You know those nights when you come home from a long day at work and you just want to dump a few things into a pot and push a button to make dinner? This suuuuuper easy Instant Pot penne with turkey sausage was made for those nights.
I know I’m not alone in my love for the Instant Pot and pressure cookers in general, and the Instant Pot is just kind of the “it” appliance right now. But, hey, it’s popular for a reason.
This pasta in particular is a good old fashioned one-pot meal that makes dinner prep so quick and easy, and you don’t even have to worry about doing a ton of dishes when you’re done. SCORE.
Here’s how you make it:
Add a little olive oil into your pot. With your Instant Pot on the saute setting, cook the diced onions, diced green peppers and chicken sausage until the sausage is no longer pink.
Pour the penne into the pot (on top of the sausage), then pour the water on top of that. Last, pour your jar of spaghetti sauce on top of the whole thing.
A side note here: Don’t stir everything together at this stage. I’ve heard that tomato-based sauces can have a tendency to burn to the bottom of the pot in an Instant Pot. This recipe has enough water added that it probably wouldn’t be a problem, but better safe than sorry. So I just add the spaghetti sauce on top and stir it all together after it’s cooked.
Once all your ingredients are layered in the Instant Pot, lock the lid on and switch the float valve to over to the sealed position. Set the Instant Pot on high pressure for five minutes. When the five minutes has completed, do a quick pressure release. (This just means you should switch the valve to release the steam as soon as cooking is complete.)
Remove the lid, give it a good stir to mix it all up… and that’s it!
Dinner is served. NOM.
A quick and easy pasta from the Instant Pot.
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 lb spicy Italian turkey sausage
- 1/2 onion (diced)
- 1/2 green pepper (diced)
- 1 lb penne
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 24 oz spaghetti sauce
- chopped basil (optional, for garnish)
- shredded parmesan cheese (optional, for garnish)
Set the Instant Pot on saute setting and pour olive oil into the Instant Pot. Squeeze the turkey sausage out of its casing, add the sausage to the Instant Pot and break it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Add the diced onion and diced green pepper to the instant pot. Stir and cook until the sausage is no longer pink.
Add the penne on top of the sausage mixture. Pour water into the pot, and pour the spaghetti sauce on top of the pasta. (Note: Do not mix! Sometimes pasta sauce can burn to the bottom of the Instant Pot, so it's best to just layer the ingredients and stir it after it's finished cooking.)
Lock the lid on the Instant Pot, switch the valve to sealed position, and set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for five minutes.
When the Instant Pot finishes the five minutes of high pressure cooking, immediately release the steam by switching the pressure valve to venting. Stir the pasta and sauce to mix it all together. Top with basil and parmesan when serving, if desired.