Tortellini Alfredo with Italian Sausage

This easy Instant Pot tortellini Alfredo is a weeknight win.

Editor's Note: "Pasta makes such a great weeknight dinner, and this Instant Pot tortellini Alfredo is one of our new favorites. Cheese tortellini is a crowd pleaser in general, and in this dish it gets dressed up a bit with Italian chicken sausage, an unbeatably good cream sauce, and plenty of fresh spinach. This dinner not only tastes amazing, it also looks great when served up on a plate. This is one dish that you can serve when you want to impress, and it's also perfect for a casual weeknight. In other words, the perfect time to make this dish is just 'soon.'"

Serves6 ($2.16 per serving)


  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) canola oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound (455 g) ground Italian sausage
  • 1 can (14.5-oz [429-ml]) chicken broth
  • 1 package (20-oz [567-g]) frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) heavy cream
  • 4 ounces (115 g) cream cheese, diced, softened
  • 1 cup (100 g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups (90 g) baby spinach


  1. Turn the pot to sauté mode on HIGH until the screen says hot. Add the oil, then the onion and garlic, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until just softened. Add the sausage and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until no longer pink.

  2. Stir in the broth, tortellini, salt and pepper. Turn the pot to HIGH pressure, secure the lid, adjust the valve to sealing and set the timer for 6 minutes. When the time is up, do a quick release by turning the valve to venting. Once finished, release the lid.

  3. Turn the pot to sauté mode on HIGH. Stir in the cream, cream cheese, Parmesan and spinach, until the spinach is wilted.


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