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This variation on crack chicken noodle soup cooked in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot® has just a few changes and some extra cheese. Still as quick and easy as the original and even more delicious. This soup also freezes very well in resealable plastic bags!

Recipe Summary

20 mins
5 mins
40 mins
15 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add chicken, bacon, carrots, and onion. Cook and stir frequently until onions are tender, chicken and bacon are cooked, and carrots are semi-tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add broth, celery, and ranch seasoning.

  • Break spaghetti into thirds and add to the pot; stir to be sure all pasta is coated with broth. Close and lock the lid and set vent to sealing. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  • Stir in Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese until melted. Stir in cream until combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes:

You can use cooked chicken in place of raw; just add it at the end so that the meat doesn't dry out. Add a bit of olive oil to saute the carrots and onions at the beginning as well.

You can substitute 6 tablespoons real bacon bits for the sliced bacon, if you prefer. Angel hair pasta can work in place of regular spaghetti. Half-and-half or milk can be used instead of cream.

If soup is too thick, add more cream, milk, or half-and-half at the end. The mixture will thicken as it stands. You could probably also add a little more warm chicken broth if you didn't want to add more dairy. Additionally, you could add more of either cheese at this point if desired.

Nutrition Facts

583 calories; protein 35.9g; carbohydrates 37g; fat 31.4g; cholesterol 143mg; sodium 2108.7mg. Full Nutrition