Sausage Pasta

This recipe is primarily based on, but with some further inspiration from

You can also use Pork Sausage links, or a regular package of sausage as well. Drain extra grease before adding pasta if needed. You can experiment with using sweet or spicy sausage as well, depending on what you like.

Yields: 6

Preparation time: 15

Cooking time: 25


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 package (19.5 ounce) turkey italian sausage links, removed from casing
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth (see note)
  • 12-16 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 can (28 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, extra for garnishing
  • parsley, for garnishing


  • Heat Instant Pot to “Sauté.”
  • Add oil, sausage, and onion. Cook, breaking up sausage into small pieces, until sausage is no longer pink and onions are translucent.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add chicken broth, pasta, diced tomatoes, and oregano. Stir to combine and make sure pasta is submerged in liquid.
  • Set Instant Pot to “Manual” for 5 minutes. Turn valve to Seal.
  • When the timer goes off, turn valve to Vent to Quick release the pressure.
  • Keep Instant Pot on Warm and add spinach and place cover on (don’t turn to latch). Let wilt for 2-3 minutes, stirring as needed to help it along.
  • Add 1 cup mozzarella cheese and stir to melt. If the sauce appears thin, let set for 5-10 minutes, it will thicken.

Category: Entree

Tags: InstantpotPasta