It’s fall, and if you live above the Mason-Dixon Line, that likely means you’re experiencing the start of cold temperatures. With a chill in the air comes a familiar craving: warm comfort food. Traditionally the work of big Dutch oven and hours of chopping and prepping, modern technology has turned the art of preparing a cozy meal into a snap thanks to the Instant Pot. Imagine how much your great-grandmother would have appreciated this invention. Channel some of her fabulous recipe energy with these 21 instant pot recipes, sure to warm you up this season.
Fall is all about comfort, from wearing leggings every day to watching the It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown special, and I dare you to find an Instant Pot recipe that isn't comforting. From creamy stews to one stop casseroles, pretty much everything you can make in a pressure or slow cooker will have you feeling comforted and happy by the end of your meal — even this Instant Pot Limoncello recipe that I will be trying immediately.
To all my fall/Instant Pot lovers, read on for 21 fall recipes you can make in the convenient appliance that will change your family's dinner game. And if you're still on the fence about buying an Instant Pot, I have a hunch that at least one of these tantalizing recipes will convince you that you need one ASAP.
Beef stew makes me think of dinners cooked by someone's grandma and cold nights when only a hot meal can warm me up. Mel's Beef Stew from Mel's Kitchen Cafe would definitely do the trick. Plus, it can be ready in under an hour. Try it out on the first truly cool night of the year to get into the fall spirit, and save a plate for me, please.
Instant Pot Vegan Chili
Chili in 20 minutes? It can be done. With a Cozy Kitchen’s recipe for Vegan Instant Pot Quinoa Chili, you can dish up the baby in 20 minutes. Prep time is an easy 5 minutes of peeling some garlic and cracking open a can or two of beans and shazam, dinner is served. Oh and don’t forget to pick up some corn chips before making this meal. Those will be your garnish (or eating vehicle, whatever you prefer).
Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Spaghetti and meat sauce is a classic comfort food, and it just got even easier to make thanks to this recipe from Meatloaf and Melodrama. This dish is also done in under 30 minutes, and the Instant Pot gives the pasta a really soft texture. It's a perfect weeknight meal for busy families with picky eaters.
Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Raise your hand if you’re one of those people who enjoys pineapple in savory dishes? Same, friend. Same. Scratch that itch with a warm bowl of Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs. Courtesy of the recipe blog Meatloaf and Melodrama, this brilliant dish doesn’t even require you to mess with ground meat. Instead, you just need to throw prepacked frozen meatballs in the Instant Pot with seasoning like ketchup, soy sauce, dried minced onion, and bell pepper. Fifteen minutes of cooking later, you have a delicious dinner.
I'm always a big fan of food I can eat with my hands during busy weeks (hello, less dishes), and who doesn't love tacos? These chicken tacos from Two Peas and Their Pods are perfect for families with multiple dietary needs because the recipe is designed for most of the toppings to be optional, so your picky eater can keep his taco as plain as he wants. They take 35 minutes from prep to ready-to-serve, so you can fit them in on even your busiest nights.
Beef and Broccoli with Rice
This Beef and Broccoli with Rice dish puts a twist on a traditional comfort food. Erin from Well Plated combined a Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff recipe with a Mongolian Healthy Beef and Broccoli recipe to make an Instant Pot dish that offers incredible flavor with minimal effort. The result is a flavorful one-stop dish that can be made in under 35 minutes that your whole family will love for this fall.
Honey Butter and Herb Roasted Chicken
I'm from the South, where honey butter anything is deemed a comfort food, so I find this Pressure Cooker Honey Butter and Herb Roasted Chicken recipe from Table for Two truly mouthwatering. The simple approach to cooking a whole chicken makes it even more appealing: just throw the ingredients in the slow cooker, and you're ready to go. If you're thinking you don't want to make the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving this year (or if your family is like mine and you need at least two options for dinner because at least 30 people will be at your house on turkey day), this Instant Pot chicken dish is a great choice for you.
Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of mac and cheese? Few things, I tell you. But unless you have an afternoon to whip up a bechamel, preparing a truly great mac and cheese is out of the question. Unless, of course, you own an instant pot. Gimme Some Oven gets the job done easily by pouring a box of shells into her Instant Pot along with water, butter, mustard, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt for 4 minutes, then adding in the cheese. All told this recipe takes 25 minutes. Go ahead and double it. You’ll want leftovers day two.
There will always be something comforting about the foods you ate as a kid, so Sloppy Joes on a chilly fall night will be sure to bring a smile to your face — and your kids'. This recipe courtesy of Dara at The Skinny Pig NYC is a great fall Instant Pot option for your family, especially on a busy weeknight or weekend game day. Plus, the kids can have a blast eating the messy goodness that's supposed to fall apart in their hands.
Poblano and Tomatilla Shredded Pork and Quinoa
If you're a fan of meal prep, this Poblano and Tomatilla Shredded Pork and Quinoa Instant Pot recipe is perfect for you. The dish, courtesy of Table for Two, only takes 30 minutes to prep, but it cooks for eight hours; you can make it in the morning and leave it to cook while you do a million other things throughout the day. You'll come home to a meal your whole family will love, and the jalapeño kick will wake you up after a long day. Win, win.
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup, it’s the stuff your mom would serve you when you had a cold. Designed to be as warm and comforting as possible, this adult version (no Lipton soup packets here) from Family Fresh Meals is full of celery, carrots, and onions, and needs only 22 minutes to cook delivering optimal coziness in a bowl. Don’t skimp on the Saltines. Those are required to reach peak childhood nostalgia.
Curried Vegetable Stew
To all my gluten-free, vegan fall-lovers, this is the Instant Pot recipe for you. Courtesy of Tori Avey, the dish is chockfull of hearty vegetables, and cooking it will make you feel like a cuisine queen even though it only requires 15 minutes of prep on your end. Psst: it takes four hours to cook, so it's a great weekend option for Saturdays spent enjoying the fall air during the day and getting cozy at home for the night.
Creamy Thyme Chicken
Another one from Once A Month Meals, this Creamy Thyme Chicken is made with only 10 ingredients, and it's perfect if you're looking to meal prep and freeze for later in the week. The chicken will be warm in 20 minutes from frozen, so it'll come in handy for the busy week nights of fall.
Broccoli Cheddar and Zucchini Soup
Another fall night calls for another delicious fall soup, and this cheddar and broccoli concoction from Half Baked Harvest will make you want to it be fall all year round. Seriously, though, this soup is kind of perfect: your kids will taste cheesy goodness, and you'll know they're getting a healthy, filling meal thanks to the veggies. The pièce de résistance? It only takes 30 minutes of cooking for you.
This Chile Verde from I Am A Food Blog combines the comfort of a pork stew with the kick of tomatillos and jalapeños for a filling Instant Pot meal that can keep you warm all fall long. It takes three and a half hours to cook but only 30 minutes to prep, so you can feel like a master chef while you take care of other things around the house or at work, giving you the best of both worlds.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
Fall and squash go together like salt and pepper. First off, butternut squash is a great seasonal veg to grab this time of year, plus it tastes amazing as a soup. What really ups the flavor are all the good things you cook with the squash and really those are the biggest lift in this recipe from Damn Delicious. You’ll need thyme, garlic, sage, onion, and carrots to add that aromatic touch to this 45 minute meal.
Herb Chicken Orzo
Orzo has been one of my favorite comfort food discoveries in the past few years, and the Italian flavors A Spicy Perspective combines in this Instant Pot Herb Chicken Orzo recipe makes for an easy fall dinner the whole family will love. It's made in under 30 minutes and offers a fun alternative to typical spaghetti. Bonus: it covers at least three food groups, so you can feel good about giving it to your kids.
Pork and Green Chili
If your family loves spicy meals, you'll be dying to try this Pork and Green Chili recipe from A Beautiful Plate for your next Instant Pot meal. You'll love the combination of jalapeños, tomatillos, and cumin with the pork, and it only takes 30 minutes of prep. Why not try it?
Baby Back Ribs In The Instant Pot
Foodie Crush has managed to figure out a way to deliver savory ribs from an Instant Pot. If that isn’t worth celebrating this fall, what is? Now, this isn’t an instantaneous recipe. You’ll want to marinate your ribs in a dry rub for up to 48 hours, but the payoff appears to be big. Once they’ve absorbed that spicy goodness, they only need to cook for 35 minutes.
Instant Pot Chicken Piccata
Chicken piccata combines everything I think of when I think of comfort food: pasta, something creamy, and a warm protein. The fact that this recipe from Cookies and Cups combines all three components makes it a sure bet in my book. Plus, though it's a comforting meal, it's not too heavy, so consider it for a pre-trick-or-treating dinner for the kids.
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