Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta with Sausage is an Instant Pot one-pot meal that is all about flavor! Made with penne pasta, Andouille sausage or a smoky kielbasa, a Cajun spice blend, and more. This pressure cooker creamy Cajun pasta is full of good stuff! It's an easy, tasty meal to make in your electric pressure cooker.
Originally published 12/10/17
Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta with Sausage
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I knew this amazingly delicious Instant Pot one-pot meal was a delicious option for dinner tonight.
This is another of those "Once upon a time, I made this on the stove" kind of recipes. It still amazes me how often I turn to my Instant Pot® electric pressure cooker to make pasta!
I think my favorite thing about making pasta in the IP is that I don't have to drain the water from the pasta (and that allows me to use broth instead of water, for even more flavor).
The other thing I love about making Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta with Sausage, and many other recipes in my IP, is that it has a great sauté feature, which means I truly can make one-pot meals in it.
Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta with Sausage isn't too spicy, unless the Cajun spice blend you use happens to be a spicier mix. If that is the case, you might want to reduce the amount you use.
My Cajun Spice Blend is just a bit spicy as Paul doesn't like too much heat. It does still have a lot of flavor, though!
This yummy pressure cooker Cajun pasta is one of my most popular recipes, and if you try it you will know why!
I have several Instant Pot pasta recipes to choose from, so if this Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta isn't what you are looking for, search the website for pasta and you will most likely find something you will really like!
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Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta with Sausage is a super delicious one pot meal with penne pasta, smoky kielbasa, red bell pepper, mushrooms, and a creamy sauce. A pressure cooker one pot meal!
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- 1 lb Andouille Sausage (or Smoked Kielbasa) sliced in ½" rounds
- 1 Chicken Breast, skinless/boneless, cubed
- 1 small Sweet Onion, chopped
- ½ cup Celery, diced
- 4 cloves Garlic, pressed or minced
- 1 ½ Tbsp Cajun Seasoning Blend* (try my recipe or a store bought blend like Tony Chachere's)
- 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
- 8 med Mushrooms, sliced (optional)
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
- 4 cups Chicken Broth, low sodium
- 12 to 16 oz Penne Pasta
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- ¼ cup Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
Gather all of the ingredients, and get all of your veggies and the sausage chopped before starting, and that will make for a smoother cooking experience!
Turn on the pot to the Sauté function. When the display reads Hot, add the oil and butter.
Add the sausage and chicken breast, if using, and cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the onion and celery. Cook until onion starts to turn translucent.
Add the garlic, Cajun spice blend, smoked paprika, and mushrooms. Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
Add the red bell pepper and chicken broth. Stir. Let come to a simmer (the glass lid helps it come to a simmer faster).
Add the pasta and make sure it is submerged. Then place the lid on the pot and lock into place. Set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Cancel the Sauté function. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button (or dial) and use the + or - button (or dial) to choose 5 minutes.
When the cooking cycle has ended, turn off the pot (or press Cancel) and do a Quick Release of the pressure/steam. Start slowly to be sure only steam comes out, and then fully release it.
When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid and stir the pasta.
Stir in the parmesan cheese, and let it melt.
Stir in the heavy cream and parsley.
Let sit uncovered for a couple of minutes to thicken up. This is a saucy dish, so it won't be thick like mac and cheese, but it will thicken some as it cools.
*It's easy to make homemade your own Cajun Spice Blend
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My husband and I also love this chicken, sausage, and pasta dish. Your recipes are my favorite. Thank you for sharing them regularly. If I look up how to make something, your recipes are the ones I consistently choose.
Thank you, Joyce!
My family and I absolutely love this recipe!! We make it often. Thank you for creating and sharing!
This is the 2nd recipe I tried in my new instant pot and is hailed as 'the best thing I have ever cooked'. My family loves this recipe and the homage Cajun blend is just right! Thanks.
That's great! I'm happy to know you liked it!
This was a lovely, easy to make, tasty weekday meal. Thank you. The homemade Cajun seasoning was great also.
Almost exclusively, when I Google a recipe, yours is the one I choose. I have never prepared anything that you have written to have it fail. This will be my second time making this Cajun pasta. My husband and I love it, and we have it for two nights with some to freeze. Thank you.
What do I do with the chicken? You don’t specify. Cut up the chicken breast prior to cooking? How small?…also…can I use chicken sausage? Protein pasta? Thanks!
toss the cubed chicken in before pressure cooking.