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Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta is a quick and easy dinner made in the pressure cooker with chicken and shell pasta in a cheesy tomato cream sauce.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 300kcal
Author Dee


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut up
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 16-ounce box medium shell pasta, uncooked
  • 1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Hit SAUTE button on pressure cooker, and when it reads HOT, add olive oil
  • Add cut-up chicken to hot pot, and cook until chicken is no longer pink, stirring frequently
  • Add Italian Seasoning, sea salt, garlic powder and pepper, and stir until well coated. There should be plenty of juices from the chicken to deglaze pot and scrape up any chicken that might be sticking to bottom. Add a little water if necessary to make sure no chicken is sticking to pot.
  • Hit CANCEL, then add uncooked pasta shells, water and marinara sauce on top. Press lightly to make sure pasta is covered with liquid, but do not stir
  • Cover, turn knob to sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 5 minutes
  • When pasta is done cooking, do a gradual quick release, and when pin drops, open lid
  • Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese until well blended, and serve immediately



This recipe was made in an 8 quart Instant Pot pressure cooker, using Barilla brand marinara sauce and medium pasta shells.
It can be made in the 6 quart without changing cook time or ingredients.
For firmer pasta, set cook time to 4 minutes.


Calories: 300kcal