Creamy Pesto Pasta with mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes made in less than 30 minutes in the Instant Pot.
This recipe requires a handful of ingredients and make restaurant style pasta in no time!
Ingredients & Substitutions
This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients.
Mushrooms: I have used white mushrooms here and sliced them slightly thick (not very thick though).
Do not slice them very thin else they will over-cook.
You can also use cremini mushrooms here, they should work very well.
Pasta: I have used the bow-tie (farfalle) pasta here. If you use penne pasta, the cooking time should remain same.
A larger shape like the rigatoni will take more time, I will probably add 2-3 minutes of pressure cooking time.
I have use regular pasta here, if using whole wheat consider adding an extra minute or two while pressure cooking.
Pesto: you can use either homemade pesto or your favorite store-bought sauce. I often have store bought sauce on hand for busy days.
I like using basil pesto here but you can even use spinach pesto or any other pesto that you have on hand.
Sun-dried tomatoes: I used sun-dried tomatoes from Trader Joe’s- these were not submerged in oil and were just dry.
If you have the jar of sun-dried tomatoes with oil, then drain the oil, chop and then use them in the recipe.
Cream: the cream is what makes the sauce creamy. You can also use half & half, that should also work.
Other than these ingredients, you can also add veggies like peppers and spinach to this pasta.
Add peppers along with the mushrooms and pressure cooker. And add spinach once the pressure cooking is done along with the pesto and cream and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
Instant Pot size: so this recipe has been tested in a 6qt DUO. If you are using a newer model or 8qt, you might need to add more water.
If your Instant Pot gives “BURN” message frequently or you have a 8 qt, probably add an additional 1/2 cup water.
I have never got a burn message warning in my IP till date and I have been using it for 4 years so it’s hard for me to say what to do to avoid it.
But since 8 qt has a bigger surface area and newer models are prone to this message, it would make sense to add additional liquid.
Make it Vegan
You can easily make this recipe vegan. First, make sure the pesto is vegan.
And then substitute the cream with either coconut milk or cashew cream.
This pasta can be easily made on stove-top. All you have to do it boil the pasta in a pot according to instructions on the package.
And then add it to the creamy pesto sauce. Please check the recipe card in the end for stove-top instructions.