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Creamy Pesto Pasta

This Instant Pot Pesto Pasta is a quick and easy way to cook your noodles and add even more flavor to your dinner! The pesto cooks with cream to make a Creamy Pesto Pasta that is delightful! Keep reading for instructions on how to make it.
Course Main Course, pasta
Cuisine American, Italian American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Pressure building 5 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 757kcal


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup Pesto
  • 1 cup Chicken broth
  • ½ lb Rotini
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese


How to Make this Recipe in the Instant Pot

  • In your Instant Pot, put your heavy whipping cream, pesto, and chicken broth. Then add the rotini.
  • Use a spoon to make sure that the rotini is covered in the liquid.
  • Add the lid onto the Instant Pot and press MANUAL or HIGH for 6 minutes. When the cooking cycle is complete, perform a Quick Release.
  • Open the lid of the Instant Pot, and add the parmesan ¼ cup at a time, stirring in between.
  • Enjoy!

How to Make this Recipe on the Stovetop

  • If you want to make this recipe but don’t have an Instant Pot, have no fear! We can do that too.
  • Cook the pasta in a separate pot.
  • In a smaller pot, combine the cream and pesto together as normal. Heat it over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it to the pesto cream. Mix in the parmesan cheese ¼ cup at a time, stirring in between. Enjoy!


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only.
Recipe was made using an 8 qt pot.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 757kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1221mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2321IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 450mg | Iron: 1mg