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Instant Pot Chicken, Bacon & Ranch Pasta

If you’re in the camp of preferring creamy, cheesy pasta to tomato-based sauces, Instant Pot Chicken, Bacon & Ranch pasta is sure to be up your alley. With a savory ranch-flavored sauce, plenty of cheese, and chunks of chicken among pasta, this pot of gold, done in just 35 minutes, is sure to be a family favorite.


8 servings (9 cups)

Total Time

35 minutes

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Test Kitchen Tip

Powdered ranch seasoning mix contains powdered buttermilk and an assortment of dried herbs (like dill weed) and seasonings. It’s the perfect ingredient when you want that classic ranch flavor, without the added liquid.


Preheat Instant Pot on “Sauté” setting. Cook bacon until crisp; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.

Add oil, chicken, and ranch packet to Pot, stirring to coat. Sear chicken, but do not cook through, 23 minutes. Add cream cheese, pasta, broth, and water to Pot.

Close lid, lock Pot, select “Manual” (or “Pressure Cook”) setting and 4 minutes time. Pressure cook pasta until time is up, then quick release and open Pot.

Stir in Colby Jack and bacon until combined; let pasta sit 5 minutes to thicken. Top servings with parsley.

Searing chicken for Instant Pot chicken, bacon & ranch pasta

Give the chicken a head start by searing it, but don’t cook it through, otherwise it could become dry.

Adding penne for Instant Pot chicken, bacon & ranch pasta

Add the pasta, then just pour the broth and water over top. There’s no need to stir everything together.

Adding Colby Jack for Instant Pot chicken, bacon & ranch pasta

After stirring in the Colby Jack, it will look soupy but will thicken up considerably as it sits.

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