Amazin’ Cajun Pasta
By :Chop Secrets
Votes: 57
Rating: 4.67
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
4 servings
Pot Mixture:
  • 14 oz turkey smoked sausage cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 8 oz short pasta such as rotini or penne
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth warmed
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
To Finish:
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped italian parsley optional
Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
4 servings
Pot Mixture:
  • 14 oz turkey smoked sausage cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 8 oz short pasta such as rotini or penne
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth warmed
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
To Finish:
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped italian parsley optional
Votes: 57
Rating: 4.67
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  1. Add pot mixture ingredients to the pot and stir. Ensure all pasta is submerged.
  2. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  3. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 10 minutes.
  4. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  5. Stir in parmesan cheese. Serve hot topped with chopped italian parsley (optional).
Recipe Notes

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.

61 replies
  1. Leannajlankford
    Leannajlankford says:

    This was my first meal to make in my IP. It turned out great! I used turkey meat instead of sausage and added smoked paprika for a little kick. Next time Id use slightly less cajun seasoning than the recipe called for. Flavor was great just a little salty for my taste. So easy!

  2. Techgirl1951
    Techgirl1951 says:

    This was a great recipe and easy to make, but the next time I’m going to use regular smoked sausage instead of turkey.

  3. TammyDullnig
    TammyDullnig says:

    First time to use my IP. I used regular sausage and it turned out too salty. We did like it though. Just didn’t love it.

  4. carebear77
    carebear77 says:

    Easy to make and amazing! I doubled the recipe and added a chopped bell pepper and onion slices. Increased the cook time to 13 minutes just in case and it came out great!

  5. DianeF
    DianeF says:

    Was too easy to make from scatchin the instant pot. I never had cajun spice so looked it up online and i had all the spices on hand so made up a spice jar full for next time i need it. OMG such a good dish. I used a bit less of the cajun spice than this recipe asked for as not found of spicy foods.

  6. Southerntigger
    Southerntigger says:

    Extremely easy to make. Added more pasta, chesse, cream, broth, and it turned out perfectly.

  7. ejwolff
    ejwolff says:

    I’ve made this recipe twice now. Both times, the cream curdled into a mess and the pot’s “Burn” alarm came on shutting down the pot. I’d stir in more water and start again. Same thing. After openign the pot and stirring in more water several times, the pasta seemed to be done. Overall, the dish tastes good, but I dont’t think I want to go to war with my instant pot again to try to make it again. I’d love to know how other people are able to make it without it burning and curdling. ☹️

  8. Vterefenko
    Vterefenko says:

    Sauteed onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms first to add more flavor. Had to add more liquid to cover pasta like instructions said. Followed time instructions to a T. Cream got clumpy. Pasta was WAY overdone to the point it fell apart and turned into a gooey blob. Might be too much liquid? Definitely going to cut down cook time to 4 or 5 minutes. When it was done, added shredded chicken that we cooked previously.

  9. marik002
    marik002 says:

    Seared the sausage, yellow and red bell peppers, and garlic. Additional to the recipe, added about a cup of tomato puree, pepper, and garlic salt. Threw some parmasean in with it as well and some after. Left out the parsley.

  10. olivrprice
    olivrprice says:

    This came out so well and i’ll definitely make it again. Not sure what the reviews about a burn warning were talking about. Just make sure you stir all the ingredients and completely submerge the pasta. I added a tad more broth and cream to submerge mine. This dish was super easy to make

    RCSALGADO says:

    Amazing! One of my go to favorites now in the instant pot. Ive tried it with a few different pasta types and it is always great. Nice to add some fresh ground pepper after serving too.

  12. Mdelisio
    Mdelisio says:

    I replaced the sausage with chicken added a little more cream and some black pepper and its Amazing!!! Definitely will make this again !

  13. Johncovell
    Johncovell says:

    Used one large chicken breast, sprinkled with crushed black and red pepper instead of sausage. My wife doesn’t care for heavy cream sauces so I subbed half & half. We both loved it!

  14. Emyroo
    Emyroo says:

    Really good. I was in a hurry so followed the recipe but added a can of diced tomatoes. Family enjoyed it!

  15. baribeccarobin
    baribeccarobin says:

    I do not recommend cooking the pasta with the other ingredients!! The noodles soaked up all the liquid too quickly and burned to the bottom of the pot. I ended up having to finish in a skillet. The flavors were good and i will definitely make it again, but with some alterations.

  16. Stbarnett
    Stbarnett says:

    Loved it. I used Penne chickpea pasta and chicken sausage because didn’t have turkey sausage. Onion would have been good to add and a side of broccoli! If you doubled this recipe, do you cook longer?

  17. Gracie35
    Gracie35 says:

    Had forgotten that you really can’t slice raw sausage links. Had to par cook them. Cost me 15 extra minutes. Followed directions. Pasta was way overcooked and was very spicy. If i had to do it all over i would cook less than 10 minutes and use less cajun seasoning. Not one of my favorites

  18. ALBowker
    ALBowker says:

    My whole family is in love. I added extra broth and extra cream because i had a lot of noodles, but the family loves it. Will try with Keilbasa next time! Very fast and easy.

  19. crobinson1985
    crobinson1985 says:

    SO delicious! I doubled the recipe for everything except the Cajun seasoning (I used Tony’s) and it was perfect! Just be sure to completely submerge your pasta!

  20. JennyKevie
    JennyKevie says:

    Delicious and its super simple for the kids to help out! I substitued southwest spice for cajun and just as yummy!!!

  21. Calm04
    Calm04 says:

    Lots of flavour and really easy recipe for a quick week night meal. I would probably cook for 8 min. next time. I used penne and found the pasta a little over cooked.

  22. Cpower79
    Cpower79 says:

    Delicious recipe but I suggest sauteing sausage first and only cooking for 4-6 minutes instead of 10. Pasta is way over-cooked at 10.

  23. Cajun_couyon
    Cajun_couyon says:

    Recipe is perfect. I doubled it and followed the instructions and it came out perfect. Definitely will make this again

  24. sfung
    sfung says:

    I used hot Italian sausages instead. I also added mushrooms and shallots. I didn’t follow the exact measurements. I made it twice and noticed that if I completely submerged the pasta, it became too soft and too watery. However, the flavor was good.

  25. Nathangel523
    Nathangel523 says:

    Very tasty dish..
    I used turkey kielbasa and it came out great. Also added mushroom, diced onion and one green pepper. Will make again soon.

  26. Jon
    Jon says:

    I saute’d the sausage with garlic and onions before pressure cooking. and substituted chickpea noodles instead of traditional.

    Delicious. Will be making again.

  27. brich7
    brich7 says:

    This meal was really easy to make and it was delicious. I substituted the turkey sausage with plant-based Chorizo and Meatless Crumbles.

  28. Nonewhat
    Nonewhat says:

    So simple! I used just a “farmers sausage” and threw fresh tomatoes on top and it was perfect. Will def make this on a weekly basis.

  29. Chachime
    Chachime says:

    Cooked for only 4 mins and pasta was way over cooked. Still good though but next time i would cook for the same amount and cook pasta separately. Also added a frozen cooked chicken breast which turned out perfectly thawed and still tender.

  30. Jack
    Jack says:

    Made it last night. I’m surprised only one other review mentions that it curdled. it was a grainy mess when i opened the pot. How is it working for everyone else? Don’t thing I’ll put cream in the IP again.

  31. GregHartman
    GregHartman says:

    We enjoyed this recipe! Very tasty! I used Cajun Andouille sausage (a bit more than recipe called for), a tad more Cajun seasoning, and Half & Half for cream. I converted recipe to 6 servings and still had plenty if room in my 6 qt IP. Added garlic powder to my plate serving – was an excellent seasoning!

  32. says:

    I have made this so many times for so many people! It is SO EASY to make, and everyone loves it!!

  33. Masartis
    Masartis says:

    A couple of suggestions.
    I made the original and it was a little spicy for us. Also, Im not a sausage fan. So heres my tips:
    Use shrimp. No need to measure, just whatever you think. Dont cook it with the pasta. I used frozen and thawed it. When everything is complete, dump it in Just before serving.
    I dropped the cajun spice to 1 teaspoon instead of a tablespoon. Still had some kick, but not overwhelming.
    Also, as a side note. 8 ounces of penne is about 2 1/2 cups.

  34. MGR
    MGR says:

    I reduced the sausage and added some leftover rotisserie chicken. Added onion and green peppers. Didn’t have cream so used half & half. It was very spicy so I would reduce the amount of cajun seasoning next time

  35. JoelJ
    JoelJ says:

    Doubled it except the cream, and a little less than double on the cajun spice. Was a hit with 5 kids i made it for, and i loved it! Will definitely be making tbis again. Super easy too.

  36. Heathermarier74
    Heathermarier74 says:

    This was good but only giving it for stars because we feel “as is” it would be kinda boring . We decided to add brocolli and peas Bd we were hlad we did. Added after everything was
    cooked with shredded italian blend cheese , stirred and covered again for a few minutes. Also added some salt and pepper. Noticed the cream did “curdle” a bit but not enough to be concerned. We used italian hot sausage but only 8oz as we dont use alot of meat in our dishes . ( made for 2) Yummy !

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