Instant Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage


Easy to throw it all together and let it cook in the Instant Pot.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins


  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup sliced onion

  • 1 cup sliced bell peppers, any color

  • 1 (12 ounce) package Italian-style chicken sausage links, or more to taste, casings removed

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (26 ounce) jar marinara sauce

  • 3 cups water

  • 3 cups chopped fresh spinach, or more to taste

  • 10 ounces penne pasta

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Add oil and allow to heat. Add onion and peppers to hot oil; cook until they begin to get tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add sausages and cook, breaking them up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Add marinara sauce, water, spinach, pasta, basil, and Italian seasoning; mix to combine. Cancel Saute function.

  2. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 5 minutes. Then release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir in 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese until combined. Serve with remaining cheese sprinkled on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

786 Calories
36g Fat
86g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 786
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 1738mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 86g 31%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 36mg 180%
Calcium 362mg 28%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 1226mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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