There’s something about creamy pasta that’s so satisfying. It could be the comforting al dente pasta. Or, maybe the cheesy sauce that’s like a little hug for dinner. Yet this recipe, complete with filling chicken and flavorful Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing, takes the cake for deliciously comforting pasta dinners.
This meal doesn’t only check the boxes of comfort, carbs and creamy sauce. It also comes together in an Instant Pot or multi cooker in less than half an hour from prep to plate. Plus, chicken adds plenty of protein. And the sauce is already on hand, thanks to Litehouse’s family sized bottle of Homestyle Ranch.
The Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch gives a unique spin to this simple weeknight meal. It takes this creamy pasta recipe way beyond your typical fettuccini alfredo.
And secondly, the zesty and herby flavors from the ranch dressing punch up this creamy chicken pasta. We also added some red pepper for extra color, flavor and nutrition. Along with a dash (or more) of red pepper flakes at the end, you’ve got a bright and vibrant meal with all the cheesy goodness of true comfort food.
One of my favorite features of this recipe, however, is how easily it all comes together. Why one pan to boil water for the pasta and another to sauté chicken? This entire meal comes together right in your Instant Pot. And you guessed it, that also means it’s super fast.
First, you’ll use the sauté function to brown your chicken. This creates some delicious caramelization that you’ll love in the finished product. Next, you’ll simply dump and go! Pile in your peppers, pasta, and ranch dressing, set the pot to pressure cook, and you’re less than 10 minutes away from dinner.
As a final step just before serving, stir in the all-important cheese to complete the creamy sauce. If you’re a fan of spice, you can kick the pasta up with as many red pepper flakes as you’d like. Lastly, add a final touch of fresh cilantro for some green on your plate.
Voilà: comforting weeknight dinner for the whole family in less than half an hour.