I’m a sucker for pasta and I absolutely love making it at home. Having an electric pressure cooker has made cooking pasta a breeze! It’s ready in no time and the clean-up is so easy. Only one pot and you’re good to go.
Making Pasta in a Pressure Cooker
You know I love my Instant Pot. It has been a game-changer in my kitchen and has truly made me enjoy cooking so much more. I recently got to try a Mealthy MultiPot as well, and I love it just as much. An electric pressure cooker will definitely make your life easier!
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One of my favorite ways to use my pressure cooker is to make pasta in it! I enjoy creating pasta recipes and have some really easy and delicious ones you must try. Some of my favorites are my Easy Beef and Bowtie Pasta, Chicken Tetrazzini, and Mac and Cheese.
I love making pasta so much, I even have a special trick for making plain pasta in the Instant Pot. Make sure you check out my Secret to Less Mess Pasta so you can avoid a big mess when releasing the pressure while cooking pasta.
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
This recipe for Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta is super easy and it takes very little effort and time. It’s got a mild flavor to it so it makes it perfect for the whole family. Even the little ones will enjoy it.
You will need your blender for prepping the sauce for the pasta. It’s an easy process, and once you’ve prepped, it’s a dump and start recipe.
What Ingredients Will I Need?
I love making this Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta with penne. I feel it’s the perfect size for this dish. Other than pasta, you’ll need a jar of sun-dried tomatoes, heavy cream, fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and some common spices.
This is a meatless pasta dish but it is very hearty because of the sun-dried tomatoes. We like topping ours with shredded parmesan and fresh basil.
Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances
Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.
Prep Tools & Utensils
Following are the prep tools and utensils that I used to make this wonderfully creamy pasta dish.
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Instant Pot Accessories
Make sure to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. You’ll find a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with your Instant Pot.
You can serve it with some crusty bread and a side salad and you’ve got a delicious meal! Another great pairing for this pasta is my Instant Pot Lemon Butter Broccoli!
I know you’ll love this pressure cooker Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta recipe. Let me know in the comments when you try it!
Instant Pot Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
Penne Pasta Covered in a Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
for the Pasta
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 small white onion diced
- 4 cups unsalted chicken stock
- 1 tsp kosher salt or to taste
for the Creamy Tomato Sauce
- 1 jar sun-dried tomatoes 8.5 oz packed in olive oil, drained, reserve 2 tablespoons of the olive oil
- 1 cup whole milk room temperature
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream room temperature
- 1 cup parmesan finely grated
- ½ cup fresh basil leaves packed
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 tsp kosher salt or to taste
- ⅛ tsp pepper or to taste
to add as Garnish
- parmesan grated
- fresh basil chopped
sauté Onion and Garlic
- Saute Onion: Turn on 'Sauté' and adjust the heat level to 'Normal'. Allow the pot to heat up until the display reads 'Hot'. Add the reserved olive oil from the sun-dried tomatoes to the pot 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. Turn off 'Sauté'.
add the Stock and Pasta
- Add the stock and 1 teaspoon of salt to the pot, deglazing any onion or garlic that may have gotten stuck to the bottom of the liner. Then add the penne pasta and ensure that it is fully submerged in the stock.
set the Cook Time
- 4-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 4 minutes.
prepare the Creamy Tomato Sauce
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare the creamy tomato sauce. Add the drained sun-dried tomatoes, whole milk, heavy whipping cream, fresh basil leaves, parmesan, sour cream, teaspoon of salt, and pepper to a blender and blend until smooth.
perform a Natural Pressure Release
- 2-Minute NPR: Once the 4-minute cook time has completed, allow for a 2-minute Natural Pressure Release. When the 2-minute NPR has finished, release the remaining pressure.
add the Creamy Tomato Sauce
- Open the pot and pour the creamy tomato sauce over the pasta and mix it in. Set the pot to 'Sauté' and adjust the heat level to 'Less'. Allow the pasta and sauce to simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the pasta sauce to warm and thicken. Once the sauce is warmed through, turn off the Instant Pot. Allow the pasta to sit for a few minutes to absorb any excess liquid.
- Serve topped with fresh basil and parmesan.
While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.
Here are a few ideas for serving your Instant Pot Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta.
Add Garnishes Garnish this wonderful pasta with chopped fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese. To spice things up, add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.