Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo is a quick and delicious way to make your favorite restaurant dish at home. It comes out creamy, cheesy, & delicious every time!
I want to tell you a story really quickly. One time, when I was about 7 or 8 years old, I was out to dinner with my parents. As I was reading my menu, trying to figure out what to order, I read that the restaurant was serving something called “alfredo”. Never having heard of the sauce, I asked my parents what it was.
My dad (a very lively and expressive man) instantly lit up.
“You’re going to LOVE alfredo!” he said. “Let’s ask the waitress if she’ll bring you a taster bite of the sauce before you order so that you can make sure you’ll like it.”
The waitress brought out a tiny sauce dish with about a tablespoon of alfredo sauce in it. I dipped my spoon in the bowl, brought the sauce to my mouth, and, instantly, fell in love.
My First Taste of Fettuccine Alfredo
I ordered alfredo that night and—I kid you not—every other time that we went out to a restaurant for the next 7 years of my life.
Fettuccine alfredo became my go-to meal. I was obsessed with ordering it at restaurants, especially because it felt like we could never have it at home! We didn’t eat sauce out of the jar at home, and my mom didn’t like cooking enough to figure out how to make alfredo sauce from scratch.
No, fettuccine alfredo was the meal of special occasions. And that’s how it stayed—until a few weeks ago.
I started getting comfortable with my Instant Pot and realized that I could probably make fettuccine alfredo so easily at home! I did a few rounds of recipe testing and *viola!*. The perfect meal, now for both restaurants and home-cooking.
What Ingredients are In Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo?
Heavy whipping cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese, grated
For full ingredient measurements and instructions, visit the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
How to Make Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo
In your Instant Pot, add the chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, and garlic. Do not stir.
Use your hands to break the fettuccine noodles in half so that they can fit horizontally in the Instant Pot easily. Add the fettuccine noodles into the Instant pot, making sure that the noodles are submerged in the liquid.
Put the lid on your Instant Pot. Turn the pressure to MANUAL or HIGH and set the timer for 8 minutes. Once the cooking cycle has completed, allow for an 8 minute natural release, then a Quick release immediately after. Open the lid.
Add the grated parmesan cheese into the pot and use tongs to stir the sauce and the noodles. The sauce will be liquid-y and that is OKAY. Turn the pot to the KEEP WARM setting, and allow the noodles to sit for about 5 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. This will evaporate any extra liquid. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and parsley.
Once your sauce has reached your desired consistency, turn the pot off. Enjoy!
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Can I Make this Dish Without Cream?
Very frequently I have people ask if they can use milk in place of Heavy Whipping Cream in my recipes. I do not suggest replacing your heavy whipping cream with milk.
The temperature and pressure combination of the Instant Pot has a tendency of causing milk to curdle, which you definitely do not want. In some instances, people have made the dishes with milk instead of cream and it has turned out fine.
However, to be on the safe side, I wouldn’t recommend that you try this method, lest your Fettuccine Alfredo be ruined. If you’re looking for a version of alfredo that does NOT use heavy whipping cream, check out this recipe for Skinny Alfredo from Cooking with Karli that uses evaporated milk instead.
Can I Use a Different Kind of Noodle?
Yes, absolutely! You can make this dish using whatever type of noodles you’d like. Just know that the cooking time may change depending on what type of noodle you pick.
For example, my recipe for Palomino Sauce uses pappardelle noodles, which only cook for 6 minutes. However, when I made this dish with a 6-minute cook time, the noodles were not cooked enough.
If you’re going to choose a different kind of noodle, make sure to choose a type that is similar in size and width to fettuccine.
If you’re choosing something completely different, I would recommend beginning with a 6-minute cook time and adding more time if necessary. If you take the lid off and the noodles need to be cooked more, add a bit more cream and chicken broth to the pot before adding additional cook time. This will ensure that the noodles are still being cooked in the liquid.
Can I Add Vegetables to Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo?
Yes, you can add vegetables to Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo. Broccoli or mushrooms would be delicious! If you’d like to add vegetables, my recommendation would be to steam them first, before cooking the noodles. Then, cook the fettuccine alfredo. At the end, when both are complete, combine them together.
If you’d like instructions for how to steam broccoli, check out my recipe for Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli, and follow the instructions for steaming broccoli in the Instant Pot.
Can I Add Protein to this Dish?
Yes, you can serve this dish with added protein if you’d like! If you want to cook everything at once, I would recommend using frozen, cooked chicken or frozen, cooked shrimp.
You can add either of these protein elements as a last step before putting the lid on (after adding the noodles). They will thaw in the Instant Pot along with the noodles.
If you have raw meat and need to cook it with dinner, I would do this separately. Raw chicken has a different cook time than fettuccine noodles, which means that cooking them together would not be ideal.
For best results, cook them separately and then add together before serving (similar to the vegetables). If you’d like instructions for how to cook Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot visit this post by Cooking with Karli for instructions.
How to Reheat Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo
Reheating Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo is easy! You can microwave it or heat it in a pan on the stove. Either way, the dish is going to be delicious!
If you find that your noodles aren’t as saucy as you’d like them to be, add a splash of milk to your pan (or bowl). As the noodles start to heat up, stir in that milk. The dish will immediately gain a more sauce-y feel if you follow this step.
Can you Freeze this Dish?
Yes! The Fettuccine Alfredo can be frozen in the fridge for up to 3 months. To eat, defrost, then follow the instructions above for How to Reheat Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo.
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Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo
- Pressure Cooker
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 8 oz fettuccine noodles broken in half
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- parsley for garnishment
- In your Instant Pot, add the chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, and garlic. Do not stir.
- Use your hands to break the fettuccine noodles in half so that they can fit horizontally in the Instant Pot easily. Add the fettuccine noodles into the Instant pot, making sure that the noodles are submerged in the liquid.
- Put the lid on your Instant Pot. Turn the pressure to MANUAL or HIGH and set the timer for 8 minutes. Once the cooking cycle has completed, allow for an 8 minute natural release, then a Quick release immediately after. Open the lid.
- Add the grated parmesan cheese into the pot and use tongs to stir the sauce and the noodles. The sauce will be liquid-y and that is OKAY. Turn the pot to the KEEP WARM setting, and allow the noodles to sit for about 5 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. This will evaporate any extra liquid. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and parsley.
- Once your sauce has reached your desired consistency, turn the pot off. Enjoy!
- Leave a comment on this post letting me know what you thought about the recipe!