Grown Up pasta and cheese in the Instant Pot

I have been exploring different things to cook in our Instant Pot, some with more success than others. This “grown up” pasta and cheese was a success!

  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 2/3 cup diced onion
  • 3 cups mini penne pasta
  • 3 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 4 ounces (half a package) of cream cheese


Use the “saute” button and when the cooker is hot, add the bacon (lid stays off). Cook the bacon until it’s kind of crispy. Remove to a plate, crumble and set aside. Add the onion to the bacon grease and cook until it’s just starting to get translucent.

Add the chicken broth, pasta, garlic powder, and chopped pepper to the cooker. Lock the lid and set the cooker for Manual, high pressure, for 6 minutes. When the cooker beeps, do a quick release.

Open the lid, add bacon, and cheeses. Stir until everything is melted and creamy. Serve, adding salt and pepper to taste (honestly it didn’t seem to need much of either, so if you are low sodium skip the salt).

*I apologize for the lack of photos, but we were too busy enjoying the pasta to think of photographing it! 🙂

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