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Instant pot recipes. Set It and Forget It

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a new series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort food means comfort cooking. Whether you’re the proud new owner of an Instant Pot, have been debating purchasing one, or have been a proud owner since the super-speedy pressure cookers first came out, these recipes will spice up your weeknight dinner routine.

  1. Instant Pot Mac & Cheese. Making macaroni and cheese in an Instant Pot seemed, to me, counter-intuitive at first thought. Wouldn’t the noodles get all mushy, instead of remaining beautifully al dente? No, it turns out—not if you cook them for the perfect amount of time. Plus, after some testing, I realized I could infuse the actual pasta with way more flavor by cooking it directly in broth, cream, and Pecorino. Seriously: way more. A quick, stovetop-toasted panko topping keeps things nice and crispy-edged over on the textural front—feel free to dial up the cayenne if you like even more of kick!
  2. Instant Pot Tomato & Meat Ragu. What would happen if Marcella Hazan had an Instant Pot? This is my attempt at an answer. I’ve adapted her recipe for Bolognese Meat Sauce from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, stopping only to add a few (likely blasphemous) twists along the way. Like the pancetta—which I’m not exactly sorry about. And the swap for red wine, which I’m pretty sure negates this ragu from being considered a bolognese. Toss it with a pound of your favorite pasta, cooked al dente, a splash of pasta water, and a whole bunch of grated parmesan, and you’ll have a deeply satisfying weeknight ragu.
  3. Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa. Tilapia cooked in a foil packet comes out moist and tender every time. The addition of pineapple salsa adds a wonderful flavor.
  4. Salsa Chicken Tacos. Switch up taco night with these crowd-pleasing Salsa Chicken Tacos. The combination of chunky salsa and taco seasoning packs loads of flavor into the tender chicken. These chicken tacos can be made with fresh or frozen chicken breasts. Simply add 10 minutes of pressure cook time if using frozen chicken breasts.
  5. Instant Pot Pot Roast & Potatoes. How long does it take to cook a roast in an Instant Pot? We love our Instant Pot for making roasts because it tenderizes it SO quickly. What would normally take hours in the oven takes only one hour in the Instant Pot and you can cook everything at once—and even sear it, too! Depending on the size of your roast, it will take about 45 minutes to an hour to roast. If the roast is frozen, plan to add another 20 to 30 minutes to the total time.
  6. Instant Pot Beef Stew. There’s no need to wait for a large piece of stew meat to tenderize for hours when your Instant Pot can do it in 25 minutes. It’s a warm comforting bowl of hearty beef stew with very little effort and way less time. It’s exactly what you need a cold winter’s night.
  7. Instant Pot Spaghetti is a healthy one-pot dinner ready in 20 minutes. Pasta, meat, and sauce – all cooked in one pot.
  8. Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe with boneless chicken breast or thighs and brown rice cooked in one pot of electric pressure cooker. One-pot dinner for busy weeknights.
Instant pot recipes
Instant pot recipes. Set It and Forget It

Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

Instant pot recipes . Instant Pot Mac & Cheese


  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 5 ounces pancetta, thickly sliced and roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 small or 2 medium shallots, finely minced (about 1/3 cup minced)
  • 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth (you can substitute vegetable)
  • 1/2 ounces Pecorino Romano, finely grated (about 1/2 cup, packed) (you can substitute Parmesan)
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper
  • 1 pound fusilli (or other similar twisty shape), uncooked
  • 1 large pinch powdered cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup plain panko
  • 12 ounces ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • Finely chopped chives, for garnish (if using)

Full recipe is here : Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

Instant Pot Tomato & Meat Ragu

Instant pot recipes . Instant Pot Tomato & Meat Ragu


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ounces pancetta, sliced about 1/4-inch thick and torn or cut into bite sized pieces (you can substitute bacon or guanciale)
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound ground pork
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely diced (about 1 1/2 cup)
  • 1 stalk of celery, finely diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cups canned crushed or pureed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound your favorite pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 hunk Parmesan, for grating over bowls to serve

Full recipe is here: Instant Pot Tomato & Meat Ragu

Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa

Instant pot recipes . Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa


  • 1 lb tilapia fillets
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup pineapple salsa

Full recipe is here: Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa

Salsa Chicken Tacos

Instant pot recipes . Salsa Chicken Tacos


  • 2 cups chunky salsa
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 taco seasoning packet 1-ounce
  • 1 lb chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 8 crunchy taco shells
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup Mexican blend grated cheese

Full recipe is here: Salsa Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Pot Roast & Potatoes

Instant pot recipes . Instant Pot Pot Roast & Potatoes


  • 3 lb. chuck roast
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp. chopped thyme
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. red wine
  • 3 c. low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb. baby potatoes, halved
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced on the bias

Full recipe is here: Instant Pot Pot Roast & Potatoes

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant pot recipes . Instant Pot Beef Stew


  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3 lb. beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 2″ pieces
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 (10-oz.) bag frozen peas

Full recipe is here: Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant pot recipes . Instant Pot Spaghetti


  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef, turkey or chicken
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp basil, dried
  • 1 tsp thyme, dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 10 oz whole wheat spaghetti
  • 28 oz tomato sauce, low sodium

Full recipe is here: Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Instant pot recipes . Instant Pot Chicken and Rice


  • 2 lbs chicken boneless & skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1” pieces*
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 large carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp thyme, dried
  • 2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice, rinsed & drained
  • 3 3/4 cups water*

Full recipe is here: Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

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