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

4.87 from 36 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

137 comments

  • Erin: Has anyone tried to make this a little ‘lighter’ by using non-oil packed tomatoes, and less parm & cream cheese? I’m new to Instant Pot so don’t feel comfortable messing with recipes unless I have some guidance ;-) Thanks! February 7, 2019 at 10:51am Reply

    • Cathi: The changes you have mentioned have more to do with the end result of the dish and nothing much to do with the iP process. But is it always safe to checkin. The amount of liquid and ratio of chicken and pasta is what is important. February 17, 2019 at 5:45pm Reply

  • Lily: OMG! I NEVER comment, BUT my whole family loved this so I just had to take the time! This is the FIRST time I’ve nade pasta and chicken in my instant pot and both were cooked perfectly! No mushy pasta and no soft over cooked chicken! Will be keeping this one for sure! February 5, 2019 at 8:35pm Reply

  • Chris: My picky 18 year old son, who won’t eat food with sauce or food that touches, ate a huge bowl! I told Home he had to try it because he bought me my instant pot but he really liked it. This was our first real IP success. It probably is thousands of calories and I hope it freezes well, but it was yummy February 4, 2019 at 4:41pm Reply

  • Teresa: My husband is in Keto diet and I’d like to add the pasta After for the rest of the family. How much do I cut the chicken broth in the beginning? Thanks! February 2, 2019 at 9:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry without testing I can’t say but in order for the instant pot to reach pressure you usually need 1 cup liquid. February 7, 2019 at 3:10pm Reply

  • Elizabeth Shirley: I made this last night and wasn’t sure we’d like it but it was delicious. I have a few questions though, I use My Fitness Pal so I need to know the serving size, I figured it as one cup per serving so it made eleven, would that be about right? I used whole grain penne and it turned out fine. My husband is a big eater though so if I wanted to have some for family too I’m going to make 1 1/2 recipe next time, would I need to increase cooking time ? February 2, 2019 at 9:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t know in cups. And without testing at a higher volume I can’t say on cook time I’m guessing it wouldn’t be much. February 7, 2019 at 3:12pm Reply

  • Rochelle: If using frozen chicken, how long do you cook it for? January 31, 2019 at 3:41pm Reply

  • Sara: Made this tonight and my husband and I loved it! It smelled amazing, was very easy to make, and tasted so good! I am fairly new to cooking with an Instant Pot and enjoy trying new recipes. We will definitely make this again! January 29, 2019 at 7:05pm Reply

  • Angela: This looks delicious. Question about the nutritional facts, is that for the whole recipe or for one serving out of the recipe? I need nutritional facts for my daughter’s meals and I really appreciate good recipes that have the nutritional facts provided. That makes my life easier. January 27, 2019 at 8:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Nutrition listed is per serving. January 27, 2019 at 9:33pm Reply

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