Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
Servings Prep Time
6servings 5minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6servings 5minutes
Cook Time
  • 6slices baconcut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breastcut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 4 1/2cups chicken brothwarmed, low sodium is best
  • 1 packet ranch dressing powder
  • 1/2tsp garlic powder
  • 16oz penne or rotini pasta
  • 1cup sharp Cheddar cheeseshredded
  • 1cup Monterey Jack cheeseshredded
  • 1/2cup half and half
  1. Add bacon to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function and adjust to HIGH or MORE.
  2. Cook and stir bacon until most of the fat is rendered, then add chicken and brown lightly on both sides, 2-3 minutes. Meat may not be cooked through.
  3. Remove chicken and bacon to a plate, reserving drippings.
  4. Add broth to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add ranch powder, garlic powder and chicken to the pot. Stir to combine, then add pasta to the pot and make sure it is submerged.
  6. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  7. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 5 minutes.
  8. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  9. Stir in the cheeses a little at a time until melted. Add half and half and reserved bacon. Mix well and serve.
Recipe Notes

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.