This recipe for instant pot pesto chicken pasta and veggies is dairy-free, gluten-free, ready in 30 minutes, packed with protein, and requires just four main ingredients! Use plant-based pasta for an extra protein boost and sprinkle with your favorite cheese. Double this creamy pasta recipe for an easy meal-prep option.
Last week I introduced my five-minute dairy-free cashew pesto to the blog. I was experimenting with ways to use it, and it’s about time to introduce my creamy instant-pot pesto chicken pasta with veggies!
I made it using my new pesto recipe, but you could also make it with my nut-free five-minute pea pesto or a store-bought pesto, too!
So creamy. SO GOOD.
If you watched my Vegan Yogurt Taste Test YouTube video, you saw how I’m transitioning into a primarily dairy-free lifestyle.
It’s super sad considering my favorite foods all involve dairy. Think: cottage cheese buffalo chicken dip, creamy cottage cheese pasta sauce, and loaded yogurt bowls (in my Instagram story highlight).
BUT the bloat and pain were getting to be too much which is why this creamy dairy-free pesto pasta is a dream come true!
What pasta goes best with pesto?
Fusilli, cavatappi, and rotini are good options. The curves and grooves in each hold pesto sauces well and allow for the herb-based oil to stick to the pasta.
I used plant-based chick-pea pasta shells and they worked fabulously.
I am also a huge fan of bowtie pasta with this recipe. But then again, I’m always in the mood for bowtie pasta noodles.
What meat goes well with pesto?
Pesto goes well with grilled steak, pork chops, chicken, and even fish!
Spread pesto onto grilled salmon or balsamic chicken, or thin it out a bit with some olive oil so you can spoon it on top.
Should pesto be cooked?
You should not cook pesto sauce because it will change the color, taste, and texture of the fresh basil. It will have a bitter taste.
Pesto can be warmed up, which is why I add it last. The warm chicken, veggies, and pasta will heat the pesto sauce up on their own, ensuring the quality of the pesto remains.
Ingredients for Dairy-Free Instant Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta:
- Dairy-Free Cashew Pesto
- Chicken Breast
- Pasta of choice – I used this brand of plant-based chickpea pasta
- Veggies of choice — I used broccoli and sweet peas
- Salt + Pepper
- Dairy-free or regular cheese of choice if not lactose-intolerant. You can also sub the cheese for nutritional yeast!
I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe! Feel free to swap out the veggies or omit if you’re not a fan!
This recipe is also perfect for meal prep and is super easy to heat up the next day.
If you love this recipe you will also love:
- Buffalo Cauliflower Pasta Sauce
- Creamy Vegan Sweet Potato Pasta Sauce
- Sweet Pea Guacamole
- Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Chicken and Potatoes
- 20 Minute Spring Risotto
As always, be sure to tag me on Instagram when you make it. 🙂
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