Busy days need easy dinner ideas, and these delicious Instant Pot recipes for fall and winter don’t disappoint! Easy and quick, here’s how to meal prep comfort food FAST using your Instant Pot during the fall and winter months.
After years of hearing my friends and family talk about how easy it is to whip up healthy and fast dinners in the Instant Pot, I decided to finally take the leap and get an Instant Pot. Of course, that led to a myriad of decisions and I just couldn’t decide which model to get– until this gorgeous Instant Pot arrived on my doorstep as a gift from my sister who knows my indecisive ways!
And WOW, they weren’t lying– the Instant Pot is a gamechanger. It can create meals in minutes flat. I’ve been exploring seasonal recipes perfect for dinners on busy fall and winter nights, and the interwebs does not disappoint.
Which Instant Pot should I buy?
As you may have guessed, the decision depends on how you will be using it. Are you mostly cooking for one or two people? A smaller sized Instant Post such as this one will suffice and save counter space. Feeding a crowd (or even a family of four with some leftovers?) Most of the people I polled said to size up to 8 or 10 quarts– such as this best selling Instant Pot.
Are you a beginner? This pressure cooker is rated great for beginners and you can choose your size.
Instant Pots are the ultimate multi-taskers and most versions include multiple functions such as this 9-in-1 which has 48 preset options.
Maybe you want something that looks great on your countertops, in which case this aqua Instant Pot is sure to make your heart skip a beat.
The final decision depends on your lifestyle, level of comfort in the kitchen, need for multitaskers, and of course budget. The good news is that there’s TONS of great options out there so you really can’t go wrong, and usually amazing deals on Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday too.
Best Instant Pot Meals for Fall and Winter
Recipes are linked below each corresponding photo.
This Instant Pot bean soup recipe uses a 13 bean and lentil blend with a hearty tomato base for a cozy vegan meal. Tuscan kale leaves are stirred in at the end for added color and nutrition.
When you’re short on time but still craving something DELISH, get out your Instant Pot and make this Chicken Florentine! Totally easy, totally keto, totally yummy.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is creamy, cozy and chock full of flavorful pumpkin and fall spices. You’ll love making this easy pressure cooker pumpkin mac and cheese recipe all season long.
Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta is a comforting and cheesy dump and start recipe. It is perfect for a weeknight dinner.
These beef tips and gravy are made in the pressure cooker. Tender bits of beef, smothered in a rich mushroom and pepper gravy.
Butternut Squash Turkey Chili is a hearty butternut squash chili recipe that’s incredibly easy to make and packed with flavor. Includes Instant Pot and stove top instructions!
Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon is an easy Instant Pot risotto with creamy pumpkin and crumbled bacon. It’s the easiest risotto ever!
Easy and delicious chicken ramen noodle soup recipe! Chewy ramen noodles combined with shredded chicken, egg, green onions, and a flavorful homemade broth. It’s the perfect comfort food for fall.
Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti is the ultimate comfort food. Spaghetti noodles, cheesy sauce, and tender chicken come together perfectly in this easy one-pot meal.
Making classic tamales can be an all-day project and lots of dirty dishes, but with the magic of an Instant Pot, you can make a little over a dozen tamales whenever the craving hits — in under two hours from start to finish.
This Instant Pot Truffled Lasagna Soup is a dish that will knock your socks off from the first bite to the last. The combination of truffle “thrills”, meat, cheese, and tomato sauce is a tough one to beat.
Cajun White Beans combining navy beans, coconut milk, and Cajun seasonings resulting in an Instant Pot recipe full of flavor. Where New Orleans is known for its red beans, you’ll find white beans to be the staple side dish at spots across parishes in Southern Louisiana.
Jambalaya is a favorite dish and with an Instant Pot you can whip up a batch of Easy Jambalaya in short order.
You’re going to love how easy this great-tasting soup is to make and serve. With a 1-minute pressure cook time, you’ll want to make it again and again.
Tender bite size chunks of chicken in a sweet, sticky sauce. A quick, easy to make meal that the whole family will love.
Easy Instant Pot Whole Chicken is incredibly tender, juicy and loaded with flavor! The best part of this “roasted” chicken is it is made in one pot and is done in about an hour, fall off the bone tender!
Easy delicious side dish for you pressure cooker- Instant pot warm spiced mashed butternut squash.
Instant Pot Vegetable Pho Noodle Soup starts with a delicious, from-scratch broth. This soup is healthy and packed with flavor.
Buffalo Chicken Soup is one of those great family dinners you can serve any night of the week, but also to friends who might happen to pop in. Just so good, and super fast to make.
Rich, hearty Instant Pot Greek Beef Stew is an easy comfort dinner for the cold days on winter. A mix of beef, potatoes, carrots and onions in a hearty tomato-based broth that’s both healthy and delicious.
Creamy Gnocchi Soup is delicious, easy and full of fresh flavors! This soup is perfect for a comforting dinner on a busy weeknight.
If you love Apples, Delicious Instant Pot Apple Butter Recipe is one you should certainly make this fall. This recipe is the epitome of fall to me and it couldn’t get easier, made in the Instant pot. No added sugar and no peeling the apples.
Don’t those recipes look perfect for chilly fall and winter nights? And can you believe how FAST you can make them in your Instant Pot?
If you have Instant Pot tips to share, tell us in the comments… we’d love to hear your favorite uses and tricks for getting the most from this powerful kitchen tool.