35 Cold-Weather Instant Pot Recipes That Quick, Easy, And Most Of All, Comforting (2024)

    From cozy soups and stews to fall-off-the-bone meats, here's how to use your Instant Pot this autumn.

    by Hannah LoewentheilBuzzFeed Staff

    By now, your Instant Pot is probably one of the most coveted appliances in your kitchen. And if you're anything like me, you use it especially often come fall and winter. If you're looking for some inspiration, here are some delicious and comforting cozy weather foods to make in your handy dandy, time-saving Instant Pot.

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    Forget those instant ramen packs. This recipe calls for yakisoba noodles, lots of veggies, and a rich broth made with chili garlic sauce, soy, and oyster sauce.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Ramen

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    This 30-minute meal is a serious crowd pleaser. Sort of like a cousin to chicken tikka masala, this chicken is equally as creamy and decadent, made with tomato sauce, cream, and lots of spices.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Butter Chicken

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    Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be a hassle to put together and bake in the oven. Enter: the Instant Pot. Just layer all your ingredients — including no-boil lasagna noodles — in a lasagna pan. Cover it with foil and cook for 25 minutes.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Lasagna

    4. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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    Just dump the ingredients — diced veggies, whole chicken, and egg noodles — into the Instant Pot and wait for the most flavorful chicken noodle soup, which you can eat immediately or freeze for later.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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    This lower-carb alternative to pasta is still so comforting, especially when it's cooked in hearty Bolognese. Of course, get creative and try it with your favorite pasta sauce.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

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    For a restaurant-quality meal without leaving the house or ordering take out, don't miss this DIY pad Thai. Made with easy-to-find ingredients, the sauce is an irresistible mix of sweet and savory.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Shrimp Pad Thai

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    Carnitas are a treat, but they can take a very long time to make in the oven or the slow cooker. But in a pressure cooker, this shredded, tender pork becomes a feasible weeknight meal. You can make it from start to finish in just over an hour.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Carnitas

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    This vegetarian-friendly soup recipe made with squash, apple, onion, and carrot is so comforting. Try garnishing your bowl with anything from coconut milk or sour cream to pepitas and croutons.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

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    Pour cream, chicken broth, pasta, crushed tomatoes, and basil into the Instant Pot and don't even worry about stirring. Once the baked ziti is done, toss in some Parmesan cheese and chow down.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Baked Ziti

    10. Vegetarian Instant Pot Thai Green Coconut Curry

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    Whether you're trying to cut back on meat or just want to try something new, this veggie-packed, Thai-inspired curry is a great addition to your dinner rotation. It's made with coconut milk, fish sauce, green curry paste, and whatever vegetables you have on hand.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Thai Green Coconut Curry

    11. Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

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    This Chinese-inspired favorite has never been easier to make right at home. For the most flavorful beef, brown it quickly in the Instant Pot using the sauté setting before you add the rest of the ingredients.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

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    Treat yourself to a fancy Italian-inspired dinner at home with the help of your pressure cooker. It looks like it takes all day, but in reality you can whip it up in just 30 minutes.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

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    If you want to make this into a more traditional chicken pot pie, you can use store bought pie crust of biscuit dough as a topping.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup

    14. Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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    You don't need any fancy ingredients to whip up this seriously decadent pasta. Chicken breast, your favorite noodles, heavy cream, Parmesan, and chicken broth gets you most of the way there.

    Recipe:Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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    A true drop-and-go dinner, you can prepare this soup ahead of time (just leave out the dairy), freeze it in little baggies, and simply pop it into the Instant Pot when you're ready.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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    Make a big batch of this delicious and hearty Bolognese at the beginning of fall. It freezes wonderfully, so you can save it for lazy nights.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Bolognese

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    This one-pot pasta recipe is light enough to make while the weather is still mild, but comforting enough to make all year long. It's a true one-pot meal that comes together in half an hour.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

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    If you're not a big fan of lettuce wraps, you could also serve this over rice, quinoa, lo mein noodles, or pretty much any grain!

    Recipe:Instant Pot Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

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    Taco Tuesday really should be a weekly occasion, and this melt-in-your-mouth shredded chicken should be a recipe you return to. Just add to tortillas with your favorite taco toppings like guacamole, slaw, and jalapeños.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

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    The only cooking required that can't be done in the Instant Pot is making the cheesy bread toppings, which you can make by topping sliced baguette with shredded Gruyère cheese and broiling until bubbly and melted.

    Recipe: Instant Pot French Onion Soup

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    Classic mac 'n' cheese gets an upgrade from crispy crumbled bacon and decadent gouda cheese. It's slightly smoky, incredibly creamy, and straight-up comforting.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Bacon and Gouda Mac 'n' Cheese

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    This vegan meal will be a crowd-pleaser, even among meat lovers. Tender cauliflower is the perfect vessel for enjoying this indulgent sauce made with crushed tomatoes, non-dairy yogurt, and tons of spices.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Cauliflower Tikka Masala

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    Loaded with bacon, potatoes, spicy Italian sausage, and kale, this nourishing soup will stick to your bones and make you feel good.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana

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    Skip the take-out tonight and whip up this Chinese-inspired cashew chicken. It's so much easier than you might expect.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

    26. Instant Pot White Bean Stew

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    Serve this Tuscan-inspired stew with a baguette or sourdough to sop up all the tomato-y beans.

    Recipe: Instant Pot White Bean Stew

    27. Instant Pot Beef Pho

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    This Vietnamese soup is easier than you might imagine to make at home. You just need a few spices and seasonings — like fish sauce, cinnamon, and coriander — to get the flavor of the broth right. This version is made with beef, rice noodles, jalapeño, bean sprouts, and fresh basil.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Beef Pho

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    If you're craving lasagna but don't want to go through the pain of assembling it, this soup is the solution. It's loaded with all the stuff you love: beef or turkey, noodles, tomatoes, ricotta, and mozzarella.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

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    Pulled pork is a recipe that knows no season. It tastes delicious any time of year served on a soft brioche bun with some tangy slaw and baked beans on the side.

    Recipe: Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

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    It's officially chili season. Take advantage with this filling, protein-packed recipe made with ground turkey, canned or frozen corn, and a blend of kidney beans, cannellini beans, and pinto beans.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Turkey Chili

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    The next time you're feeling lazy and are tempted to order in, try making this comforting Chinese restaurant favorite at home. The noodles and veggies are pressure cooked in the sauce, so you don't even have to boil water on the stove.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Lo Mein

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    When the temperature drops, count on this cabbage soup to warm you up. It's made with cabbage and ground beef in a deep tomato broth.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup

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    Thanks to your Instant Pot, you can make the meatloaf and a side of creamy mashed potatoes at the same time. That means there's no dirtying extra dishes and no juggling the stove-top and oven.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Meatloaf

    34. Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

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    There's something irresistible about sesame chicken. Perhaps it's the sticky, thick glaze or the perfect combination of sweet and savory, but I could make this meal once a week without ever getting sick of it.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

    35. Instant Pot Vegan Eggplant Lentil Sweet Potato Curry

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    There's no meat in this recipe, but it's still surprisingly filling thanks to lentils and tons of veggies. You can follow the recipe and use a mixture of eggplant and sweet potato, or opt for whatever vegetables you have on hand.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Eggplant Lentil Sweet Potato Curry

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