Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Vodka Sauce – A simple Penne alla Vodka recipe demonstrating How to Cook Pasta in a Pressure Cooker.
Instant Pots are supposed to make life easier, right?
Less countertop appliances are needed, because they take the place of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and even a stovetop or hot plate.
Plus, Instant Pot recipes should required less cook time and pot watching.
Yet so many of the digital pressure cooker recipes I find online are challenging. They require a long list of ingredients and much more time than expected.
Today I’m sharing a super easy Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Vodka Sauce recipe that will eliminate your fears and frustrations of pulling out the Instant Pot.
This simple Shrimp Pasta with Vodka Sauce is a classic combination you can make on the stovetop. Yet I will say, using an Instant Pot does reduce dish washing and time.
Another benefit is that cooking pasta in the Instant Pot, right in the sauce, infuses the sauce’s flavors into the pasta for a richer concentrate taste!
Our Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Vodka Sauce offers bold zesty flavor, a luxuriously creamy sauce, and perfectly cooked pasta and shrimp… In minutes.
In my opinion, that alone is worth pulling out the IP!
How Long Do You Cook Pasta In The Instant Pot? (Or Pressure Cooker)
So just how long does it take to cook pasta in the Instant pPot?
In most cases, just 4 minutes on the Pressure Cook High setting will turn out perfect al dente pasta.
The key is to add just enough water or liquid, that you don’t have to drain the pasta at the end, yet the “burn notice” does not turn off your Instant Pot while cooking.
This does vary a little based on the other ingredients in the recipe, how much moisture they contain, and if they are going in the pot before or after the pasta is cooked.
What Is Vodka Cream Sauce?
Vodka Sauce is a spicy marinara or tomato sauce, with a generous dose of heavy creamy blended in at the end of cooking, to provide a rich silky taste and texture.
The cream also neutralizes the spicy, so it’s spicy but not overbearing.
What Does Vodka Sauce Go With?
Honestly, I can’t imagine anything that would not taste better with a bit of vodka sauce. We’ve served it over steaks and lamb, with gnocchi, and even with roasted asparagus.
However Penne alla Vodka is a beloved classic combination.
If you don’t eat seafood, you can skip the shrimp altogether, or through in some Italian sausage to round out the dish!
Our pressure cooker version of Penne alla Vodka, Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Vodka Sauce, is simple and straight forward, but tastes ostentatious. That’s a win-win in my book!
How To Make Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Vodka Sauce
- Start by sautéing the onions and garlic right in the Instant Pot. Then add in the tomatoes, water, vodka and pasta.
- Pressure cook the pasta for 4 minutes.
- Then stir in the shrimp and cream and cook until the shrimp turn pink, just 2-3 minutes!
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Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Vodka Sauce
Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Vodka Sauce
Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Vodka Sauce Recipe - Shrimp, Penne, and Creamy Tomato Sauce come together effortlessly in the Pressure Cooker!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 16 ounces dried penne pasta
- 16 ounces large raw shrimp, peeled and deviened
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Salt and pepper
- Garnish: parmesan cheese
Set the pressure cooker on Sauté. Add the butter, onions, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften the onions, stirring occasionally.
Add in the crushed tomatoes, water, vodka, penne, and 3/4 teaspoons salt. Stir to coat the pasta.
Cover and lock the lid into place. Set the Instant Pot on Pressure Cook High for 4 minutes. Once it is finished cooking, turn the Instant Pot Off, then press the button to Quick Release the steam, until the valve button drops.
Unlock the lid and stir the shrimp and cream into the pasta. Set the Instant Pot on Sauté and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the shrimp are pink. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm with parmesan cheese, if desired.
STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS: Boil the pasta as directed on the package and drain in a colander. Place the butter, onions, garlic, and crushed red pepper in a large sauté pan. Set over medium heat and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, 1 cup water, and vodka to the pan. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the pasta, shrimp, and cream into the sauce and toss. Cook until the shrimp are pink.