One of our family’s favorite recipes, One Pot Pasta is both easy and delicious. Make it either on the stove top or in the pressure cooker for a meal ready in less than 30 minutes!
ONE POT. Do you know what that means? You can cook an entire meal in ONE pan. Even the pasta-it cooks in the sauce with everything else! This came together in under 30 minutes and was wolfed down by my husband and boys. I was so happy with how this came together! Oh-and it’s cheap. Check. Check. Check. Added to the menu rotation: One Pot Pasta.
I originally posted this back in 2014, and now I’ve updated it with instructions for the Crockpot Express (or Instant Pot) as well. I knew a meal that was already quick and easy on the stove top would translate well to a pressure cooker. It took a couple tries to figure out how to convert the recipe, but I’ve got it down now. The prep and cook time is probably very close to doing it in a skillet, but being able to just throw it in the pot and walk away is so handy!
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb smoked sausage sliced
- 1 cup onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups chicken broth Use reduced sodium to cut the saltiness
- 1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 8 oz dry pasta bow-tie or rotini works well
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese (divided)
- 1/3 cup green onion sliced
In a large skillet with lid (oven safe) heat olive oil on medium-high heat, add onion, cooking until lightly browned. Add sausage and cook approximately 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook additional 1-2 minutes, stirring.
Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta and spices and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet and reduce heat to simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Top with remaining cheese & green onion, broil slightly until cheese is melted and you have a nice little "crust".
If you do not have an oven-safe skillet, transfer to a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick spray and then broil, or toss the cover back on more a few minutes to melt the cheese.
Using the Brown/Saute function on high, heat olive oil, add onion, cooking until lightly browned. Add sausage and cook approximately 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook additional 1-2 minutes, stirring.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the cheese, cover and press Steam (manual, high pressure for Instant Pots) and adjust the time to 5 minutes. After the cooking time is up, allow to naturally release for 3 minutes and then do a quick release to finish it up.
Open the lid, sprinkle with cheese and recover for a minute or so to melt the cheese. Stir well and serve with crusty bread!
Barely adapted from Who Needs a Cape?
Guess what? It’s just as good the next day for lunch. It’s hard to mess this recipe up. You can adjust it to suit your tastes and you’ll still get a very hearty and comforting meal. Serve it with salad and a loaf of crusty bread for a fantastic family meal.
This is another one of our favorite “one pot” recipes!
Post updated 2/1/18