Instant Pot Cajun Pasta

Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta is filled with spicy smoked sausage and bell peppers, and then drenched in a homemade cheesy sauce! Dinner is ready in minutes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot creamy cajun pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 4 Eckrich Jalapeno & Cheddar Smoked Sausage Links, sliced
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 bell peppers - any color variety, seeds removed and sliced
  • 1 1/2 TBS cajun seasoning
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth, reduced sodium
  • 1 pound penne pasta, or any short pasta variety
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 6 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese, **grate the cheese yourself to melt well
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode. Add olive oil, peppers, onions, garlic, and sausage. Add the cajun seasoning and stir while cooking. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

  2. Add broth and pasta. Press the pasta down into the broth using a wooden spoon, but the pasta does NOT need to be covered.

  3. Close the lid, make sure the pressure valve is in the sealed position, then set the pot to manual/high for 3 minutes. * You should remember when using the Instant Pot, the pot needs some time to ‘come to pressure’. Since there is a lot of liquid in this recipe, it might take 10-15 minutes. Once it is ready, the timer will start counting down. Don't worry!

  4. Once the 3-minute timer is up, leave the pot for 5 minutes to naturally release the pressure. Carefully flip the valve to release the rest of the pressure. Open the top, then mix the pasta.

  5. Add 1 and 3/4 cups of heavy cream to the pot, then add the freshly grated parmesan cheese. Stir everything around, then put the lid on top again, and let the pasta sit for 5 minutes or so; this will thicken the sauce.

  6. After 5 minutes, open the lid and then stir it around. Top with some fresh parsley and serve!

Recipe Notes

You can use red, yellow, or orange peppers in this recipe; whatever is easiest works well. You can also add other vegetables such as mushrooms, zucchini, or tomatoes- yum!