Penne with Creamy Pesto Sauce and Italian Sausage
Recipe type: <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1"><span></span><span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1"><span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">Entree</span></span></span>
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 8
This simple one pot meal is cooked in the pressure cooker. It's great for days when you don't want to heat up the kitchen, or when you need an easy meal to serve to the family. My pressure cooker is a 6 quart electric pressure cooker. This recipe worked well in my cooker. Refer to the instruction manual for your cooker before attempting any of these recipes.
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound uncooked penne pasta
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar pesto sauce (or an equal amount of homemade pesto)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup shredded Romano cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links
  1. Turn pressure cooker to the on position.
  2. Melt butter in the bottom of the pressure cooker.
  3. Add raw pasta to the cooker and toss with the butter until the pasta is completely coated.
  4. Add 1 cup water and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently until the water is absorbed.
  5. Mix together the pesto sauce, and heavy cream, adding water if necessary so that the liquid volume equals 2¼ cups.
  6. Pour pesto and cream mixture over pasta in pressure cooker and mix well.
  7. Add shredded cheese to pressure cooker.
  8. Stir well to incorporate.
  9. Place the steamer rack in the pressure cooker.
  10. Arrange sausages on the rack.
  11. Close lid to pressure cooker and, lock it into place with the steam valve in the closed position.
  12. Allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  13. Release pressure from cooker.
  14. Serve pasta and sausages with garlic bread and a tossed salad for a complete meal.
Recipe by Patty Cake's Pantry at