Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta
This Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta is so creamy, delicious and easy to make. It is the perfect Pasta Recipe for Fall and Winters. Entertain your guests with this dish or make it for your family.
- 1 pound or 1 box Pasta - pick any from penne, farfalle, rigatoni, medium shell
- 1 medium Red Onion thinly sliced
- 3 cloves Garlic chopped fine
- 1 medium Zucchini chopped into small cubes
- 2 large or 6 small Bell Peppers use mixed color
- 1 small head Broccoli cut into small flowers
- 1 medium Tomato chopped fine
- Water to cook Pasta
- 1 cup Heavy Cream or Half & Half
- 1 cup Alfredo Sauce use plain alrefo
OIL & SPICES
- 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 4 to 5 tsp Cajun Spice use less if you want milder taste
- To Taste Salt & Pepper
COOKING PASTA IN INSTANT POT on MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK MODE - Refer to the Video
Place the Inner pot inside the 6 quart Instant Pot. Plug it in. Add Pasta to it.
Add just enough water that the pasta and water is leveled. For more al-dante pasta which is recommended, make sure that the water is just a tad bit lower than the pasta. Check the video. It shows how.
Add 1 tsp salt & 1 tbsp Olive oil. Place the lid and close it. Set the floating valve to SEALING. Set the timer to PRESSURE COOK /MANUAL at HIGH/MORE for 5 minutes.
Once the timer beeps, immediately perform QPR that is Quick Pressure Release. Open the Lid. There might be some water left that is ok. Pasta will soak it up. Transfer the pasta carefully to a big bowl.
COOKING CREAMY CAJUN SAUCE WITH VEGETABLES on INSTANT POT SAUTE MODE
Clean the same inner pot or use the second if you have extra. Or if you have 2nd Instant Pot then you can use that too.
Place the inner pot inside the instant pot. Plug it in again. Press SAUTE MODE and set for 15 minutes on HIGH/MORE. Once the screen displays HOT, add 1 tbsp Olive oil to it. Now add Garlic and Onions to the hot oil. Give it a good stir. Cook for 2 minutes.
Now add bell peppers, broccoli and zucchini to the pot. Give another good stir and cook further for 3 minutes.
Add heavy cream + alfredo sauce + CAJUN SPICE + salt n pepper to taste. Give it a good stir. Let cook further for 3 minutes. Now add chopped tomatoes and boiled pasta. Give it a good stir.
Let it all cook further for 5 minutes till pasta absorbs the sauce. Keep stirring in between.
Your Creamy Cajun Pasta in Instant Pot is ready.Serve it warm. You may add Parmesan cheese and some fresh basil for additional flavors. I sprinkled a bit of Spanish paprika for more kick.
Creamy Cajun Pasta on Stove Top
Cooking Pasta in Traditional Pressure Cooker
Take a pressure cooker. Add pasta + 1 tsp Salt + 1 tbsp Olive oil to it. Add enough water till the level of pasta. Place the lid and pressure weight on it. Cook on high heat. When the pressure blows off, switch off the heat. Release the pressure manually. Open the lid. Pasta is ready. If there is any water left, let it sit. It would come handy with cooking the wholesome Pasta.