5 Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners




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Por chops in the Instant Pot for Instant Pot pork chops with creamy mushroom sauce

Having an Instant Pot means never having to settle for boring weeknight meals again ~ here are 5 Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Dinners that prove it!

 

Instant Pot Cheddar Risotto with Fresh Sage

Cheddar risotto with fresh sage in white bowls with blue napkins

 


 

Instant Pot Shortribs with Rosemary and Polenta

 


 

Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Instant Pot Pork Chops with creamy Mustard Sauce in a skillet

 


 

The Best Instant Pot Beef Bourginon

Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon in white bowls

 


 

Instant Pot Irish Stew

Irish stew made in the instant pot

 


 

tvfgi recommends: 6 Quart Instant Pot on Amazon Prime


I can’t say enough great things about my Instant Pot.  It has totally revolutionized dinnertime at our house. I’m giving fair warning to my readers: I’ll be doing quite a few IP recipes this fall and winter, and if you don’t have one you won’t be able to keep up!  If you know anybody with a busy life who loves to cook, this makes a fantastic gift, too.

I recommend the 6 Quart size, it’s the sweet spot, not too big or too small.  It’s got all the bells and whistles, I love it!  It’s currently $69.95 on Amazon Prime.

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    Penny L Purdie
    December 13, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I made the risotto and you are right it is the best ever! I follow you and receive your emails and I just love your posts. What a game changer in making risotto!

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      Sue
      December 13, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Penny it’s the best kept secret, I just looked in my cupboard and I’ve stockpiled arborio rice for those last minute dinners ~ I’m going to do a post all about IP risotto. Glad you agree, I’m passionate about it :)))

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    November 27, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    These recipes all look so delicious and are perfect for this busy holiday season!

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    Colleen
    November 26, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Honestly, I do not get the whole instant pot thing. Isn’t it a glorified pressure cooker? I just can’t justify owning another gadget. I love to cook and wont be buying one at all. I find it sad that so many blogs seem to be only posting instant pot recipes anymore. No disrespect to you Sue, as I know that you don’t, but unfortunately so many cooking blogs I belong to seem to have made a switch to this type of cooking and I simply delete their email. Always enjoy your posts Sue!

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      Sue
      November 27, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      I think the IP is special because it is so easy to use, and has all the different settings. I found it allowed me to get rid of my slow cooker and yogurt maker. I have to say Colleen, I truly believe that the Instant Pot is an exceptional tool, and well worth the space in anyone’s kitchen at the price. I have been able to make some really great meals in record time, and these days time seems to be the major stumbling block for people when it comes to home cooking. That’s why I think it’s a game changer.

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        Laurelei
        December 5, 2018 at 11:16 am

        Chiming in, because I felt the same way Colleen does. I don’t have space for another gadget, and it would probably just sit on my counter unused, etc etc. But you convinced me, because you don’t seem to buy every gadget and yet you own and love yours. So I bought one a week ago, and in the first week we used it six nights out of seven. I have never bought a kitchen tool that I loved more, or more quickly. (Just so the rest of this makes sense, my wife and I were on vacation until late November, so we celebrated Thanksgiving with our family December 2, when I cooked a turkey and all the trimmings.) The first night with my IP, I used it to “roast” a chicken for dinner, and after dinner, I just put the carcass back in the IP with some water and roughly chopped vegetables (took approx. 15 seconds to chop, so I mean really rough) and made a bone broth *after dinner*, and didn’t have to stay up late to do it, and had the kitchen clean and the IP back in spot-free condition long before bedtime. That alone was enough to make me a convert. Since then, I’ve used it to make 15-bean soup, “baked” russet and sweet potatoes (separately), mashed potatoes, the brine for our Thanksgiving turkey, another bone broth from the turkey carcass, the liquid/veg/seasoning “broth” for homemade stuffing, and a Mongolian Beef dish. In fact, my IP was running all day for our belated-Thanksgiving this year, so I never had to wait for space in the oven. My kitchen stayed cooler and cleaner than it ever has. I would recommend one thing, though, if you entertain large quantities of people: don’t get rid of your crock pot. It’s the perfect tool (read that: only tool, minus the oven) to keep large quantities of mashed potatoes hot until it’s time to serve, while your IP is still working its butt off with the rest of dinner. That’s invaluable when you’re cooking for 12+ people, which I routinely do. :)

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          Sue
          December 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm

          Tell me about it! I was grinning as I read this comment ~ some readers might not take me at my word on this one, but boy it’s a keeper!

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    Alexandra
    November 26, 2018 at 11:59 am

    It must be a very difficult time for your family and especially your husband. But he is lucky to have you; sit tight together with a warm and honest plate of good food and let the pain melt down. My condolences Sue.

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      Sue
      November 27, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks friend <3

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    alexandra gross
    November 26, 2018 at 10:38 am

    hello…i really like your site. i like your face and smile!!!
    but i don’t have an instant pot, don’t want one. so how do i adapt your recipes to regular cooking, or crock pot. i’d love to try them, especially the polenta one…please advise if it is at all possible or should i just give it up. thanks.alexandra gross alexagross@hotmail.com

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      Sue
      November 27, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Hey Alexandra! I mean to try to include slow cooker or stove top instructions with my IP recipes, but sometimes I just don’t have the time. I’ll try to remember to do that going forward :)

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    Theresa O'Heron
    November 26, 2018 at 7:59 am

    So sorry to hear about your father in law. So happy to know you got to see him one last time. We had a similar experience with my husband’s father. He had Parkinson’s and we visited him the week befor he passed, and the hospice nurse was so wonderful. She said to tell him what we wanted him to know, which we did. It made all the difference. But so sorry about your loss.

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      Sue
      November 26, 2018 at 8:45 am

      The nurses were amazing, what incredible people they are. My father in law had palliative care at the end, which is like hospice, and it all went so smoothly and beautifully. I felt honored to be a part of it.

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    Amanda Marie
    November 26, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Sorry to hear that. Praying for peace and comfort for your family.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 26, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Thanks Amanda <3

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    2pots2cook
    November 26, 2018 at 7:32 am

    And another beauty …

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 26, 2018 at 8:46 am

      :) Thank you!

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    CathyAnn
    November 26, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Sue, my sincere condolences on you fath-in-law’s passing. May peace come to the hearts of you and your family.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 26, 2018 at 6:56 am

      Thank you Cathyann, we were blessed to be a part of it.

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    Tattie Bellucci
    November 26, 2018 at 6:36 am

    More vegetarian main dishes, please?

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 26, 2018 at 6:58 am

      Coming up! I have a vegetarian section of my recipe index, Tattie, too.

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