Instant Pot Italian Sausage Pasta

Do you love one-pot meals? I have one for you! It’s this Instant Pot Italian Sausage Pasta.

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Pasta in a bowl with rolls in the background.

Quick and Easy Italian Sausage Pasta

An electronic pressure cooker is a great way to put a hearty meal on the table in no time. Sometimes we are all hard-pressed thanks to work to put together a quick meal.

Your Instant Pot is a great way to speed up dinner. This Instant Pot Italian Sausage and Sauce recipe is a great way to quickly put together a large inexpensive meal on the table quickly. And you may not realize it, but you can cook pasta in an Instant Pot.


Here’s what you need:

  • Olive oil
  • Italian sausage links
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pasta
  • Water
Instant Pot Italian Sausage Pasta ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

This recipe calls for 1 pound of Italian sausage. It is cooked along with the pasta and the sauce so it makes for a great one-pot meal. When Italian sausage cooks in pasta sauce it adds so much flavor.

You can use an inexpensive sauce because the Italian sausage will do the work of flavoring the sauce.

We add water to the sauce so the pasta has enough water to cook properly. I personally like to use Barilla pasta, but I have also used the Fido Vermicelli brand noodles for this recipe as well. I have had great luck with both types of pasta. You may want to experiment with your favorite type of pasta.

How to Make Italian Sausage Pasta in an Instant Pot

  1. In an Instant Pot, sauté sausage links in olive oil until half-way done. Remove the sausage and slice it into links. Use a paper towel to wipe out excess oil from the Instant Pot.
  2. Place the sausage slices and pasta sauce in the Instant Pot. Rinse the jars of pasta sauce with water and pour the water into the Instant Pot.
  3. Add pasta and cook on manual high for 8 minutes. Perform a quick release.
  4. Serve immediately.

Instant Pot Pasta Trouble Shooting

  • If when you are performing a quick release on the Instant Pot, and it sprays out a milky liquid, stop the quick release and let the pot reduce pressure naturally.
  • Make sure you use 2 cups of liquid for every 4 ounces of pasta.
  • You may want to add oil to decrease foaming.
  • Quick release carefully if you have any foaming. Stop the quick release, and allow the Instant Pot to come down to pressure normally.
Instant Pot Italian Sausage Pasta in a bowl.

Great Instant Pot Recipes

Be sure to check out more of my easy Instant Pot recipes and the best Italian food recipes.

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Pasta in a bowl with rolls in the background.

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Pasta

You can make a flavorful one-pot meal of Italian Sausage Pasta in your Instant pot! 
4.5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Instant Pot Recipes, Italian Sausage Pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 637kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links
  • 48 ounces pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound pasta


  • Heat your Instant Pot on sauté. When the pot is warmed, add olive oil.
  • Add the sausage and sauté until it is about 50% done. Remove sausage, slice it into links. Wipe out excess oil from the Instant Pot with a paper towel.
  • Place the sausage slices in the Instant Pot.
  • Add pasta sauce. Rinse the jars of pasta sauce with water and pour the water into the Instant Pot.
  • Add pasta. If using spaghetti, break the pasta in half.
  • Cook on manual high for 8 minutes. Perform a quick release.
  • Serve immediately.



This recipe was written for a 2-quart pressure cooker. If your pressure cooker is larger there are no adjustments needed for this recipe.


Calories: 637kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1749mg | Potassium: 1110mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 17.4mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 4.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Tes

    2 stars
    This is a very plain Jane recipe. Fortunately, I added some onions, garlic, carrots, and a little bit of seasoning and salt. This recipe would’ve been so bland without the modifications, and after it cooked I had to let it simmer because it was soupy. I don’t think I’ll be using this recipe again.

    • Kathy

      I’m wondering if adding the carrots altered the cooking time and flavor? I think I read that somewhere about Instant Pot cooking. Although onions can add liquid when sweating I wouldn’t think that would greatly affect the recipe, nor would the garlic. Just wondering…
      I’m also finding the brand of spaghetti sauce makes a big difference. There was one I tried because even though it wasn’t the brand I use it was on sale. I won’t bother doing that again!

  2. Nick

    5 stars
    All Aldi store brand stuff other than kroger chrorizo sausage. Crazy how nice the pasta comes out with your instructions (some of my linguine clumped but that was my mistake; it still cooked and came apart with a fork). Thank you very much for the recipe!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Patrick

    4 stars
    It’s okay. I did 2 jars sauce like it said but only 1 jar of water and it still came out very thin and almost soup like. So wasnt overly happy about that.

  4. Glenn Burkart

    5 stars
    I just finished my 3rd time with this recipe. All 3 times were a success but this last time was different.
    I only had one jar (24 oz) of pasta sauce so I thought I’d cut the recipe in half, only I was skeptical to do that with the water. I used 1 1/2 cups instead and the end result was so so. The spaghetti came out very el dente but still very much edible. The next time I’ll use the suggested 2 cups of water. (I only used a 1/2 pound of the pasta.
    I did put the IP in keep warm mode for another 10 minutes with the lid on and that fixed the dish.
    Otherwise, what a great meal!


  5. Denise

    I am making cut macaroni. Do I need to adjust the cooking/water time so the pasta is cooked properly?

    • Stephanie

      I would not adjust the time, please keep the weight of the pasta the same. If you are using tiny pasta, you may then want to reduce the cooking time slightly. When I say “tiny pasta” I mean pasta like anci de pepe, orrzo, or something small like that.

  6. Dawn Morgan

    I forgot to put it in the crockpot in the morning, so I found this recipe for my Instant Pot. I made it with close to 2lbs of sausage and added 3 extra minutes to the time. It was fabulous!!!!! My husband and 2 boys (5 & 7) absolutely devoured it and all had seconds.
    We used Barilla pasta, Ragu sauce, and Primio sweet Italian sausage links.

  7. Cara

    5 stars
    I found this recipe when I was in need of a last minute dinner after getting home from work using ingredients that I already had in the house. The best part was that it could be prepared in one pot. I had not thought about cooking pasta in the pot with the other ingredients until I saw this. So easy! I will be making this again. It got a thumbs up from my boys too!,

  8. Calvin Nicholson

    After 10 Minutes, this came up with Burnt on my Instant Pot after approximately 10 minutes, so I cancelled and quick released all the pressure. I opened it and everything was cooked with a small amount of pasta and sausage burnt to the bottom.

    Going to try some more water next time.

    Instant Pot DUO Plus 8 Qt 9-in-1

  9. Cherie Swatek Fedder

    I personally would remove the skin from the sausage I I don’t care to have to take it out after browning it. Way to messy and more time spent. Just a thought.

    • Stephanie

      Thank you for sharing. I love the skin on the sausage 😉 What’s awesome about cooking? You can modify recipes to your personal preferences. I hope others try your suggestion.

  10. Pat Cody

    Since I don’t yet have an Instant Pot (it’s on my wish list) I’m thinking I could do this on the stovetop. Never thought about cooking the spaghetti in the sauce. Your thoughts? Would stovetop yield similar results?

    • Stephanie

      I think it could, make sure you use a really large pot. Barilla makes a quick cooking pasta that is made to cook like this, you may want to try it. I don’t know how it will work across all brands of pasta. I am only familiar with the barilla quick cooking kind.

  11. Angela Paulsen

    You don’t say how large the Instant Pot is. And, I have a 2 qt electric pressure cooker. Can you recommend how to cut this portion down for me?

    • Stephanie

      I will correct the recipe for my size of cooker. I am so sorry I left that off. If yours is a 2 quart cooker, I would cut everything by 1/3 EXCEPT the cooking time. I really designed the recipe to go with the 2 jars of sauce and 1 pound of sausage, as those are the common sizes of purchasing each one.

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