Pizza Pasta Casserole


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb italian sausage
  • 1 onion
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 14-16 oz cavatappi
  • 14 oz pizza sauce
  • 3 oz sliced pepperoni
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
  • Fresh basil for garnish
  • Cut 2 oz of the pepperoni in quarters. Leave the other 1 oz in whole slices. Set aside.
  • Add butter to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function.
  • When butter gets hot, add sausage and onion. Cook and stir until no pink remains.
  • Add mushrooms (optional) and broth to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Onto the meat mixture, evenly layer pasta sauce, then pasta, then pizza sauce. Do not stir.
  • Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL , then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  • Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 5 minutes.
  • When the time is up, quick-release the remaining pressure.
  • Add the 2 oz of quartered pepperoni and 4 oz of cheese and stir to combine.
  • Top with remaining cheese and whole pepperoni and close the lid until the cheese is melted and pepperoni heated through. Serve warm.
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