Pressure Cooker Pesto Chicken Tetrazzini

A creamy pressure cooker pasta with tender chicken, fragrant pesto and sweet carrots to add to your weekly repertoire!

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts or tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound linguine pasta (dried semolina variety)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup pesto, homemade or store-bought, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil, for serving

Special equipment:

  • 6-quart electric pressure cooker


1 Sauté veggies and chicken: Select the Sauté setting on your pressure cooker and melt the butter. Add the mushrooms and salt, and sauté for about 8 minutes, until the mushrooms are wilted and most of their liquid has evaporated.

Add the chicken and sauté for about 3 more minutes, until the chicken is mostly opaque on the outside — it does not have to be fully cooked through.

2 Begin cooking the pasta: Break the pasta into 3-inch pieces and scatter them evenly over the chicken and mushrooms.

Pour in the chicken broth and wine, and use a spoon to nudge the noodles under the liquid as much as you can — it’s ok if they’re not completely submerged.

3 Bring pressure cooker up to pressure: Secure the lid on your pressure cooker in its Sealing position. Cancel the Sauté program, then select the Manual setting for 3 minutes at high pressure. (The pot will take about 10 to 12 minutes to come to pressure before the cooking program begins.)

4 Release the pressure: When the program ends, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then move the pressure release mechanism to its venting position to release the remaining steam.

5 Add the carrots and real milk: Open the pot and add the carrots and milk.

6 Cook down the carrots and pasta: Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select the Sauté setting. Use a spoon or spatula to stir everything together, spending a minute or two to break up any large clumps of noodles.

Cover the pot with a glass lid and let the mixture simmer until the carrots are fork tender, about 5 minutes. If carrots are still not tender, stir well and continue cooking for 1 to 2 additional minutes.

Cancel the Sauté program to turn off the pot.

7 Add the final ingredients: Wearing heat-resistant mitts, lift the inner pot out of the Instant Pot housing. Remove the lid and stir in the pesto, cream cheese, and Parmesan. Use the spoon or spatula to nudge loose any pasta that is sticking to the bottom of the pot.

8. Serve with Milk! Ladle the tetrazzini into bowls or onto plates and sprinkle with chopped parsley or basil. Serve right away.