17 Fall Comfort Food Recipes for Your Instant Pot

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Instantly Delicious Dinners

Fall is finally here and kitchens everywhere are putting burgers and pasta salads on the back burner in favor of hearty comfort foods. Some of the best comfort foods can be pretty time consuming to make, though, and between school nights and earlier darkness, it can feel all the more valuable to make dinner as quickly as possible. Enter: the Instant Pot. These useful pressure cookers are constantly expanding home chefs’ horizons. Check out some of our favorite comfort food recipes.

Related: 45 Comfort Foods for a Cozy Fall Meal

Baked Chicken Noodle Casserole
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Chicken and Noodles

Both creamy and savory, this recipe for chicken and noodles is hearty and made with pantry staples like cream of chicken soup and chicken broth. You can even freeze the meal, making it ideal for meal prep.

Recipe: 100k Recipes

Related: 50 Cheap and Tasty Chicken Recipes

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

An always classic dish, shepherd’s pie is straightforward with its ingredients and composition, and it’s made even quicker in the instant pot. Taking just 40 minutes to prepare from start to finish, this hearty recipe is sure to become your new go-to.

Recipe: Cooking with Karli

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Preparing Cajun Style Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya in a Cast Iron Pot

Sausage Jambalaya

If Cajun flavors are up your alley, jambalaya is probably one of your preferred comfort foods. Packed full of flavor from the andouille sausage to green bell pepper and jalapeños, this sausage jambalaya will awaken your taste buds.

Recipe: Babaganosh

Chicken à la King

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Chicken pot pie is probably one of the most well-loved comfort foods, so why not transform it into a soup and warm yourself up from the inside out on chillier nights? This recipe is paleo, too, so it’s more guilt-free than a standard chicken pot pie with flaky crust. 

Recipe: The Clean Eating Couple

Beef pot roast

Roast Beef and Gravy

Before instant pots arrived on the scene, if roast was what you wanted for dinner, you were looking at hours of cooking time. This game changing recipe brings all of the savory flavors and melt-in-your-mouth texture with a fraction of the cooking time. 

Recipe: Munchkin Time

Pasta e Fagioli


Not only is goulash delicious, it also comprises some of the most affordable ingredients that many people have on-hand including ground beef, macaroni noodles, beef broth, and canned tomatoes.

Recipe: Kristine’s Kitchen

Chicken or Turkey and Dumplings
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Chicken and Dumplings

Perhaps the quintessential comfort food, chicken and dumplings are a timeless culinary classic that make for the perfect fall dinner.

Recipe: Flavor Mosaic

broccoli cheese chicken rice

Cheesy Chicken and Rice

If you’re looking for a simple dinner to throw together using your instant pot, this cheesy chicken and rice has got you covered. Made complete with cheese, rice, chicken, frozen mixed veggies, cream of chicken soup, and a few other pantry staples, this dinner is straightforward and delicious. 

Recipe: Six Sisters’ Stuff

Inside-Out Stuffed Pepper Rice

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Who doesn’t love a good casserole — especially when it’s derived from another favorite recipe? This stuffed pepper casserole packs the perfect amount of bite and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish.

Recipe: Shugary Sweets

Potato Leek Soup

Cheesy Potato Soup

This recipe takes less than 25 minutes to prepare which is pretty unheard of when it comes to potato soup unless it comes out of a can and between the smoked paprika, sharp cheddar cheese, worcestershire sauce, and dried dill weed, it is chock full of flavor, too.

Recipe: Heather Likes Food

Steak Tips

Round Steak and Gravy

With just six ingredients (and one of them is water, to boot), this dinner is super simple, but doesn’t slack in the taste department. Plus, it only takes 35 minutes to cook. 

Recipe: The Tipsy Housewife

Baked Ziti
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‘Baked’ Ziti

You can have “baked” ziti without even needing to turn your oven on thanks to the instant pot. Plus, you can freeze the leftovers, making this recipe even more of a winner.

Recipe: Savory Nothings

One Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta Directly Above Photo

Chicken Alfredo

Pasta lovers, listen up. This savory, creamy chicken alfredo recipe is elevated with cream cheese and it only takes 35 minutes to get it from your fridge to your table when you prepare it using your instant pot.

Recipe: The Travel Palate

Homemade Hearty Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Between the flavor punch of the dijon mustard and the robust taste of the worcestershire sauce, this beef stroganoff recipe should definitely be part of your fall dinner lineup. 

Recipe: Supergolden Bakes

Creamy Tuna, Vegetable and Noodle Casserole

Tuna Casserole

If tuna casserole is one of your favorite comfort food dinners, you’ll love this simple and easy recipe, especially since it takes less than 40 minutes to cook.

Recipe: Simply Happy Foodie

Chili & toppings


Fall and chili go hand-in-hand. While many home chefs like to simmer their chili all day long in a slow cooker, you can also opt for this instant pot recipe if you’re running low on time.

Recipe: Damn Delicious

Spaghetti, tomato and basil

Creamy Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a go-to in most households, and we love this recipe’s take on the classic dish. The addition of cream cheese makes this creamy spaghetti decadent and delicious. 

Recipe: Simple Joy