Pressure Cooker Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

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Rated 4.5 based on 50 customer reviews


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Mealthy Tip

There is hardly anything as rewarding as perfecting your homemade pasta sauces, and few are as simple as pesto. Use the link in the recipe for homemade pesto sauce or your favorite pesto recipe to make large batches. You can freeze in ice cube trays to assure you can enjoy the flavors of summer all year round. Here's a look at more Pressure Cooker Recipes.

For more pressure cooker recipes using chicken, try:

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Pressure Cooker Pesto Chicken with Peas

Pressure Cooker Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 730 calories; 30g fat; 45.9g carbohydrates; 69g protein; 171mg cholesterol; 2032mg sodium.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 730 Calories from Fat271
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat9g 44%
Trans Fat0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat5.3g
Monounsaturated Fat12.6g
Cholesterol 171mg 57%
Sodium 2032mg 85%
Total Carbohydrate 45.9g 15%
Dietary Fiber6g 25%
Protein 69g
Vitamin A308% Vitamin C36%
Calcium27% Iron51%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4


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Dominique M says:

Who would have thought that cream cheese and pesto are so yummy together?! It was really delicious. I left out the tomatoes, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. The noodles cooked perfectly, not soggy and not stiff. My kids are glad I gave them something other than traditional meatball spaghetti.

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Jordan Clark says:

I wasn't sure how this pasta would turn out but it was so creamy and delicious. It only took 5 minutes to cook in my pressure cooker, and I only had to use a single pot. Winning! I used store bought pesto, reduced fat cream cheese, plus all the seasonings listed in the recipe. This was absolutely perfect.

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Santana Williams says:

This was my second time making pasta in my pressure cooker and the first time was a complete fail. This method of cooking the pasta first, then stirring in the sauce works much better. I used store-bought basil pesto and it was really delicious. Going to make this again with rotini noodles and no meat. Yum!

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Monica Allen says:

30 minutes well spent making this convenient pressure cooker recipe! The sauté function is my favorite.

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Sarah Gray says:

I've made this twice already, that's how good it was. I'll admit, I used store bought pesto out of a jar, but it was still really good. I also really enjoyed the cherry tomatoes and all the toppings too. Great for weeknights and super quick.

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Katie Spencer says:

My whole family loved this dish. Fed 6-8!

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Christian M-C says:

I loved it!!! Super incredibly easy to make and really delicious. The only “hard” part is cutting the chicken. Once it was done, I put them away for the week. It made 5 servings! My boyfriend absolutely loved it too. :)

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Jessica McFarland says:

Super easy to make and 4 servings was plenty for our family. I left out spinach and tomatoes because of picky children, but it still tasted delicious.

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Deanna Miller says:

The entire family loved it. Would be tasty even without the chicken. Will be making this again.

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Amber Patrick says:

So. Incredible. This was my first Mealthy MultiPot meal and WOW—so delicious and one of the easiest meals I’ve ever made. Substitutes/Alterations: - No tomatoes - Spring mix instead of spinach - Pre-made pesto I only wish I’d ordered my MultiPot sooner!

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Rosanne Patterson says:

So yummy! Super fast. Only 2 minutes under pressure to get the chicken and pasta cooked to perfection. Wow! Have all your add-in items prepped, because if you’re having to scramble, you’ll lose moisture, overcook, and end up with a not quite so creamy finished product. Used homemade pesto, with basil I grew, plus cherry tomatoes and fresh basil from my own garden. Great flavor.

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Dionna Milem says:

Will definitely make this meal again!

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Tony Muscarella says:

This was the first recipe I tried in my new Multi Pot, and it came out very good!

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Tara Parsons says:

Delicious. Filling. Made enough to feed 4 of us plus leftovers.

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Wendy Garrity says:

This was my first dinner in the Mealthy and we loved it!! So easy and so good!!

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Thomas White says:

This was also my first Mealthy recipe (even though my wife bought our MultiPot for herself, I’m the one that got to break it in.) I had all of the ingredients handy, except the penne, so I used farfalle as a substitute. No issues. Everything worked out fine. One word: amazing! Another word: easy! Not so sure how clean-up is going to be, however. This being our first recipe, we were surprised by the white, chicken broth water spewing out of the release valve. It got everywhere. Nevertheless, this recipe has solidified my confidence in the product like fresh fruit margaritas solidified my love of the Vitamix.

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A LO says:

Not a bad recipe I made this for the first time in my new Insta pot not really crazy about boiled chicken so I think I would sauté and add in at the end.

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Christine Paslawski says:

This is the first meal I made with my Mealthy Pot and everyone loved it! I agree that you have to have all of your ingredients ready once the pasta and chicken have cooked. I wasn't quite prepared and mine dried out a little bit but it was still delicious. For us, the next time I make this I will add more spinach and more tomatoes, maybe even some mushrooms. I also love the fact that everything was done in one pot. I'm a huge fan of "one pot meals". Can't wait to try another recipe.

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Lisa Schanen says:

quick and easy. my first time using meathypot. Delicious

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John Meynardie says:

Quick, easy and delicious. This was my first pressure cooker meal and I’ll make this again.

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Bethany Tracy says:

I think next time I’ll cook the chicken breast whole rather than cutting into chunks and shred it after cooking. It came out a bit dry, but the rest of the recipe was great!

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Padmaja Balla Murthy says:

I made it for guests without chicken. It was awesome

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Mary Ann Chandler says:

This was excellent! We substituted sundried tomatoes for the cherry tomatoes because of picky kids. They loved it, and one even went back for seconds. Great, quick recipe! Two minutes cooking made for the most tender chicken and perfectly done pasta.

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C F says:

Easy. Delicious. Only wish the chicken come out as chewy.

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Patricia Kilfoyle says:

Very easy and delicious, but I had the same problem already mentioned...frothy pasta/chicken broth coming out with the quick release steam. Any tips on dealing with this? It got all over the pot and countertop.

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Mika Midgett says:

One of my favorite recipes to date. Such a yummy and quick pasta recipe that's wowed myself, my boyfriend, and my friends. Have already made it twice and will be making it many more times for sure!

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Jen Doklovic says:

Turned out fabulous!! I used store bought pesto, added peas and substituted the penne with bow tie pasta. Super easy and super fast!!

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Kay McMicken says:

I LOVE my MULTIPOT. Have made a couple of things, and just made the best hard boiled eggs EVER! I'll never put a pot of water on the stove again to boil eggs. Also see an awesome chicken recipe that I'm going to use the leftovers from a previous chicken dish and modify to this recipe! Can't wait.

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Brad Gardiner says:

Absolutely delicious! Followed the recipe almost to a Tee- added more chicken! Cooking it on high initially caused some of it stick on the bottom (even tho there was butter in the beginning) but otherwise this a grade A meal! Tastes amazing, would definitely recommend

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Karen Bumstead says:

This was very fast, easy and delicious.

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Kathy Wylie says:

We tried this recipe in our new 6 qt Mealthy pressure cooker. We used the amounts for 8 servings. Wow what a disaster! The ingredient amounts were very wrong. Two pounds of pasta overflowed and spit all over us and the kitchen at quick release time. It also clogged up the vent. What a mess! I took half the pasta out and tried to finish the recipe. Two cups pesto was way too much. All the 6 cups of spinach would not fit. Why does this recipe not work in the 6 qt -- when it says it will? Finished product was edible. Has anyone else had this problem??

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Michelle Zwirecki says:

This worked out well and was sooo easy to make. Husband had seconds. I thought that it could use a bit more flavor however I’m not creative in the kitchen so I have no ideas. Yum yum yum. Will definitely make again!



Exquisite 😍😍😍😍

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Kris Pepper says:

Such a quick and delicious meal! The whole family loved it.

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Ann Kirkpatrick says:

I’m obsessed with this recipe! It tastes sooo good. I was thinking I’d need to add more cream cheese, but it ended up being just right. Next time I’ll season the chicken before cooking. I think it would also taste good with sliced sausages instead of chicken.

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Austino Okoye says:

So much easier to use and make delicious food

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Deanna Dotson says:

My family loved this. I made according to instructions, except I added some cream at the end to give it a bit of an Alfredo flair. I’m so excited to have leftover pesto so I can make this again soon!

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Diana Schrock says:

Delicious!! but will use chicken broth instead of water next time. Love this dish

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Jocelyn Simpson says:

Pretty good. Very fast to make. My major complaint is how dry the pasta “sauce” ended up being. I wish it was creamier. I added parm cheese to improve the flavor.

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Kirsten Stone says:

So this was the very first recipe i tried with my pressure cooker! I was pleasantly surprised by how fast it was sans 2 things: I did the rapid release and instantly it started spurting so i had to let it NR which resulted in soggier noodles. There wasn’t quite enough flavor in the recipe so I added some cayenne pepper and it made it a bit better- Maybe salting the chicken before would work nicely!

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Susan Dressler says:

Loved it! So easy, and my children are happily eating it!❤️

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Daniel Glassner says:

This is a good pasta base recipe where a lot of the items are interchangeable. We didn’t have raw chicken handy, but we had raw italian sausage. We didn’t have any pesto, but we had Alfredo sauce. It still turned out great though.

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Kayla Stephenson says:

Was a great recipe! The family loved it! I did have to add extra spices as the flavor was a little dull but otherwise pretty tasty

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Nancy Valentin says:

So much flavor. I used chicken broth in place of the water. Followed 4 serving, makes so much more than that. Definitely will make again. Lunch and dinner for tomorrow.

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Kimberly Gelada says:

I cut It down to 2 servings, chicken was a little dry but the flavor for the pasta was delicious.

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John Sims says:

Made as directed. Delicious! Will definitely make again.

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Nicole Jastrzembski says:

This was so delicious! Added this recipe to my favorites! I did not change anything in the recipe, the family loved it too!

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Stacy Graham says:

With the leftovers, I Added a bit of mrs dash garlic and roasted pepper seasoning, fried it in butter to reheat it.... tasted better than the first nights recipe! So good, thank you!

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Lisa Scott says:

We really enjoyed it! I added an extra cup of water, 1/2 cup of cream cheese and about 3/4 cup of pesto. It was delicious!

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Nora Shay says:

Made some alterations to make this a fave! The chicken came out dry so we nixed it. Add a chopped red bell pepper & half a diced onion on top of the pasta before cooking! Start with 3.25 cups of broth instead of 3.5 water & you won't have to remove any liquid in-between steps or add more salt. Use 3oz cream cheese instead of 2. Don't add the tomatoes till the very end or they'll just be skins (we don't even cut them in half). With these changes it's a 5 star!