Healthy Pressure Cooker Recipes

Pressure cookers can be a major time saver in the kitchen--from cooking large pieces of chicken and dried beans in a fraction of the time to cooking up whole dinners in one pot. Now, with electric pressure cookers, like the Instant Pot, booming on the market, pressure cooking is easier than ever. Find mouthwatering and healthy recipes to make in your pressure cooker and multicooker, like chili, soup, mac and cheese and more.

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Instant-Pot Roast Beef

Rating: 3 stars 2
This classic Instant Pot roast beef features carrots, onions and potatoes in a rich and flavorful sauce that can be served over rice or whole-wheat egg noodles. If the roast is loose after trimming, tie it together with kitchen string so it holds its shape while it cooks.
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By Adam Dolge

Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Root Vegetables & Barley

Rating: 5 stars 2
Be sure to use bone-in chicken here--it enhances the flavor of the broth, and the bones are easy to remove after cooking. This healthy chicken soup can be made in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
Patsy Jamieson
By Patsy Jamieson

Instant Pot Garlic & Rosemary Roast Pork Loin

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
It's remarkable that a pork roast can be so good so quickly! The gravy is rich and flavorful and the meat is moist and perfectly cooked—using an Instant Pot is a real game changer for pork loin roast.
By Cooking Light

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
Making risotto has never been easier, thanks to an electric pressure cooker, like the Instant Pot. In this easy recipe, you don't have to stand over the stove constantly stirring. Just add everything into the multicooker and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and this delicious dinner side dish is ready.
By Carolyn Casner

Instant Pot Potato Soup

Rating: 5 stars 1
Russet potatoes turn tender and soft in minutes in a pressure cooker, so you can make this comforting soup quickly on busy weeknights. Garnish with the classic potato soup fixings—bacon, scallions and melted Cheddar cheese.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon

Rating: 3 stars 2
Use your Instant Pot as a pressure cooker for this easy beef bourguignon recipe. If desired, serve this stew with whole-wheat egg noodles to soak up the delicious sauce.
Patsy Jamieson
By Patsy Jamieson

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili Freezer Pack

Rating: 4 stars 9
Prep all of the ingredients for this hearty soup and freeze until you're ready to cook it for a fast meal. All you have to do is pop the frozen ingredients into your multicooker and turn it on. Using a pressure cooker to make this warming pot of chili results in extra-tender chicken that's easy to shred. The addition of chopped zucchini and corn gives each bowl a nutritional boost.
By Joy Howard

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Rating: 5 stars 5
This Instant Pot lentil soup is quick enough to prepare when you get home from work for an easy weeknight dinner. This vegetarian soup recipe is full of aromatic vegetables, brown lentils and fresh spinach. A splash of balsamic vinegar brightens the flavor, and a garnish of radish and parsley gives this comforting soup a fresh finish.
By Robin Bashinsky

Pressure-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Rating: 5 stars 1
This easy soup flavored with chili powder and a splash of lime is quick enough to prepare for a warming weeknight meal thanks to an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot. Lean chicken breast is easy to prep, but boneless, skinless chicken thighs would make a great substitute.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Pressure-Cooker Beef Roast

Rating: 5 stars 1
This versatile pressure-cooked beef roast can be eaten immediately or refrigerated for up to 3 days. Use leftover beef roast to make tacos, sandwiches or add to noodles for a delicious meal.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Instant-Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl

Rating: 3.5 stars 2
This Instant-Pot chicken burrito bowl has all the fixings of a hearty burrito without the wrap. Chicken cooked in the Instant Pot is tender, and here it takes on the flavors of fire-roasted diced tomatoes and spices.
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By Liv Dansky

Instant-Pot Chicken Taco Soup

Rating: 5 stars 1
If you love tacos, this Instant Pot chicken taco soup won't disappoint. Silky strained tomatoes add body, while shredded chicken, beans and spices add those rich and spicy familiar flavors. And don't forget the toppings! Melted cheese, creamy sour cream and crushed tortilla chips round out this new family favorite.
By Julia Levy
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Inspiration and Ideas

11 Diabetes-Friendly Recipes You Can Make in the Instant Pot
These diabetes-friendly recipes are simple to make and require minimal cleanup thanks to the Instant Pot.
12 Easy Soups & Stews You Can Make in an Instant Pot
These soups and stews are ready in a flash thanks to a pressure cooker. With just 25 minutes or less of active cooking time, there's no need to stand over the stove and wait for things to boil as the pressure cooker does the work for you.
Instant Pot Cream of Carrot Soup
Rating: 5 stars 4

This luscious and healthy cream of carrot soup comes together with just 15 minutes of active time, thanks to the Instant Pot (or any other pressure cooker). For an even easier dish, use an immersion blender to puree the soup--you'll only have the Instant Pot insert to clean after cooking. Serve this soup as a starter for a holiday meal or with crusty bread and a salad for dinner any night.