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    Updated on Apr 28, 2020. Posted on Apr 24, 2020

    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

    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

    number-2-pencil.com

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

    Recipe: Creamy Cajun Chicken Alfredo

    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

    damndelicious.net

    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

    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

    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

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    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

    11. Instant Pot Chicken & Potato Soup

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    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

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    High in protein and potassium.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

    13. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

    gimmesomeoven.com

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

    Recipe: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

    14. Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup

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    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

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    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

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    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

    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

    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

    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

    25. Instant Pot Vegan Lasagna Soup

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    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

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    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

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    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

    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

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    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

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

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

    31. Whole30 Indian Saag Chicken

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    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

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

    Recipe: Instant Pot Faux-tisserie Chicken

    33. Crispy Chicken Carnitas

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    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

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    A classic crowd-pleaser, and rightfully so.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken & Potatoes

    35. Instant Pot Ramen

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    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

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    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

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    Low carb β€” but still satisfying.

    Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups

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    43. Instant Pot Pot Roast

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    All the classic Sunday roast flavors you love β€” with way less time and effort.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pot Roast

    44. Instant Pot Carnitas

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    The secret to super flavorful meat here? A quick DIY spice rub β€” that includes chili powder, paprika, and cayenne β€” which you'll coat the pork in first.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Carnitas

    45. Slow Cooker Keto Philly Cheesesteaks

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    Everything cooks low and slow, then Provolone cheese gets melted over the top at the end.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Keto Philly Cheesesteaks

    46. Six-Minute Shrimp Boil

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    Old Bay makes everything better.

    Recipe: Six-Minute Shrimp Boil

    47. Smothered Pork Chops

    beautyandthefoodie.com

    Keto and craveworthy.

    Recipe: Smothered Pork Chops

    48. Beef & Bacon Chili

    paleorunningmomma.com

    This freezes really well, so feel free to make extra!

    Recipe: Keto Beef & Bacon Chili

    49. Cod with Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers

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    This works with fresh or frozen cod fillets and the briny, Mediterranean-style broth adds a ton of flavor.

    Recipe: Cod with Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers

    50. 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Egg Bake

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    Bacon, veggies, and frozen hash browns make this easy egg dish filling enough for dinner.

    Recipe: 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Egg Bake

    51. Ground Beef Shwarma

    twosleevers.com

    Fast, easy, and flavorful.

    Recipe: Ground Beef Shwarma

    52. Instant Pot Pineapple Pulled Pork

    aprilgolightly.com

    This recipe uses chicken stock as the cooking liquid, but it works with water, too. (You'll still get a ton of flavor from the hoisin sauce.)

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pineapple Pulled Pork

    53. Stuffed Peppers

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    You can substitute ground beef for turkey or, if you want a meatless meal, use black beans or quinoa. Get the recipe.

    54. Instant Pot Pinto Beans With Chorizo

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    This breaks down to just $1.32 per serving.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pinto Beans With Chorizo

    55. Pressure Cooker Salmon With Lemon-Dill Sauce

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    Depending on the size of your salmon, you can cook it on the small trivet (or rack) that came with your Instant Pot β€” or you can invest in a slightly larger all-purpose rack like this one.

    Recipe: Pressure Cooker Salmon With Lemon-Dill Sauce

    56. Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili

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    Hearty, filling, and crave-worthy year-round.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili

    57. French Dip Sandwiches

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    Sandwiches, ranked: 1. French Dips. 2. All other sandwiches.

    Recipe: French Dip Sandwiches

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    58. Vegan Instant Pot Tacos With Smoky Lentils & Rice

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    The meat-free filling β€”Β of brown rice, lentils, and spices β€” is super versatile and also makes a great base for meal prep bowls.

    Recipe: Vegan Instant Pot Tacos With Smoky Lentils & Rice

    59. Instant Pot Aloo Gobi (Potatoes & Cauliflower)

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    Dicing everything into small pieces first means this only needs two minutes of pressure cooking.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Aloo Gobi (Potatoes & Cauliflower)

    60. Instant Pot Vegan Chili

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    This is high in protein and fiber β€” and freezes super well.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Vegan Chili

    61. Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

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    You can also prepare the ingredients ahead of time and store this ready-to-make meal in the freezer.

    Recipe: Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

    62. Instant Pot Golden Lentil & Spinach Soup

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    Vegetarian and vegan-friendly β€” and cooks up in all of 12 minutes.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Golden Lentil & Spinach Soup

    63. Vegan Chickpea Curry

    chefdehome.com

    Packed with protein.

    Recipe: Vegan Chickpea Curry

    64. Loaded Sweet Potatoes

    eatinginstantly.com

    IMO, sweet potatoes (and regular potatoes) are two of the best things to cook in an IP. Way faster than the oven!

    Recipe: Loaded Sweet Potatoes

    65. Protein-Packed Vegetarian Chili

    realfoodwholelife.com

    High in protein and fiber thanks to the sweet potatoes and black beans β€” and clocks in at less than $10.

    Recipe: 5-Ingredient Vegetarian Chili

    66. Instant Pot Lentil Curry

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    Don’t be fooled by its modest appearance β€” this lentil dish is plenty vibrant, thanks to ingredients like ginger, garlic, turmeric, and curry powder.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Lentil Curry

    67. Vegetarian Portobello Pot Roast

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    A plant-based meal that even carnivores will love.

    Recipe: Vegetarian Portobello Pot Roast

    68. Vegetarian Tikka Masala

    fullofplants.com

    This version swaps out chicken for cauliflower β€” and tastes amazing.

    Recipe: Vegetarian Tikka Masala

    69. Easy Steamed Vegetables

    eatinginstantly.com

    Great as an all-purpose side, or piled onto a rice or grain bowl.

    Recipe: Easy Steamed Vegetables

    70. Instant Pot Everyday Lentil And Spinach Dal

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    Dal is a major staple in Indian cooking β€” and after you try this version that's both incredibly aromatic and simple to create, it'll quickly become a staple in yours too.

    Instant Pot Everyday Lentil And Spinach Dal

    71. Instant Pot Vegan Gumbo

    cottercrunch.com

    High in protein and fiber β€” and goes from prep to plate in about 30 minutes.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Vegan Gumbo

    72. Loaded Baked Potatoes

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    You can cook a big batch of IP baked potatoes in 12 minutes. Then just load them up with your favorite toppings.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Baked Potatoes