Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne

20 minutes and 8 ingredients is all you need to make this fast, easy Italian Sausage Penne in the Instant Pot.

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The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker strikes again! This Italian Sausage Penne Pasta was the very first thing I made in it, based on a recommendation from a friend. I’ve since made it about 10 times, tweaking it slightly each time, finding the right cook times, measurements, and seasoning mixtures.

And finally – it’s perfect. Or at least as close to perfect as one can get with a toddler running sprints around the kitchen while she cooks.

The best thing about this meal is that it requires less than 10 ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand. It comes together in about 35 minutes total, and only 10 minutes of that is actually active cooking and prep time. I don’t think it can get any easier than that!

This Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne is a delicious, fast, easy meal with only 8 ingredients.

It came together so quickly, I didn’t even get step-by-step photos, so just use your imagination.

It’s simple: first, put the Instant Pot (or other electric pressure cooker) on sauté mode and brown the sausage with a bit of garlic and some chopped onions and peppers, breaking up the meat as it cooks.

Then, add one jar of pasta sauce (I usually like tomato-basil, but use whatever sauce your family likes) and one jar of water. Stir in some chopped basil, and some Italian seasoning. Add in a box of penne pasta, and top with a few handfuls of baby spinach.

Close the lid, turn the vent to “sealing,” and set the Instant Pot to Manual for 5 minutes. It will probably take 10-15 minutes to reach pressure. Once the timer goes off, allow a 9 minute natural pressure release (AKA, don’t touch it for 9 minutes), then quick release the rest.

Stir in half of the shredded mozzarella, top with the rest, and enjoy!

This Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne is a delicious, fast, easy meal with only 8 ingredients.

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Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne
This Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne is a delicious, fast, easy meal with only 8 ingredients.
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
This Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne is a delicious, fast, easy meal with only 8 ingredients.
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to Sauté mode and brown sausage with garlic, onions and peppers, breaking it up as it cooks.
  2. Once cooked, add jar of pasta sauce, one jar-full of water, basil, Italian seasoning, penne pasta, and a few handfuls of baby spinach to the pot.
  3. Close the lid, set the vent to "sealing," and set the Instant Pot to Manual for 5 minutes. It will likely take around 10 minutes to reach pressure.
  4. Once the timer goes off, allow a 9-minute natural pressure release. Once the pot reads L0:09, quick release the rest of the pressure.
  5. Stir the contents of the pot, mix in half of the shredded mozzarella.
  6. Top with the remaining mozzarella, and enjoy!

35 minutes and 8 ingredients is all you need to make this fast, easy Italian Sausage Penne in the Instant Pot.

26 Comments

    • Hi! I’ve never made it with whole wheat pasta (though I’ve wanted to try!), so I’m not 100% sure. I bet it takes about the same amount of time, though… maybe 1-2 minutes more, max. You’ll just have to experiment with it. You can always reseal the pot and add a minute or two at the end if it’s not quite there yet! Good luck — let me know how it turns out!

  1. I made this today with spicy sausage and it was delicious. It was only my second recipe in the Instapot. Thank you!

    • Oh, so glad you liked it! It’s a staple over at our house. Appreciate the future link up ☺️

  2. This looks delicious and super easy! Didn’t know you could make this sort of thing in an instant pot.

  3. Yummm! This penne looks so hearty and cheesy and comforting. Now I have a reason to invest in an instant pot! Thanks for the recipe!

    • It can seriously do EVERYTHING. I was so skeptical at first, but it’s a wonderpot.

  4. I love that you shared this. I’m so excited to try it. I just got an instapot for Mother’s Day and I am looking for recipes Thanks for including instructions on instapot settings too!

    • The settings were SO confusing at first, so I always try to be as detailed around that as possible. Hope you like it – let me know if you have any questions as you dive into your IP!

  5. This looks delicious! I can almost smell it through this post. will definitely be trying this soon.

    • Oh did I forget to mention that I installed the “smellovision” plugin on my blog? Hope you like it!

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