Instant Pot Kielbasa Pasta is a budget-friendly and family-friendly meal that is ready in just 20 minutes. It is an incredibly delicious 1 pot meal that is easy to prepare, nutritious and filling! It's a great meal for pressure cooker beginners.
Instant Pot Kielbasa is a great meal for beginners to the Instant Pot. It uses the 2 most popular functions— saute and pressure cook. You'll get a feel for how each work with this simple, no-fuss meal. And it's made entirely using 1 pot!
It's done quickly, in barely 20 minutes. Because the saute function is used on the kielbasa and vegetables first, the pot comes to pressure quickly when cooking the pasta and sauce. It then pressure cooks for only 2 or 3 minutes.
Here's how it goes.
Saute the kielbasa for 5 minutes. Add the veggies, onion, and garlic for 30 seconds. Then add water, seasonings and pasta and pressure cook for 3 minutes (2 minutes for al dente). Then mix with butter and parmesan and serve.
It's hard to mess up, really. Stovetop kielbasa pasta is my go-to meal when it's time for my husband to cook. Not just because it's easy, but because it's a "man's meal".
This Instant Pot version is even easier and quicker!
Meat, pasta, some hidden veggies, and cheese, loaded with spices and sauce. It's hearty, comforting and will fill up the biggest appetites out there.
Kielbasa is a staple of Polish cuisine. It's a Polish meat sausage made from beef, turkey, lamb, veal, pork, or chicken. Traditionally, Polish kielbasa is made from pork and is not smoked, or lightly smoked.
0In the U.S, it's often found as a U shaped sausage made from beef, turkey, or pork. It's also often smoked, making it a little different than traditional Polish kielbasa,
In the U.S, kielbasa is usually fully cooked before being packaged. While you can eat it straight from the package, it is most commonly heated or browned before being added to recipes or during recipe preparation.
If you happen to find uncooked kielbasa, make sure it's fully cooked instead of just browned or warmed before eating. Use a meat thermometer to guide you.
Combing kielbasa with peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes brings out the meaty garlic flavors of the kielbasa. As a full meal, it's wonderful combined with pasta, perogies, and dumplings.
More Hearty Pasta Meals You'll Love
- Instant Pot Taco Pasta
- Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo
- Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese
- Hidden Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Creamy Mac and Cheese
- Creamy One Pot Pasta
Instant Pot kielbasa is made with:
- Kielbasa: turkey or beef kielbasa, but I love turkey for a lower fat option.
- Green peppers: red work too!
- Onions: sweet onions are my favorite.
- Garlic: sliced adds texture, but minced works also.
- Canned tomatoes: petite diced in Italian seasonings are perfect, but any diced tomato cans will taste fantastic!
- Spaghetti: use fettuccine, linguini, or your favorite pasta cut (note the change in pressure cooking time below)
💡 If using a pasta other than spaghetti, look at the cooking time on the package. Divide it in half, then subtract 1. For a more al dente pasta, subtract 2. Change to pressure cooking time in this recipe to that time.
🔪 Step-By-Step Directions
Instant Pot kielbasa is made in only 4 simple steps.
- Set the pressure cooker to saute on high for 5 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of oil to the pot and the sliced kielbasa. During the last 30 seconds, add the peppers, onions, and garlic. Mix well and turn off of saute. The goal here is to brown the kielbasa nicely.
- Scrape any stuck bits from the bottom of the pot (to avoid burning). Break the spaghetti in half and layer it on top of the kielbasa and vegetables. Add 6 cups of water, the diced tomatoes and their juices, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Push the pasta down so it is covered by the water.
- Seal the lid and set to pressure cook on high for 3 minutes, or 2 minutes for al dente pasta. Do a quick release when finished and transfer the inner pot immediately to another surface or remove to a serving dish (to prevent overcooking).
💡 The sauce will absorb as the pasta sits. It's important to use the full amount of water, even though it might seem like a lot at first. The longer it sits, the less sauce there will be.
Then mix with butter and parmesan cheese while still hot. After serving, sprinkle with additional parmesan if desired.
💭 Expert Tips
- For crispier peppers, add them with the water and tomatoes instead of when sauteing the kielbasa.
- Remove the inner pot from the pressure cooker immediately after it's done. Removing it from the heat will stop the pasta from overcooking.
- Use as much parmesan cheese as you'd like!
Instant Pot Kielbasa Pasta
- 1 package turkey or beef kielbasa, sliced
- 1 green pepper, sliced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 5 garlic cloves, sliced
- 16 ounces spaghetti
- 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 4 tbsp butter
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- Set the pressure cooker to saute on high for 5 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of oil to the pot and the sliced kielbasa. During the last 30 seconds, add the peppers, onions, and garlic. Mix well and turn off saute.
- Scrape any stuck bits from the bottom of the pot. Break the spaghetti and layer it on top of the kielbasa and vegetables. Add 6 cups of water, the diced tomatoes and their juices, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- Seal the lid and set to pressure cook on high for 3 minutes, or 2 minutes for al dente pasta. If using a different type of pasta, take the cook time on the box and cut it in half, then subtract 1 minute and pressure cook for this amount of time.
- Do a quick release when finished. Transfer the inner pot immediately to another surface or remove to a serving dish (to prevent overcooking). Mix with butter and parmesan cheese.
- Serve sprinkled with extra parmesan cheese if desired.
🍲 How To Store
Instant Pot kielbasa pasta keeps in the fridge for up to 1 week. It is not freezer friendly, as the spaghetti will turn to mush.
I hope you've enjoyed this easy pressure cooker recipe and will let me know how it turns out in the comments below!