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Instant Pot™ Creamy Pesto Penne Pasta

instant pot™ creamy pesto penne pasta Entree
Instant Pot™ Creamy Pesto Penne Pasta
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 6

From start to finish, this incredibly satisfying creamy pesto penne pasta with chicken is done in just 45 minutes. The only way this Instant Pot™ meal can possibly get better is with a side of warm crescent rolls brushed with garlic butter. MORE+ LESS-

Updated January 4, 2019
Progresso Broth
Make with
Progresso Broth

Ingredients

2
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
package (16 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
8
oz uncooked penne pasta (about 2 1/2 cups)
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, cut into cubes, softened
1
container (7 oz) refrigerated pesto sauce with basil
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1
package (5 oz) fresh baby spinach leaves

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray 6-quart Instant Pot™ insert with cooking spray. Mix broth and salt in insert.
  • 2
    Stir in chicken and pasta. Secure lid; set pressure valve to SEALING. Select MANUAL; cook on high pressure 7 minutes. Select CANCEL. Set pressure valve to VENTING to quick-release pressure.
  • 3
    Immediately stir mixture until pasta is completely separated. (Pasta will appear to be stuck together but will separate while stirring.) Stir in cream cheese, pesto and Parmesan cheese until cheeses melt. Stir in spinach until wilted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

  • We used Buitoni™ brand pesto, which has a thicker consistency and works well with this pasta. Some brands have a looser consistency, which can result in a thinner sauce.
  • Garnish with extra pine nuts, if desired.
  • Complete this meal with a side of Pillsbury™ crescent rolls!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/3 cups
Calories
570
Calories from Fat
300
% Daily Value
Total Fat
33g
51%
Saturated Fat
12g
61%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
95mg
32%
Sodium
990mg
41%
Potassium
390mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
36g
12%
Dietary Fiber
2g
10%
Sugars
2g
Protein
31g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • First time using your Instant Pot™? Find out everything you need to know about your new appliance in our How to Use an Instant Pot™ article
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