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Instant Pot Penne Pasta
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Instant Pot Penne Pasta

Learn how to make a delicious penne pasta and sausage from scratch in an instant pot. This Instant Pot Penne Pasta is cooked perfectly in a creamy tomato sauce. It's loaded with savory sausage. It’s the perfect weeknight meal!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 736 kcal


  • 1 pound dried penne pasta
  • tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Sweet Italian chicken sausage, (remove casing)
  • cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 cups chicken broth

After Pressure Cooking:

  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper , (to taste if needed)


  • Press the “Sauté” function key. When Instant Pot  displays “Hot", add 1½ tablespoon of oil. Add Italian sausage, cook undisturbed for 1 minute, stir for another minute, then add onion. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic, cook until fragrant. Add diced tomatoes, bring to a boil for about 2 minutes, add the Italian seasoning, and dried basil.
    Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to keep it from burning. Turn the instant pot off.
  • Add penne pasta and press evenly on top of the sausage mixture. DO NOT STIR!
    Add chicken broth, press the pasta down gently to make sure it is submerged in liquid. DO NOT STIR!
  • Put the lid on, sealed, and set to manual for "4 minutes". After the cooking cycle finished, wait for 5 minutes then quickly release the pressure. 
  • Open the lid and turn on the “Sauté” setting. You will see a lot of juices but it's normal. Stir and simmer the pasta and sauce for about 2-3 minutes.
    Note: If you find the texture is too hard to your liking, just simmer the pasta a bit longer until you reach the desired consistency. Stir occasionally.
  • Add heavy cream. Stir lightly for 1-2 minutes or until the liquid is thickened. Add parmesan cheese, stir to combine. Add salt and pepper if necessary.


Sodium: 1128mgCalcium: 165mgVitamin C: 13mgVitamin A: 509IUSugar: 4gFiber: 3gPotassium: 545mgCholesterol: 106mgCalories: 736kcalSaturated Fat: 18gFat: 42gProtein: 26gCarbohydrates: 63gIron: 2mg
Keyword Creamy Penne Pasta, How to Cook Pasta in an Instant Pot, Instant Pot Pasta, Instant Pot Penne Pasta
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