Need an easy and delicious Instant Pot meal idea?
If you’re in search of a delicious dinner the entire family will enjoy, make this instant pot chicken ranch pasta with bacon! This cheesy pasta dish features a creamy ranch sauce and crumbled bacon. The best part is, you can just throw all the ingredients in and come back to a perfectly cooked, and oh so comforting meal!
The Instant Pot can come in handy for last-minute meal planning!
This idea took me under 40 minutes and was mostly hands-off as far as effort. These are my favorite types of ideas! Plus these are all pretty common ingredients to keep on hand. I saved some leftover bacon from breakfast and added it at the end!
Hip Tip: Make your own ranch seasoning packet using THIS easy recipe!
Instant Pot Ranch Chicken Pasta with Bacon
This one-pot pasta dish featuring ranch and chicken is over the top delicious and easy to make!
Cut chicken into one-inch pieces. Salt & pepper to taste.
Turn Instant Pot to Saute function. Add olive oil and saute chicken for a couple minutes. Scrape any remaining bits on the bottom of the pot.
Stir in ranch dressing mix, milk, broth, and uncooked pasta.
Secure lid. Turn valve to "sealing", and set the Instant Pot to 4 minutes on Manual or High.
After done, do a quick release on pressure.
Tip: Use the back of a wooden spoon to move the valve when releasing pressure, and if any liquid starts releasing, loosely cover with a kitchen towel.
Remove lid and stir in the cream cheese, shredded cheese, and bacon.
My family was happy to dive into this cheesy goodness!
I love that the texture was kinda like a creamy mac and cheese, so the kids are all about it. The flavor was delicious with the bacon and ranch, and overall this was a solid choice for a crowd-pleasing Instant Pot dinner! Plus, I didn’t even turn on the oven, which definitely means I’ll be adding this to the summer meal rotation.
I even had some re-heated the next day and it was YUM. Enjoy!
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! Check out all of Lina’s DIY/CRAFTS and RECIPES created just for Hip2Save.