The Best Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta

Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta with chicken and smoked sausage in a creamy, spicy sauce makes an easy and flavorful family meal. It can be made start to finish in under 30 minutes.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium sweet or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 6 white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (14-ounce) package smoked sausage, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun or Creole seasoning I use Tony Chachere's
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Turn Instant Pot on "Saute" mode. Add oil and butter.
  2. Add onion and green pepper and cook until starting to get soft, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add mushroons, sausage and garlic and cook another 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add chicken, paprika, Italian seasoning, chicken broth, tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Add pasta and use a wooden spoon to push it all down into the liquid.
  6. Place lid on Instant Pot. Make sure the valve is in "sealing" position. Cancel the "Saute" mode and set to Pressure Cook on HIGH for 5 minutes.
  7. Manually release the pressure. Remove lid and stir in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and heavy cream until the cheese is melted.
  8. Sprinkle parsley on top.