Instant Pot Creamy Turkey Spinach Penne–saucy penne pasta with ground turkey, tomatoes, green chiles, cumin, cream cheese and spinach. A perfect family friendly weeknight meal. Make it fast in your electric pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Creamy Turkey Spinach Penne
I got the idea for this recipe by watching this video on Instagram. The video shows the recipe being made on the stove top. I knew that the recipe would be a perfect candidate for the Instant Pot. I was right. I love the way that pasta turns out in the Instant Pot.
The flavors from this pasta are so good! My whole family loved this pasta and we had some leftovers for lunch the next day too. I used penne rigate pasta but you could also use rigatoni pasta or orecchiette pasta. I used ground turkey but you could also use lean ground beef or ground chicken.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Creamy Turkey Spinach Penne I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
Saucy penne pasta with ground turkey, tomatoes, green chiles, cumin, cream cheese and spinach. Make it fast in the electric pressure cooker.
For the turkey:
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
For the penne:
- 10 ounces uncooked penne rigate
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (rotel)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
For after it has pressure cooked
- 4 ounces cream cheese (half a brick)
- 4 cups spinach (2 big handfuls)
- 1 cup grated monterey jack cheese
- Brown the turkey. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When it says HOT on the display add the olive oil into the pot. Swirl the oil around. Add in the ground turkey and break it up with a wooden spoon. Add in the onion. Stir. Add in the salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano and pepper. Brown the meat for about 5 minutes. There will be extra liquid that cooks off of it and that is okay. We will use it to help cook the pasta.
- Pressure cook. Pour in the penne pasta, broth, tomatoes, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. Don’t stir. Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 4 minutes. Once the time is up perform a quick release by moving the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Finish the dish. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting and stir in the cream cheese, spinach and cheese. Stir until the cream cheese is melted and fully incorporated. Turn off the saute setting. Scoop the pasta onto serving dishes and enjoy.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
You can also make this with lean ground beef or chicken.
Feel free to use whatever pasta you like best. To figure out how long to cook your particular pasta in the instant pot check the back of the pasta box. Divide the number of stove top cooking minutes in 2 and then subtract one minute. For example if the pasta says to cook for 10 minutes you’d divide 10 by 2, which is 5, and then subtract 1, which is 4 minutes in the instant pot.
Recipe inspired by Foodie Crush
- Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
- Calories: 441
- Sugar: 5 g
- Sodium: 1303 mg
- Fat: 21 g
- Carbohydrates: 36 g
- Protein: 24 g
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