Instant Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken Pasta Recipe

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.

Creamy Ranch Chicken Pasta in an Instant Pot

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.

Litehouse Homestyle Ranch for Instant Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken Pasta

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.

Creamy Ranch Instant Pot Chicken Pasta Recipe

Serves 4 | Finish in 25 minutes
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This ranch chicken pasta is the creamy crowd-pleasing family dinner you’ve been looking for. Use your Instant Pot to whip up this kid-friendly meal in under 30 minutes. Not to mention one bowl! It’s time to add Instant Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken Pasta to your weeknight dinner rotation.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, about 1 pound; cut into similar-sized pieces, about 1 inch thick
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced in ½ inch slices
  • 1 20-oz bottle Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing
  • 8 oz rigatoni pasta
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ tbsp red pepper flakes, optional
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Directions

  1. Turn your Instant Pot or multi-cooker on to sauté. Add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, salt and pepper. Cook until browned, 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Don’t worry if some of the chicken sticks to the pan.
  2. Turn the pressure cooker off. Add ½ cup water and deglaze by scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Add the pasta, bell pepper and Litehouse® Homestyle Ranch Dressing. Do not stir.
  3. Seal the Instant Pot and set it to cook on manual setting on high for 8 minutes. When finished, use the quick release to let out the steam.
  4. Remove the lid, and stir in the cheese and red pepper flakes. Top with fresh cilantro after plating, so the heat from the Instant Pot doesn’t wilt it. 

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