9 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Change Your Life

So you bought an Instant Pot, congrats! If they’re all the craze right now, it’s mainly because electric pressure cookers cook your meals 70% faster than the regular way, and retain the flavor and nutritive qualities of your ingredients. If you need some inspiration to get you started with this wonderful appliance, here are 9 recipe ideas for the Instant Pot that will help you get food on the table in no time.

Cauliflower Curry Soup Recipe

1. Cauliflower Curry Soup Recipe

Loaded with broccoli and cauliflower, this super nutritious and healthy instant pot soup is so easy to make! Adding coconut milk at the last minute makes it super creamy and delicious.

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Ingredients list:

  • 1 cauliflower head, broken into florets
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4-5 baby potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish

Read Instructions here


Applesauce

2. Applesauce

Absolutely delicious and comes out perfect every time. This instant pot recipe for applesauce allows you to process quick batches easily.

What you'll need:

  • 3 to 4 lbs of apples (about 7 to 10 apples), peeled, cored, and halved
  • 2 strips of lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • knob of butter

Read Instructions here


Garlic Brown Butter Potatoes

3. Garlic Brown Butter Potatoes

Ready in 7 minutes or less, the easiest and fastest potatoes you will ever make. So moist and flavorful, cooked to melting goodness with the brown butter!

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds (1.5kg) baby yellow and red potatoes
  • 1 stick (110g) unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Read Instructions here


Beef Pasta Soup

4. Beef Pasta Soup

A major comfort soup that’s so easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Dump all ingredients in your electric pressure cooker and you get a complete, family friendly dinner ready in 20 minutes.

Ingredients list

  • 1 lb (450g) beef chuck, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small can ground tomatoes
  • 3 cups (3/4l) low sodium beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 uncooked lasagna sheets broken into pieces
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese, or Parmesan, for garnish
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Read Instructions here


Turkey Breast with Garlic-Herb Butter

5. Turkey Breast with Garlic-Herb Butter

Turkey breast cooks in the pressure cooker in just 25 minutes, then a quick broil in the oven makes it crisp to perfection. Use the herb and butter flavored dripping juices to make a killer gravy. The best way to save time preparing Thanksgiving dinner!

Turkey:

  • 3 lb (1.5kg) turkey breast
  • 1 or 2 heads of garlic
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 cup chicken stock
Herbed butter:
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons butter at room temperature
Gravy:
  • Chicken stock or water, for topping up the cooking liquids, optional
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup (35g) flour
  • Salt and pepper

Read Instructions here


Buttery Garlic Mashed Potatoes

6. Buttery Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These easy mashed potatoes are fluffy and delicious! Ready in 6 minutes under pressure in your instant pot, you end up with a silky-smooth, delicious side dish that is perfect for weeknight meals or holidays.

What you'll need:

  • 3 lbs (1.5kg) red and Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) low sodium chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter or ghee, plus more for serving
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Minced fresh thyme, for garnish (optional)

Read Instructions here


Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

7. Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Easy to make, low carb, and packed with protein and veggie, this healthy dinner will keep you full and happy! Definitely a favorite Instant Pot meal to add to your weekly rotation.

What you'll need:

  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic (or 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch each kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 small-medium spaghetti squash
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Fresh chopped basil, for garnish

Read Instructions here


Pasta Soup with Shrimp

8. Pasta Soup with Shrimp

Light, packed with flavor, this heartwarming pasta soup features delicious grilled shrimp with a spicy twist. Add tomato, garlic and baby spinach to make it the perfect healthy and warming meal!

What you'll need:

  • 8 oz (220g) raw medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 oz (220g) tortellini
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 handful cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 6 cups (1.5l) water
  • 6 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or more, to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Read Instructions here


Mac and Cheese

9. Mac and Cheese

Skip the box, and make this super easy mac and cheese in your Instant Pot! It’s pure deliciousness, comfort and pleasure. Piping hot elbow macaroni swim in a creamy cheddar and parmesan cheese sauce with a bit of spiciness. Comfort food at its best for an instant dinner!

What you'll need:

  • 12 oz (340g) dry elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups (1l) water
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1/4 cup (60g) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (350ml) milk
  • 1 cup (120g) light cream or sour cream
  • 1/4 onion, finely minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • A dash of hot sauce of your choice
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Read Instructions here


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