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Penne pasta in red sauce with sausage in a metal pot.

Pressure Cooker Penne Pasta with Sausage

  • Author: Jessie
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


Pressure Cooker Penne Pasta with Sausage is a basic weeknight meal, but is delicious, hearty, and on the “YES LIST” for the whole family.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (affiliate)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked, crumbled Italian sausage
  • 24oz pasta sauce (affiliate)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (affiliate)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 16oz penne pasta


  1. In pressure cooker, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until starting to soften (about 3-4 minutes).
  2. Add all remaining ingredients, and stir well until all noodles are coated.
  3. Add water to the pot until it just covers the top of the noodles.
  4. Stir, lock lid, and set to high pressure for 4 minutes.
  5. When time is up, put a dish towel over the pressure valve and do a quick release (this helps the steam and condensation not to spew everywhere).
  6. Remove lid and let pasta sit for 10 minutes until any remaining liquid is soaked up.
  7. Serve topped with *optional* shredded parmesan cheese.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins