Forget baked ziti--when you need a quick and delicious dinner, turn to this pressure cooker ziti! It has a deliciously meaty sauce, and pressure cooks for just 8 minutes.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

20 mins
8 mins Under pressure
8 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a 6-qt. electric or stove-top pressure cooker combine the first 7 ingredients (through Italian seasoning). For an electric cooker, bring to boiling using saute setting. For a stove-top cooker, cook directly in the pot. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in pasta. Lock lid in place. Set electric cooker on high pressure for 8 minutes. For stove-top cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high heat; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure. Cook 8 minutes. Remove from heat. For both models, let stand 15 minutes to release pressure naturally. Release any remaining pressure. Carefully open lid.

  • Gently stir in basil. Top with cheese. Cover and let stand 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

Slow Cooker Instructions

1. In a 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker combine chicken sausage, sweet peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Cover and cook on low 6 to 7 hours or high 3 to 3 1/2 hours. If using low, turn to high. 2. Stir in pasta. Cover and cook 25 to 30 minutes more or just until pasta is tender, stirring after 10 minutes. Gently stir in basil. Top with cheese. 3. Cover and let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

350 calories; total fat 11g; saturated fat 5g; polyunsaturated fat 0g; monounsaturated fat 1g; cholesterol 57mg; sodium 1080mg; potassium 635mg; carbohydrates 42g; fiber 5g; sugar 8g; protein 22g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 2534IU; vitamin c 87mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 4mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 120mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 213mg; iron 3mg.