Instant Pot Pasta with Sausage, Spinach, and Tomatoes – with video
A complete pasta dinner, made in your Instant Pot! You’ll love this Instant Pot Pasta with Sausage, Spinach, and Tomatoes. You might have all the ingredients on hand already! It’s healthy, satisfying, easy, and versatile, and you’re going to keep making it again and again!
My Instant Pot is slowly but surely finding a permanent place on my countertop. It always gets used for making boiled eggs and shredded chicken. I also love Instant Pot sweet potatoes – what’s your favorite use for your pressure cooker?
Naturally, I’m looking for more ways to use it, and I’ve been getting so many requests from you guys! You wouldn’t believe how many people ask me for more Instant Pot recipes, so clearly I’m not the only one with an infatuation.
I’m nearly as obsessed with one pan pastas as I am with pressure cooker recipes, so it’s probably no surprise that the two recipe categories were going to collide at some point. That point is now.
About this Instant Pot Pasta:
This Instant Pot pasta is cheesy, creamy, filling, and so flavorful. Would you believe that (per my non-RD calculations), it only has around 300 calories per serving? You really can have it all with this pasta.
To keep this one pan pasta super filling and still nutritious, I used whole wheat pasta, turkey Italian sausage, and lots of spinach!
Tip: Prefer pork sausage? Go for it, but make sure to drain the grease off before adding the pasta and the rest of your ingredients.
You start by sautéing the sausage and onions and then you add garlic, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and oregano. These ingredients together form a fantastic sauce for the pasta. Since the pasta cooks right in the sauce, you’re left with a naturally creamy sauce thanks to the starch from the pasta. Buuuuuut I wanted it even creamier, so we’re going to go ahead and melt some mozzarella in there.
The cheese also helps thicken the sauce a bit which helps it cling to the pasta.
If you guys liked my other one pot pastas — copycat Healthy Hamburger Helper, One Pan Rigatoni with Creamy Tomato Sauce, or Taco Pasta, you’re going to love this one too! It’s not pasta, but I know a lot of you really like my One Pan Quinoa with Ground Turkey, too.
Tip: In a hurry? If you want to take a couple of minutes off the cooking time, you can add the spinach right on top of the pasta before you pressure cook it instead of wilting it in at the end. Don’t stir it in (you want the pasta to be submerged in liquid), just set it on top before securing the lid. It won’t retain its bright green color quite as nicely, but it will still taste great. I like to do it at the end because we eat with our eyes first, but really, it doesn’t make a difference in taste, so do what works for your schedule!
Want to make this ahead of time or turn it into a freezer meal?
I’ve done this and it tastes delicious! Here’s how you do it:
Make as directed and then pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Top with more mozzarella cheese (1/4-1/2 cup) and cover with foil. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to bake. Place cold pan in cold oven (prevents it from shattering from the shock of cold to hot) and preheat oven to 350°F. Cook for an hour, uncovering in the last 15 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted. It may require slightly longer cooking time if frozen. If cooking from frozen, you may also thaw overnight in fridge before baking.
PS: Want to know which Instant Pot to get, along with tons of cooking tips for using a pressure cooker? Read my complete guide to cooking with a pressure cooker – you’ll also find lots of great Instant Pot recipes!
The next pasta recipe I want to try in my Instant Pot is this Instant Pot Cauliflower Mac and Cheese from my girl Erin over at Well Plated. I also can’t wait to try Ali’s Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas. What are you guys cooking?
Serving Size: 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 21mg Sodium: 279mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 2g Protein: 15g
Husband’s take: Ben loves this pasta – the leftovers are great for his lunch.
Changes I would make: None are necessary, but in the recipe notes, I included some adaptations you could make.
Difficulty: So easy!