Can you make this pasta dish using a couple pots on the stove in perhaps about the same amount of time considering the time the Instant Pot pressure cooker takes to come to pressure? Probably. But, will you have a clean stove top, no splattering, less dishes and you only have to do about 5 minutes of work versus standing on the stove for 25 straight.
I have a newborn. No… no I don’t. My son is almost 11 months now — where did my teeny newborn baby go?! Time is of the essence, as it is for us all. Anything that can help me have more time with my son, or some time to do household chores I don’t always have time for otherwise, or something that can help me have less clean up and less hands on effort… YES, please.
Pasta in the Instant Pot is not something everyone would think you could or should do, but I clearly do.
Instant Pot Sausage & Tomato Pasta
2 T olive oil
1- 1 1/2 pounds sausage cut in rounds or ground (I used Aidell’s chicken apple sausage simply because that’s what I had! Any sausage, chicken or otherwise, will work!)
1 medium onion, diced roughly
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, plain or any flavor you prefer
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (optional, but delicious)
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 t Italian seasoning
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t red pepper flakes (optional)
3 1/4 cups chicken stock (can sub water, but perhaps add an additional 1/2 t salt)
I box tri color rotini (1 pound, can definitely sub cavatappi or any larger similar noodle)
Sauté sausage, onion, garlic til lightly browned in olive oil, about 3-4 minutes. Drain grease, as needed.
Add can tomatoes with juice and scrape bottom of pan (deglaze). Add sun-dried tomatoes, stock (or water), seasonings. Stir. Add pasta, stir lightly.
Close lid and seal. Cook on high pressure 4 minutes. Carefully quickly release pressure as soon as done.
Stir. Let stand 2-3 minutes. You’ll notice a lot of the residual water will have absorbed.
Serve with Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper (and wine!), if desired.
Oh… and throw that Instant Pot inner pot & it’s sealing right in your dishwasher. Rinse out your lid, give a quick wipe to the rim on the Instant Pot, and that’ll do ya.
Family (or friends), fed. Cleanup, done. Boom.
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