Instant Pot Smoky Chipotle Pasta

I have once again teamed up with Better Than Bouillon – but this time, I’m celebrating their newly-released Culinary Collection and putting their Smoky Chipotle flavor into the most wonderful pasta known simply as Smoky Chipotle Pasta! Loaded with zesty sausage, sweet peppers, and (of course) some smoky chipotle, this dish is for anyone who enjoys a rich, creamy pasta with a kick to it.

This post was sponsored by Better Than Bouillon/Summit Hill Foods.

Smoky Chipotle Pasta
Showing various flavors of Better Than Bouillon
Firstly, allow my to introduce you to the newest batch of flavors from Better Than Bouillon: The Culinary Collection! Given the name of this recipe, we’ll be going with Smoky Chipotle today 😉
Adding butter to pot
But first thing’s first. Add some butter to the Instant Pot.
Adding diced bell peppers to pot
Once melted, add in some diced peppers…
Adding red onion to pot
…and diced red onion.
Sautéing peppers and onion in pot
Sauté for a few moments until the veggies begin to soften.
Adding sliced and ground sausage to pot
Time to add some sausage! Add some to the pot (see the recipe card for more info on the types of sausage used).
Sautéing sausage in pot
Sauté the with the veggies for a few moments.
Adding Smoky Chipotle Better Than Bouillon base to water
Okay, now it’s time to add that smoky chipotle touch! 1 teaspoon of Smoky Chipotle Better Than Bouillon + 1 cup of water = 1 cup of smoky chipotle broth! (see the recipe card for exact amount used).
Stirring water with base until it becomes broth
After adding the base to some water, mix until it becomes broth! (NOTE: Using warm or hot from the sink will help the base dissolve more easily – but if you can only use cold thats fine. It’ll dissolve when pressure cooked)
Pouring broth in pot
Pour the broth into the pot…
Adding lime juice to pot
…along with some optional lime juice for a nice complementary touch.
Adding zigi rigate to pot
Time for the pasta! I like to use ziti rigate (ziti with ridges), but any short-form pasta will do.
Submerging ziti under broth with a wooden spatula
DON’T STIR THE PASTA! We don’t want it to clog up the pot while coming to pressure. Rather, smooth it out with a wooden spatula or mixing spoon, making sure it’s as submerged in that smoky chipotle broth as possible! Secure the lid and cook at high pressure.
Cooked pasta
When done, you’ll notice the pasta will have cooked perfectly!
Adding sour cream to pot
Now for the final touches. Add some sour cream…
Adding shredded cheddar cheese to pot
…shredded cheese…
Adding chili powder to pot
…chili powder…
Adding more smoky chipotle Better Than Bouillon to pot
…and just a touch more of that Better Than Bouillon Smoky Chipotle base!
Stirring pot and letting sauce thicken for 5 minutes
Give it all a final stir until all is combined and then LET THE PASTA REST for 5-10 minutes. It is during this time that the sauce will continue to be absorbed into the pasta, thickening it to the perfect, saucy consistency!
Placing finished pasta in bowl
Spoon some into bowls…
Man showing pasta
…show off this beautiful masterpiece…
Man trying pasta
…give it a taste…
Man loving pasta
…and this, my friends, is the look you should achieve! Smoky Chipotle Better Than Bouillon, I love you and can’t wait to use you in other dishes! Goes great with my garlic bread!
Instant Pot Smoky Chipotle Pasta
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Instant Pot Smoky Chipotle Pasta

Instant Pot Smoky Chipotle Pasta

I have once again teamed up with Better Than Bouillon - but this time, I'm celebrating their newly-released Culinary Collection and putting their Smoky Chipotle flavor into the most wonderful pasta known simply as Smoky Chipotle Pasta! Loaded with zesty sausage, sweet peppers, and (of course) some smoky chipotle, this dish is for anyone who enjoys a rich, creamy pasta with a kick to it.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) salted butter
  • 3 bell peppers, diced (I used one green, red and yellow)
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds smoked sausage and/or chorizo of your choice (I use half Southern-style smoked sausage sliced into 1/4-inch pieces and Mexican-style chorizo which comes in a tube, similar to how breakfast sausage does), see Jeff's Tips
  • 3 1/2 cups broth of your choice (I use 3 1/2 teaspoons Smoky Chipotle Better Than Bouillon + 3 1/2 cups water)
  • Juice of 1 lime (optional)
  • 1 pound ziti rigate (ziti with ridges, but any short-form pasta will work - same cook time!)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (I used a blend)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Smoky Chipotle Better Than Bouillon

Instructions

  1. Add the butter to the Instant Pot, hit Sauté and Adjust to the More or High setting. Once melted, add the peppers and onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Then, add the sausage and sauté for another 3 minutes.
  2. Add the broth and lime juice (if using) and stir, scraping the bottom of the pot to make sure it's free and clear of any browned bits.
  3. Add the pasta, but do not stir. Simply smooth it out with a wooden spatula or mixing spoon so it's mostly submerged in the broth. Secure the lid and move the valve to the sealing position. Hit Cancel followed my Pressure Cook or Manual for 6 minutes at High Pressure. Quick release when done.
  4. Add the sour cream, cheese, chili powder (if using) and Smoky Chipotle Better Than Bouillon. Stir until well combined.
  5. Let the pasta rest for 5-10 minutes for the sauce to thicken and come together. Serve and enjoy topped with additional cheese and chili powder, if desired.

Jeffrey's Tips

If, for whatever reason, you cannot get your hands on the Smoky Chipotle flavor, try Chili Better Than Bouillon instead!

You can use any sausage you wish. Be it Italian, breakfast, chorizo (in a tube or links), chicken, kielbasa, bratwurst, plant-based or even hot dogs! Just use between 1 1/2 - 2 pounds.

Adding shrimp to this pasta is a nice touch! Add some thawed and peeled shrimp in Step 4 just before adding the dairy. Stir for 2-3 minutes until curled and opaque.

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