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Try this Instant Pot® Cajun sausage and shrimp pasta recipe.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
5 mins
40 mins
10 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add olive oil and swirl to coat. Saute onion in the hot oil, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 20 seconds. Pour in broth and scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

  • Layer sausage, mushrooms, cavatappi, Cajun seasoning, and tomatoes in the pot evenly in that order; do not stir. Close and lock the lid. Make sure the valve is set to Sealing. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 4 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  • Stir shrimp, cream cheese, and bell pepper into the pot. Close the lid and let sit on Warm setting to allow hot pasta to warm shrimp through, cook the pepper, and melt the cream cheese, about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and stir cream cheese to make sure it is incorporated. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Serve.

Cook's Notes:

You can use smoked sausage instead of andouille, penne pasta instead of cavatappi, and any color of bell pepper that you prefer. Feel free to use grated Parmesan cheese instead of shredded.

If foam starts coming out of the pot during the quick release, move the valve back to Sealing, wait a few seconds, and try again.

Nutrition Facts

585 calories; protein 30.1g; carbohydrates 51.5g; fat 29g; cholesterol 149.1mg; sodium 1129.2mg. Full Nutrition