Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Tortellini Soup–A creamy tortellini soup with chicken, vegetables and parmesan cheese. If you love chicken alfredo you’ll love this soup!
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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Tortellini Soup
I know I say this a lot but this is my new favorite soup! For reals. I can see me making this soup many times in the future for company, neighbors and potlucks. It is a crowd pleaser! My whole family loved this soup and we were happy I made a big batch so we could have leftovers the next day.
A few notes:
Can I halve the recipe? The recipe as it is written makes a lot! However if you’re wanting to serve a smaller group you can easily halve the recipe. Just halve all the ingredients and keep the cooking time the same.
Chicken. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. If you use thighs increase the cooking time by 2 minutes. If you want to use cooked chicken you can. You can add it in at the beginning and then pressure cook for only 5 minutes.
Frozen Tortellini. I usually find the frozen tortellini by the frozen breads. I like frozen tortellini because it stays good in my freezer until I’m ready to use it. I haven’t tried this recipe with fresh tortellini yet. If you use fresh tortellini the cooking time for the tortellini will be longer than the stated 2 minutes. It will probably be closer to 7 minutes. I haven’t tried dried tortellini with this recipe and I probably won’t ever. I don’t like the aftertaste of dried tortellini.
Kale. I like kale for this soup because it holds up well and adds a bright pop of green. If you don’t like kale you can also use spinach. One other thought I had was using a bag of frozen broccoli and adding it in with the frozen tortellini. Yum!
Half and Half. Half and half is a dairy product that is found next to the milk and cream at the grocery store. It is half cream and half whole milk. You can also use whole milk for this recipe.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Tortellini Soup I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.Print
Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Tortellini Soup
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 8-10 servings (recipe can be halved) 1x
A creamy tortellini soup with chicken, vegetables and parmesan cheese. If you love chicken alfredo you’ll love this soup!
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 cup diced onion
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 celery ribs, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (frozen is okay)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 (19 oz) package frozen cheese tortellini
- 1 1/2 cup grated/shredded parmesan cheese
- 5 large kale leaves, washed and coarsely chopped (discard the stem)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the butter and swirl it around. Add in the onion and saute for about 4 minutes. Add in the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Pour in the chicken broth.
- Add in the carrots, celery, salt, pepper and chicken. Turn off the saute setting.
- Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 10 minutes for thawed chicken or 12 minutes for frozen chicken on high pressure. When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes (display will read L0:05) and then move the valve to venting.
- Remove the chicken and place on a cutting board. Shred or cut the chicken into pieces. Add the chicken back into the pot.
- Warm the half and half (I just do this in the microwave for 1 minute). Whisk the flour a tablespoon at a time into the half and half until it is a smooth mixture. Pour the mixture into the Instant Pot. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. The soup will thicken up fairly quickly.
- Stir in the tortellini. The frozen tortellini only take about 2 minutes to cook.
- Stir in the parmesan and kale.
- Salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
This recipe can easily be halved. Just halve all the ingredients and keep the cooking time the same.
- Category: Soup
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/10 of the recipe
- Calories: 413
- Sugar: 4 g
- Sodium: 1216 mg
- Fat: 14 g
- Saturated Fat: 8 g
- Carbohydrates: 31 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 38 g
- Cholesterol: 104 mg
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What changes should I make if I just want pasta instead of tortellini? Thanks
Between step 4 and 5 I would add the pasta into the pot and bring the pot back to pressure for 5 minutes. It should come to pressure rather quickly because it’s already hot. Then quick release and move on with the recipe as stated.
Kelsie Villeburn says
I don’t have eight cups of chicken broth could I use chicken bouillon cubes instead?
Yes you could use that!
I am going to try this over the weekend, but I live by myself. Would this soup taste okay if I freeze part of it?
I’m thinking the tortellinis would be super bloated and suck up all the liquid. Probably best to eat it the day of.
Would the cooking time be the same if I use fresh/frozen broccoli instead of the kale?
I’m also gonna use jarred alfrefo sauce cause that’s what I have on hand. Also canned mushrooms… Can’t wait to make this one!
I would add in cooked broccoli after everything has pressure cooked or else it will turn to mush!
Shelley D Boblett says
one of my favorite soups. This was my first attempt to make a homemade soup and it was fantastic. My Hubby kept commenting on how wonderful it was.
Yay! So glad you and he both liked it.
Adele Pattinson says
Great recipe! Thank you. Was thinking about making it vegetarian with no chicken. Thoughts on cooking time? Thanks for your expert opinion in advance.
You could just cook for 5 minutes with a 10 minute natural pressure release and it should be fine 🙂
I made this last night for dinner and it was so good. Thanks for all the amazing recipes Karen!
Glad you liked it Bonnie! It’s one of my favorites.
Does the kale soften at all? Could it go in earlier? We don’t care for chewy bits in cooked food.
It seems soft to be but sure you could add them in at the beginning if you’d like.
This soup is so delicious! The only thing I did was use spinach because my family won’t eat kale u fortunately and I added a dash of cayenne. It was u believably flavorful!
So glad you liked it! We love this one a lot at our house.
How many cups of spinach would you use?
3-4 cups should do
I’m a fan! You have well written directions and your notes answer just about any questions that could come up regarding the recipe. I also appreciate the fact that you take the time to answer questions. I look forward to your instant pot cookbook. Thanks again for all the great recipes!
You’re welcome Rose!!
My slow cooker (Australia) does not have a saute setting. Its a Kitchen Couture. Could you please advise what I’d do in your first step of cooking in place of sauteing. Should I brown vegies in oil in a separate pan?
Yes, that is what I would do if I were you.
Janet Alexander says
I made this for dinner on Sunday night in my 6qt instant pot. It was delishes my husband loved it.
I am freezing the leftovers but we are having some tonight again.
Thank you Karen for all your great simple meals.
I just made this and it was yummy. I forgot to buy half and half so I used skim milk. It worked great. Thanks for my new favorite soup!!
Glad it worked out well!!
Carol Davies says
Can I use jarred Alfredo Sauce for the sauce instead of making it from scratch?
Sure you could leave out the half and half, flour and parmesan cheese and just stir in a jar of alfredo instead.
Great recipe. I used dry tortellini as that is what i had. Also used fresh spinach. Both worked well. Once you return to the saute cycle, then put in the dry tortellini and cook until tender, then add thd cream and slury. Half and half is a must. So much richer tasting. My husband gave it 5 stars. A keeper for sure.
I’m so glad it worked out for you Shari!
How long did it take for the dry tortellini to cook and how much did you use?
Is there a substitute for the half and half that is less caloric but will retain the taste?
You could do whole milk and I’m sure it will taste good.
Gail S says
Recipe looks amazing, do you think if I used one cup of half-and-half and one cup of almond milk that would work? Trying to cut back on my dairy. Thank you
I’m sure that would be great Gail!
Gail, you could try cashew milk! I use wherever a recipe calls for half and half and it works beautifully! 🙂
You can also use FF half/half to cut back
Canned evaporated milk might work in a pinch. It adds a milky richness to soup, even if you choose a partly skimmed 2% can.
I used frozen broccoli instead of kale. It is fantastic! My new favorite recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing!
I’m so happy that you tried it and liked it! And it’s good to hear that the broccoli worked out.
SANDRA COLIZZA says
Is there a way to save your recipes? I don’t even see a way to email the recipes to. myself.
You can save them on pinterest. I’ve also heard that using the copy me that app works really well.
Robin McDonald says
I am falling in love with all your recipes! My Instant Pot in an 8 qt, so would I need more liquid?
Also, I have recently started using “Copy Me That” and it works beautifully for your recipes and others.
So happy I found you!
Hi Robin! This recipe has enough liquid for an 8 quart. I’m glad you found me too 🙂
Could you cube the chicken ahead of time before you start cooking the recipe?
yes you could!
Would you need to reduce the cooking time with cubes chicken?
You can keep the cooking time the same.