Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

This incredibly savory Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni is easy, fast, and so delicious! Perfect for a weeknight meal, this creamy and tasty pasta will become a family favorite after just one bite! You can make this recipe spicy or mild based on what your family prefers.

creamy sausage rigatoni

You are going to love this recipe for Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni. It’s very easy to make, and it’s perfect for a busy weeknight since it takes very little time from beginning to end.

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Making Pasta in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot pasta recipes are my favorite to make! Maybe because it’s so easy and I love easy! My family loves pasta and I love creating new pasta recipes for the blog, so it’s a win-win. I’ve been wanting to make a pasta recipe using sausage and I finally got around to it. This Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni is a new family favorite!

instant pot creamy sausage rigatoni

Making pasta in the Instant Pot is easy and fast. I especially love that you only have to clean up one pot when all is said and done. No need to strain the pasta! Sometimes when making plain pasta in a pressure cooker though, the release can get messy. I have a wonderful trick to avoid the mess, make sure you read it.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

You will need some basic ingredients for making this pasta recipe. Olive oil, a chopped yellow onion, a chopped red bell pepper, minced garlic cloves, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and of course, ground Italian sausage. I use red bell pepper so it visually blends in with the red sauce and the picky eaters won’t notice it. You will also need rigatoni pasta and a jar of marinara sauce.

Finally, to make this wonderful pasta dish even better, you’ll need heavy cream, parmesan cheese and parsley for garnish.

One final note on the ingredients: we like things a bit spicy at home so for this recipe I used hot Italian ground sausage. You can definitely use mild if you prefer, but if you like spicy at all, I highly recommend the hot Italian sausage.

ingredients for instant pot creamy sausage rigatoni including pasta sauce, rigatoni pasta, ground sausage, cream, and spices

How to Make Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

Making Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni couldn’t be easier. You will start by turning on the Sauté feature on your pressure cooker and adjusting the heat level to “Normal”.

a plate of creamy Italian sausage rigatoni

Once the display reads “Hot”, you can add the olive oil and allow it to heat up. Add the onions and toss and cook them until they become translucent. This only takes about 3 or 4 minutes. Next, add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds. This helps to develop the flavor of the garlic.

freshly made pot of instant pot creamy sausage rigatoni being mixed with a wooden spoon

After that, you will deglaze the pot with the white wine vinegar by scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon until the vinegar is almost completely evaporated. Add the Italian sausage and break it down into small pieces as it cooks.

Once the sausage is almost fully cooked, you’ll mix in the salt and pepper and then continue sautéing the sausage until it’s cooked all the way through.

a large helping of pasta and Italian sausage in a creamy marinara sauce

Finally, add the chopped bell pepper and mix everything together and cook for another minute or two to soften and extract the flavor from the peppers. Cancel out of the Sauté function and then pour the water into the pot. Deglaze the pot one more time.

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Add the pasta to the pot and, using the wooden spoon, push it down into the water as much as possible. Next, pour the marinara sauce on top of the pasta without mixing it in.

Now it’s time to close your pressure cooker and set it to “Sealing”. Cook on “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” High Pressure for 7 minutes and then allow for a 2-minute natural pressure release. Once that’s finished, release the rest of the pressure manually.

plate of instant pot creamy sausage rigatoni topped with parsley and shredded parmesan cheese with an instant pot in the background a fork and a small bowl of parmesan cheese

When the pin drops, open your pot and add the heavy cream and cheese. Mix everything well and allow the pasta to sit on “Keep Warm” for another 5 to 10 minutes so the sauce thickens a bit. When you serve your pasta, top it with shredded parmesan cheese and parsley and enjoy!

a close up of a bowl of instant pot creamy sausage rigatoni topped with shredded parmesan and parsley

I know you will love this Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni. Let me know about it in the comments when you make it. And if you love pasta and want more easy recipes, check out my post with all my other delicious Instant Pot Pasta Recipes.

Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni


4.45 from 49 votes
Cooking Method(s)
  • Pressure Cooking
Pressure LevelHigh
Program SettingManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
2 minutes
Total Time
32 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
This incredibly flavorful and satisfying creamy pasta dish uses simple ingredients and is so easy to make. Made fast in the pressure cooker, it’s a perfect option for any weeknight meal. This one is sure to become a family favorite after just one bite!
creamy sausage rigatoni

Essential Equipment

  • instant pot


for the Sausage

for the Pasta & Sauce

to add After Cooking

to add as Garnish


sauté the Onion and Garlic

  • Sauté Onion: Turn on ‘Sauté’ and adjust the heat level to ‘Normal’. Allow the pot to heat up until the display reads ‘Hot’. Add the olive oil and allow it to heat up. Add the diced onions to the pot and toss until thoroughly coated in the oil. Sauté, tossing occasionally, until they become soft and translucent. About 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add Garlic: Add the minced garlic to the pot and continue to sauté for another 30 seconds.
  • Deglaze Pot: Deglaze the pot with the white wine vinegar and cook until it almost completely evaporates. About 1 or 2 minutes.

cook the Sausage

  • Add Sausage: Add the Italian sausage to the pot and cook, breaking it apart into smaller and smaller pieces as it cooks. Continue for 4 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and mix into the sausage. Continue cooking until cooked through, about another 2 or 3 minutes.
  • Add Bell Pepper: Add the bell pepper and mix into the sausage. Cook for another minute or two, tossing occasionally. Turn off ‘Sauté’.

add the Pasta & Sauce

  • Add Rigatoni: Add the water to the pot and deglaze the bottom of the pot once more. Then layer the rigatoni pasta over the sausage and, using a large wooden spoon, push it down into the water as much as you can.
  • Add Marinara: Pour the marinara sauce evenly over the top of the pasta. Do not mix.

set the Cook Time

  • 7-Minute Cook Time: Close the Instant Pot, set the pressure release valve to ‘Sealing’ and set the pot to cook on ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’, ‘High Pressure’ for 7 minutes.
  • 2-Minute NPR: Once the 7-minute cook time has completed, allow for a 2-minute Natural Pressure Release. When the 2-minute NPR has finished, release the remaining pressure and then open the pot.

add the Cream and Cheese

  • Add the heavy whipping cream and parmesan cheese to the pot and mix them into the pasta. Allow the pasta to sit on ‘Keep Warm’ for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1262mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1283IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 2mg

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38 thoughts on “Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni”

  1. This looks so delish for a quick pasta-sausage-IP meal. I’m planning to make it this week, but first, I have a lazy question. I have Italian sausage links and if I can skip removing the casings, I’ll be happy. Do you think if I cut the sausage into bite size pieces, they will be fully cooked within your given time for ground sausage? Maybe add on 1-2 minutes turning so they won’t burn? Thank you so much for your reply and recipes.

    1. Hi Ryan! Sorry I missed this comment! It was buried in spam comments! I’m truly not sure if they’ll be cooked with the time given. I brown the sausage in the pot so maybe you can do that before pressure cooking it to avoid the risk of it being undercooked. Hope this helps! I appreciate you stopping by the blog!

  2. My family loves this dish. The only thing I do different is cook for 6 minutes since my husband doesn’t like pasta too mushy.

  3. So tasty, thank you! I added mushrooms before the pressure cook and spinach after. I also wondered about adding tomatoes like another commenter.

  4. Easy….. delicious! I used chicken broth instead of water. I didn’t have rigatoni noodles; so I used another short noodle… came out amazing! This recipe is versatile in a pinch. Love

    1. Hi Margie! It makes approximately 8 servings. I always include this info on the top of the printable recipe card, right below the stars, in case you need it in the future. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Aubrey! I have not made this in a crockpot so I couldn’t give you an answer. I’ll look into making the recipe in a slow cooker. Let me know if you decide to try it! Thanks for stopping by!

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