• All in one pot Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Pasta. A midweek saviour!

Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken & Bacon Pasta

Hungry Hubby adores pasta. During the last year, with me working from home, whenever I got the “I’m starving, what’s for dinner?” text I would reach for a packet of pasta and know I’d have a steaming hot bowl of yumminess ready for when the Hungry One arrived home after his 20 minute bus journey from work. This Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken & Bacon Pasta is one of my throw together dinners that he requests regularly now!

All in one pot Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Pasta. A midweek saviour!

This is a typical example of a Monday night dinner in the Apple Chapel. As Hungry Hubby is a fiend for all things chicken, I often do a whole chicken over the weekend and end up using any leftovers in pasta or a risotto on Monday for dinner. The beauty of making a (hideously inauthentic Italian) pasta dish in the Instant Pot, is that you can bung it all in at once and 5 minutes later, you have a one pot dinner ready to go.

All in one pot Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Pasta. A midweek saviour!

I would love to think we have the self-restraint to save some cooked bacon from the habitual Sunday morning sausage and bacon butties we have the terrible habit of eating but I’m afraid, no piece of cooked bacon remains uneaten in our house! I end up grilling a few fresh slices of bacon before making this one pot pasta. But it’s not so bad, especially as you will need the grill (broiler) to melt the cheese later.

All in one pot Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Pasta. A midweek saviour!

Like my Mac & Cheese, I think the secret ingredients which take this pasta dish from plain and almost offensively cheesy, are the evaporated milk and then the roasted pepper and spring onions. The full on creaminess is countered by the roasted pepper’s briny bite and scallion rasp and together, you have one incredibly moreish one pot meal that Hungry Hubbies and fussy kids alike will love! And it is fantastic cold for lunch the next day, if you have the willpower to not polish off the lot in one go 😉

4.34 from 3 votes
All in one pot Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Pasta. A midweek saviour!
Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken & Bacon Pasta

A ribsticking, tummy satisfying, comfort food classic. Simply throw everything bar the cheese in your Instant Pot and boom, 5 minutes later dinner is almost ready! A quick blitz under the grill after adding the cheese and you're done. 

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
: 460 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 250 g dried pasta shapes
  • 200 g can of sweetcorn
  • 1 roasted pepper, chopped (red or yellow)
  • 2 spring onions, finely minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1-2 cooked chicken thighs, shredded (or chop a small cooked chicken breast up)
To finish:
  • 170 g evaporated milk
  • 2-4 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 4 tbsp grated mozzarella
  1. Put the pasta in the Inner Pot and pour over the can of sweetcorn and any liquid from the can. Don't stir. 

  2. Pour over just enough cold water to come to the surface of the pasta - poke any pieces protruding from the surface of the water and don't be tempted to add more water. 

  3. Layer on top the roasted pepper, spring onion, oregano and chicken then pop the lid on. Program the Instant Pot to half the time it says on your pasta packet - mine cooks in 11 minutes so I give it 5 minutes on Manual High. 

  4. When the cooking is finished, allow almost a minute for the pasta to settle and prevent starch squirting out the top of the pot and then do a QPR.

  5. Sti very well and add in the evaporated milk, bacon, and half the cheese. Continue to stir until the evaporated milk is absorbed. 

  6. Scrape into an oven proof dish and sprinkle over the remaining cheese then pop under the grill for a few minutes (2-3 is usually enough) until the cheese is browned and starting to bubble. Eat greedily and immediately! 

Recipe Notes
  1. Feeds 4 hungry people, especially if you serve a salad with it (as it is very rich!). 
  2. Keeps well in the fridge to be eaten cold for lunch the following day! 

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  1. Kath 30th August 2017 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I wish I could rate this higher Jo, but didn’t really work for us.
    Well I did tweak a bit I confess…..
    First time – having an ultra fussy O/H who won’t eat sweetcorn or peppers, I used sautéed leeks which I thought would go well with the chicken.
    I halved everything for the 2 of us but decided to use all of the Carnation, as we do like a saucy pasta….
    Dammit, came to open the tin only to find I had bought cream!
    I didn’t even know Carnation did cream!
    I went ahead & used it anyway.
    The flavour was good but the pasta undercooked.
    Nothing daunted, tried again, this time using spring onion & some steamed broccoli, again very tasty but was hoping the milk would thicken up more than it did.

    • Just Jo 30th August 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      It sounds like you fiddled a little too much Kath – the evaporated milk doesn’t get completely sucked up by the pasta but it should be saucy, not runny. Funnily enough, I have accidentally bought Carnation cream once before myself and found it useless. What pasta are you using? Perhaps your brand just needs a longer cooking time. I find if it is an odd number e.g.
      11 minutes, that I need to cook mine for 6 and let it stand for a minute then it’s perfect but for even number of minutes, exactly half the time on the packet normally does the trick. Sorry it didn’t work out for you Kath and thanks for having another go x

      • Kath 17th September 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

        Maybe it deserves a 3rd try, it really was very tasty!

  2. Paul 19th January 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply

    I have to admit I was supprised how creamy this turned out. The misses absolutely adored it and it’s now become a keeper in our pressure cooker book.. Simple easy and quick…full of flavour.. What’s not to like hey.. Hats off to you again.. Good job

    • Just Jo 19th January 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Thank you Paul! I’m so happy it works well for you. It makes my day to hear my recipes become regulars for other people x

  3. Clare 29th May 2018 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    This is one of my go to quick meals, and we love it! I vary the meat and veg depending on what I’ve cooked recently /have in fridge freezer. My comfort food is maccy cheese but hubby finds it a bit much, this is a perfect alternative, and healthier too!

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