Instant Pot Alfredo Pasta

Instant Pot Alfredo pasta turns the classic dish into a quick and easy one pot meal you’ll want to make over and over again! This creamy linguine is perfect for both the busiest weeknights and even date nights at home.

Instant Pot alfredo sauced pasta on a white plate with fresh parsley garnish

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My hubs and I love going out for Italian food on our date nights.

One of us almost always orders some kind of fettucine Alfredo because it is just so dang good!

And now we can enjoy the flavors of our favorite date night dinner at home on the busiest weeknight thanks to the handy dandy Instant Pot.

It makes an already easy to make meal, even easier.

How?

This becomes a one pot meal with a super short prep and cook time and an effortless cleanup.

Even better? While it’s our favorite date night food, this meal pleases even the pickiest of eaters with its deliciously creamy noodles for a meal that will be met with yums each time you serve it!

Instant Pot alfredo sauced pasta on a white plate with fresh parsley garnish

Ingredients

To make this pasta recipe you’ll need:

  • Pasta– Linguine or fettucine work best. Don’t substitute spaghetti.
  • Alfredo sauce– Use your favorite brand of jarred sauce.
  • Chicken broth– Chicken broth acts as the cooking liquid for this and adds extra flavor. To keep it vegetarian, you could sub vegetable broth or water.
  • Seasoning– Garlic powder, seasoned salt, and salt and pepper are all you need.
  • Heavy cream– To stir in after the pasta cooks so you can achieve just the right consistency.

the bowl of an Instant Pot shown full of creamy alfredo pasta noodles

How to Make

This is one of my go to’s on my busiest days for good reason! Prep takes less than 5 minutes tops.

To make this, start by adding 2 cups of chicken broth and the alfredo sauce to the liner of your pot.

Then, pour the remaining 1 cup of broth into the empty alfredo jar, put the lid on and shake. Pour this mixture into the pot, whisking everything together to combine. 

Next, add the broken pasta in increments. Fan them out and alternate directions so the pasta is in a crisscross type of pattern, to prevent clumping during the cooking process.

Add the seasonings to the pot, but DO NOT stir.

Now, secure the lid on the pot and set the vent valve to the sealed position. Pressure cook cook on high for 7 minutes.

a silver pasta fork holding a scoop of creamy alfredo pasta over the bowl of an Instant Pot

When the pot beeps, open the sealing valve to perform a quick release, avoiding the hot escaping steam when the vent valve is turned. Once the pressure has released, open the lid and set it aside.

Then, use a pasta fork to stir the pasta and sauce together to combine and release any stuck together bits.

The alfredo pasta will seem liquidy at first, and that’s ok. Let the pasta rest for 2-3 minutes while the sauce thickens and the pasta absorbs the excess moisture.

At this point, stir in the cream, to the desired consistency and season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste.

Serve the pasta warm with freshly grated parmesan and enjoy!

a black fork in the center of a heap of instant pot alfredo pasta

Variations

This pasta is delicious as is, but you can definitely use this as a base recipe and stir in:

  • shredded rotisserie chicken for easy chicken alfredo
  • cooked shrimp
  • steamed broccoli
  • sun dried tomatoes (drained of oil)
  • sautéed mushrooms
  • baby spinach
  • a dollop of pesto sauce

The sky’s the limit!

Storing Leftovers

Store leftover in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave, adding more cream after it’s warm if you need to thin the sauce a little.

Instant Pot alfredo sauced pasta on a white plate with fresh parsley garnish

Tips and Tricks

  • Instant Pot pasta recipes can release starchy water when performing a quick release. To prevent this from leaving a sticky coating on your counters, cover the vent valve loosely with a thin layer of paper towels before opening to release the pressure.
  • Would you prefer using small shaped pasta- like farfalle, shells, penne, or elbow? That’s ok! Use as instructed, but you’ll need to adjust the cook time to just 4-5 minutes.
  • Use your favorite jarred sauce, as this is the flavor that will be most pronounced.

Other Instant Pot Pasta Recipes You’ll Love

This Instant Pot Alfredo pasta is my go to meal for feeding everyone on busy nights! Try it once and you’ll see why it shows up on our dinner rotation all the time!

Looking for other Instant Pot pasta recipes? Try these:

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Instant Pot alfredo sauced pasta on a white plate with fresh parsley garnish

Instant Pot Alfredo Pasta

Instant Pot Alfredo pasta turns the classic dish into a quick and easy one pot meal you'll want to make over and over again! This creamy linguine is perfect for both the busiest weeknights and even date nights at home.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 595kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz linguini pasta or fettucine, broken in half
  • 16 oz jar alfredo sauce
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch seasoned salt
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup cream
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add 2 cups of chicken broth & the alfredo sauce to the liner of your pot.
  • Add 1 cup of broth to the empty alfredo jar, close it with the lid, and shake. Pour this mixture into the pot. Whisk everything together to evenly combine.
  • Add the broken pasta in increments, fanning out & alternating directions, to prevent clumping & sticking together during the cooking process.
  • Add the seasonings to the pot, but DO NOT stir.
  • Add the lid to the pot, turning to close. Set the vent valve to the sealed position. Hit the pressure cook button, and cook on high for 7 minutes.
  • Carefully perform a quick release, avoiding the hot escaping steam when the vent valve is turned. Open the lid and set aside.
  • Using a pasta fork, stir the pasta and sauce together to combine- releasing any stuck together bits as you do so.
  • The alfredo pasta will seem liquidy at first, and that's ok. Let the pasta rest for 2-3 minutes while the sauce thickens and the pasta absorbs the excess moisture.
  • Stir in the cream, to the desired consistency and season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve the pasta warm with freshly grated parmesan, if desired.

Notes

  • Instant Pot pasta recipes can release starchy water when performing a quick release. To prevent this from leaving a sticky coating on your counters, cover the vent valve loosely with a thin layer of paper towels before opening to release the pressure.
  • Would you prefer using small shaped pasta- like farfalle, shells, penne, or elbow? That's ok! Use as instructed, but you'll need to adjust the cook time to just 4-5 minutes.
  • Use your favorite jarred sauce, as this is the flavor that will be most pronounced.

Nutrition

Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 962mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 731IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

This post may contain affiliate links. As an amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. See my full Disclosure Policy for details. As always, all opinions are my own.

 

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