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instant pot creamy italian mac and cheese in a white bowl

Instant Pot Creamy Italian Mac & Cheese

Instant Pot Creamy Italian Mac & Cheese is the ultimate comfort food pasta dish! Full of creamy, cheesy noodles, sausage, and sun dried tomatoes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 350kcal
Author Nichole


  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound Italian Sausage
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion Diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 8 Ounce Jar Sun Dried Tomatoes Chopped
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Pound Medium Shell Pasta
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Cups Fresh Spinach
  • 2 Cups Shredded Provolone
  • 1 Cup Shredded Parmesan


  • Turn the instant pot to saute mode and add the olive oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add in the sausage and onion and cook, breaking up the meat as you go until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Turn the pot off and add in the minced garlic, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper to taste. Stir constantly for 1 minute.
  • Add the chopped sun dried tomatoes, broth, water, and pasta shells to the pot.
  • Place the lid on the pot and set the valve to sealing position. Cook on manual, high pressure for 4 minutes, then do a quick release.
  • Remove the lid and add the cream and spinach to the pot and stir constantly just until spinach is wilted.
  • Add the cheese to the pot in 3-4 handfuls, stirring well between each addition. Serve immediately. Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eaten within 3 days.


NOTE:  It is important to make sure that you add the cheese in 3-4 additions, stirring well between each one.  If you add it all at once, it may clump together.


Serving: 1.5Cup | Calories: 350kcal