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Start with the oil, chicken, onions, and garlic in the pot on the Saute mode to brown the chicken and allow the garlic to become fragrant. Once it’s properly browned, add the broth to the pot and use a spatula to scrape the bottom of the pot and release any stuck on bits. This is an important step in order to ensure you don’t end up getting the BURN notice when you pressure cook later!

Add the salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, and bow tie pasta to the pot, but do not stir. Gently pat the noodles into the liquid, but don’t worry if a few are still stick up out of the broth. Cook on Pressure Cook/Manual HIGH for 5 minutes and quick release the pressure when the cook time has elapsed to avoid getting soggy, over-cooked pasta!

Immediately (while the dish is still hot!) add the dairy – cream cheese, parmesan, and (if needed) milk or cream. If there seems to be a lot of broth, omit the milk/cream and just add the cheeses. It’ll still be very creamy! Stir well until it melts. Then add the roasted red peppers, chopped fresh spinach, and sundried tomatoes, stirring to combine and until the spinach has wilted.

If it seems a little runny, turn off the Keep Warm mode and allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes. It’ll still be hot when you serve it, but a little time will allow the sauce to thicken up in our experience. Serve it up topped with fresh basil and more fresh pepper if desired. Eat it hot or allow leftovers to cool completely and store in an airtight container in the frige. Enjoy!

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Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 5 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 12 oz bow tie pasta
  • ½ cup milk or light cream (if necessary)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup of roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil, for garnish

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Method

  • Turn Instant Pot to Saute mode. Once hot, add olive oil/butter and garlic, onion, and chicken. Allow to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Turn off Saute mode.
  • Add broth, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir to release any food stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add pasta, but do not stir. If required, gently push the pasta into the liquid until mostly submerged, but do not push too close to the bottom of the pot, as this will likely result in the BURN notice during cooking.
  • Lid the pot and set the valve to sealing. Cook on Manual/Pressure Cook HIGH for 5 minutes.
  • Once cook time has elapsed, quick release the pressure so that the pasta doesn’t become soggy.
  • Remove the lid and add the milk/light cream if the dish doesn’t have excess broth. If there is enough broth, omit the milk/light cream.
  • Add the cream cheese and parmesan. Stir until melted.
  • Add tomatoes, peppers, and spinach, stirring until combined and spinach has wilted. Season with extra salt and pepper if required. If it still looks a little too runny, allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  • Top with fresh basil and serve hot!

Notes

It took our 6 Quart Instant Pot Duo 17 minutes to come to pressure but this will vary depending on the model and size of your Instant Pot.

Rhiannon Ball

Rhiannon loves to cook and bake but has also never said "no" to a takeout burrito (see, she's just like you!). Despite slowly running out of room in her cabinets, she continues to expand her collections of cookbooks and kitchen gadgets and is deeply jealous of people who can just "whip something up" without a recipe. When she's not in the kitchen, you can find her camping and hiking with her husband and rescue dog, Waffles.

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