This Instant Pot Beef and Sausage Noodle recipe is a simple option for dinner as it is made all in one pot with very little effort, and comes together quickly for those busy nights. Combining ground beef, Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and Italian seasonings all cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce; this meal is sure to be a favorite in your family.
We use the Instant Pot more than almost any other kitchen appliance. It is a fantastic tool once you incorporate it into your routine and learn what it has to offer. We use it to make soups, noodle dinners, our own yogurt, even cheesecakes!
We will walk you through exactly how to use your Instant Pot or pressure cooker to make family dinners for busy weeknights or slow weekends.
Can you cook pasta in your Instant Pot?
Like we said before, we use the Instant Pot multiple times a week and it’s easily become our favorite kitchen tool. You can cook pretty nearly anything in it, including pasta! Yes, dried pasta noodles can be cooked in your Instant Pot for recipes like this where you are throwing everything together for a goulash type meal.
Cooking pasta in your Instant Pot on their own could definitely be done too, but you wouldn’t be able to ensure that they cook al dente. For a recipe like this the noodles absorb so much flavor and seasoning, and they cook to a perfect consistency every time.
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Which noodles cook best in an Instant Pot?
For an all in one recipe like this we find that thicker style pasta noodles work best. They cook to a pleasant texture and balance everything out. Our favorites are penne and large bow tie pasta. Smaller pastas will of course be fine, but they may cook too soft and not hold their shape and texture due to the cooking time.
You can always use jarred roasted red peppers and canned whole or diced tomatoes if that’s what you have.
Do you have to saute beef before cooking it in the Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot provides the convenience of ‘hands off cooking’ and does not require meat to be seared or sauteed before cooking it in the Instant Pot. However, for recipes like this we love the utilizing the saute function that is built into the Instant Pot.
We find that sauteing or searing meats gives a wonderful depth of flavor to the meal, though it’s not absolutely necessary if you are running short on time.
As Instant pot Italian beef dinners go, this one is a winner. The flavors are similar to lasagna and we love it.
NOTE: The balsamic vinegar is an important ingredient in this recipe so be sure you have some on hand, it brings that rich, signature Italian flavor to the meal. If you are out of balsamic vinegar do not substitute with red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, the flavor will become too acid and not pleasant.
Instant Pot Pasta Recipe Tricks:
The manual cooking pressure for this recipe is low as some folks have had trouble with this recipe cooking too hot and burning to the bottom.
Large bow tie or penne noodles, and other thick noodles, cook will cook perfectly in five minutes on high. Smaller, thinner pasta will likely over cook.
If you’re new to the Instant Pot or have never cooked pasta in the instant pot please follow the instructions for this recipe carefully
PLEASE NOTE: We made a video demonstration for you on this recipe. I says to natural release the instant pot once the dinner is cooked. That is incorrect. I meant to say QUICK release.
- Brown your meat on the normal temp setting for the sautè function.
- Drain excess fat if needed. We use a lean organic grass fed hamburger so we don’t drain it.
- Here’s how to adjust the pressure to low pressure as I suggest in the recipe.
- There is a pressure button right above the manual button on your instant pot control panel. At least that is true on my 6 quart duo-Your Pressure cooker may have a different panel.
- If you push this button it toggles back and forth between high and low pressure. A light will light up in the bar above the pressure button and the less normal more button that shows you if the pot is on high or low pressure.
I hope this helps. If you have a different pressure cooker please refer to your manual on how to adjust the pressure to low for this recipe.
At serving sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top for flavor and garnish as desired.
This instant pot ground beef recipe with bulk Italian sausage is full of delicious Italian flavor.
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A very fast, easy and delicious dinner with lots of Italian flavors.
- 1 15 oz. can can of whole or diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 Tablespoon Avocado oil (or any oil)
- 1 lb. Mild Italian bulk sausage
- 1 lb hamburger
- 4 cloves garlic-chopped
- 1/2 Cup roasted peppers-chopped
- 12 oz. uncooked pasta, (choose a thick pasta like penne or bow ties)
- 1 8 oz. can can tomato paste
- 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 1/2 Cups water
- 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
Select saute' function on NORMAL and add the oil.
- Add the meat and break it up into bite sized chunks and cook until completely browned. (I use the GLASS lid during saute' to keep the splatters in the pot)
- Add the chopped garlic and chopped peppers and stir.
- Add the uncooked pasta and the water.
- Add the liquids and the tomatoes. Stir it all together.
- Secure the PRESSURE COOKING lid. Vent closed.
Select MANUAL function. Select ADJUST and set the time for 5 minutes.
- Select PRESSURE button and choose LOW pressure. (See notes on this in recipe notes)
- Seal the vent.
- When cooking is done turn the instant pot OFF and use quick release. The pasta should be completely cooked but not mushy. If it needs a few more minutes, hit the Saute' function button and cook until you're happy with the noodles. (mine came out perfect)
- At serving Sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese over the top for flavor and garnish as desired.
The total time on this recipe is around 40 minutes. The instant pot should come to pressure in 10 minutes or so after it is loaded, locked down and set.
Once it counts down the 5 minutes and beeps. Shut it off! Quick release the pressure valve and at serving garnish with the cheese.
Note on Video Demonstration: I incorrectly said natural release on the video. PLEASE QUICK release the pot once it's done.
Note on the pasta: I have made this recipe several time with different pastas. I would choose the bow tie pasta or other thick pasta like penne.
*TIP: Don't use very thin egg noodles or other thin noodles for this recipe. I have had good luck with penne noodles and spiral noodles and the bow ties.
*TIP: Use ONLY balsamic vinegars. If you don't have it omit it.
*Tip: If you DO get the burn message turn off you pot and quick release immediately. The dinner is usually fine to serve. A few noodles may have stuck to the bottom.
Serving Size1 1/2 Cups
Amount Per Serving Calories 463Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 61mgSodium 899mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 2gSugar 8gProtein 20g
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Recipe adapted from The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Book