Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

06.18.2018

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

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Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

4.9 from 46 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*
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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Pasta Recipe, Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Calories: 568 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

168 comments

  • Tami Horvath: Delicious. I used a can of Rotel because I did not have sun dried tomatoes. It gave the dish a little kick and You just dump in the whole can! January 15, 2019 at 5:29pm Reply

  • Meagan: Made this last night. OH MY GOSH! It was SO good! My husband could not stop telling me how good it was. WILL be making this again. I was actually really excited to take the leftovers to work so I could eat it again. January 14, 2019 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Dawn: I made this last night and it was Great!! Just curious can you do shrimp instead of the chicken. January 12, 2019 at 6:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Shrimp could be used but I’d add cooked shrimp at the end, otherwise it will end up overcooked. January 12, 2019 at 8:48pm Reply

  • Leanne: This was amazing. Just curious if you’ve done this with a marina or pasta sauce as opposed to the creme cheese and parmesan combo? New to the IP so prefer to make “tried n true recipes” vs. winging it by changing it up. Thanks for any advice on that you might have. January 9, 2019 at 2:25pm Reply

  • Debbie: Delicious January 8, 2019 at 5:09pm Reply

  • Rachel: This looks so good can you make it in the crock pot? January 8, 2019 at 3:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It could be done I just can’t say on times since I haven’t tested yet. You’d want to add the pasta near the end and you’d likely need a bit more liquid. January 17, 2019 at 11:55pm Reply

  • Terrilyn Levith: What size Instant Pot do you use? January 7, 2019 at 9:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: 6 quart. January 17, 2019 at 11:58pm Reply

  • Laura: Can you use packaged shredded parmesan cheese? January 6, 2019 at 7:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I prefer the freshly shredded but in a pinch that should work. January 9, 2019 at 11:56am Reply

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