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13 Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Weeknights

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pouring marinara sauce over stuffed shells using the instant pot

It’s a busy weeknight, but you need to get dinner on the table within the hour… what do you do? Call in one of these easy Instant Pot recipes to save the day! Check out some of our favorite pressure cooker meals that get dinner on the table with ease.

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1. Instant Pot Homemade Mac and Cheese

instant pot macaroni and cheese

Easy and cheesy! Who can resist a bowlful of velvety mac & cheese for dinner? Get the recipe.

2. Instant Pot Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

instant pot fettuccine alfredo

This hearty Italian dish is rich, creamy, and comes together in under 30 minutes! Get the recipe.

3. Instant Pot Hamburger Stroganoff

instant pot hamburger stroganoff

Looking for comfort food? This recipe is IT. The sauteed beef and creamy mushroom sauce creates the ultimate savory pasta dish. Get the recipe.

4. Instant Pot Stuffed Shells

spinach and cheese stuffed shells on a white plate

It’s a little extra work to stuff the shells with the spinach cheese filling, but trust us – it’s so worth it. Get the recipe.

5. Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

instant pot mongolian beef over rice

A recipe that easier than takeout? Sign us up! Even better, this dish uses budget-friendly flank steak so it’s easy to prep and easy on the wallet. Get the recipe.

6. Instant Pot Italian Beef Roast

italian beef roast on cauliflower rice

I have a feeling this may become a regular dish in your household after the first go around. Cooking a whole roast into tender shreds in less than 90 minutes is a real win. Get the recipe.

7. Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

chicken bacon ranch pasta in dish

This is a family-pleasing recipe that’ll have everyone in your household going back for seconds. Get the recipe.

8. Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

instant pot spaghetti in dish

Yup, you can make a full spaghetti dinner in an Instant Pot for the simplest, most inexpensive meal around. Get the recipe.

9. Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

pressure cooked ribs

Talk about finger-lickin’ good! These fall-off-the-bone tender ribs are an absolute BBQ treat and require 30 minutes or less to cook! 🤯 Get the recipe.

10. Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

plate with meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans

Two separate dinner components, same pot—yes, it can be done, folks! Thanks to a handy tray insert, your Instant Pot can do double duty in cooking both potatoes and meatloaf simultaneously. Get the recipe.

11. Instant Pot Chicken Risotto

plate of instant pot chicken risotto

Cooking risotto can be a painstakingly labor-intensive and long process, but not with the Instant Pot! Get the recipe.

12. Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

instant pot baked potato soup in crock bowls

A crock of this creamy, decadent soup is good for the soul…especially when it’s topped with bacon bits, sour cream, and cheese! Get the recipe.

13. Instant Pot Roasted Turkey

Turkey Made in the Instant Pot

Hard to believe but you can really cook a turkey in a pressure cooker—in less than an HOUR! You may want to save this recipe in case you have unexpected guests this Thanksgiving. Get the recipe.

Check out more Instant Pot hacks to make dinners easy peasy!

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Comments 29

  1. KP

    <3 thank you!
    For sharing!

    How can i save this post?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi KP! Right now you can save it by adding it to to your “HipList”, if on a desktop. Hope this helps!

    • Tonya

      I like to email them to myself so I can print later.

  2. sherry

    Love your recipies. Thank you

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Sherry for the sweet comment!

  3. babymair

    Thx,Collin and team for all you guys do to make my life a little easier during school days. LOVE all the recipes. Keep up the good work and God bless.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are SO very welcome! Thanks a bunch for the sweet comment! 🥰 It sure means a lot!

  4. Boymom6

    Thanks Hip2Save! I really appreciate these recipes! I’ve made a beef stroganoff before & my kids want me to make it every week now, lol. I purchased my instantPot last Black Friday from a deal you guys posted. I’m so excited to try some new dishes thanks to this post. Keep them coming, please!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, You bet! You’re very welcome! Glad you have been loving the recipes!

  5. Mamma

    Any good vegan recipes? I’m sure my meat eating extended family would enjoy these! I’ll pass them along!

    • chantelrebecca1

      You can make “refried” beans easily. Lots of recipes out there. Basically just cook pinto beans with salt, chopped garlic and onion and cumin. When the beans are all cooked use an immersion blender to get it to the consistency you like. I do this an freeze quart sized baggies for a healthy side when we have Mexican dishes.

  6. Kellie

    We love doing baked potatoes in the instant pot! You can do some kind of protein at the same time like ranch chicken or roast beef and gravy to top them. Throw some broccoli in the microwave and you have a quick meal.

    • `Kelli

      Hello Kellie. I’m also Kelli:) I’m doing a baked potato bar for about 20 people next month and want to know how I can do a mass amount of baked potatos at once so your comment caught my eye. Do you know the time and temperatures to put them on in the pressure cooker? I’ve never used one?

  7. jencor2

    do you have a list like this for crock pots?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes, jencor2! We have a list here and here!

      • jencor2

        ty ty

  8. Aleks

    Thank you! The chicken risotto is now a regular in our dinner rotations. So easy and delicious and tastes great for a few days after too!

  9. pj

    Yum to all! 🤤

  10. sauthier

    We love the risotto recipe and make it all the time now! I printed a bunch of these, thank you!

  11. April

    I love seeing Instant Pot recipes. Thank you so much! I have a request/suggestion. I would love to see an Instant Pot category with these recipes and others that have been posted under the recipe tab on Hip. I see we have a Crock Pot category and would love to see Instant Pot as well. Thanks again for all you guys do. Love H2S!

    • Chelsey (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey April! We do have an Instant Pot category that mixes both IP deals and recipes together. A lot of the recipes are on the last few pages but there are some other ones peppered throughout –

      • April

        I’ll check it out. Thanks so much.

  12. natie

    This is GREAT!!! Thanks so much for compiling this and for the post.

  13. Janelle

    Excited to try the risotto! Thanks!

  14. ReneeBA

    Thank you so much!!!!! Greatly appreciated 😁

  15. tipaye

    Can you please make this post so it can be added to the Cookbook tab? Thanks!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi, tipaye! This is a list of our recipes. Have you tried clicking on each one and addint it to your cookbook?

      • tipaye

        Hey, there. I’m using the app, and always see either ‘Hiplist’ or ‘Cookbook’ on the left-hand tab on posts (the tabs you use to save posts). This one (and a few others) only have ‘Hiplist’ as an option. Am I missing something? 😂

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Hi there! It is still there for me on desktop. Be sure to switch over to desktop view. Hoping this helps!

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