Dump and Start Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta

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Instant Pot Bacon Pasta is the ultimate comfort food. This is a one pot, dump and start recipe that is ready to serve in just minutes. Rich, creamy and full of bacon goodness, this family friendly dish makes a perfect easy weeknight meal.

Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta served in a ceramic bowl with a large spoon

Recently my family had a major case of the blahs. The weather was blah, the kiddoes day at school was blah. And even I had to agree that it was just one of those blah sort of days.

So I needed to come up with a way to turn our frowns upside down. And being the foodie that I am, the words comfort food immediately leaped to mind. After some rummaging through the fridge and pantry, I emerged with two of the most comforting ingredients: bacon and pasta.

And that, my friends, is how this recipe for Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta was born. Like this instant Pot Mac and Cheese and seriously delicious Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta, it truly is the ultimate in comfort food. Rich, creamy, salty and smoky. It is everything you crave, served up in one giant (for me anyway) bowl.

Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta served in a textured ceramic bowl

And that, my friends, is how this recipe for Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta was born. It truly is the ultimate in comfort food. Rich, creamy, salty and smoky. It is everything you crave, served up in one giant (for me anyway) bowl.

And because it is made in the pressure cooker, this creamy bacon pasta dish is sooooo simple make. The one pot, dump and start ease is perfect for those hectic weeknights. Plus you can double, or even triple, this recipe to feed a crowd without adding any extra cooking time. How amaaaaazing is that?

Three Reasons You’ll Love Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta

  1. It is a crowd pleasing, family friendly recipe that requires a few everyday pantry ingredients.
  2. This is a truly legit dump-and-start recipe that will be ready to serve in just minutes. You’ll exert more effort eating it than you do cooking it.
  3. Because BACON. It is impossible to eat bacon and not smile. Go on, I dare you to try!

Ready to learn just how easy it is to make Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta? Then gather up your ingredients and let me show you…..

How to Make Bacon Pasta in the Instant Pot

  1. Pour stock into Instant Pot insert, then add the rest of the ingredients including the best ever Sea Salt Flakes (but not the cheese or spinach).
  2. Close the lid and turn the vent to sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 6 mins.
  3. Cook till done, then allow for a natural pressure release (NPR) of 6 mins before performing a quick release to let out remaining steam.
  4. Open the lid, stir in the Parmesan and then stir in the baby spinach and let it wilt before serving.  all of the ingredients needed to make Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta

Tips for Making Pasta With Bacon 

  • Make sure the pasta is fully submerged before cooking.
  • When you first open the IP, there will be a bit more liquid, but if you mix and let stand for a bit the liquid will be absorbed.
  • And if you like your pasta with lots of sauce, add an extra half to one cup of stock or cream. YUM.
  • Feel free to double or (even triple) the ingredients in this recipe to feed a crowd without having to adjust the cook time at all!
  • You can sprinkle in even more Parmesan cheese, or add some grated mozzarella for extra cheesy goodness on you Pasta with Bacon.
  • Add cooked chorizo or sausage for even more meaty goodness.
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of chopped sun dried tomatoes for extra flavour.
  • No spaghetti on hand? No problem. You can easily swap in the pasta of your choice (eg penne, fusilli, shell pasta).
  • Please do grab your Free meal planning kit to help you whip up your recipes. close up of the completed Instant Pot Creamy Bacon pasta inside the Instant Pot

Other Spices To Add To Creamy Bacon Spaghetti

This bacon pasta recipe has a few simple spices to make it oh so delicious. However, you can season it with a variety of other spices to your taste. Here are a few suggestions for you to try:

  • Chili flakes.
  • Herbs de Provence.
  • Smoked paprika.
  • Onion powder.
  • Italian seasoning.

How Long To Cook Pasta in the Instant Pot?

You will get perfectly cooked spaghetti in the Instant Pot when you set it for 6 mins on pressure cook high pressure / manual high pressure. Then allow for a NPR of 6 mins before releasing the remaining steam.

Chef’s Tip: the cook time for the pasta remains the same whether you are making 8 ounces, 16 ounces, or 24 ounces of pasta.


How to Freeze Bacon Pasta

  • Let the pasta cool down then transfer into these very handy Ziploc freezer bags.
  • Squeeze out all the extra air and seal the bags.
  • Label the bags and then lay them flat in the freezer.
  • Store in the freezer for 3 months.

How to Thaw Bacon Pasta

  • Remove from the freezer the night before needed and let it thaw in the fridge.
  • For a faster thaw, you can add it into a microwave and thaw according to the microwave’s instructions.
  • Transfer the thawed pasta into a bowl and reheat in a microwave.
  • Or transfer the thawed pasta into a saucepan and reheat over low to medium heat.Creamy Bacon Pasta inside the Instant Pot

What to Serve With Creamy Bacon Pasta

close up of a serving of Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta in a textured ceramic bowl

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Weight Watchers Points

There are 25 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of creamy bacon pasta.

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Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta served in a ceramic bowl with a large spoon
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4.95 from 19 votes

Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta

This Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta is the ultimate in comfort food!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian, Western
Servings: 6
Calories: 668kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups (650ml) vegetable stock
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz (225g) spaghetti cut in half
  • 1 tsp garlic purée
  • 4 tbps butter cut into small cubes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 lb (450g) bacon cooked and diced
  • sea salt flakes to taste
  • 2/3 cup (80g) Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 cups spinach optional

Instructions

  • Pour stock into the Instant Pot insert, then add the rest of the ingredients including the best ever sea salt flakes. (but don't add the spinach or Parmesan yet!).
  • Close the lid and turn the vent to sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 6 mins.
  • Cook till done, then allow for a natural pressure release (NPR) of 6 mins before performing a quick release to let out remaining steam.
  • Open the lid, stir in the Parmesan and baby spinach and let it wilt before serving.
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Notes

Tips for Making Creamy Bacon Pasta

  • Make sure the pasta is fully submerged before cooking.
  • When you first open the IP, there will be a bit more liquid, but if you mix and let stand for a bit the liquid will be absorbed.
  • And if you like your pasta with lots of sauce, add an extra half to one cup of stock or cream. YUM.
  • Feel free to double or (even triple) the ingredients in this recipe to feed a crowd without having to adjust the cook time at all!
  • You can sprinkle in even more Parmesan cheese, or add some grated mozzarella for extra cheesy goodness.
  • Add cooked chorizo or sausage for even more meaty goodness.
  • Add some chopped sun dried tomatoes for extra flavour.
  • No spaghetti on hand? No problem. You can easily swap in the pasta of your choice (eg penne, fusilli, shell pasta).

What to Serve with Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Pasta

Instant Pot Broccoli.
Air Fryer Corn on the Cob.
Spinach Salad.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 25 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this creamy bacon pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 668kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 1082mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1855IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 1.2mg

 

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  1. 5 stars
    This was great! My college son is getting an Instant Pot for his college house and we wanted to practice on mine until he gets his (present from Grandma). He selected this and made it all on his own and we all loved it! Will be having this one again!
    He cooked the bacon first in the Instant Pot on saute and then took that out and prepared the recipe as stated. No extra clean up!
    Great recipe!

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  3. 5 stars
    Made the recipe with penne’-. Added some finely diced green pepper and spicy italian sausage. This is a recipe to die for. It was excellent. Everyone loved it , from the kids to my wife. It will become a regular to go to. Thank you.