Pizza Pasta Penne

This is a great mid-week dinner for two. It takes just 7 minutes and you don't even have to cook the pasta separately. This recipe is written for a 2-quart pressure cooker, so be sure to increase it if you have a larger pressure cooker or Instant Pot® and hope to feed more people. The cooking time should stay the same.

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Pizza Pasta Penne

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 7 m
  • Total Time: 22 m
  • Servings:


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces crumbled Italian sausage
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion
  • ½ cup diced red and green peppers
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup mini pepperoni slices or chopped pepperoni
  • ¼ cup sliced black olives
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup dried penne pasta
  • cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces cubed mozzarella cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley


  1. Pre-heat the pressure cooker using the BROWN setting.
  2. Add the olive oil to the cooker and brown the sausage. Remove the sausage and set aside. Add the onion, peppers and mushrooms, and cook for a few minutes to soften.
  3. Add the pepperoni, olives, oregano and pasta and stir well. Return the browned sausage to the pot, pour in the tomato sauce and water, season with salt and pepper, stir and lock the lid in place.
  4. Pressure cook on HIGH for 7 minutes.
  5. Release the pressure using the QUICK-RELEASE method and carefully remove the lid.
  6. Stir in the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and garnish with fresh parsley.
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Comments (12)Post a Reply

    1. Hi Beverly. I don’t love the results you get from cooking pasta in a slow cooker (often mushy), so I haven’t tried it. Many people do like to slow cook pasta recipes, however, so you could give it a try. I would try HIGH slow cooking for 3 to 4 hours.

  1. I made this recipe with just one change. I used radiatore pasta. I also did not use the pepperoni. It was really good I found that that particular pasta is much easier for children to eat and it holds onto the sauce. If possible bring on some more recipes of servings for one or two people. Thank you.

  2. Can I make this on the stove top or in the oven? I don’t have a pressure cooker. It looks delicious and I would love to make it.

    1. Hi Libby. If you want to make this on the stovetop, follow the instructions as is with a stockpot or large saucepan and increase the water to ¾ cup. Cook on the stove for about 15 minutes or until the pasta is tender. The alternative would be to just make the sauce on the stovetop, leaving out the pasta and water, and cook the pasta separately.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this with several substitutions. It was so good! I used ground beef instead of sausage, pizza sauce instead of tomato sauce and wheat egg noodles instead of penne. I will use more noodles next time.

  4. 5 stars
    Fixed this for dinner tonight for my husband and I. Very easy dish to fix and very good. Will definitely be fixing again. Thanks Meredith for meals for 2 people.

    1. This recipe is written for a 2 quart pressure cooker so you do not have to halve the ingredients, it will fit in your 3 quart unit.

  5. Hi, I know you said you could use a larger Insta Pot – I have a 3 Qt. – does that change the cooking time?

    PS…Love all your products, I have a Blue Jean Kitchen : )
    Love you,
    Sandi, Fred & Phoebe

    1. The cooking time will stay the same even if you increase the ingredients or use a larger pressure cooker.

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