Pressure Cooker Chicken Alfredo-Pesto Pasta

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An electric pressure cooker is a great appliance to own if you are busy or if you want to save money.  Pressure cooking allows you to cook difficult things fast, and it infuses flavors very easily.  I have the WP 7 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; the different settings automatically cook the food at the correct pressure.  It also comes with a book that gives the times and settings for basically anything you might want to cook.

Friday I got home from work a little later than normal.  It was so tempting to just run out and grab something, but I decided to come up with a new recipe using the odds and ends I had in the kitchen.  Really once you cook a few things in the pressure cooker, you will come up with endless ideas.

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts (I used frozen.)

1 cup pesto

1/3 cup of alfredo sauce

2 cups of water (or chicken stock)

3 cups dry pasta

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon garlic & herb seasoning

1 packet of Goya vegetable seasoning

1/2 cup shredded cheese (mozzarella)

1 cup frozen sweet corn

1 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup frozen broccoli

Directions

1. If you are making your own pesto (very easy to do), start with that.  This time I cheated a bit and made the Knorr Pesto from a package.  (It is very good and lower in calories.)

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2. Put everything in the pressure cooker pot.  (Originally I used 2 1/2 cups of water, but I thought it was a little runny, and that is why I put 2 cups of water in the ingredient list.  I used frozen chicken and frozen veggies, which added the extra water. Put as many or as little veggies in as you want.)

3. Set pressure cooker on the meat setting (or high pressure) for 20 minutes.

4. Use natural release when food is done cooking.  (Natural release means that once the electric pressure cooker is off and unplugged, the pressure will slowly release on its own.)

Remember to consult your instructions for your pressure cooker.  The WP Pressure Cooker will not allow you to open the lid when the unit is under pressure, so it is completely safe. You can substitute just about anything in this recipe to fit your tastes, including the meat.  The twenty minutes is fine for just about any meat as long as it is up to a pound in weight. (After that, consult your pressure cooker instructions for time.)

The best thing is that this is an easy one pot meal.  It tasted AWESOME!  It would have been plenty of food for two dinners and 2 lunches; however, hubby loved it and was super hungry…so no leftovers. 🙂

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Enjoy! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Chicken Alfredo-Pesto Pasta

    • I don’t see why you couldn’t, but I have never used milk in my pressure cooker. I have used milk in my rice cooker without a problem, and that is like a low-pressure pressure cooker. 🙂

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