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Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta has great flavor, and is a hearty pasta meal. A casserole style dish in less time than baking in the oven.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker chicken bacon ranch pasta recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 - 8
Calories 586 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton

Ingredients

  • 6 slices Thick Cut Bacon, cooked or uncooked, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 3 Tbsp Butter, unsalted
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth, low sodium
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream or Half and Half, (more if you like it saucier)
  • 1 packet Ranch Dressing Powder (3 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 16 oz Penne Pasta (or rotini, ziti, etc.)
  • 2 (8 oz) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (cubed slightly larger than bite sized)
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare all of the ingredients before you start. Cut the bacon and chicken, have the butter measured. Shred the cheese, and measure out the ranch & garlic powders, broth, and pasta. It will make the cooking process much easier and faster. Less stress!

  2. If you have uncooked bacon: Turn on the Sauté function (Normal/Med heat). Add the chopped bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until done. Remove to a paper towel and drain all of the fat from the pot. Set aside.

  3. Add the butter and a splash or two of the broth to the pot and stir, scraping the bottom of the pot so you can to get up all of the brown bits (fond). 

  4. Add the broth, heavy cream, ranch powder, and garlic powder, and stir well.

  5. Add the pasta and stir.

  6. Add the chicken and the cubes of cream cheese. Don't stir, but gently push down, using a spoon, to submerge the chicken and pasta.

  7. Cancel the Sauté function.

  8. Place the pressure cooker lid on the pot and turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  9. Press Pressure Cook or Manual button, and then the + or - button to choose 5 minutes. Your pasta may need a different time. Usually half the time on the package directions.

  10. When the cooking cycle ends, do a controlled Quick Release of the pressure, just until you are sure no sauce will spew out with the steam, then turn the knob all the way and let it all out.

  11. When the pin in the lid drops down, open it and give the contents a stir. It will be fairly soupy at this point.

  12. Stir in the cheese and let it melt.

  13. Stir in the bacon. Mix well. It will thicken as it cools.

  14. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

This pasta dish will thicken as it cools. To reheat you may need to add a little broth, milk, or water.