Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta – Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

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About a year ago I discovered the Instant Pot, and I was intrigued by all the recipes and blog posts I found online.  After a couple of months of browsing I decided I would buy an Instant Pot when they went on sale for Black Friday.  And I got one!  My husband was a little skeptical at first.  He wondered why we needed an Instant Pot. (After all, we already have a Crock Pot!)  But I promised him, it would be worth it!

Thanksgiving night I was looking online at the Instant Pot and getting ready to place some Christmas orders, when my husband walked in the door with an Instant Pot in hand! (While running out the store, he decided this would be a nice surprise for my upcoming birthday.)  Now I have to admit, at first I got a little intimidated by this contraption, but luckily my husband loves to cook too, and he was happy to help me with the first recipe I decided to cook.  (Since then, he’s been more than happy to experiment with his own Instant Pot recipes!)  And like a lot of things, once I got to working with the Instant Pot, I found it very easy to use!

Today I am sharing the very first Instant Pot recipe I decided to make.  It is Crack Chicken Pasta, or if you prefer Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta.

Why I Love This Recipe

This pasta turned out so great!  Personally I love anything that has Chicken Bacon Ranch in the name, so I was very excited to make this!

And I was impressed with just how easy it is to make this one-pot meal (pictures of the process are below).

I was also happy to serve this to our baby.  He’s eating more table foods now, and he loved it.  I just chopped up some of the chicken and noodles for his portion and then served him some veggies on the side.

Tips and Recommendations

If you wanted to make the whole dish healthier, you could add any vegetables you like; I’d recommend broccoli or perhaps a medley of broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.

I should also mention that Instant Pot Recipes like this one make a LOT of food, and they are very easy to freeze for later.  (I have a a goal for 2019 to do a lot more freezer cooking!)

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta – Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta – Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Ingredients:

1-lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 (1-oz) package Original Ranch dressing mix

3 cups dry penne pasta

3 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

1/2 cup to 3/4 cup real bacon bits.

3/4 of an 8oz package cream cheese

2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Preheat Instant Pot on Sauté setting; add oil, chicken, and ranch packet, stirring to coat. Cook chicken 2–3 minutes.

Add pasta, broth, and water to pot.

Close lid, lock pot. Make sure the pot is set to seal. Then choose Pressure Cook setting; then set it to 4 minutes. Cook pasta until time is up, then do a quick release and open Pot.

Stir in cream cheese, cheddar cheese and cooked bacon until combined; let pasta set

5 minutes to thicken. Serve immediately.

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If you’ve been thinking about buying an Instant Pot and just haven’t gotten around to it, I completely recommend it.  I have the Instant Pot 7-in-1 DUO60. I have the 6 quart, but this same model comes in 3 and 8 quart.  The 6 quart is a good size for our family, and it allows me to make enough food for freezing or to giveaway, and it has all the functions and features we need.

And if you already have an Instant Pot, then I’d love to have your recipe recommendations! Leave a comment here or share with me on social media.  (You can also link up your recipes at our latest Friday Favorites linky party!)