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Instant Pot Italian Sausage Rigatoni


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Recipe Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
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Instant Pot Italian Sausage Rigatoni is an easy, flavorful meal for any night of the week. My family liked it so much I made it three times in a row!

This instant pot pasta recipe is easily adaptable to feed more people by increasing the pasta, sausage, and tomatoes. Even the pickiest eaters are going to love this recipe.

A serving of Instant Pot Italian Sausage Rigatoni in a white bowl.

Instant Pot Rigatoni

Rigatoni is a tube-shaped pasta that holds various types of the sauce well. It has a ridged surface to catch chunks of meat and vegetables, I love how well this pasta holds the sauce.

Why I Love This Recipe

I really love this recipe because it’s an easy, flavorful meal that my family likes. You can never go wrong with pasta for dinner.

  • Ready in under 40 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters

If you love Instant Pot pasta recipes check out this Instant Pot Tomato Feta Pasta recipe.

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Ingredients

This ingredient list may seem long, but these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store, and you will be so glad that you made a trip to the store after one bite of this dish.

  • chicken Italian sausage sliced
  • rigatoni pasta
  • yellow onion diced
  • red pepper diced
  • minced garlic
  • olive oil
  • crushed tomatoes
  • chicken broth
  • grated parmesan
  • heavy cream
  • salt
  • pepper
  • baby spinach 
Ingredients used to make Instant Pot Italian Sausage Rigatoni.

Substitutions

Pasta: Use whatever type of pasta that you have on hand. A ridged pasta works best.

Bell Pepper: You can use any color pepper that you already have on hand.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this one-pot rigatoni recipe.

How to Make Instant Pot Italian Sausage Rigatoni

This recipe comes together in just a few simple steps. Follow the steps below and you will have a creamy and delicious pasta meal.

Step 1: Saute the vegetables

Set instant pot to sauté and add 1 tablespoon of oil and diced vegetables. Sauté until onions are translucent.

Step 2: Cook the sausage

Add garlic and sliced sausage and continue to sauté until sausage has a nice brown crust.

Sliced sausage being sauted in an Instant Pot.

Step 3: Deglaze the bottom of the Instant Pot

Add broth to deglaze the bottom of the Instant pot and add crushed tomatoes.

Crushed tomatoes added in the Instant Pot.

Step 4: Add the pasta and spinach

Add pasta and spinach and seal the instant pot as well as the pressure valve.

Pasta and Spinach added in the Instant Pot.

Step 5: Pressure cooker the pasta

Cook on high pressure for seven minutes.

Step 6: Release the pressure

Quick-release manually when finished.

Step 7: Add the cheese and cream

Once finished remove the lid and add Parmesan and cream and stir for a few minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools. 

Added Cheese and Cream as the last step in cooking Instant Pot Italian Sausage Rigatoni.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Want to change up this Instant Pot Rigatoni recipe? Here are my favorite tips for changing the flavors of this dish.

Beef: Not a fan of sausage? Ground beef also works well for this recipe.

Spicy: Are you a fan of spice? Add crushed red pepper flakes to your tomatoes before cooking.

Cheesy: Melt in some mozzarella cheese after cooking the pasta for additional cheesy goodness.

A portion of Instant Pot Italian Sausage Rigatoni picked by fork.

Serving Suggestions

Are you struggling to find a side dish for your Instant Pot Rigatoni? Here are a few of my favorite sides.

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Tips

  • Once you add your pasta and tomatoes, do not stir. Place the lid on and cook.
  • Be sure that you scrape the bottom of your Instant Pot well after browning the meat, otherwise, you may get a burn notice.
  • Add in your favorite vegetables like zucchini or mushrooms to bulk up this meal.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are some common questions and answers.

How to store

You can store this meal in an airtight container, and it’s best to eat it within 3 days.

How to reheat

This meal is best reheated in the microwave for one to two minutes or until warm.

Can I freeze this meal?

I do not recommend freezing this meal after it’s cooked. You can precook the sausage and add the broth and tomatoes to save time in the kitchen.

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Instant Pot Italian Sausage Rigatoni Recipe

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Instant Pot Sausage Rigatoni

Corinne Schmitt
Instant Pot Italian Sausage Rigatoni is an easy, flavorful meal for any night of the week.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 575 kcal

Equipment

  • knife and cutting board
  • Instant Pot
  • wooden spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz chicken Italian sausage sliced sliced
  • 12 oz rigatoni pasta
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Instructions
 

  • Set instant pot to sauté and add 1 tablespoon of oil and diced vegetables. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  • Add garlic and sliced sausage and continue to sauté until sausage has a nice brown crust.
  • Add broth to deglaze the bottom of the Instant pot and add crushed tomatoes.
  • Add pasta and spinach and seal the instant pot as well as the pressure valve. Cook on high pressure for seven minutes and quick release manually when finished
  • Once finished remove the lid and add Parmesan and cream and stir for a few minutes. Sauce will thicken.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 575kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 24gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 1526mgPotassium: 688mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2198IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 240mgIron: 8mg
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