This pasta one-pot meal is all about Flavor! Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta with Sausage, made with my special homemade Cajun Spice Blend is full of good stuff! It’s an easy, tasty meal to make in your electric pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta with Sausage
Deck the halls! Today at the homestead we are breaking out the Holiday cheer! Paul brought in the decorations from the garage, so we are putting them up today! We have a fun blend of styles and themes (That’s my way of saying it’s a hodge-podge)! Since we are pretty busy getting all of this done, I knew a one-pot meal was the best option for dinner today.
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 things I love about making this dish, and many others 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 spice. It does have a lot of flavor, though!
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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
- 14 oz Smoked Kielbasa, sliced in 1/2" rounds
- 1 Chicken Breast, skinless/boneless (optional)
- 1 small Sweet Onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup Celery, diced
- 4 cloves Garlic, pressed or minced
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning Blend* (try my recipe or a store bought blend like Tony Chachere's)
- 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
- 8 med Mushrooms, sliced
- 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
- 1/4 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 (affiliate) 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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