1cupwater8 oz, a 8 qt Instant Pot might need 1.5 cups (12 oz)
8ozpenne pastaaround 2 -2.5 cups penne pasta
14.5oz candiced tomatoI used fire roasted
1/4 teaspoonblack pepperor to taste
1/2teaspoonsaltor to taste
1/2cupheavy cream4 oz
2ozcream cheeseat room temperature
Press the saute button and then press the adjust button to set saute to "less".
Once it displays hot, add 2 tablespoon olive oil. Add garlic and onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes until fragrant.
Add the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, sugar and stir.
Add 1 cup water (you might need 1.5 cups water for 8 qt IP). Make sure there's nothing at bottom, most probably there won't be as we saute on low heat.
Then add 8 oz penne pasta, a can of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Do not stir especially if your Instant Pot model gives the BURN message.
Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. For softer pasta do 6 minutes. Quick release the pressure by manually moving (be careful) the pressure valve from sealing to venting position.
Open the pot and stir everything together. Press the saute button again and use the adjust button to set saute to "less".
Add in the heavy cream and stir.
Add the 2 oz cream cheese and stir. Keep stirring until the cream cheese melts and mixes well with the sauce. Taste test and adjust seasonings at this point.
Then add fresh basil and stir. Also add the pine nuts (if using, optional) and mix.
Serve this creamy tomato basil pasta with more basil or parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
Boil pasta according to instructions on the package (reserve some of the boiled pasta water). To a pan on medium-low heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes until fragrant. Add the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and sugar. Then add can of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add in the heavy cream and cream cheese. Mix and let the cream cheese dissolve. Add some of the reserved pasta water to thin out the sauce a little. Let the sauce come to a slight boil and then add the boiled pasta, followed by fresh basil. Adjust consistency of the pasta, you can add more water if needed. Add pine nuts (if using). Taste test and adjust the seasonings. Serve hot!
Remember to not stir after adding the can of diced tomatoes if your model of Instant Pot gives Burn messages.
If using a 8 qt, you might need to add extra 1/2 cup water. I have not tested this recipe in a 8 qt but because it has a larger surface area, extra water might be needed.
Cook for 6 minutes on high pressure for softer pasta.