Saturday, February 15, 2020

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini

Super easy Instant Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini recipe, it’s what’s for dinner at my house tonight. Just add your favorite side dish and some Italian bread to mop up the tasty creamy tomato sauce. Serves 6


1 pound ground Italian sausage (I used mild)
1 yellow onion, diced
1 cup beef broth or water
1 (19 oz) package frozen cheese tortellini (*see below if you used dried tortellini)
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup half & half
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Dash of dried basil to garnish 


Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the sausage. Break it up with a wooden spoon . Add in the diced onion. Once the sausage is browned and the onion is soft add in the beef broth (or water) and deglaze the pot. Pour the frozen tortellini evenly over the top. Dump the tomatoes evenly over the top of the tortellini. Don’t stir.

Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to zero minutes (just push the minus (-) button until it gets to zero). When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid carefully. Stir in the half and half. Scoop onto plates or bowls and sprinkle each individual serving with some shredded mozzarella cheese and a dash of dried basil. 
 *If you did use dried tortellini, you would need to increase the liquid amount. For every 8 ounces of pasta you’ll need 1 3/4 cups of water/broth. You’ll need to increase the pressure cook time also. I would think about 5 minutes will do. Or you can cook your pasta separately according to package instructions and mix it in at the end with the half & half. 


I used dry tortellini added 2 cups of water instead of just one and I cooked it 5 minutes.


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