We love a good one-pot pasta meal in my house. In my humble opinion, it’s perfect for those busy weeknight days where you don’t have the energy to get dinner on the table, but still know you don’t have the choice.
I’ve had my electric pressure cooker i.e., Instant Pot for well over a year now and have started experimenting with cooking pasta in it. I found that it actually works with most cuts of pasta.
My family absolutely loves my recipe for One-Pot Chicken Florentine Pasta, so I figured why not give this recipe a try in the Instant Pot. It worked out perfectly — now, I will say it took almost the same amount of time as my skillet version.
This method of cooking is a great option, though, if for some reason you don’t have access to your stovetop and still need to get dinner on the table. I’ll raise my hand and say that’s my current situation.
My glass cooktop cracked and has been out of commission for a month now. Insert all the tears. I’ve had to get very creative in the kitchen. Thanks to my trusty Instant Pot I can still put pasta on the table for my family.
This method of cooking works best if you have most of your ingredients prepped before time. I like to prep the first half of the ingredients before I start cooking.
Once the pasta and chicken go back in the Instant Pot to cook then it’s time to dice the plum tomatoes, measure out the cream and parmesan cheese, and chop the spinach. That last part is optional.
I find that the spinach will clump if I don’t chop it–it’s all preference. I’ll keep them on the cutting board until the Instant Pot begins to beep.
I use an insulated potholder plus dishtowel to manually release the pressure. Its high-powered steam and could hurt you.
I also always make sure my kids are not in the kitchen out of precaution. The last thing I would want is an accident that could have been prevented.
Once the pressure is released, that’s when you’ll stir and add in the remaining ingredients. I like to place the lid back on the Instant Pot and let it sit for a few minutes so that the spinach has time to wilt.
But if you have hungry family members — no worries, you can eat immediately. Within 30 minutes, you have a delicious chicken Florentine pasta dinner. Perfect for busy weeknights or even easy entertaining.
Instant Pot Chicken Florentine Pasta Recipe
- 2 Olive Oil
- 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
- 1 Salt
- 1 Black Pepper
- 1 Italian Seasoning
- 1 Minced Garlic
- 1 Shallot thinly sliced
- 0.5 Mushrooms sliced
- 0.5 White Wine
- 3 Bow Tie Pasta (dry)
- 3 Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 0.5 Heavy Cream
- 5 Plum Tomato diced
- 12 Fresh Spinach
- 0.25 Grated Parmesan Cheese
- In a 6-quart Instant Pot, heat olive oil on “sauté” setting. While olive oil is heating, tenderize the chicken until even in size, using a meat mallet.
- Dry the chicken off completely and season on both side with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
- Place chicken in the Instant Pot. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, making sure the chicken browns and is not burning.
- Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot. Add the shallot, garlic, and mushrooms, and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the wine and deglaze for 30 seconds, constantly stirring the brown bits off the pot.
- Add the dry pasta and chicken broth. Mix well and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
- While the pasta is cooking slice the chicken breast. It won’t be fully cooked through and that’s okay — you are going to add it back into the Instant Pot.
- Once the chicken is in the Instant Pot, make sure to place the place the lid on the Instant Pot. Set on “manual setting” for 5 minutes using the + or – button.
- When the 5-minute timer goes off and begins to beep, press the “cancel/keep warm” button and turn the valve on the lid to “venting” for a quick high-pressure release.
- Mix well, and then add in the heavy cream, diced plum tomatoes, and spinach. Mix well and then place the lid on the Instant Pot so the spinach can wilt (this will take 1-2 minutes). The Instant Pot will be in warming mode.
- Once the spinach is wilted, mix in the parmesan cheese; divide evenly among plates and enjoy.