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Instant Pot Penne Pasta

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!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Creamy Penne Pasta, How to Cook Pasta in an Instant Pot, Instant Pot Pasta, Instant Pot Penne Pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 736kcal
Author: Rika Livingston


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

After Pressure Cooking:

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


  • Press the “Sauté” function key. Select a temperature with the “Adjust” key for “Normal”. When Instant Pot reaches the given working temperature, it displays “Hot” and you can start sautéing.
  • Heat 1½ tablespoons of oil then cook the Italian sausage undisturbed for 1 minute, stir and cook for another minute, then add onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. 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 buring.
    Press "Keep Warm/Cancel" to stop cooking or follow the manufacturer's guide for turning 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 carefully move the Venting Knob from Sealing Position to Venting Position to quickly release the pressure. 

Add Heavy Cream and Parmesan Cheese:

  • Open the lid and turn on the saute setting. You will see a lot of juices but it's normal.
  • Give it a quick 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 slowly and lightly for 1-2 minutes or until heated through and liquid is thickened.
    Optional: adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Add parmesan cheese, stir to combine. Turn off the heat. Please keep in mind that the extra sauce will get thickened as it sits. 
  • Serve and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Penne Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 736 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 1128mg49%
Potassium 545mg16%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 509IU10%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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