Creamy Chicken Italian Pasta in an Instant Pot

This Creamy Chicken Italian Pasta is a delicious, fast, family friendly meal that my family loves. It's easy to add extra nutrition by serving with whole grain pasta and adding in some optional spinach at the end.

I love to make meals that are nourishing and don't take a lot of time. This Creamy Chicken Italian Pasta fits both of those criteria and on top of that my family absolutely loves it.

From start to finish this meal can be made in about 30 minutes. It's also great as leftovers, if you are fortunate enough to have any. Let's dive right in and I'll show you how to make this hearty dinner in less than the time it takes to watch a show or scroll through your social media.

Creamy Chicken Italian Pasta

 

Creamy Chicken Italian Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts 
1 24 ox jar marinara
1/2 chopped onion
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
salt 
pepper
4 oz cream cheese
1 c spinach (optional)
Serve with 1 lb of pasta (I use whole grain penne or rotini)
 

Directions

1. Pour the marinara sauce in the bottom of your Instant Pot insert. Then place the chicken breasts in.  Add in the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf. Start boiling the water for pasta so the sauce and pasta are ready about the same time.

2. Set the Instant Pot to the Pressure Cooking Setting. Cook it on high for 7 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minutes then do a quick release. Open the pot and shred the chicken with two forks. 

3. Place the cream cheese in and sprinkle the spinach over the top (if adding). Put the lid back on and allow the residual heat to melt the cream cheese and cook the spinach. This takes about 5 minutes. 

4. Give the sauce a good stir after the cream cheese has melted to make sure that it mixes into the sauce. Drain the pasta and mix that in with the sauce. 

 

That's it. It's so easy and delicious. If your family is anything like mine, they will be raving about this Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta for days. It's so nice to find a meal that everyone likes.  Be prepared to see the pasta disappear right before your eyes.

If you make this Creamy Chicken Italian Pasta take a picture and post it on Instagram #peachtreedr. Do you like quick Instant Pot recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less? I know that recipes like that can be a life saver for me on days when life gets busy and we need dinner fast! Please share your comments below. I love to hear from you.

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