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Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Tortellini is an easy dinner recipe made with chicken sausage and tortellini in a tomato cream sauce. Just dump, cook and eat!

instant pot creamy sausage tortellini with basil on plate

This delicious chicken sausage tortellini is one of my family’s favorite Instant Pot recipes. I’ve made it about 3 or 4 times in the last couple of weeks, and they gobbled it up every time — even the picky eater approved!

So, I’ve been going through my favorite one pot dinner recipes and converting them into Instant Pot dinner recipes, which is one reason why I made this one so many times. Only tried and true Instant Pot recipes here, folks! But honestly, it’s so dang easy and good that I didn’t mind!

Actually, the original sausage tortellini skillet recipe is pretty amazing, but this Instant Pot recipe is even easier. There’s no stirring or standing by the stove. Just dump everything into the pressure cooker, press Start, and let the Instant Pot do the work!

It really is a dump and start dinner. As much as I hate to use the word “dump” when describing a recipe, that’s exactly what you do here. And believe me, this easy dump dinner is exactly what you need when you’re too tired to cook or when you’re on vacation!

How to make Instant Pot creamy sausage tortellini

At first, I was worried about cooking tortellini in the Instant Pot, since I didn’t want it to overcook and turn to mush. But you guys, you can cook tortellini in the pressure cooker without any trouble at all.

First, I like to add a little bit of olive oil to the pot to prevent the sausage from sticking. Then, you add the sausage slices, tortellini, water and marinara sauce.

I used Aidells brand of Italian chicken sausage since that’s what I’ve always used for this recipe. It’s precooked, so it saves time. You can use any brand you want, though.

sausage and tortellini with tomato sauce in instant pot

I also used just one cup of jarred marinara sauce here. If you want to cut down on the sodium, you can use an 8-ounce can of tomato sauce with no salt added.

Personally, I prefer the marinara sauce, but either sauce will work.  If you do use the tomato sauce, be sure to add some Italian seasoning for extra flavor!

instant pot creamy sausage tortellini on spoon

You can cook the sausage tortellini for 2 minutes if you like it more al dente, but 3 minutes is perfect if you like it a little softer. Then, add a little cream and grated Parm, and you’re good to go!

Don’t be afraid to add a little more cream or Parm if you want. You’ve got this!

instant pot creamy sausage tortellini on plate

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Recipe for Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Tortellini

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Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Tortellini

By: Dee
Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Tortellini pasta is an easy dinner recipe made in the pressure cooker with chicken sausage and tortellini in a tomato cream sauce. Just dump in the ingredients, press start, cook and eat!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1-pound package cooked Italian chicken sausage, sliced thin (Aidell's)
  • 1 20-ounce package refrigerated tortellini
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
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  • Add the olive oil to the inner instant pot, and spread evenly around bottom of pot
  • Arrange the sausage slices evenly in pot, then layer tortellini on top
  • Pour water around and over tortellini, then add marinara sauce over tortellini. DO NOT STIR
  • Cover with lid, and turn vent to sealing position. Hit PRESSURE COOK for 3 minutes. Pot may take 10 minutes to reach pressure.
  • After 3 minutes cook time, do a quick release when pot beeps. When pin drops, carefully remove lid, stir, then stir in cream and Parmesan cheese until blended. Sauce will thicken as it stands.


Recipe was made in 6-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker using pre-cooked Aidell's Italian Chicken sausage, Buitoni tortellini and Barilla marinara sauce.  Taste may vary if using different brands.
Recipe can also be made in 8-quart Instant Pot.


Calories: 320kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
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  1. Rian says:

    If I was to double the recipe , how long would I cook it for? I am new to the instant pot recipes. Thanks

    1. Dee says:

      The cook time is the same even if you double it. 🙂

  2. Krystle says:

    Can you use a slow cooker for this?

    1. Dee says:

      I’ve never tried it that way, but you can cook it on the stove. Here’s the recipe

  3. AA says:

    I am an IP novice (specifically, I own the Aldi 6qt. version). I was able to find all the ingredients at Aldi (probably $14 total); while pricey, it serves a crowd with leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. I must add that it is filling! This recipe is great, the tortellini ended up tender but firm, absolutely perfect. I did not have anymore leftover homemade sauce in the freezer, so I used a jar of Aldi organic marinara; I did not regret this. For families, this is a MUST on a busy night full of extra-curricular activities. I work for child protective services and very busy shuffling kiddos from my job and those at home. This fits perfectly in the schedule. Took a total of 35 minutes for me (including the cooking of the turkey sausages). Much love from Dayton, Ohio 🙂

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  4. Grant says:

    what’s the best way to reheat this dish so it’s not dry?

    1. Dee says:

      If you’re reheating individual portions, I usually just use the microwave and maybe add a little more cheese or cream at the end if needed. I use the stove to reheat leftovers for the family and add in a little extra sauce or cream if needed.

  5. Terrece Davis says:

    can you use slow cooking on the instant pot, if there is no button that says pressure cook

    1. Dee says:

      Does your Instant Pot have a “manual” button? If so, that’s what you would use. I have never tried slow cooking this, so I’m not sure about how to do it.

  6. Nicole says:

    How would the time change if you used frozen tortellini and frozen sausage?

    1. Dee says:

      I haven’t made it from frozen before, but generally, the cook time remains the same. The pot will just take a little longer to reach pressure.

  7. Nicolle Trujillo says:

    What would you recommend if you have dry tortellini? Will it cook the same?

    1. Dee says:

      I would try half the time that the package recommends if you’re using dry pasta. 🙂

      1. Alicia says:

        I have the same question, so are you inferring to cook the pasta before putting in the IP? I’m not understanding your response to this at all. Sorry!

      2. Dee says:

        I use refrigerated tortellini in this recipe. It’s uncooked, but needs less time to cook because it’s not dried. Dried tortellini, which is normally found in the pasta aisle, takes longer to cook.

  8. Caroline says:

    Can you use milk (like 2%) instead of the heavy cream? Or does it not turn out the same?

    1. Dee says:

      It might be thinner, but it would still work. 🙂