If you ever make it out to Garden City, Long Island, New York I highly recommend you stop at Vincent’s Clam Bar. It is one of our favorite restaurants and probably the best Italian food you will ever have outside of Italy. We go there way too often and my son’s all time favorite dish is Vincent’s Tortellini Alfredo. If he could eat it every day he probably would. So it was my mission to find a way to convert this family favorite restaurant dish, in to a family favorite weeknight Instant Pot dish. After a few tries I realized the simpler the better.
This Instant Pot Tortellini Alfredo is almost as good as Vincent’s for sure. Not only does it taste fabulous, but it is super quick, only has a few ingredients, and its all done in the Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Quick and Easy Tortellini Alfredo
Recipe by Lana Horruitiner Perez based on Vincent’s Clam Bar Tortellini Alfredo
- 1 1/4 cup Water
- 1 tsp Chicken Flavored Better Than Bouillon (you can use 1 1/4 cup Chicken Stock instead of the Water and Bouillon)
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder or Dried Crushed Garlic
- Salt and Pepper
- 12 – 16 oz bag Frozen Tortellini (make sure it is a good quality, the one I use in this recipe I had on hand but I don’t recommend this brand. Use a brand you like.)
- 1 cup freshly grated/fine shredded Parmigiano/Reggiano or Parmesan Cheese
Pour 1 1/4 cups Water into the Instant Pot. Add 1 tsp Chicken Flavored Better than Bouillon, 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder, and Salt and Pepper. Whisk together.
Add 1 cup Heavy Cream. Whisk.
Add the Frozen Tortellini and make sure it is submerged.
Lock the Instant Pot Lid into place and make sure the valve is set to the “SEALED” position. Pressure Cook for 3 mins on High. Allow to Natural Pressure Release for 5 mins then do a Controlled Quick Release until the rest of the pressure is released (this is when you turn the valve a little at a time to release the pressure in small amounts).
Remove the lid and press the “SAUTE” button and adjust to “MORE”. Saute on high for 5 mins to allow some extra liquid to evaporate out. After 5 mins turn off and wait until the sauce stops boiling.
Stir in 1 cup fresh shredded/grated Parmesan or Parmigiano/Reggiano.
Let it sit for 5 mins to set. (The sauce will thicken as it sits and cools.)
Serve. Buen Provecho!