5 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier
The Instant Pot is a must-have kitchen appliance for busy cooks. It makes cooking quick and effortless, so you can whip up delicious meals in no time. In this blog post, we’re sharing 16 of our favorite Instant Pot recipes that will make your life so much easier. Whether you’re looking for a simple weeknight meal or an impressive dinner party dish, these recipes will help you get the job done in a fraction of the time.
2) Beef Stew
Beef stew is a classic, comforting dish that’s perfect for busy cooks. With the help of an Instant Pot, you can make a delicious beef stew in a fraction of the time it would normally take.
To start, heat up the Instant Pot and add oil. Then, season your beef with salt and pepper and brown it in the pot. Once it’s browned, remove the beef from the pot and set aside.
Next, add diced onions and carrots to the pot and sauté them for 3-4 minutes. Then, add garlic and stir for another minute.
After that, add red wine to deglaze the pot. Then, add the beef back in along with potatoes, beef stock, bay leaf, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce. Give it a good stir to combine everything.
Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Once it’s done, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before doing a quick release of any remaining pressure.
When you open the lid, you’ll have a delicious beef stew that’s full of flavor. Serve it with fresh herbs and crusty bread. Enjoy!
3) Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is an all-time classic comfort food, and it’s even more comforting when you make it in your Instant Pot! This easy mac and cheese recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare and only 15 minutes to cook. You’ll end up with a creamy, cheesy macaroni dish that the whole family will love.
To make this delicious macaroni and cheese, start by adding two cups of uncooked macaroni, four cups of chicken broth, one teaspoon of garlic powder, one teaspoon of onion powder, one teaspoon of paprika, and half a teaspoon of salt to your Instant Pot. Give it a good stir, and then secure the lid and set the pressure release valve to the “sealing” position. Cook the macaroni on high pressure for five minutes.
When the five minutes are up, manually release the pressure, open the pot, and give the macaroni a stir. Add one cup of shredded cheddar cheese, half a cup of heavy cream, and four tablespoons of butter to the pot. Stir everything together until the cheese is melted and combined with the macaroni.
Serve your Instant Pot macaroni and cheese with a sprinkle of extra cheese or some chopped fresh parsley for a finishing touch. It’s a quick, easy meal that everyone will love!
Chili is a great dish for busy cooks who need something hearty and flavorful to put on the table quickly. When you make chili in an Instant Pot, it’s even faster! The combination of spices, beef, and beans creates a flavorful, comforting meal that can be on your table in no time.
To make chili in your Instant Pot, start by sautéing some onion and garlic in oil until they’re softened. Then add in some ground beef or turkey and brown it before adding in your favorite chili spices. Once everything is well mixed, stir in your beans, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Seal the lid on your pot, set the timer for 15 minutes, and let it do its magic!
When the timer goes off, release the pressure valve and open the lid. Add in any additional seasonings you want, then serve it up with your favorite toppings like cheese, sour cream, or diced jalapenos. You can also add a little fresh lime juice or chopped cilantro for a nice bright flavor. Enjoy!
5) Chicken Noodle Soup
If you’re looking for a quick and easy comfort food, this chicken noodle soup is the perfect dish. The savory broth and tender chicken make this a family favorite. And with the Instant Pot, it’s ready in just a few minutes!
To make the soup, you’ll need:
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 medium onion, chopped
– 1 carrot, diced
– 1 celery stalk, diced
– 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
– 6 cups of chicken broth
– 2 bay leaves
– 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon pepper
– 8 ounces of egg noodles
First, turn your Instant Pot to the ‘Sauté’ setting. Add the olive oil and garlic to the pot and sauté until fragrant. Then add in the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables are softened.
Next, add the chicken, chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and set to ‘High Pressure’ for 4 minutes. Once the timer has gone off, carefully do a quick release of the pressure.
Remove the lid and stir in the egg noodles. Replace the lid and select ‘High Pressure’ again for another 4 minutes. Again, when the timer has gone off, do a quick release of the pressure.
Discard the bay leaves before serving and enjoy your delicious chicken noodle soup!