Instant Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini in Creamy Tomato Sauce is a super easy recipe that can be make with just 5-ingredients and a few minutes of hands-on time.
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Instant Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini in Creamy Tomato Sauce
With just a few ingredients you can have a truly amazing dinner! Everyone at my house loved this dinner so very much! The tortellini is covered with lots of sauce and the flavor from the Italian sausage is spot on. This is going to be a new staple at my house!
I used frozen tortellini from Smith’s. If you’re having trouble finding it look next to the frozen breads. I have not yet tried this recipe with fresh tortellini. I believe that it would work but I can’t say for sure. Let me know if you try it!
I used mild ground Italian sausage because I don’t like too much spiciness in my food but if you like your food with a little heat then use hot Italian sausage.
Make sure to use crushed tomatoes and not diced tomatoes or tomato sauce. The crushed tomatoes make such a perfect sauce…not totally smooth but not chunky either.
This is one of those weird 0 minute pressure cook recipes. But I kind of love the feeling of pushing the minus button down and down and down until it reaches zero!
I served this Instant Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini in Creamy Tomato Sauce with a salad. I love the light Olive Garden dressing and so do my kids. It makes a plain salad so yummy! I also really love the light balsamic Newman’s Own dressing.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini in Creamy Tomato Sauce 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 Italian Sausage Tortellini
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes (plus 5 minutes NPR)
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
A super easy recipe that can be make with just 5-ingredients and a few minutes of hands-on time.
- 1 pound ground Italian sausage (I used mild)
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 cup beef broth or water
- 1 (19 oz) package frozen cheese tortellini
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 cup half and half
- Optional: 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the sausage. Break it up with a wooden spoon (I use this tool*). Add in the diced onion.
- Once the sausage is browned and the onion is soft add in the beef broth (or water) and deglaze the pot.
- Pour the frozen tortellini evenly over the top. Dump the tomatoes evenly over the top of the tortellini. Don’t stir.
- Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to zero minutes (just push the minus (-) button until it gets to zero).
- When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Stir in the half and half.
- Scoop onto plates or bowls and sprinkle each individual serving with 1 1/2 Tbsp of mozzarella cheese, if desired.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
Remember that when using Instant Pot it takes anywhere from 5-20 minutes to pressurize!
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 1/6 of the recipe
- Calories: 516
- Sugar: 12.2 g
- Sodium: 1303 mg
- Fat: 24.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 10.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 43 g
- Fiber: 5.5 g
- Protein: 28 g
- Cholesterol: 87 mg
Keywords: instant pot
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made this tonight– amazing!! I added some fresh spinach at the end with the heavy cream. so delicious!!
mmmm! Sounds amazing!
Great recipe. I added garlic along with the onion and used jarred sauce in place of the crushed tomatoes. It’s a quick and easy meal.
has to be the most delicious meal I’ve ever made in the Instant Pot. I used fresh tortellini and hot italian sausage. Subbed 5% coffee cream and used a jarred pasta sauce. Un. Be. LIVEABLE!! Thanks for the recipe!
I love reading this! Thanks so much Lori!
are there no seasonings?
Nope! The Italian sausage gives lots of flavor to the whole dish.
Easy to make, but I think replacing the tomatoes with a pasta sauce would add more favor.
That would be tasty!
Delish! Made this almost completely from Costco ingredients- purchased the Italian sausage and keep it frozen. One sleeve (5 links) was a perfect amount. Also used Costco fresh tortellini. Cooked 1 min as my pot doesn’t go to zero. Based on Karen’s suggestion, I buy the big bag of organic fresh spinach at Costco and keep it in the fridge. I threw in three handfuls. I left out the half and half, topped with Costco parmigiano-regainio cheese and it was perfect!
I just love Costco!
Jennifer English says
What if you don’t have half and half or heavy cream? Trying to make this tonight
Try evaporated milk or regular milk.
What does thi step do for the meal? I have evaporated milk
Does doubling recipe mean adding cook time and how much?
Nope! Read this: https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/how-to-double-instant-pot-recipes/
Could I use a jar of pasta sauce instead of the crushed tomatoes? Looking for more flavor!
Great recipe! This was my first recipe in my instapot, and it turned out perfectly. Thank you for your advice…can’t wait to try some more recipes!
Joanne Hanson says
Could I use fresh tortellini? Like Butoni or something similar? Could I add fresh spinach to the pot for the zero minute cooking. Is it long enough for the spinach to cook down? I’m not real experienced with the Instant Pot. Thank you for the advice.
I think you can use fresh. I would do a short time for it though so you don’t ruin it. You can always cook more if you need to. Spinach would be okay on a 0 minute time.
I used fresh tortellini and prepared spaghetti sauce. My instapot didn’t have a “0” minutes setting (at least that I can find), so I used 1 minute and followed instructions from there. My family loved it!
GREAT! Glad it worked 🙂
Melissa Justice says
I followed this recipe to the T but used fresh tortellinis and it came out very yummy. Thank you!!! 😁
Good to know! Thanks Melissa 🙂
Don Skutt says
do You cook on High or low pressure?
Most always high. If it’s low I will specify.
This was the easiest thing I’ve made in the instant pot, and it was soooo good. I put it all together, turned it on 0 minutes, went and picked up my child from an activity, and we had dinner waiting for us. As easy as can be! And forgiving…I had less tortellini than I thought, so I threw in some uncooked pasta. Also added some spinach in my bowl.
so glad you enjoyed it! I love this one too 🙂
Can i use hamburger meat instead of sausage, my kids are picky eaters.
Madell Rohulich says
I have an 8 quart duo will this work the way it is written or do I have to add more liquid? Just got the pot and made only one thing so far.
You may need to increase the broth to 1 1/2 cups for the 8 quart pot.
I’m confused. New to instapit. Why are we setting it to zero?
This will explain it to you: https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/zero-minute-pressure-cooking-time/
I have a 6 quart duo instant pot. Do you think the pot can handle doubling the recipe?
I think that will work!
Can you use dried tortellini or does it need to be the frozen kind?
I haven’t tried dried tortellini. I don’t really like it all that much. If you did use it I would suspect you would need to increase the liquid amount. For every 8 ounces of pasta you’ll need 1 3/4 cups of water/broth. You’ll need to increase the pressure cook time also. I would think about 5 minutes will do. Hope this helps!
I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious!!! We will definitely make it again!
I am so glad you liked it!
Wi made it yesturday. I added a few peppers and mushrooms, but besides that the flavor was awesome! Thanks so much for the recipe . I will be making that again for sure!
So happy to hear this Debi!
Delicious! Will definitely make this again. I stopped cooking this a bit earlier because it seemed like it was taking too long. It came out perfect. The tortellini was not soggy at all.
So glad you liked it!
It’s looking soo delicious 😋😋😋😋
It really is!
Brenda Bates says
I’m gonna just go on and rate this one a 5 star because I know it’ll be fabulous and can’t wait to try it out!
Just fyi …. I would love to know what tool you use to break up the sausage but the link doesn’t work. 🙂
Thanks for the heads up. I just corrected the link and hopefully it will work for you now????
Brenda Bates says
It’s still giving me an error message. Maybe the problem is on their end?