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

4.89 from 44 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

160 comments

  • Kristina: I am not sure why, but mine is still so liquidity even after letting it rest for so long.
    I am certain I used the correct amount of liquid… any suggestions or ideas as to why? February 24, 2019 at 8:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d maybe try a different brand of pasta or try reducing the liquid a little next time. February 25, 2019 at 11:46am Reply

  • Erin: Tried this last night with gluten free pasta (I have Celiac Disease) and it worked perfect! Delicious! February 24, 2019 at 4:52am Reply

  • S.Robinson: It would really be helpful if this recipe would print when you click on print. I clicked print and nothing happened. I print off many recipes from other sites incliding this one so don’t know what the problem is February 22, 2019 at 8:14am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry it must just be something glitchy. I tried today and it worked for me, maybe try again tomorrow, or just try the old fashioned way and highlight the recipe then right click and print. Sorry it’s giving you trouble. February 24, 2019 at 12:02am Reply

  • Debbie: My first Instant pot meal, this is delicious and so quick and easy! My family loved it, thank you! February 18, 2019 at 8:59pm Reply

  • Celine: Will this recipe fit in a Mini? I’ve just purchased mine last week and am not yet familiar with which recipes will fit or those that I need to cut in half. February 17, 2019 at 9:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry but unfortunately I don’t think it will. February 25, 2019 at 9:55pm Reply

  • Cinde: This was so delish! My 13 yo kid and hubby looooved it. I didn’t have oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, but used the ones that are dried in a sealed bag and they worked fine. February 16, 2019 at 5:48am Reply

  • Michelle Bradley: This is so delicious!! Even my teenage son liked it. It’s so easy and amazing, definitely going to be a favorite in my house. 😍 February 9, 2019 at 4:24pm Reply

  • Kim: We are dairy free here, so does anyone know how it tastes with dairy free cream cheese (since that has a different taste.)? February 7, 2019 at 4:22pm Reply

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