Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta


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

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Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

4.83 from 52 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


  • 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


  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
Calories: 568 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Brandon Blue: Very delicious I have an 8-quart instant pot and large family so I doubled the recipe , family loved it came out great I cook the chicken for an extra five minutes just to be safe since I double the recipe. I also used rigatoni noodles . January 3, 2019 at 9:10pm Reply

    • T: Did you up the time since you doubled or did you leave it still at the 5 minutes? Thanks January 5, 2019 at 10:05pm Reply

  • Taylor: Does the cooking time need to be adapted for an 8qt IP? January 1, 2019 at 3:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It will be the same. January 22, 2019 at 10:10pm Reply

  • Mercedes: how can i make this with frozen chicken? what is the time adjustment? January 1, 2019 at 9:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Unfortunately only thawed chicken will work here. January 18, 2019 at 12:01am Reply

  • Jessica: This is missing something. The sauce was flat. I might try substituting some white wine in place of some of the chicken broth, searing the chicken first, and maybe reducing the cooking time by a minute so the pasta is more firm. December 28, 2018 at 8:16pm Reply

  • Dee: I’m new to Insta Pot and I’m a lil confused. Recipe states cooking time is 30 minutes. Recipe step #3 references 5 minute cook time. Where’s the other 25 minutes of cooking time? December 27, 2018 at 1:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The time it takes for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure and the time it takes for it so come down. You’ll notice online some people might skip this in times listed so it gets a little confusing (and mine doesn’t list the label unfortunately, so that’s confusing), but I’d always plan on extra time to reach and drop pressure. December 28, 2018 at 9:03am Reply

  • Corey: If I wanted to leave the pasta out, would I need to reduce the amount of chicken broth? December 5, 2018 at 2:02am Reply

  • Mary: We loved this so very much. Will definitely make it again and again. I used organic boneless skinless chicken breast thighs I had from Costco and added 1/2 chicken breast cause I wanted to make sure I had enough chicken. I used organic full fat cream cheese and also organic chicken broth and also gluten free penne pasta. Everything about this recipe went amazing. Thank so so much. November 15, 2018 at 6:10pm Reply

  • Tray: Does the chicken need to be cooked before placing it into the insta pot?! October 9, 2018 at 7:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: No it’s added raw. Hope you enjoy! October 9, 2018 at 3:30pm Reply

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