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Instant Pot Alfredo :: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free

February 10, 2018

Classic Alfredo flavors in a fraction of the time, and made gluten, dairy, and nut free too!

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Mid winter pick-me-ups…

I hear Lake Michigan is over 50 percent frozen these days, and from the looks off the pier down the road at the beach…I believe it! During this frigid time of year, we are definitely in need of some dinner comfort to warm our bellies, and I’ve got just the ticket for you if you’re feeling the same way.

Comforting Alfredo

I remember the first time I ordered alfredo pasta at a restaurant as probably a teen or 20 something. I don’t know of anyone that doesn’t fall in love after the first creamy bite, and I remember thinking this must be the best thing I’ve ever tasted. I also remember thinking…there is no way I could ever make something like this!

Dairy free Alfredo?!

Interestingly, Alfredo bases are really nothing more than a little garlic, butter, milk, and Parmesan. I am a huge fan of raw dairy, but if you are one that can’t tolerate that (sadly myself and one of my daughters included), there is another way! I have found coconut milk and nutritional yeast to be a great swap – you really can’t taste the coconut. I have a couple of coconut taste critics in my household, and this dinner gets gobbled up time after time without complaint. Cooking the noodles in the coconut milk allows the pasta’s starches to thicken the sauce and there really isn’t anything like indulgent, drippy, creamy, garlic infused Alfredo sauce!

Weekday fast in the Instant Pot!

It’s no secret, the Instant Pot has really been a game changer for a lot of family kitchens, and this traditional real foodie is one of them. It did take me a while to get the hang of it (let’s be honest – it took me 2 months to even take it out of the box!), but it has become a counter staple for weekly bone broth, soups, and whole chickens, and full meals like this alfredo dinner.

Literally one pot for the whole meal – that is definitely weekday friendly!

Pasta favorites

If you tolerate gluten/wheat, I recommend the Jovial brand of Einkorn pasta. If you need a gluten free diet, here are some of my favorite gluten free pastas:

If you are grain free, I would recommend separately making this DIY alfredo sauce, and then just add some spiralized zucchini or sweet potato noodles. My kiddos love this dinner too, and it is a great way to get some extra veggies in. The recipe done in the Instant Pot using veggie noodles will not turn out. The starches from the pasta helps thicken the alfredo sauce, and the cook time would make veggie noodles way to soft.

Add-ins to change things up!

I wanted to keep this recipe as simple as possible, so that there were no more than 10 ingredients. This also leaves some room so you can put your own creative spin on it! I happen to love adding cherry tomatoes to the cooking veggies in the first step. I also tend to add a big hand full of spinach to wilt in after the pasta cooks. If you chop it really small, your littles won’t even know it’s there if that is something that would normally bother them – it is taste free and it just looks like herbs. One of my kids particularly loves it when I add peas, while the another likes when I add bits of bacon.

Important Notes

  • Frozen broccoli gets too mushy. Believe me – I’d love nothing more than to just dump a bag organic frozen broccoli into the pot, but it just doesn’t work.
  • Different pasta brands might have different cook times.
  • I think cashew or almond milk would work if you don’t have coconut milk and like using those. If you tolerate raw milk/cream that should work great. I don’t think rice milk is thick/fatty enough, and I do not recommend soy milk.

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Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Alfredo :: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup ghee (If you tolerate butter, you can use that. If you don’t tolerate ghee, you can use avocado oil. Coconut oil will change the flavor too much.)
  • 1 small onion, diced small (or ½ large onion)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup white wine or bone broth to de-glaze the pan (white wine adds a really good flavor to the final dish)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (about 1 ½ chicken breasts), cut on a bias or cubed
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but gives the cheesy flavor of parmesan. You could use a good 2-4 tbsp parm if you tolerate the dairy. If you don’t have this on hand, a little extra sea salt will help with the salty bite of parm.)
  • 1 ½ quarts coconut milk (I like to use this entire 33oz carton of coconut milk which is about 1½ quarts. If you tolerate raw milk/cream, you may use that)
  • 8 oz gluten free pasta
  • 1 head of fresh broccoli, cut into florets (not frozen broccoli)
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Turn the Instant Pot on using the “Sauté” button, and melt the ghee. Add the onion and carrot with a big pinch of sea salt, stir to combine, and cook for 5-7 minutes so the veggies soften and sweeten.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for one minute, and then add the wine to deglaze the pan. Simmer the wine for a minute or 2 to burn off the alcohol. Turn the Instant Pot “Off.”
  3. Stir the chicken and nutritional yeast into the cooked onion/carrot/garlic mixture. Pour the coconut milk in the pot, and then put the pasta in. Make sure the pasta is submerged in the coconut milk. Put the broccoli on top of the coconut milk/noodle mixture – do not mix the broccoli in, or the noodles will not stay under the coconut milk and won’t cook all the way through.
  4. Put the lid on the Instant Pot, and be sure the valve is closed. Press the “Manual” button and bring the time down to 2 minutes. The Instant Pot will take a few minutes to come to pressure, and then it will count the 2 minutes down.
  5. When the Instant Pot beeps after the 2 minute countdown, turn the Instant Pot off (do NOT release the pressure valve yet), and set a timer for 3-4 minutes. 3 minutes will leave your noodles with an al dente bite, and 4 minutes will leave them softer. After 3 minutes, release the valve for the rest of the pressure in the Instant Pot, and take the lid off. Stir everything up – I like to let it sit for a few minutes to absorb some of the liquid – this will also allow the noodles to soak in more liquid. Sea salt and pepper the alfredo to your taste and serve!

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29 Comments

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish February 11, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Oh gosh this looks good. Honestly, I wish this was my breakfast this morning. It sounds like pure comfort food and I could use some. So yummy!

  • Reply Lindsey Dietz February 12, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I adore alfredo! I can’t even believe this is dairy-free, yet it looks like the “real” thing! Definitely making!

  • Reply tina February 12, 2018 at 11:29 am

    This sounds so good! Adding to my instant pot recipes to try…

  • Reply Megan Stevens February 12, 2018 at 11:52 am

    This is amazing, that you’ve figured out how to make delicious noodles in the IP, amazing. Thank you for doing the work of that! 😉 I love Jovial pasta, too, that they pre-soak, so cool. Such a great family dinner, Renee!!

  • Reply linda spiker February 12, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Oh yum! I still have not used my IP for pasta. I am behind the times…

  • Reply Raia February 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Oh my goodness. I cannot wait to try this! Alfredo is one of my all-time favorite dishes.

  • Reply Christina Shoemaker February 12, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Yum!! I love a dairy free alfredo and yours looks SO CREAMY!! I’ve never done a sauce in an Instant Pot!! Such a great idea!

  • Reply Jean February 12, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I used to love alfredo sauce growing and I’m all about this healthy, IP version! Looks so creamy and comforting.

  • Reply Tessa February 12, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Instant Pot alfredo…dairy free? Be still my beating heart! Looks so darn good!

  • Reply Joni Gomes February 12, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Who doesn’t love a creamy, healthier alfredo! Love that you are using nutritional yeast!

  • Reply Cathy February 13, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I love alfredo! It’s great to have a gluten free, dairy free version!

  • Reply Nicole | What She Ate February 13, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve been eating so much comfort food in the form of pasta this winter, so this is totally up my alley. Also, can we get more cute, snowy winter pictures, please? It almost makes me miss living on the frozen east coast….almost 🙂

  • Reply Irena Macri February 13, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I love IP pasta. So easy and fuss-free. I love all the veggies in this too- just how I like my alfredo! The sauce is fab. You nailed every little piece of it. I know cooking GF pasta in the IP can be tricky, so I really love a good success story recipe.

  • Reply Melissa @Real Nutritious Living February 13, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    WOW, is there anything you can’t make in an instant pot? YUM!

  • Reply Yvonne February 14, 2018 at 10:16 am

    This looks so yummy! I will have to try it without the pasta, especially since it’s made in the Instant Pot.

  • Reply Michele February 14, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    YES! I think I was actually trying to create something like this other day when I kind of failed (I mean, it was good, but not creamy like this because I didn’t have coconut milk – and I didn’t make it in the IP). I am so going to try this.

  • Reply Holley @ ThePrimalDesire.com February 14, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    I am drooling looking at this, and one pot meals are the best after a long winters day at work!

  • Reply Meredith February 15, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    This coconut milk alfredo looks just delicious… and comforting and filling! What a wonderful one-pot meal for a cold winter dinner!

  • Reply Kari Peters February 16, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I love alfredo too, but all the heavy cream is a bit much for me these days, so I’m really intrigued by your combo of coconut milk and nutritional yeast – sounds scrumptious!

  • Reply Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen February 17, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I love this version of alfredo! So light and creamy, it looks and sounds amazing!

  • Reply cristina February 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Yes girl, you are speaking my language. Coconut and nutritional yeast are my faux dairy saviors!!!

  • Reply Leslie-Anne February 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Wow! This looks amazing. I like your dairy-free suggestions. I have a coconut milk sleuth in my house, so I’d be curious to see if he could taste it!

  • Reply Mira February 18, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Wow, this is the first time I see alfredo made dairy-free! Would olive oil work too? I’m not very fond of avocado, and can’t tolerate ghee.
    Can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply ChihYu February 18, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    That looks totally creamy delicious !

  • Reply Easy Prep Ahead Meal Plans @ 20 Dishes February 19, 2018 at 1:10 am

    This is perfection, looks great! I cant wait to try it!

  • Reply Katja February 19, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Oh, man! This sounds so creamy and cozy. YUM!!

  • Reply Tatiana February 19, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Never thought of making Alfredo this way. Nobody in my household has allergies or intolerance to any kind of food, but I am always looking for dairy free options in everything!

  • Reply A Girl Worth Saving February 19, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I love me some Alfredo and what a genius idea to make it in your Instant Pot! Looks so yummy and perfect for those cold winter days.

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