Instant Pot Bruschetta Pasta

This Instant Pot bruschetta pasta is well-balanced on every level. First, the sauce is rich, creamy, and savory; while the bruschetta topping is light, fresh, and acidic in the best way. This is what pasta is all about!

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Instant Pot Bruschetta Pasta in white bowl on light wood.

 

We don’t eat pasta in our household nearly as much as I would like. Just by me saying that out loud means change is in the air! I usually only order pasta out in a restaurant if I’m sure I’m gonna love it. I guess I’m very picky about it. So the same theory applies here. You can bet your bottom dollar that if I am sharing one with you, you’re gonna love it! This Instant Pot bruschetta pasta with chicken is everything I want in a pasta dish. It’s rich, creamy, fresh, and has lots of texture from the bruschetta. No mushy mess here!

 

Instant Pot Bruschetta Pasta in white bowl with pot and napkin in background.

 

The Process

Sliced grape tomatoes, chiffonade basil, and garlic in mixing bowl.

Add tomatoes, basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Mix well to combine.

 

Sliced grape tomatoes, chiffonade basil, and garlic in mixing bowl topped with feta cheese.

Then add feta cheese and mix again. Set aside and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, and up to 2 hours.

 

Boneless skinless chicken thighs sautéing in Instant Pot.

Using sauté setting – once hot, add oil and chicken (seasoned with garlic salt) to pot. Let cook undisturbed for about five minutes. You kinda want it to stick, so don’t move it around.

 

Boneless skinless chicken thighs sautéing in Instant Pot.

Once you’ve got some decent color on it, flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes or so.

 

Browned chicken thighs topped with diced onions in pot.

Add onions and give a good mix.

 

Sautéed chicken thighs with onions in Instant Pot.

Once the onions begin to sweat, use the liquid to scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom. This is why we let the chicken stick, so that flavor could be developed and make its way into the sauce.

 

Uncooked penne pasta in Instant Pot topped with chicken broth.

Add penne pasta and chicken broth to pot, but DO NOT SITR at this point. Just gently press down so that the pasta is mostly submerged. Lock lid and cook for 3 minutes at high pressure.

 

Cooked penne pasta in Instant Pot.

Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Then gently give a mix.

 

Pouring cream over chicken and pasta.

Pour in cream…

 

Topping chicken and pasta with grated parmesan cheese.

…and parmesan cheese.

 

Chicken and penne pasta in creamy sauce.

And again, give a good mix to incorporate completely.

 

Pouring bruschetta over pasta.

Drain off any liquid from tomatoes, then add most of them to the pasta. Reserve some to add to the top of each bowl.

 

Creamy chicken bruschetta pasta inside Instant Pot.

Give one final mix and serve.

 

And the AMAZING Result…

Instant Pot Bruschetta Pasta in white bowl with pot and napkin in background.

 

Tips for Making this Instant Pot Bruschetta Pasta

So often when we cook, we do everything in our power to keep things from sticking or getting color. But the more I cook, the less afraid I am of things sticking. Now, there’s a BIG difference between sticking and burning. When something has started to stick, you can bet that some good caramelization has started to happen. And if you don’t know already, let me be the first to tell you… COLOR EQUALS FLAVOR! So in this recipe, when I say “let the chicken begin to stick,” what you’re actually doing is allowing flavor to develop. Then all those delicious brown bits dissolve into the sauce for a next level experience. Our tendency is to flip things too quickly, but be patient. Note: this method definitely works best when your protein has some fat on it, so I actually wouldn’t recommend this for boneless skinless chicken breasts.

I’ve definitely mentioned this before, so forgive me if I’m repeating myself. Here’s the “how to cook pasta in the Instant Pot” rule-of-thumb. Whatever the cook time says on the box, divide that in half and subtract 2 more minutes. So, if the box says 10 minutes, divide in half (which is 5), then subtract 2 (which is 3). That’s why I say cook this recipe for 3 minutes, because my pasta said 10 minutes. Same theory goes for gluten-free pasta, as it’s totally interchangeable.

 

FAQs

Can I use other types of tomatoes? Yes, you can use any type of tomatoes you have or like. However, I will say that not all tomatoes are created equally. I don’t think those perfectly pretty “tomatoes on the vine” (with the weird green stems) have any flavor at all.

Can I use other types of pasta? You can certainly use any pasta that you have on hand, including gluten-free pasta. But you may need to adjust the cook time based on what the box says. Just use the formula… box# divided by 2 minus 2.

Can I use boneless skinless chicken breasts? Yes, you can use them, but for this recipe I don’t prefer it. Here’s why… We actually use the fat from the chicken to enhance this sauce, rather than butter. So you will miss that element of the sauce which gives it its richness.

 

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Instant Pot Bruschetta Pasta in white bowl on light wood.

Instant Pot Bruschetta Pasta with Chicken

Well balanced on every level - the sauce is rich, creamy, and savory; while the topping is light, fresh and acidic in the best way. This is what pasta is all about!
4 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 539kcal
Author: Gary White

Ingredients

  • 32 oz. grape tomatoes sliced
  • 0.5 oz. fresh basil chiffonaded (shredded)
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 oz. feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup yellow onions diced
  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Add tomatoes, basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Mix well to combine. Then add feta cheese and mix again. Set aside and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, and up to 2 hours.
  • Using sauté setting – once hot, add oil and chicken (seasoned with garlic salt) to pot. Let cook undisturbed for about five minutes. You kinda want it to stick, so don’t move it around. Once you’ve got some decent color on it, flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes or so.
  • Add onions and give a good mix. Once the onions begin to sweat, use the liquid to scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom. This is why we let the chicken stick, so that flavor could be developed and make its way into the sauce.
  • Add penne pasta and chicken broth to pot, but DO NOT SITR at this point. Just gently press down so that the pasta is mostly submerged. Lock lid and cook for 3 minutes at high pressure. Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Then gently give a mix.
  • Pour in cream and parmesan cheese. And again, give a good mix to incorporate completely.
  • Drain off any liquid from tomatoes, then add most of them to the pasta. Reserve some to add to the top of each bowl. Give one final mix and serve.

Notes

When I say “let the chicken begin to stick,” what you’re actually doing is allowing flavor to develop. Then all those delicious brown bits dissolve into the sauce for a next level experience. Our tendency is to flip things too quickly, but be patient. Note: this method definitely works best when your protein has some fat on it, so I actually wouldn’t recommend this for boneless skinless chicken breasts.
Here’s the “how to cook pasta in the Instant Pot” rule-of-thumb. Whatever the cook time says on the box, divide that in half and subtract 2 more minutes. So, if the box says 10 minutes, divide in half (which is 5), then subtract 2 (which is 3). That’s why I say cook this recipe for 3 minutes, because my pasta said 10 minutes. 
Can I use other types of tomatoes? Yes, you can use any type of tomatoes you have or like. However, I will say that not all tomatoes are created equally. I don’t think those perfectly pretty “tomatoes on the vine” (with the weird green stems) have any flavor at all.
Can I use other types of pasta? You can certainly use any pasta that you have on hand, including gluten-free pasta. But you may need to adjust the cook time based on what the box says. Just use the formula… box# divided by 2 minus 2.
Can I use boneless skinless chicken breasts? Yes, you can use them, but for this recipe I don’t prefer it. Here’s why… We actually use the fat from the chicken to enhance this sauce, rather than butter. So you will miss that element of the sauce which gives it its richness.

Nutrition

Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 909mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1411IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 2mg

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Michele
    August 22, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    4 stars
    This is a keeper! Next time I’ll add a little of the juice from the tomatoes.

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