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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“




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



2. Instant Pot Pasta Primavera

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



4. Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese

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



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

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



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




9. Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew

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

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



11. Instant Pot Chicken & Potato Soup

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



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

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



15. Instant Pot Potato Corn Chowder

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



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



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

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

Recipe: Instant Pot Moqueca



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

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



23. Lentil & Sausage Soup

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 / Via

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

Recipe: Instant Pot Sweet Potato Soup



25. Instant Pot Vegan Lasagna Soup

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




26. Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

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

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

Recipe: Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken



28. Low-Carb Egg Roll In A Bowl

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

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



30. Easiest Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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

Recipe: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

31. Whole30 Indian Saag Chicken

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

Recipe: Whole30 Indian Saag Chicken



32. Instant Pot Faux-tisserie Chicken

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



34. Instant Pot Chicken & Potatoes

A classic crowd-pleaser, and rightfully so.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken & Potatoes

35. Instant Pot Ramen

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

Get the recipe: Instant Pot Ramen



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

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

Recipe: Keto Kung Pao Chicken



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



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

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Faster than takeout β€” and tastier, too.

Recipe: Chicken Lo Mein



42. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups

Low carb β€” but still satisfying.

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups