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Monday, December 19, 2016

One Pot Tortellini with Meat Sauce [Instant Pot Pressure Cooker]

One Pot Tortellini with Meat Sauce

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…one pot…





This one pot dish is a SERIOUS Instant Pot win! It is PERFECT for a busy weeknight!

This is definitely Mom approved, and, kid approved by my seriously picky 7 year old. Hubby loved it. We all loved it. It took well under 30 minutes to make, and the best part is it’s only about 6 minutes hands on cook time.

If I made this on the stove, it would not only take longer, but I would have to dirty at least 2 pots, a couple spoons, a couple lids, and my totally-annoying-to-clean glass stove top. Anyone else HATE cleaning their glass stove top?

I am always thankful for my Instant Pot. But, tonight, my love grew. It makes relatively easy meals THAT much more EASY. It makes my life easier. And, it delivers deliciousness. I mean, how could you go wrong here guys?

Did I mentioned this meal is delicious? In all seriousness, this One Pot Tortellini with Meat Sauce is BETTER than any time I have made it on the stove. The tortellini is cooked JUST RIGHT! Seriously. Instant Pot - we love you.

This is a semi-homemade version in that I use jarred marinara sauce and packaged tortellini, but you could definitely make homemade sauce if you have time for that. And if you have time to make homemade tortellini, well… don’t talk to me. LOL - just kidding 😛 Mail me some to Florida though!

You could totally substitute another pasta in this dish… increase cook time to 4-5 minutes depending on what kind of pasta (typically half the time it says on the box - if a cook time range on the box, go with the least amount of time and cut in half. Example: Spaghetti box says cook 8-10 mins, go with 8 cut in half, so 4 minutes cook time in pressure cooker)

One Pot Tortellini with Meat Sauce


1 T olive oil
1 lb. sausage, mild or spicy - your preference (can sub ground beef if desired)
2 jars marinara or traditional tomato sauce
2 cups water
2 9 oz packages pre-made Tortellini, any flavor or variety

Parmesan cheese, optional garnish
crushed red pepper, optional garnish
Garlic Bread, optional side

Essential Tools

Instant Pot, I have the 6 qt IP-DUO60 7-in-1
Instant Pot Silicone Mitts


Plug in Instant Pot, press “Sauté” button (if other pressure cooker, browning mode).

Pour Olive Oil in Instant Pot insert. Allow to heat for 15-20 seconds, then add sausage and brown for 3-4 minutes using wooden spoon and Pampered Chef Mix n Chop to break up sausage.

Once browned, use towel or Silicone Mitts to lift insert slightly to the side, pressing sausage against one side of pot, and drain as much grease as possible using a spoon (you could also use a strainer!)

Add tomato sauce and water. Stir and allow to heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Before adding tortellini, stir sauce one last time.

Add tortellini. DO NOT STIR. If you stir, the tortellini may stick to the bottom of your Instant Pot.


After adding tortellini, gently push them down into the sauce with your spoon.


Close lid. Turn Vent Knob to "Sealing”. Press “Manual” button, and adjust cook time using “+/-“ buttons to 3 minutes. If other pressure cooker, use high pressure setting for 3 minutes cook time.

Your pressure cooker will take about 10 minutes or so to come to pressure. Once it comes to pressure, cook time countdown will begin.

When cook time is complete, Instant Pot will beep and automatically change to “Keep Warm” setting and begin Natural Pressure Release (NPR). Allow NPR for 5 minutes. Then quickly release remaining pressure (QPR) by turning Vent Knob to “Venting”. Before QPR, I always place a hand towel over the vent knob.

Behold, your one pot Instant Pot wonder.

Serve with a side of garlic bread (and maybe some broccoli if you’re a better Mom than I) 😉
Top with parmesan cheese, maybe some crushed red pepper.


One Pot Tortellini with Meat Sauce

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  1. Over the weekend I bought the ingredients & browned the sausage so we could have this crockpot meal during the week ( My husband usually gets home @ 3:00 throws it in & we eat about 7:00. This week he's on OT & not getting home until 5:00. Uh oh! Found your recipe, used my ingredients, but followed your method. I cut the broth to 3 cups & stirred in the cream cheese after it was cooked, let it sit covered for about 5 minutes & stirred again. Start to finish it took 35 minutes. It turned out great!! Thanks for saving us from eating dinner @ 9:00. Next time I'm gonna do your recipe & stir in cream cheese(maybe less) at the end, the tomatoes were too chunky in my opinion in mine (I think the same thing when I do in the crockpot), can't wait to try yours. Love your instant pot meme. Had mine a week & after the third package of accessories from Amazon arrived that was totally me.

    1. Thank goodness for shortcuts as a wife & mom!! The more, the better! Cream cheese in it sounds delish - too bad my hubby wouldn't eat it (cream cheese hater!). Let me know if you have any feedback on the recipe when you try it. Enjoy!! -Jessica

  2. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I did add onion and garlic and used chicken stock instead of plain water. My husband ate two big helpings! It would be helpful if you included what size jars of spaghetti sauce you used. I used two big jars from Costco and they worked fine.

    Thank you, Jessica, for this recipe!

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