Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

June 18, 2018

A must try pasta recipe! 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

One Pot Pasta Recipe

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.

Want to see how easy this Instant Pot recipe is? Watch the video!

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

How to Make this Pasta Recipe

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 Tuscan Chicken Pasta 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

More Instant Pot Recipes to Try

Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

4.88 from 77 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.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

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*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 693mg30%
Potassium 2079mg59%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 2970IU59%
Vitamin C 22.9mg28%
Calcium 354mg35%
Iron 5.9mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Pasta Recipe, Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Author: Jaclyn

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253 Comments

  • Don

    I made this last night and it was great. I read the comments beforehand and did modify it a bit using some of the tips, and some of the questions.
    Here are the things I did different:
    I drained the tomatoes reserving the oil they were packed in. Diced 1/2 medium onion and the garlic. Set IP to saute added about 1-2 tablespoons of the reserved oil, then added onion and Italian seasoning for 2-3 minutes until onions were softened and herbs became fragrant, then added garlic and chicken, Just for a bit, not to fully cook chicken, just to sear quickly. Then added tomatoes just to warm, then the broth and turned heat off, scraped all of the good stuff on the bottom up, added pasta and proceeded as the recipe states for cook time. After releasing the pressure I set to keep warm, I added the Boursain cheese plus 3-4 ounces of cream cheese.

    I never made it following the recipe, so I don’t know how much it changed from the original, but it turned out great and exactly how I hoped.

  • Jen

    How do you do that? This is my first time using ip. Did you saute chicken and onions in the ip…and then still cook the chicken?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      No onions added :) and no sautéing necessary here, if you did those small pieces of chicken would end up overcooked.

  • Jen

    I have about 2 1/2 lbs of chicken and an 8qt instant pot. This will be my first dish. Can I double the recipe and how does this affect cooking time?

  • David

    I know the recipe says it makes six servings but about how big would you say a serving size is in cups? Trying to track nutrition and want to try this but also don’t want to “over guess” a serving 😁

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry I didn’t measure total volume. We always dive in too quick and I forget. Perhaps you could use a scale then measure the instant pot insert then subtract that at the end when weighing again once complete and divide into 6.

  • Andrea_Bryden

    Why does the cook time say 30 minutes cooking , but the the recipe is only 15 to 20 with the resting period

  • Eileen

    Made this tonight. Seasoned the chicken well and added lots of fresh ground pepper at the end. Delicious!

  • Dolly N

    My first stab at using the Instant Pot. Easy and delicious. I’ll be making this again.