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Penne Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Incredibly creamy and delicious pasta  with an EASY dump recipe that is ready in under 20 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 459kcal


  • 1 pound uncooked Penne Pasta
  • 2 cups low sodium broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups tomato sauce plain or marinara
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup basil or parsley chopped


  • Add the pasta, broth, water, garlic powder, red pepper, salt to the Instant Pot insert. Layer tomato sauce on top. Gently push all pasta under liquids. Do not mix.
  • Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Pressure cook (Hi) for 4 minutes followed by quick release.
  • Open the Instant Pot and stir in the cream. Add parmesan cheese and chopped basil or parsley.



1. We are using a full box of pasta in this recipe.
2. Using penne pasta in this recipe, which has a stove cook time of 10 minutes. To adjust for Instant Pot cook time - Divide the cooking time by half and minus one for al dente pasta. Hence we are pressure cooking for 4 minutes.
3. Always have enough water or broth to cover most of the pasta underwater. Depending on the shape of pasta you may need more or less liquids.


Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1055IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg
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