the IP preheats, cut sausages into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Cook bite-sized sausage pieces in the oiled inner pot, for about 2-3 minutes or until all sides are browned.
  3. Turn off sauté function and pour broth and water into the inner pot, making sure to deglaze the bottom of the pot by scraping any burned, brown bits with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add penne into the inner pot, ensuring that it is completely covered in water/broth. Then add tomato sauce on top. Close the Instant Pot and set on high manual pressure for 4 minutes.
  5. Once the time is up, do a quick pressure release. Open the Instant Pot and set to sauté. Add cream and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve in individual bowls, topping each one off with fresh chives.

Notes

  • Al Dente Pasta: If you prefer your pasta al dente then simly cut the pressure cooking time by 2 minutes.
  • Sausage Choice: Pick your preferred sausage, whether it's spicy Italian or sweet, for a personalized flavor.
  • Sauté for Depth: Sauté sausages before pressure cooking for enhanced flavor and added depth to your dish.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 917Total Fat: 63gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1576mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 22g

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4 Comments

  1. This recipe for INSTANT POT PENNE PASTA calls for 3-4 sausages. Can you tell me how many ounces of sausage that is?

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