Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Parmesan Pasta–curly al dente pasta is enveloped in a creamy sauce with bites of baby spinach, petite tomatoes and Italian sausage.
Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Parmesan Pasta
Last time I went to Smith’s (Kroger) I found this new cool looking pasta called Italian Trottole. It reminds me of tortellini, except not stuffed with anything. I knew immediately that I needed to make a stellar Instant Pot pasta recipe with it. And that is what I did. Of course you can make this recipe with another type of pasta too. For example, cavatappi, cellentani or penne pasta would be amazing.
For this recipe, I picked up some Italian sausage. Another option is to use a spicy chicken sausage. A reader was telling me about how great the chicken sausage is from Costco.
I decided to throw a pop of green into the recipe by adding in some baby spinach. If you’re a kale fan you can swap out the spinach with kale leaves.
If your family is like mine they will scrape the pot clean! We all loved this creamy pasta dish.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Parmesan Pasta I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.Print
Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Parmesan Pasta
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
Curly al dente pasta is enveloped in a creamy sauce with bites of baby spinach, petite tomatoes and Italian sausage.
- 16 ounces (1 pound) Italian sausage (or spicy chicken sausage)
- 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 8 ounces (1/2 pound) Italian trottole pasta (you can also use cavatappi, penne, rigatoni etc.)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried sage
- 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 cup half and half, warmed
- 1/2 cup shredded or grated parmesan
- 3 cups baby spinach
- Cornstarch + cold water
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the sausage. Use a wooden spoon (or this utensil*) to break up the meat. Brown the sausage for about 5 minutes.
- Deglaze the pot with the chicken broth.
- Add in the pasta. Dump the garlic powder, sage and tomatoes on top of pasta.
- Cover and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 5 minutes. When the time is up perform a quick release by moving the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Stir in the half and half and parmesan cheese. Stir in the spinach until it has wilted down.
- If you’d like to thicken the sauce, use cornstarch. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. Then simply stir 1-2 Tbsp of cornstarch together with equal parts cold water. It should be smooth. Stir the mixture into the pot and the sauce should thicken up very quickly.
- Scoop the pasta into bowls and enjoy!
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
To make gluten free: Double check your broth to be sure it does not contain gluten. Substitute noodles for GF noodles and decrease cook time by 1 minute.
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 1/5 of recipe
- Calories: 562
- Sugar: 7g
- Sodium: 1063 mg
- Fat: 31 g
- Carbohydrates: 45 g
- Protein: 27 g
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Absolutely delicious, my daughter couldn’t get enough
That’s so nice to hear Kim!!
Just finished making and eating this and it is amazing! As a single will be eating it several times this week but think it will get better each time! I hope it freezes well as Zi want to put a few bowl fulls in my freezer to eat later too!
Great Meg! Let me know if it freezes well.
This was so easy and got so many compliments on how delicious it was. I didn’t have any leftovers which was great because it was that tasty and a bummer because I was looking forward to taking some to work the next day!
I guess that means you will have to make it again!
It turned out good. I used ricotta in place of 1/2 and 1/2 since I didn’t have any. Also used 1 tsp. basil in place of the sage.
Well I bet that was tasty!
Added fresh mushrooms placed on top of the pasta. Will use less 1/2 and 1/2 next time so it won’t be so liquidy.
I too made this and it really is delicious! I messed up one step by adding the half and half at the same time as the pasta and tomatoes, but I think it actually came out better because the sauce was the perfect consistency when everything was done. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Ohhhh, interesting. It didn’t curdle??
I was worried that too, but it didn’t!
Now I’m tempted to make it this way!
It was delicious! A keeper!
Can I skip the sauteing at the start and put the sausage coins and rest all in raw? This would speed it up enough to become a weeknight dinner contender for me.
you could totally do that!
Charlotte Brower Gomez says
Thank you for the recipe! Turned out delicious! Going to share this recipe with the Facebook Instant Pot page I follow!
Suzanne V Horton says
What are your thoughts on FROZEN spinach… hhhmmmm
I think it would work just fine. I’d try to thaw it out a little first and squeeze out excess moisture.
This was so good! I stumbled upon this recipe tonight looking for something easy to make in an InstantPot. I made it at a friend’s house, and everyone agreed it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe; we’re all planning to make it again!
So glad you liked it Kelly!
Karen, this is DELISH!! I used some mild sausage and some hot and it isn’t hot, just enough kick. I also added a little tomato paste and some Italian seasoning. The half and half makes it so creamy and rich. I found the trottole pasta at Target. It was the Simply Organic brand. Thank you for sharing!!
So glad you liked it Denise!
Made this for my family and absolutely loved it and so did the family! I think next time I’ll try spicy Italian sausage. We used mild and I used my homemade chicken bone broth and short rigatoni. I had to add an extra minute to cook the pasta enough, but It turned out perfect! Keep the awesome recipes coming!
Thanks Serena I’m so glad you liked it!!
Can this be made in a crock pot?
Pasta doesn’t fare well in the crockpot. It seems to get gloopy. That’s why I don’t have a crockpot recipe for this one. I’m sorry!
Diane DiPrete says
can you make this recipe in an 8 qt instant pot? If yes any changes to recipe..thank you
Yes, keep everything the same.