Instant Pot Penne a la Vodka

Instant Pot Penne a la Vodka with Italian Sausage – inspired by our favorite Italian restaurant. SUPER easy to make with only a 4 minute cook time. This pasta tastes just as good (if not better) than the restaurant! Italian sausage, garlic, red pepper flakes, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, onion, penne pasta, and heavy cream. All you need is a salad and some garlic bread for a restaurant-quality meal! #instantpot #pressurecooker #pasta #italian #sausage #vodka

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Easy Pasta Made in the Instant Pot

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my favorite restaurant is Gianmarco’s in Homewood, AL. We eat dinner there in the bar at least once a week. One of my favorite dishes to get is their Penne a la Vodka with Italian Sausage. It is to-die-for! Since we haven’t been eating out lately, I tried my hand at making a version of my favorite dish at home. Y’all this stuff is SOOO good! I dare say it is as good as Gianmarco’s. PLUS it is ridiculously easy to make in the Instant Pot!

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How to Make Penne a la Vodka in the Instant Pot

Making pasta in the Instant Pot is fabulous! No precooking the pasta. Just dump it in the pot and let it work its magic. To make this pasta, start with browning some Italian sausage. As the sausage cooks, break it into large chunks. Add some garlic and red pepper flakes. Turn off the pressure cooker. Add some chicken broth while the pot is still hot and scrape up any browned bits. Next, add crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, and penne pasta. Cover the pressure cooker and cook. Quick-release the pressure and add heavy cream. Let the pasta stand a couple of minutes for the sauce to thicken and serve.

  • I used Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage. Can substitute regular breakfast sausage and add some Italian seasoning to the sauce.
  • Can substitute raw chicken breast or tenderloins for sausage.
  • It is important to scrape up any browned bits from the insert. That will help prevent you from getting the BURN notice.
  • Can substitute water for the chicken broth.
  • Adjust the red pepper flakes to your personal preference.
  • Can add more heavy cream for a creamier/pinker pasta.
  • Gianmarco’s serves their Penne a la Vodka with mushrooms and green peas. If you want to add those to the pasta, sauté the mushrooms with the sausage and add the green peas in with the heavy cream.
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What to Serve with Pasta in Vodka Sauce

This pasta has been on repeat at our house. I just can’t get enough of it. I absolutely LOVE how easy it is to make in the Instant Pot! We serve the pasta topped with some parmesan cheese and a salad and garlic bread. I wasn’t kidding when I said this was just as good (if not better) than my favorite restaurant. I will have to find something new to order the next time we go. Give this a try for a super quick and easy restaurant-quality meal!

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Instant Pot Penne a la Vodka with Italian Sausage

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 14 mins
Instant Pot Penne a la Vodka with Italian Sausage – inspired by our favorite Italian restaurant. SUPER easy to make with only a 4 minute cook time. This pasta tastes just as good (if not better) than the restaurant! Italian sausage, garlic, red pepper flakes, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, onion, penne pasta, and heavy cream. All you need is a salad and some garlic bread for a restaurant-quality meal! #instantpot #pressurecooker #pasta #italian #sausage #vodka

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 1 (28-oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 1 (16-oz) box dried penne pasta
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Set the pressure cooker on Sauté. Cook Italian sausage until no longer pink. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 30 seconds and turn off Instant Pot.
  • Add some chicken broth to the hot insert and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom.
  • Add in the remaining chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, onion, vodka, penne, salt. Stir to coat the pasta. Press the pasta down into the liquid.
  • Cover, lock the lid into place and seal. Set the Instant Pot on Pressure Cook High for 4 minutes.
  • Once it is finished cooking, Quick Release the steam and turn off the pressure cooker.
  • Unlock the lid and stir heavy cream into the pasta. Add more cream if you want a creamier/pinker sauce.

Notes:

  • I used Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage. Can substitute regular breakfast sausage and add some Italian seasoning to the sauce.
  • It is important to scrape up any browned bits from the insert. That will help prevent you from getting the BURN notice.
  • Can substitute chicken for Italian sausage.
  • Can substitute water for the chicken broth.
  • Adjust the red pepper flakes to your personal preference.
  • Can add more heavy cream for a creamier/pinker pasta.
  • Gianmarco’s serves their Penne a la Vodka with mushrooms and green peas. If you want to add those to the pasta, sauté the mushrooms with the sausage and add the green peas in with the heavy cream.

Steph

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  1. I really want to try recipe, but don’t have Instant Pot.
    Do you have a slow cooker version?
    If so, can you post it?

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