Category: Lunch

Chicken Alfredo

By , July 31, 2017

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo by Amy + Jacky @ Pressure Cook Recipes


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups (80g) baby spinach, washed
  • 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp (30g) unsalted butter
  • 32 grams Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


    1. Generously season chicken breasts with salt and ground black pepper. Saute in the Instant Pot with 1 tbsp olive oil for roughly 1.5 minutes per side. Set aside chicken breasts.
    2. Saute minced garlic until fragrant. Add sauteed garlic,  1 cup heavy cream, 2 tbsp unsalted butter into a stainless steel bowl
    3. Deglaze Instant Pot with 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock.
    4. Add 1 pound penne pasta, chicken breasts, and the remaining chicken stock into the Instant Pot. Submerge all the penne pasta in the chicken stock.
    5. Layer stainless steel bowl on the pasta and cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes + 4 minutes Quick Release.
    6. Release the remaining pressure. Set aside stainless steel bowl and chicken breast. Add and melt Parmesan cheese 1/3 at a time in the stainless steel bowl. Taste and season with salt and black pepper.
    7. Heat up the Instant Pot and mix in baby spinach and 3/4 of the Alfredo sauce. Taste and season with salt and black pepper. Serve with sliced chicken breast.


Instant Pot Lasagna Pie

By , November 23, 2015

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Submitted by Bibi V.
Note: I used a 6″ springform pan and all ingredients were raw.

Dry lasagna noodles
Jar pasta sauce
Ricotta cheese
Shredded parmessan cheese
Ground Italian sausage
Fresh mushrooms

Prepare springform pan with olive oil spray or similar.

Break down lasagna noodles to fit bottom one layer. Add layer of ricotta and couple of spoonfulls of pasta sauce.

Break down ground sausage into small pieces and add a layer. Top with shredded cheeses and sliced fresh mushrooms.

Top with lasagna noodles (broken to fit) and begin again, about 3 layers total depending on depth of your pan.

Cover with aluminum foil. Place on trivet in IP with 1.5 cups water. Cook 20 mins on HP. NPR 20 minutes.

Let sit 10 mins before removing sides of pan and serving.

For MORE pictures, and community conversation see Bibi’s original post in the Instant Pot® Community Facebook group.


By , November 23, 2015


Submitted by Kathryn M.
(Vegan, WFPB, no oil, corn, or soy)

This exotic and fragrant Moroccan stew is reminiscent of a tagine dish but ready in much less time.


1 lg onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
Moroccan spice blend (below)
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 c green or brown lentils
1/2 c red lentils
2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 c raisins
1 can diced tomatoes
Diced greens (optional)

Sauté onions for 2-3 minutes, adding broth or water in small amounts as needed so they don’t stick. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add 1/2 of the spices, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, and raisins. Cook for another minute or two. Stir in lentils and broth. Cover and set for manual, 10 minutes pressure. Turn off when done and allow pressure to come down naturally.

Once pressure is released, take off lid, press sauté, and stir in tomatoes and the other half of the spices. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Taste and adjust seasonings. Turn off and stir in greens just before serving. Delicious served over quinoa!

*Moroccan Spice Blend

1 t turmeric
1/2 t cinnamon
1 t paprika
1 t cumin
2 t coriander
1/4 t ginger
1/2 t black pepper
Pinch cloves
Pinch chili flakes

* I typically multiply each spice by 4 or more to make a large batch and keep in a sealed glass jar.

NOTE: If you are not following a whole foods plant based eating plan, this recipe can be modified to add salt. I sometimes add Himalayan salt and a pinch of smoked sea salt.

Whole Wheat Fusilli (pasta) and Spinach

By , November 23, 2015

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Submitted by Vickilynn H.
Whole Wheat Fusilli and Spinach
Servings: 8

1 pound whole wheat fusilli pasta
4 cups frozen chopped spinach, do not thaw
5 cups water
4 minced cloves garlic, more or less to taste
Salt, pepper to taste
4 Tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for serving

Place pasta in IP bowl. Add water to cover, about 5 cups. Add garlic and frozen spinach on top.
Manual (HIGH) for 6 minutes.
Quick release pressure (QR).
Open lid, stir and add salt, pepper, butter and Parmesan cheese and stir once more
Place lid back on the IP, close and let pasta sit for 5 minutes.
Top with additional Parmesan cheese

Lentil and Wild Rice Pilaf

By , November 23, 2015

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Submitted by Amy T.
Lentil and Wild Rice Pilaf
Prep Time: 5 minutes (plus 30 minute soak)
Pressure Cooker Time: 5 minute saute, 9 minutes at high pressure, natural pressure release
Servings: 4-6 servings

Rice and lentils: soak the following for 30 minutes before cooking
1/2 cup black or green lentils
1/4 cup brown rice
1/4 cup black/wild rice
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed/minced
1 Tbsp italian seasoning blend (no-salt added)
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp dried coriander
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups vegetable broth

Pressure Cooker Instructions:
1.) Combine the lentils and rice in a medium bowl and cover with water. Allow to soak for 30 minutes before draining and rinsing thoroughly.
2.) In the pressure cooker, saute the vegetables over high heat for 3-5 minutes, adding small amounts of water as needed to prevent burning.
3.) Drain the lentils and rice, and add them along with the spices, and vegetable broth to the pressure cooker.
4.) Lock the lid in place set on manual high pressure for 9 minutes. Once time is up, allow the pressure to come down naturally.
5.) After the pressure has released, stir the pilaf. If liquid remains, allow the pilaf to sit for 5 more minutes uncovered before serving to absorb more liquid. Serve alongside fresh or steamed vegetables.

Amy’s Notes:
Fennel seeds are one of my new favorite spices, but if that doesn’t float your boat, try adding 1 tsp of your favorite dried herb instead, such as rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, or oregano. The fennel seeds are not overwhelming, but if even just a tiny bit isn’t your thing, go with something else.

This recipe can be adapted to use just about any type of rice, so if you don’t want to scare of some away with the dark color, try just using all brown rice.

For this recipe, I used homemade vegetable broth, but feel free to use store bought instead. Just make sure to watch for the excess sodium in some store brands.

Pulled BBQ Beef (for sandwiches)

By , March 2, 2013

PUlled beef Pulled BBQ Beef (for sandwiches)Submitted by Kay A.

I’m not much into beef, but ever so often my hubby needs his beef and fries. I make these sandwiches from whatever beef roast I got on sale months ago and threw in the freezer. Sometimes the meat is very fatty, which is why I trim it after cooking and discard the broth.


  • 1 1/3 pounds frozen Angus Beef Roast
  • 1 cup water or leftover stock

BBQ sauce

  • 1/2 cup low sugar ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teasoon McCormicks GrillMates BBQ Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water

Makes about 2 1/3 cups. Approximately 150 calories per 1/3 cup serving.


Spray Instant Pot with nonstick spray. Put frozen roast and water/broth into pot. Put lid on, press the meat button and set to 70 minutes. Mix the BBQ sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

When beeps finished, do a quick pressure release. Turn the pot off. Transfer meat to a cutting board and trim off all fat or skin that is visible on the meat and discard. With two large forks, pull the meat apart into chunks.

Pour off the beef broth from the Instant Pot and discard. Put the pulled beef back into the Instant Pot and pour the BBQ sauce over the top. Press the Saute button and mix the contents around. Continue pulling the meat apart with two forks  as the sauce sautés into the beef. This takes less than 2-3 minutes, so don’t walk away.

Here’s my version of a southern BBQ sandwich meal:

Put 1/3 cup of the pulled BBQ meat on a whole grain hamburger bun that has been smeared with Kraft light Olive Oil mayonnaise. Top it with homemade sweet mayonnaise-based coleslaw and then put on the top of the bun. Serve with honey baked beans or homemade oven baked French fries.


Pulled BBQ Beef Sandwiches

By , March 27, 2012

Submitted by Pamie F.



  • 2 pounds – Beef of choice
  • 2 cps – Water
  • 4 cps – Finely shredded Cabbage (the secret ingredient and you’ll never know it’s in there.)
  • 1/2 cp – Of your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cp – Ketchup
  • 1/3 cp – Worecestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbls – Horse Radish
  • 1 tbls – mustard


  1. Add and stir in ingredients to your Instant Pot and set it on the “Meat” setting. (35 minutes)
  2. Once done, let set until steam subsides and then take off the lid.
  3. Pull out the Beef and fork shred it. Return it to the sauce and simmer until it cooks down. Do this on the “Saute” setting.

I make a steamed Bread in my Instant Pot in coffee cans. I mount the Pulled BBQ Beef atop the bread along with Swiss or Cheddar Cheeses and grilled caramelized Sweet Vidalia Onions or fried Onion Ring.