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instant pot pasta with chicken meat sauce
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Instant Pot Pasta with Chicken Meat Sauce

 Instant pot pasta with meat sauce made with ground chicken instead! Easier and healthier instant pot pasta recipe that is sure to become a family favorite for weeknight dinner or meal prepped for the week. Instant pot pasta with chicken meat sauce for the win! 
Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 3
Author: Maria Doss


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken




  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan (plus more for serving)
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil


  • Set Instant pot to saute setting. When hot, add olive oil and then ground chicken. Saute occasionally, breaking up lumps.
    When no longer pink, add chopped group-1 ingredients and continue to saute occasionally until all the moisture has evaporated and chicken begins to brown. 
  • Press cancel, add all group-2 ingredients (except pasta) and stir well. Place pasta on top of the liquid (DO NOT STIR), pressing lightly for them to be slightly immersed in the liquid, but do not stir. Close and lock lid (making sure that valve is set to sealing). Select manual setting (or pressure cooker) for 7 minutes. (If you like pasta more al dente, then release pressure right after cooking time)
  • After 7 minutes, let Instant pot be n the warm mode for 4 minutes.Turn valve to venting to release pressure. Open lid, stir in 3 tablespoons parmesan and chopped basil.  
  • Serve Instant Pot Pasta with Chicken Meat Sauce with additional parmesan. 


Salt depends on the type of marinara sauce, chicken stock used and your taste preference. I used Prego (tomato, basil , garlic) sauce, chicken stock with 33 % less sodium and used 1 and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 
Chicken stock - I used 33% less sodium. If you are using regular sodium stock then reduce salt.