Creamy Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Pasta will have everyone begging for seconds! A delicious and easy instant pot dinner with tender noodles in a creamy ranch sauce with cheese, chicken and bacon. The entire meal is ready in less than 30 minutes, and it’s lick-your-plate DELICIOUS!

A white pasta bowl filled with creamy ranch chicken pasta made with penne noodles in the instant pot, on a wood cutting board with a green hand towel in the background.

I’ve been hard at work creating some brand new instant pot dinner recipes to share with you all.

I often get asked if I like my instant pot, and what I use it for. My favorite thing to use it for is all-in-one dinner recipes where you can throw all of the raw ingredients in the instant pot. The end result is a complete meal, ready in just minutes, with very little prep, and only one dish to wash afterwards.

My other Instant Pot dinner recipes fit in this category perfectly.


How to make Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Pasta


I developed and tested this recipe in my 6-QUART INSTANT POT.

Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper, and add to the bottom of the instant pot.

Add chicken broth, milk, and ranch seasoning packet and stir to combine. Add uncooked noodles.

Overhead photos of two instant pots with chicken pieces in the bottom of one and chicken broth, milk, seasonings and dry penne noodles added to the other instant pot.

Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes, followed by a quick release.

Add the cream cheese, bacon and cheddar cheese to the pot and stir everything gently until melted and smooth.

Allow the mixture to cool for 5-10 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

Serve warm, garnished with fresh parsley, if you want.

Overhead photo of an instant pot with a creamy pasta, shredded cheese, bacon and cubes of cream cheese, and another photo with the mixture stirred together to make a creamy ranch chicken pasta.

I am seriously crushing on this creamy, delicious Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Pasta recipe.  It is so EASY to throw together and even your pickiest eater will love it. I can’t believe you can make this one pot dinner in less than 20 minutes!

Overhead photo of a pasta bowl with instant pot ranch chicken pasta and a fork, on top of a wood cutting board.


Other popular Instant Pot Dinner Recipes:

Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

Instant Pot Beef Gyros

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Spaghetti



A white pasta bowl filled with creamy ranch chicken pasta made with penne noodles in the instant pot, on a wood cutting board with a green hand towel in the background.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 25 mins
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  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 breast), cut into chunks
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 package Hidden Valley Original Ranch dressing mix
  • 4 slices bacon , cooked and chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in instant pot.
  • Add chicken broth, milk, ranch seasoning and stir to combine. Add pasta and stir, burying the noodles in the liquid.
  • Secure the lid, and set the valve to sealing.
  • Cook on manual or pressure cook, high pressure, for 4 minutes.
  • Turn valve to quick release, and open pot.
  • Stir in cream cheese, cheddar cheese and cooked bacon;
  • Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools.


Calories: 881kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 43gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 700mgPotassium: 761mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1235IUVitamin C: 0.6mgCalcium: 508mgIron: 2.2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for our family of five. I think my instapot was slightly too small because upon the release, it exploded creamy chicken juice all over the cabinets and myself. Suddenly, I found myself at war to finish dinner using a tea towel as my shield as my husband stood back, laughing at what the moment had become. The release of this boiling liquid lasted as long as the Reconquista but finally surrendered. My husband and I loved this, yet our children who have a diet of cheez its, and drinkable yogurt looked at us in disbelief that we would feed them anything other. I’m not sure which is worse- their indifference to my victory of the instapot, or their disappointment of lack of processed food and red dye for dinner.

    Needless to say I will be eating this in the pantry with a glass of wine by myself for the remainder of the evening.


  2. 5 stars
    I love this pasta, it’s so creamy and delicious freshly made. However, does anyone have any ideas on best way to reheat it? Most of the time I cook this for two people and of course left overs but when I go to reheat it is pretty dry. I normally add a splash of water but wondered if anyone else had any ideas??

  3. 5 stars
    Five stars because it pleased everyone and it’s flexible! I used a combo of cheddar, Monterey jack, and parmesan because that’s what I had in the fridge. I didn’t have chicken thawed so I threw in a can of chickpeas at the end with the cheeses. I might try wilting some spinach in or adding a few handfuls of frozen peas next time. Definitely a keeper!

  4. 3 stars
    Recipe was very easy to follow, so that’s a plus for sure. But if you’re looking for a recipe with actual flavor, this isn’t it. Tastes exactly like you’d imagine a white-person recipe would taste. Salt, pepper, and ranch powder are not actual flavors. I don’t think it’s a bad recipe, but add some real spices if you make it and want it to actually taste like something.

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious! Accidentally forgot the bacon the first time I made it. When I made it again with the bacon it was even more delicious!!

  6. 3 stars
    First time my pot ever overflowed and a big spewy messy out the vent. I think the recipe calls for too much liquid. It looked curdled after the first step and lots of extra liquid in the pot even after cooling. Otherwise, a tasty dish and flavors are nice.

  7. I doubled the recipe and when I quick release it the soup part started spewing out of the top. I literally gave ranch mix on my ceiling LOL but it tastes good. So I will make it again!

    1. Me too! I had ranch water up my cabinet and onto the ceiling 😂 I think it coulda used 1 less cup of water…idk. Hoping it tastes good.

  8. 5 stars
    OMG just tried this as it looked easy and fast. So yummy! so fast, I had everything right here! Thank you

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