Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

June 18, 2018

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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 89 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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293 Comments

  • Chloe Stevens

    This recipe is DELICIOUS. My husband and I love it. I’ve made it twice and forgot the tomatoes both times- still tastes great!

  • Mark

    These directions are wrong. The total cook time according to directions is 5min. You. Red to fix this or people will get sick from Salmonella.

    • Jeremy Johnson

      Mark, the recipe is calling for diced raw chicken not whole breasts, 5 minutes is perfect for both the chicken and pasta, longer and you will have overcooked pasta and chicken!

  • Addi

    Help! This is my favorite recipe at the moment, and was what I was making for dinner. But, I realized I forgot to get the shredded Parmesan! Has anyone made it with kraft grated parm? It’s all I got!

  • TDHawk

    Super super easy, quick and delicious. You can add mushrooms. Would love to try it with artichoke, but didn’t have any.

  • Elise

    Followed exactly, but next time will leave off the salt. Not needed. My husband loved it. So quick and easy but on the plate it looks like one slaved over stove. This recipe is a keeper!

    • Myla Huerta

      How can I make this without using an instant pot? Can I use a crock pot instead?

      • Jaclyn

        Jaclyn Bell

        It could be done on the stove or crockpot but just not sure on liquid amounts and times. You’d likely need a little more liquid.

  • Josh

    Hi – I made the recipe “normally” with some already cooked chicken and pasta boiled in a pot. Wow, SO. GOOD. – SO. EASY. Thank you!

  • Kathy

    I’m so bummed! I followed the recipe exactly and the sauce never thickened up. I even added cornstarch and nothing. Not sure what I did wrong. I’ll try again, maybe I didn’t add enough pasta? The flavor was good though, and my hubby liked it, even with the thin sauce. :)

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes it could just be that enough pasta wasn’t added to absorb the liquid and add starches to the sauce, so next time I’d try a little more. With cornstarch it would have to reach a boil to thicken, flour (mixed with a little liquid) doesn’t need to get quite as hot so next time you may try that too. Glad it was still enjoyed though!

      • Melissa

        This is AMAZING!!!! Made this for dinner tonight and could not believe how amazing it was! Probably my favorite meal of all time! WOW!!!!!!

    • Josh

      You did it right – if the sauce tastes good. The difference between a runny sauce – and a thick sauce like in a restaurant is a lot of cooking training. As sauces reduce they burn really easily, then they taste :( lol, been there!