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72 Instant Pot Stay-Home Dinners For Every Kind Of Craving

Not sure what to make? This will help.

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Quarantine is hard. Dinner shouldn't be.

That's why hands-off appliance cooking β€” especially with tools like the Instant Pot β€” is especially useful right now. Below, you'll find 70+ easy Instant Pot recipes that'll help you get dinner on the table faster. They're divided into categories: pasta, soups and stews, chicken, beef and seafood, and vegetarian and vegan. Save this list! πŸ“

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1. Instant Pot Spaghetti With Meat Sauce

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If you've never cooked pasta in an Instant Pot before, you're missing out. In many recipes β€” like this one β€” the noodles cook directly in the sauce, giving you an end result that's packed with flavor from the inside out.

Recipe: Instant Pot Spaghetti With Meat Sauce

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2. Instant Pot Pasta Primavera

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Loaded with vegetables β€” plus an extra boost of protein from using chickpea noodles instead of traditional ones.

Recipe: Instant Pot Pasta Primavera

3. Creamy Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Dinner-wise, is there anything better than creamy, dreamy chicken alfredo? (Nope!)

Recipe: Creamy Cajun Chicken Alfredo

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4. Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese

eatinginstantly.com

Three types of cheese β€” and cooking the noodles in broth instead of water β€” amps up the flavor.

Recipe: Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese

5. Instant Pot Ground Beef & Pasta

This only pressure cooks for five minutes β€” and prep is super minimal.

Recipe: Instant Pot Ground Beef & Pasta

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6. Veggie-Packed Mac 'n' Cheese

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Featuring the green trinity: broccoli, spinach, and pesto.

Recipe: Veggie-Packed Mac 'n' Cheese

7. Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi

gardeninthekitchen.com

You can use frozen shrimp or fresh shrimp for this β€” just sautΓ© the latter for a little bit less.

Recipe: Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi

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8. Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo With Chicken

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To upgrade the jarred sauce, you'll also toss in fresh garlic, parsley, and Parm.

Recipe: Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo With Chicken

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9. Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew

budgetbytes.com

This breaks down to just about $2 per serving β€” and makes enough for six.

Recipe: Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew

10. Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

thegirlonbloor.com

White beans and a ton of veggies give this soup plenty of plant-based protein and vitamin A. It also only needs two minutes of active cooking time in the IP.

Recipe: Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

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11. Instant Pot Chicken & Potato Soup

cottercrunch.com

To make this ring in at under $10, stick to just one type of potatoes (instead of two), and use canned corn instead of fresh.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken & Potato Soup

12. Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

High in protein and potassium.

Recipe: Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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13. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free β€” and something everyone will love.

Recipe: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

14. Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup

foodiecrush.com

Reminder that the Instant Pot has a slow cooker setting β€” so anything you'd normally make in a Crock Pot can directly translate to the IP.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup

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15. Instant Pot Potato Corn Chowder

thereciperebel.com

Hearty and comforting β€” and makes for great leftovers.

Recipe: Instant Pot Potato Corn Chowder

16. Chicken Taco Soup

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Top your bowl with diced jalapeΓ±o, sliced avocado, and some tortilla strips for crunch.

Recipe: Chicken Taco Soup

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17. Instant Pot Vegan Minestrone Soup

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Ready in just about 30 minutes.

Recipe: Instant Pot Vegan Minestrone Soup

18. Instant Pot Pasta Soup

For those times when you can't decide between pasta and soup. πŸ˜‹

Recipe: Instant Pot Pasta Soup

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19. Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Stew

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Spinach is in season right now β€” and this hearty stew packs a full two cups of it.

Recipe: Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Stew

20. Instant Pot Moqueca

savorytooth.com

If you've never had Brazilian fish stew before, this belongs at the top of your To Make list.

Recipe: Instant Pot Moqueca

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21. Beef and Barley Soup

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Cold nights call for piping hot bowls of this hearty soup loaded with tender beef, chewy barley, and lots of veggies.

Recipe: Beef and Barley Soup

22. Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup

sweetpeasandsaffron.com

If you recently got an Instant Pot and aren't quite sure where to begin, this super-nourishing soup is a great starting point. It's nutritious and very hands-off, letting you sit back and witness the magic of your new IP.

Recipe: Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup

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23. Lentil & Sausage Soup

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Use green or brown lentils β€” and whatever sausage or meat you might have on hand.

Recipe: Lentil & Sausage Soup

24. Instant Pot Sweet Potato Soup

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This has plenty of protein, fiber, and healthy fats from the sweet potato, black beans, and avocado.

Recipe: Instant Pot Sweet Potato Soup

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25. Instant Pot Vegan Lasagna Soup

veganricha.com

Lasagna! Soup! Can't think of anything more comforting, TBH. Especially when you add some garlic bread on the side.

Recipe: Instant Pot Vegan Lasagna Soup

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26. Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

fitfoodiefinds.com

The simple sauce β€” which includes soy sauce, garlic, and ginger β€” comes together quickly and packs a ton of flavor.

Recipe: Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

27. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

therecipecritic.com

Works equally well with fresh or frozen chicken β€” and makes enough for six servings.

Recipe: Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

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28. Low-Carb Egg Roll In A Bowl

thegirlonbloor.com

The base here is ground chicken β€”Β but you could also swap in ground turkey, pork, beef, or soyrizo.

Recipe: Low-Carb Egg Roll In A Bowl

29. Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

lifemadesweeter.com

This recipe includes modifications for Keto and Paleo versions, and all are ready in less than 30 minutes.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

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30. Easiest Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

gimmesomeoven.com

Serve this piled onto your ~vessel~ of choice β€” like tortillas or lettuce wraps.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

31. Whole30 Indian Saag Chicken

40aprons.com

A Paleo and Whole30-compliant take on saag paneer, this chicken version is super rich and satisfying.

Recipe: Whole30 Indian Saag Chicken

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32. Instant Pot Faux-tisserie Chicken

cookingwithcurls.com

Moment of silence for all that the rotisserie chicken has given us. πŸ™

Recipe: Instant Pot Faux-tisserie Chicken

33. Crispy Chicken Carnitas

Just throw all the ingredients into the IP and let the juicy chicken cook itself. When it's done, toss in the oven for a few extra minutes so it gets extra brown and crispy.

Recipe: Crispy Chicken Carnitas

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34. Instant Pot Chicken & Potatoes

lecremedelacrumb.com

A classic crowd-pleaser, and rightfully so.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken & Potatoes

35. Instant Pot Ramen

rasamalaysia.com

Your favorite college staple, bulked up with eggs, chicken, and other goodies.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Ramen

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36. Greek Chicken and Rice Bowls

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These are super customizable. You can easily swap the rice for quinoa and add any of your favorite veggies.

Recipe: Greek Chicken and Rice Bowls

37. Keto Kung Pao Chicken

lifemadesweeter.com

All the sweet, spicy, and saucy flavors you love β€” but Keto-friendly.

Recipe: Keto Kung Pao Chicken

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38. Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

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Just toss the chicken + veggies into your IP on its slow cooker setting β€” and load up the final product with your favorite toppings.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

39. Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

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Throw this marinated, slow-cooked chicken into tortillas, pita pockets, lettuce wraps, or try it solo.

Recipe: Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

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40. Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

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In less than 15 minutes, dinner is ready. This would also work with shrimp, pork, or tofu.

Recipe: Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

41. Chicken Lo Mein

Eating Instantly / Via eatinginstantly.com

Faster than takeout β€” and tastier, too.

Recipe: Chicken Lo Mein

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42. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups

triedtestedandtrue.com

Low carb β€” but still satisfying.

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups

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