Make this Easy Creamy Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe with rich homemade Alfredo sauce! This kid-friendly pressure cooker pasta is perfect for busy weeknights. 😀

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Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe with homemade Alfredo sauce! Kid-friendly pressure cooker pasta for busy weeknights.

Cheesy . Creamy . Rich . Alfredo Sauce .

If you knew how easy it is to make this fragrant buttery garlicky Alfredo Sauce from scratch, you’d ask yourself why have you been buying jar Alfredo Sauce! 😛

Say goodbye to your store-bought Alfredo Sauce…

All you need is 6 simple ingredients from your pantry to make this delicate & creamy white sauce.

But wait a minute, Instant Pot Alfredo Sauce? Wouldn’t it scorch in the Instant Pot?

Instead of risking scorching problems, cooking the Alfredo Sauce in the pasta after pressure cooking, or using jar Alfredo Sauce, we came up with an easy workaround.

Pot . in . Pot . Alfredo Sauce!

Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe with homemade Alfredo sauce! Kid-friendly pressure cooker pasta for busy weeknights.

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Because:

  • Simple ingredients from your pantry – no need for store-bought Alfredo sauce!
  • Easy & quick pasta meal with little prep work – great for quick lunch or busy weeknight meals
  • Rich & comforting butter garlic Alfredo Sauce
  • Kid-friendly meal

Ingredients for Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta


Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe Ingredients
  • 1 pound (454g) penne pasta
  • 1 – 2 (250g – 400g) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 – 2 cups (40g – 80g) baby spinach, washed
  • 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

ALFREDO SAUCE

  • 7 – 8 (20g) garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  • 32 grams Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated (at room temperature)
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

GARNISH

  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

*Pro Tip: Use freshly grated real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese instead of pre-shredded cheese to avoid graininess in the Alfredo Sauce.

Tools for Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta


Instructions for Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta


 Step 1
Preheat Pressure Cooker

Tool

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

First, heat up your Instant Pot by pressing Sauté button and click Adjust button to go to Sauté More function (as shown in photo below).

how to use instant pot - saute more function

Wait until the indicator says HOT.

*Pro Tip #1: You can mince the garlic while the pressure cooker is heating up.

Step 2
Sauté Chicken Breast

Ingredients & Tool

1 – 2 (250g – 400g) boneless, skinless chicken breast
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
7 – 8 (20g) garlic cloves, minced

Stainless steel bowl

Time for seasoning!

Season one side of chicken breasts with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe: Season chicken breasts with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Then, add 1 tbsp olive oil in the inner pot.

Place chicken breasts in the pot (seasoned side down) and season the other side with kosher salt and black pepper.

Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe: Browning chicken breasts in Pressure Cooker

Brown each side for about 1 1/2 minute. Set aside the chicken breasts.

Add minced garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant, it takes about a minute.

Then, pour the sauteed minced garlic into a stainless steel bowl.

*Note: this stainless steel bowl along with the sauteed minced garlic will be used in the Instant Pot for cooking the Alfredo Sauce, so make sure it fits inside your inner pot!

Step 3
Deglaze Instant Pot

Ingredient

1/2 cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock

Pour 1/2 cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock in the Instant Pot.

Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot and mix them into the stock mixture.

Step 4
Pressure Cook Pasta & Chicken Breasts

Ingredients & Tool

1 pound (454g) penne pasta
Browned chicken breasts
Remaining unsalted chicken stock

Add into stainless steel bowl (with sauteed minced garlic)
1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter

Add 1lb (454g) penne pasta and chicken breasts in the Instant Pot.

Pour in the remaining chicken stock (as shown in left photo below).

*Pro Tip #1: Try to submerge all the penne pasta in the chicken stock.

Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe: Pot-in-Pot Chicken and Pasta

Layer the stainless steel bowl with Alfredo sauce ingredients (sauteed minced garlic, heavy cream & unsalted butter) on top of the pasta in the Instant Pot (as shown in right above photo).

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 4 minutes (use Manual button)
  • Pressure Release Method: 4 minutes Quick Release (wait 4 minutes before turning the venting knob to release pressure)

Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.

*Pro Tip #2: You can grate the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese & wash the spinach while the pressure cooker is cooking the chicken pasta.

*Pro Tip #3: Be sure to use the finest size of cheese grater to grate the cheese.

Step 5
Make Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

Finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, at room temperature
Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Remove stainless steel bowl and chicken breasts from the Instant Pot.

Melt 32g finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into the Alfredo sauce 1/3 at a time while mixing with a fork.

Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe: making easy Alfredo sauceTaste & season with kosher salt (about 3 pinches) and ground black pepper.

*Pro Tip #1: be sure to constantly stir the Alfredo Sauce as you melt the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (1/3 at a time!)

*Pro Tip #2: very critical to taste & season the Alfredo Sauce in this step!!

Step 6
Mix in Spinach & Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

Washed baby spinach
Alfredo sauce (from stainless steel bowl)
Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Heat up the Instant Pot by pressing Cancel button, then Sauté button.

Mix baby spinach and ¾ of the Alfredo sauce with the cooked penne pasta.

Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe: Mix in baby spinach & Alfredo sauce.Taste and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Step 7
Serve Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Ingredient

Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Cut chicken breasts into slices and add them on top of the Alfredo pasta. Then, drizzle the remaining Alfredo sauce onto the chicken spinach pasta.

Garnish with more Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese if desired.

Serve immediately & enjoy!~

Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe with homemade Alfredo sauce! Kid-friendly pressure cooker pasta for busy weeknights.

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta


1. Taste, Season and Repeat!

Unless you like bland Instant Pot Pasta, be sure to taste & season the Alfredo Sauce! The seasonings are critical in opening up the flavors of the Alfredo Sauce, so taste & adjust according to your taste.

2. Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce: If you like roasted garlic Alfredo sauce, you can roast the garlic in the oven beforehand.

3. Use Freshly Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese to Avoid Graininess in the Alfredo Sauce: Use freshly grated cheese instead of pre-shredded cheese. Yes, it’ll be more work – but it’ll be worth it 🙂 Pre-shredded cheese contains cellulose powder that doesn’t break down nor allows smooth melting.

Also, be sure to use the finest cheese grater to grate the cheese for optimal results!

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Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Make this Easy Creamy Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe with homemade Alfredo sauce! This kid-friendly pressure cooker pasta meal is perfect for busy weeknights.
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Pasta, Quick Meals, Sauce, Easy
Cuisine: Italian  
  Prep:  |  Cook:  |  Total:
  Serving: 4
  Rated 5.0/5 from 6 reviews
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (454g) penne pasta
  • 1 - 2 (250g - 400g) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 - 2 cups (40g – 80g) baby spinach, washed
  • 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
ALFREDO SAUCE
  • 7 - 8 (20g) garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  • 32 grams Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated (at room temperature)
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
GARNISH
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat Pressure Cooker: Heat up your Instant Pot by pressing Sauté button and click Adjust button to go to Sauté More function. Wait until the indicator says HOT.
  2. Sauté Chicken Breast: Season one side of chicken breasts with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Add 1 tbsp olive oil in the inner pot. Place chicken breasts in the pot (seasoned side down) and season the other side with kosher salt and black pepper. Brown each side for about 1½ minute. Set aside chicken breast. Add minced garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Pour sauteed minced garlic into a stainless steel bowl.
  3. Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock in the Instant Pot. Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot and mix them into the stock mixture.
  4. Pressure Cook Pasta & Chicken Breasts: Add 1lb (454g) penne pasta and chicken breasts in the Instant Pot. Pour in the remaining chicken stock. Try to submerge all the penne pasta in the chicken stock. Layer the stainless steel bowl with Alfredo sauce ingredients (except the cheese and seasoning) on the pasta in the Instant Pot. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes + 4 minutes Quick Release. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.
  5. Make Alfredo Sauce: Remove stainless steel bowl and chicken breasts from the Instant Pot. Melt 32g finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into the Alfredo sauce ⅓ at a time while mixing with a fork. Taste & season with kosher salt (about 3 pinches) and ground black pepper.
  6. Mix in Spinach & Alfredo Sauce: Heat up the Instant Pot by pressing Cancel button, then Sauté button. Mix baby spinach and ¾ of the Alfredo sauce with the cooked penne pasta. Taste and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  7. Serve: Cut chicken breasts into slices and add chicken slices on top of the serving plate of pasta. Then, drizzle the remaining Alfredo sauce onto the chicken spinach pasta. Garnish with more Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese if desired. Serve immediately~

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Notes
Taste & Season: Be sure to taste & season the Alfredo Sauce. The seasonings are critical in opening up the sauce's flavors.

Cheese: Use freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese to avoid graininess in the Alfredo Sauce. Also, use the finest grater to grate the cheese for best results.


5-min prep Instant Pot Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta Recipe with homemade Alfredo sauce! Kid-friendly pressure cooker pasta one pot meal for busy weeknight.

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