Spicy Sausage Pasta

I found the recipe for SPICY SAUSAGE PASTA from another blogger and when I read about it I knew it had to be good. With sausage, cheese and pasta what could go wrong? The thing about this recipe, you can adjust the spice to your likeness. The first time I made this, I started off with medium Ro-Tel but the second time, I made my version of Ro-Tel. I will have to say, it was much tastier the second time.

Another good thing about a pasta dish, you can choose whatever pasta you like. When it comes to choosing pasta at the store, I allow Jamie to pick whatever kind he thinks he'd like to try for dishes like this one.

Spicy Sausage and Pasta with Instant Pot Directions

Wondering how I made my Ro-Tel? I used a can of diced tomatoes and a half a can (small) of hot chilies. I mixed both in a bowl and let them sit overnight in the refrigerator. ~ Super yummy!  Yeah, we like our spice spicy!

The recipe calls for broiling the dish, but during the summer, I don't heat up the oven unless it is a necessity. So, I top the dish with the cheese and put a lid over it for a couple of minutes for it to melt and become yummy gooey.

Spicy Sausage and Pasta with Instant Pot Directions

Spicy Sausage Pasta


  • 1 Tbsp oil

  • 1 pound smoked sausage

  • ½ cups diced onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 8 oz Rotini pasta

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


In an oven proof skillet over medium high heat add oils, sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned. Add garlic and cook for a minute more. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until pasta is tender about 10-12 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in a ½ cup cheese. Top with the rest and place under the broiler until cheese is golden and bubbly.

Instant Pot Directions:

Heat pot on the saute setting. Saute sausage, onion, and garlic until brown. Switch over to Manual setting and set the time for 4 minutes. Add the liquids and pasta  and stir. Put the lid on and lock. Cook for 4 minutes and do a quick vent. Open the lid and add the salt, pepper, and cheese. Stir and close the lid and let sit for a minute or two so the cheese can melt.

I found four minutes to be long enough for my pasta, but if you need it longer. Turn the cooker back on for another 2-3 minutes. Remember pasta will become mushy if over cooked. Do a quick vent to help in not overcooking.

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