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Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs (Video)

Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs is amazing served with zucchini noodles or use pasta for some family members if you prefer. And there are instructions to make it on the stovetop as well!  

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Chunky Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs!

 

 
Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs photo of finished sauce served over zucchini noodles

At my house I have a sunny patch of herbs that’s right out the front door, and even though I now have a pretty small vegetable garden, those herbs remind me of past gardens when I had masses of tomatoes and would make fresh tomato sauce with herbs every summer and freeze it. So about a month ago I got obsessed with the idea of making an Instant Pot pasta sauce with my favorite Italian Sausage, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. It seemed like a no-brainer until I’d tried several batches of sauce that burned on the bottom of the Instant Pot!

Then I decided to look back at some of my old pasta sauce recipe on the blog and I found a chunky pasta sauce recipe that I first made with slow roasted tomatoes, kind of a close relative to the Spicy Cherry Tomato Sauce for Zucchini Noodles that I make every summer. So Kara and I experimented until we had this Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs, and it turned out to be such a winner!

And because the Instant Pot Pasta Sauce was so closely inspired by an earlier stovetop recipe I decided to combine the posts, so people can choose the method they prefer. If you want the stovetop recipe that’s been hanging out in the archives since 2008, here’s the printer-friendly version of that recipe. Whichever way you make this tasty sauce (and whether you eat it with zucchini noodles or pasta) I hope you have fresh herbs from your garden; that’s what puts this over the top for me!


Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs process shots collage

How to Make Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Heat oil in the Instant Pot on SAUTE / HIGH HEAT. Squeeze sausage out of the casings and cook, breaking apart with a turner while you brown it.
  2. While sausage cooks, drain 2 of the cans of tomatoes.
  3. When the sausage is brown, push it to the side, add more oil, minced garlic, dried basil, dried Greek oregano, and ground fennel and cook 2-3 minutes more.
  4. Then add all the tomatoes and beef broth. Lock the lid, set the Instant Pot to HIGH PRESSURE, and cook 10 minutes, then QUICK RELEASE.
  5. When the pressure is released, check to see if you want your sauce to be a little thicker. If so, use SAUTE / HIGH HEAT to cook until it has reduced a bit and is the thickness you prefer.
  6. Then change to SAUTE / LOW HEAT, stir in chopped herbs and 1 T more olive oil and simmer about 5 minutes to finish the sauce.
  7. Serve hot, with zucchini noodles or pasta of your choice, and plenty of freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

To Cook Zucchini Noodles:

Here are Three Ways to Make Zucchini Noodles if you haven’t done it. I use the Paderno Spiralizer, and like the thicker size noodles. To cook zucchini noodles, heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a large frying pan. (You can add a few sliced garlic cloves to season the oil. If you do that, only cook the garlic until you barely smell garlic and then remove it; don’t let garlic brown or it will taste bitter.) When the oil is hot, add the zucchini noodles and cook until barely tender and heated through, not more than 2-3 minutes. Season with a little salt and serve with sauce or topping of your choice.

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More Pasta Sauce Ideas from the Past:

Sausage and Basil Marinara Sauce
No Cook Pasta Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes
Roasted Tomato, Italian Sausage, and Basil Sauce

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Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs

Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs

Yield 8 servings of sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

This Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs was so delicious even though it took me a few tries to get a winner.

Ingredients

  • one 19.5 oz. package hot turkey Italian sausage (see notes)
  • 5 T olive oil, divided
  • three 14.5 oz. cans petite diced tomatoes, drain 2 cans and keep the liquid in the other one
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 T minced garlic (or more)
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried Greek Oregano
  • 1 T ground fennel
  • 1/3 cup (or more) finely chopped fresh basil (see notes)
  • 2 T chopped fresh oregano
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • freshly-grated Parmesan for serving (optional but recommended)

Instructions

  1. Heat 3 T olive oil in the Instant Pot on SAUTE / HIGH HEAT. Squeeze turkey or pork Italian sausage out of the casings and add to Instant Pot and cook, breaking apart with a turner while you brown it. (Turkey sausage will release a bit of water, so cook until that's evaporated.)
  2. While sausage cooks, drain 2 of the cans of tomatoes.
  3. When the sausage is brown, push it to the side, add another 1 T olive oil, minced garlic, dried basil, dried Greek oregano, and ground fennel and cook 2-3 minutes more.
  4. Then add 2 cans drained tomatoes, 1 can undrained tomatoes, and beef broth. Lock the lid, set the Instant Pot to HIGH PRESSURE, and cook 10 minutes, then QUICK RELEASE.
  5. When the pressure is released, check to see if you want your sauce to be a little thicker. If so, use SAUTE / HIGH HEAT to cook until it has reduced a bit and is the thickness you prefer. (This probably won't take more than 5 minutes or so.)
  6. Then change to SAUTE / LOW HEAT, stir in chopped herbs and 1 T more olive oil and simmer about 5 minutes to finish the sauce.
  7. Season with salt and a little fresh ground pepper to taste.
  8. Serve hot, with pasta or zucchini noodles and freshly grated parmesan cheese. (See below for how to cook zucchini noodles.)
  9. The sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for about a week or frozen for several months; reheat on low heat.

Notes

Use pork Italian sausage if you prefer. Use as much chopped fresh basil as you prefer or have available, or you can use frozen basil if you have some. I highly recommend using the fresh chopped herbs to finish the sauce, but if fresh herbs are not available you can still make a pretty good sauce by slightly increasing the amount of dried herbs.

I used a 6 Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for this recipe, but you can use any 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker (affiliate link).

To Cook Zucchini Noodles: Here are Three Ways to Make Zucchini Noodles if you haven't done it. I use the Paderno Spiralizer (affiliate link), and like the thicker size noodles. To cook zucchini noodles, heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a large frying pan. (You can add a few sliced garlic cloves to season the oil. If you do that, only cook the garlic until you barely smell garlic; don't let garlic brown or it will taste bitter.) When the oil is hot, add the zucchini noodles and cook until barely tender and heated through, not more than 2-3 minutes. Season with a little salt and serve with sauce or topping of your choice.

Nutritional information is for the sauce only.

Click Here for Original Stovetop Version

Instant Pot recipe created by Kalyn and Kara.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11.2gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 694mgCarbohydrates: 7.1gFiber: 3.6gSugar: 4gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Chunky Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs found on KalynsKitchen.com
 

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Instant Pot Chunky Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs served with zucchini noodles would be suitable for most low-carb or low-glycemic diet plans, and all phases of the original South Beach Diet. Tomatoes do have some carbs, but when I calculated the nutritional information I was pleasantly surprised that this sauce was quite low in carbs, enjoy!.

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    28 Comments on “Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs (Video)”

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  2. this looks SO good Kalyn!! Good and meaty!! my favorite!!

  3. Great dish Kalyn. One thing I miss in my kitchen…a freezer larger than a postage stamp.

    Although, there’s always room for sausages, shrimp and baggies of soup and sauce.

    One of these days I do hope you share a pasta dish with Presto Pasta Nights.

  4. I would love to tuck into some of that right now! Fabulous, hearty, comfort food… mmm….

  5. When I think of favorite dishes – I think of ones like this. So satisfying! I would like to die in right now!

  6. Just like you I realized that I had some stuff in the freezer to start using up. Used some of my basil today.

  7. Natalie, I’m not sure about the GI of brown rice pasta, but brown rice is 55 and the pasta would be higher than that, so it makes sense.

  8. This looks great Kalyn. I love slow roasted tomatoes! I have a mental block for pasta right now, especially since Brown Rice Pasta is higher on the glycemic index than whole wheat- am I right about that? I will have to wait until I am at my target weight for this!