Instant Pot Pasta - Penne Sausage with Tomato Cream sauce in a white bowl Paint the Kitchen Red

Instant Pot Pasta | Penne with Sausage in Tomato Cream Sauce

Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: instant pot, pasta, penne with sausage
Main Ingredient: pasta, pork
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Paint the Kitchen Red
Tasty Penne with Sausage in Tomato Cream Sauce is quick and easy. This Instant Pot Pasta can be ready in 30 minutes with just 10 minutes hands-on time.
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  • Press 'Saute' and add oil to inner pot of Instant Pot.
  • Add sausage, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Break up the sausage if the pieces are too large. (If the sausage browns too quickly, press 'Cancel' until the Instant Pot cools down a bit and press the 'Saute' button again.)
  • Add onions and garlic. Stir until onion is translucent.
  • Deglaze pot with white wine, stirring until liquid has nearly evaporated.
  • Turn off Instant Pot.
  • Add in bell peppers, sugar, dried basil, oregano, salt, black pepper, tomatoes, water and pasta. Stir to combine.
  • Close Instant Pot Lid, and make sure steam release handle is in the 'Sealing' position.
  • Cook on 'Manual' (or 'Pressure Cook') mode for 5 minutes.
  • Do a Quick Release of steam, and open the Instant Pot.
  • Press 'Saute'.
  • Stir in cream and simmer the pasta for a couple of minutes until heated through.
  • Turn off Instant Pot and if desired, let the pasta rest for a few minutes to absorb any remaining liquid.
  • Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan and parsley, and red pepper flakes, if using.



  • To lighten the dish, you could substitute half-and-half for the heavy cream.
  • The sugar adds a nice balance to the flavor of the tomatoes, but feel free to leave it out.
  • Prep time does not include steps that are already accounted for in the ingredient list, e.g. chopped onions, minced garlic, diced chicken, etc.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 742mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g