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Instant Pot Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce ( 5 Ingredient recipe)

5 ingredient pasta recipe made in instant pot!!! It cannot get easier than this Instant pot pasta with pesto cream sauce. Quick, kid friendly creamy pesto pasta that is fabulous for lunch or weeknight dinner served with steamed or roasted veggies.  


We are beginning the new year with a brand new series of 5 ingredient recipes. 

5 ingredient recipes (salt, pepper and water are not counted as ingredients) that will be EASY, QUICK and DELICIOUS! Like 5 Ingredient Ramen Alfredo, 5-Ingredient BBQ Ramen Noodles, English Muffin Pizzas ( Mexican Style) and 4 Ingredient Creamy Chickpea Salad.

We kick start the series with my favorite purchase of 2019 – The Instant Pot. It is probably the case for many of you as well. It is such a game changer! My favorite part of the instant pot is cooking pasta in it. No more boiling pasta separately. 

Some of my favorite Instant pot pasta recipes:

Instant Pot Penne alla Vodka

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Shrimp Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Meatless Baked Ziti in Instant Pot

Pasta with Chicken Meat Sauce in instant pot

 No-Cream Pasta with Tomato Cream sauce made in Instant Pot

Instant Pot Gluten free Pasta Shakshuka


Let us chat about this Pasta with pesto cream sauce in instant pot. It is

  • Dump and go instant pot pasta recipe
  • Requires only 5 ingredients
  • Insanely easy
  • Fast
  • Easy clean up
  • Vegetarian 
  • Kid friendly 

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The 5 ingredients in this 5 ingredient pasta recipe: 

Bow tie pasta

Basil pesto

Chicken stock 

Heavy cream 

Red pepper flakes

Though the ingredient list is very short, It promises huge flavor since we are using ingredients like basil pesto and chicken stock for packing a punch. 

How to make this Instant pot pasta with pesto cream sauce? 

Step-1: Add all ingredients into an Instant pot and give a good stir. 

Step-2: Cover and cook. 

Step-3: Open lid, stir and serve. 

Done and DONE. 

I told ya, easy peasy. 

Serve hot with cheesy broccoli for side.

More recipes with jarred pesto: Instant Pot Chicken Pesto Rice, Pesto Caprese Toast

How can you serve this pasta recipe with 5 ingredients or less? 

Serve with some steamed or roasted veggies and/or garlic bread / Soft Garlic Knots for dinner. 

Pack for school lunch with baby carrots / sugar snap peas / sliced cucumber, fruit and mixed nuts. Click here for more Lunch Box Recipes that are not boring. 

How can I make creamy pesto pasta with chicken? 

Turn Instant pot to saute mode. Add a splash of olive oil when hot. Place chopped chicken thighs or breast in single layer. Cook until it gets some color, stir, add all other ingredients, press cancel and cook according to instructions in the recipe.  

Got leftover pesto? Here are few recipes that might be of interest like this dump and go instant pot pasta recipe: 

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad

Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

Chicken Pesto sliders with leftover garlic knots + Meal Prep

Pesto Chicken Calzone

Potato Pesto Grilled Cheese

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Instant Pot Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce ( 5 ingredient recipe)

5 ingredient dump and go instant pot pasta recipe!!! It cannot get easier than this Instant pot pasta with pesto cream sauce. Quick, kid friendly pasta that is fabulous for lunch or weeknight dinner served with steamed or roasted veggies.  
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 ingredient pasta recipe, creamy pesto pasta, dump and go instant pot pasta recipe, instant pot pasta with pesto cream sauce
Author: Maria Doss



  • Add all ingredients (except pasta) into the Instant pot and stir well to combine. Place pasta evenly on top (DO NOT STIR), pressing gently so the pasta is immersed in the liquid. Close and lock lid (making sure that valve is set to sealing). Select manual setting (or pressure cooker) for 8 minutes.
  • When 8 minutes is done, turn valve to venting, to release pressure. Open lid, give a good stir and serve. 


Salt – I used 33% reduced sodium chicken stock and 1 teaspoon salt. 
           Reduce salt if using regular sodium stock or if you like less salt in your pasta. 
Instant pot – I used 3 quart instant pot to make this recipe

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Recipe Rating


Friday 24th of January 2020

Thank you Hema for this quick fix recipe. Serves perfectly to box for school-lunch for my 3 kids. I tried with whole milk instead of heavy cream, and it came out just as creamy I'd wanted it to be.