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!
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!