The Instant Pot has many amazing capabilities. For example, it can cook a meal without heating up the kitchen (perfect for summer), doesn’t require any babysitting (unlike the stovetop) and it also has the ability to cook wonderful one-pot meals. Today we’re exploring all the delicious dump-and-go meals that can be prepared effortlessly using your Instant Pot.

We get it, weeknights are busy and that is why dump-and-go meals are our saving grace! A true dump and go meal essentially allows you to throw all the ingredients into the pot, set it and walk away. This means there is no sauteing involved or any other requirements to put a hearty meal together. Get ready to serve up a delicious meal for your whole family even on the busiest weeknight!

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1. Instant Pot Dump & Start Creamy Ziti

If you’re craving a comforting meal make sure this creamy ziti is on the menu! This cheesy and delicious dump and go meal can be ready to eat in just 20 minutes!

The creamy red pasta sauce is made from chicken broth, cream, red pasta sauce, and delicious cheese. It’s easy to prepare and will surely please even the pickiest eaters. Check out 15 more Absolute Best Instant Pot Pasta Recipes!

2. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

You don’t have to feel under the weather to enjoy chicken noodle soup! Fuel your soul with this delicious and comforting soup that tastes as if it came straight from grandma’s kitchen!

Aside from the time the pot needs to come to pressure, this soup cooks in just 5 minutes! Once the cooking time has elapsed, release pressure give it a good mix and serve – it is that easy!

3. Instant Pot Moroccan Split Pea Soup

Take a free trip to Morocco by indulging in this delicious split pea soup! This hearty soup is rich in flavors and overflowing in lovely textures.

As a bonus, this recipe is vegan-friendly and gluten-free. This recipe provides copious amounts of tips and tricks such as how to freeze the soup, what to serve with it, and answers frequently asked questions that ensures a stress-free cooking experience. For more delicious soups check out these 15 Best Instant Pot Soup Recipes!

4. Instant Pot Beef Stew

I never thought I’d see the day where we can enjoy savory stew on a weeknight! This recipe uses the Instant Pot to transform a recipe that traditionally requires many hours to cook into one that can be ready to eat in less than an hour.

This hearty beef stew is made with carrots, mushrooms, onions, and tender chunks of beef. The seasonings are what really make this beef stew stand out. It can be enjoyed on its own or served with crusty bread!

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5. Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Try something different this Taco Tuesday and serve your family this delicious chicken tortilla soup. You’ll enjoy tender shredded chicken with corn, black beans and many seasonings that make this soup a true fiesta!

This recipe provides several tips and tricks so that you can prepare this soup whether your working with cooked, fresh, or frozen chicken. Serve the soup with delicious toppings such as avocado, sour cream, and fresh cilantro!

6. Dump and Start Instant Pot Alfredo

This alfredo pasta dish is what dreams are made of. You’ll be drooling once you take a bite and better yet, your picky eaters will love it too!

The Instant Pot allows you to make homemade alfredo in less than 20 minutes! You’ll never want to go back to store-bought again.

7. Instant Pot Greek Chicken and Rice

Are you tired of the same old chicken dishes? Give this Instant Pot Greek chicken and rice recipe a try! It’s chock full of wholesome ingredients such as chicken, bell peppers, zucchini and enough seasonings to keep you interested.

Simply dump the ingredients in the pot and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Serve this for a healthy weeknight meal or prepare it on a Sunday and have healthy lunches prepped for the entire week!

8. Instant Pot Orange Chicken & Rice

Orange chicken is a crowd-favorite and for good reason! It’s tangy yet savory and certainly filling! This recipe allows you to cook delicious orange chicken with rice all the same time.

Along with rice and protein-packed chicken, you’ll also enjoy tender broccoli. The best part is that this wholesome meal comes together in about 30 minutes. Discover more delicious rice dishes with these 17 Best Instant Pot Rice Dishes!

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9. Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

Meatballs are delicious but they aren’t always filling enough to be a meal on their own. This recipe combines Swedish meatballs with creamy noodles to create an unforgettable dinner.

It’s similar to beef stroganoff but instead of beef, you’ll use meatballs! This recipe requires 6 simple ingredients and can be ready in less than 30 minutes.

10. Spicy Honey Garlic Instant Pot Noodles

This delicious noodle dish is gluten-free and so easy to make! Additionally, you’ll most likely have many of the ingredients already on hand.

It’s important to add the ingredients into the pot in a particular order. This ensures that you don’t risk the burn notice and that your dinner comes out perfect every time.

11. Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is another crowd favorite but once again, traditionally requires hours to cook in the oven. use your Instant pot so that you can enjoy tender and savory pulled pork sammies even on a weeknight.

Many recipes recommend that you saute the pork prior to pressure cooking but this recipe explains that you don’t need to. Simply marinate the meat either overnight or 1-2 hours before cooking then set the pork in the pot with the liquid. Make sure you don’t skip out on the liquid smoke as it adds a tremendous amount of flavor.

12. Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Enjoy a traditional Irish dish made effortlessly in the Instant Pot. Once you experience how quickly the Instant Pot cooks this meal you may never want to go back to your stove-top method again.

Since you’ll be cooking this entire feast in one-pot you’ll have very little mess to clean up afterward! Your family will be impressed by this dinner and you’ll be pleased that you didn’t spend the entire day in the kitchen preparing it. Check out 16 more Instant Pot Beef Recipes!

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13. Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai

Skip takeout this week because you can effortlessly make your own pad thai at home. The Instant Pot makes it super quick and easy and most certainly stress-free.

This one-pot dish is filled with exciting ingredients that will get your tastebuds excited! This pad thai is made with rice noodles, chicken, and an insanely delicious pad thai sauce.

14. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is a classic and it too can come together quickly and effortlessly using the Instant Pot. It’s an excellent meatless dinner that is chock full of protein and other great nutrients.

This healthy soup is made up of nutrient-rich ingredients such as beans, carrots, and quinoa! The soup has a wonderful flavor from vegetable broth, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, and a few other delicious seasonings.

15. Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

Bruschetta always reminds me of the summer. It’s fresh and delicious but here you won’t be enjoying it on bread, you’ll be enjoying the same flavors with delicious pasta!

To make this a wholesome meal, this bruschetta pasta is paired with bites of tender chicken and comes together in 30 minutes! Check out 15 more Instant Pot Chicken Recipes!

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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