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Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta
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Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta

Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta with chicken and smoked sausage in a creamy, spicy sauce makes an easy and flavorful family meal. It can be made start to finish in under 30 minutes.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium sweet or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 6 white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (14-ounce) package smoked sausage, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun or Creole seasoning I use Tony Chachere's
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  • Turn Instant Pot on "Saute" mode. Add oil and butter.
  • Add onion and green pepper and cook until starting to get soft, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add mushroons, sausage and garlic and cook another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add chicken, paprika, Italian seasoning, chicken broth, tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, and cayenne pepper.
  • Add pasta and use a wooden spoon to push it all down into the liquid.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot. Make sure the valve is in "sealing" position. Cancel the "Saute" mode and set to Pressure Cook on HIGH for 5 minutes.
  • Manually release the pressure. Remove lid and stir in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and heavy cream until the cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle parsley on top.