Ziti with Sausage and Peppers
By :From Freezer to Instant Pot Cookbook by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
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The best sausage for this sort of easy pasta casserole are the fat links that come five or six to a package. (Or, of course, honest-to-God Italian sausages from an Italian butcher. But who would freeze those instead of grilling them right up and snarfing them down?) If you haven’t thought in advance to slice the sausages into 1-inch bits before freezing them, don’t worry. Sausages are so full of fat that they slice easily, even when frozen.
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Rating: 4.76
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Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Rice & Pastas
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Max Pressure Cook, Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Italian Sausage
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb frozen hot or mild Italian sausage (pork or turkey; gluten-­free if that is a concern), cut into 1‑inch pieces
  • 3 cups plain marinara or spaghetti sauce 24‑ounce jar
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 lb frozen bell pepper strips 4 cups, any color
  • 12 ounce dried ziti or gluten-­free dried ziti
  • 6 ounce shredded mozzarella cheese (1 1/2 cups)
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Rice & Pastas
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Max Pressure Cook, Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Italian Sausage
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb frozen hot or mild Italian sausage (pork or turkey; gluten-­free if that is a concern), cut into 1‑inch pieces
  • 3 cups plain marinara or spaghetti sauce 24‑ounce jar
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 lb frozen bell pepper strips 4 cups, any color
  • 12 ounce dried ziti or gluten-­free dried ziti
  • 6 ounce shredded mozzarella cheese (1 1/2 cups)
Votes: 21
Rating: 4.76
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Instructions
  1. Press the button SAUTÉ. Set it for HIGH, MORE, or CUSTOM 400°F and set the time for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix the sausage, marinara, broth, and seasoning blend in an Instant Pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until many wisps of steam rise from the liquid. Turn off the SAUTÉ function; stir in the bell pepper strips and ziti. Lock the lid onto the pot.
  3. Option 1 Max Pressure Cooker
    Press Pressure cook on Max pressure for 5 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.
  4. Option 2 All Pressure Cookers
    Press Meat/Stew or Pressure cook (Manual) on High pressure for 6 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off. The valve must be closed.
  5. Use the quick-­release method to bring the pot’s pressure back to normal. Unlatch the lid and open the cooker. Stir in the shredded cheese. Set the lid askew over the pot and set aside for 5 minutes to melt the cheese and let the pasta continue to absorb excess liquid. Serve by the big spoonful.
Recipe Notes

Beyond
• Use any frozen vegetables you like. But since pepper strips are classic, don’t ditch them entirely, even if you want to add other frozen vegetables.
Consider 8 ounces frozen bell pepper strips plus 8 ounces of another vegetable, even frozen chopped onion.
• Skip the purchased Italian seasoning and make your own blend: Combine 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds.
• Garnish the servings with stemmed and minced fresh herbs, particularly parsley and oregano.
• And/or drizzle a little balsamic vinegar over each serving.

26 replies
  1. brandygaines67@gmail.com
    brandygaines67@gmail.com says:

    My family really liked it but next time I will crumble the sausage instead of chop it up!

  2. LynnBenefiel
    LynnBenefiel says:

    My friend and I just bought Instant Pots and this was the first meal we made along with minestrone soup. Great, easy, recipe that went together fast and tasted delicious!

  3. Jal350z
    Jal350z says:

    This was my first time making pasta in the IP….it was awesome! I used 2 cups of my homemade meat sauce (i just realized it was supposed to be 3 cups) but it was great!

  4. Yarn4me68
    Yarn4me68 says:

    Started out well but ended up with a Burn signal(?) halfway through. Had to finish over the stove and yes, I did follow instructions to the letter. I’ve noticed this is happening more and more as the Instant Pot gets used/older. Taste was good.

  5. Freddies mom
    Freddies mom says:

    The whole family enjoyed it. You have no idea how rare that is. Thanks for the recipe, it’s a keeper.

  6. Cmeredith1400
    Cmeredith1400 says:

    Very easy to make and quite delicious. I chopped the sausage into small pieces. Will make this again.

  7. Eagle881007
    Eagle881007 says:

    Tried to make it and i only got the burn message, even after adding an extra 1/2 cup of chicken broth

  8. Countrygirl726
    Countrygirl726 says:

    A lil more difficult with three tomatoes based sauce and it will set off the burn signal but well worth the frustration of making. I’d add a bit more liquid and peppers next time.

  9. Mharrison07
    Mharrison07 says:

    Super yummy! I added a quick sprinkle of onion powder when it was on sauté. Added extra cheese as well. A bowl of this with a side of garlic bread will make a delicious meal.

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