Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

06.18.2018

If you haven’t broken open that Instant Pot then now is the time! This Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta is one of the tastiest things to make in your instant pot, and it’s so EASY! It’s deliciously creamy, amazingly hearty and just perfectly satisfying. This is my kind of comfort food!

Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

An Easy, Flavorful One Pot Pasta

I love that with this recipe you are throwing all of the ingredients into one pot. Everything goes into the Instant Pot and there’s no sautéing beforehand. About 2/3 of the ingredients are added at the beginning then you’ll add the remaining 1/3 at the end.

Ingredients for Tuscan Chicken Pasta

  • Low-sodium chicken broth
  • Sun dried tomatoes in oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic
  • Chicken breasts
  • Campanelle pasta
  • Baby spinach
  • Light cream cheese (regular works too)
  • Parmesan
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta ingredients parmesan cream cheese spinach italian seasoning pasta chicken chicken broth basil garlic sun dried tomatoes

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How to Make this Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

First you’ll start by stirring together the chicken broth, sun dried tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper in an instant pot insert.

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta mixing broth and sun dried tomatoes

Then mix in diced raw chicken and dry uncooked noodles. Cover and seal, make sure valve is set to “sealing” position. Set to “manual” and select 5 minutes.

Instant Pot Chicken Broth adding in pasta and chicken to instant pot

Once time is up select “cancel” then use the quick release method to release pressure. Wait for steaming to stop from valve then open Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta finished cooking

Stir in spinach, cream cheese and parmesan. Then let mixture rest for about 5 – 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta adding cream cheese parmesan and spinach

The sauce will be very runny at first but the longer you let it rest the more it will thicken and become creamy.

Finished Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Substitutes for this Recipe

  • Frozen thawed and drained spinach can replace fresh.
  • Regular cream cheese will work in place of light.
  • If you can’t find campanelle pasta you could substitute another kind of bite size pasta such as cavatappi, bowtie or penne.
  • Garlic powder could replace fresh, I’d go with about 3/4 tsp.
  • If you don’t want to buy fresh basil then use 1 tsp dried, add it along with Italian seasoning.

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta finished cooking

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Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

4.86 from 14 votes

This is one of the tastiest things to make in your instant pot, and it's so EASY! It's deliciously creamy, amazingly hearty and just perfectly satisfying. A recipe you'll want on repeat.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 568 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (32 oz) carton low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes with herbs, drained and dab excess oil off with paper towels, chopped
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 12 oz uncooked campanelle pasta
  • 5 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg. light cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
  • 1 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (use fresh shredded)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. In an instant pot insert stir together broth, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper (season with more at the end if needed).

  2. Stir in chicken and pasta (and try to submerge down into broth).

  3. Secure the lid in place, be sure pressure valve is set to "sealing" position. Select the "manual" setting or high pressure and set to 5 minutes.

  4. After the time is up select "cancel" then use the quick release method to release pressure - which is to carefully turn the valve to "venting" position and step back as steam will release.

  5. Once it stops sputtering open lid and immediately stir noodles to separate then stir in spinach, light cream cheese and parmesan.

  6. Toss well. Let rest for about 5 - 10 minutes to thicken (it will seem like soup at first but as it rests and cools it will thicken right up).

  7. Toss in basil just before serving and serve warm (you can also garnish with a few diced sun dried tomatoes if desired).

  8. Recipe source: adapted from Betty Crocker with some changes

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 693mg 29%
Potassium 2079mg 59%
Total Carbohydrates 70g 23%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 18g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 59.4%
Vitamin C 27.8%
Calcium 35.4%
Iron 32.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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57 comments

  • Lori D.: One word sums it up: WOW! I whipped up this recipe because I had all ingredients on hand except the sun dried tomatoes. It was a huge hit with the family. My husband said “You need to make this again!” as he was eating it. Everything was dumped into the pot in two stages, so cleanup was a breeze. Leftovers were a dream because I merely snapped on my silicone lid and stored the pot in the refrigerator. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe, Jaclyn. I look forward to more. September 9, 2018 at 10:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it Lori! Thanks for your review! September 9, 2018 at 4:42pm Reply

  • Alex Parker: Excellent, everyone enjoyed this recipe . Thank you for sharing September 7, 2018 at 5:08pm Reply

  • Whitney: So delicious, this is going to be have to become a weekly dinner now. August 29, 2018 at 9:06am Reply

  • Lee Ann: Was absolutely delish, first time I’ve tried this recipe and family loved. August 28, 2018 at 6:56pm Reply

  • Cheryl @ PDD: OMG. This is fantastic. My hubby and I had to restrain ourselves from eating it all tonight! August 25, 2018 at 7:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving 5 stars! August 27, 2018 at 9:58am Reply

  • Jenny: Super simple and delicious! Definitely a new family favorite! 💜 August 21, 2018 at 7:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review! August 22, 2018 at 11:13am Reply

  • Karen Magno: Made this tonight. Was not runny at all. Was very yummy but a little heavy for me. Could I substitute something lighter for the cream cheese? August 21, 2018 at 4:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could try adding in some half and half or use light cream cheese. August 22, 2018 at 3:09pm Reply

  • HELEN: I don’t have an insta pot…but I do have an electric pressure cooker. Would I do it the same way? August 14, 2018 at 1:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I can’t say for sure since I don’t know how to use all the different brands and models but my guess is that it should be. August 22, 2018 at 5:17pm Reply

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