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17 Pressure Cooker Recipes for When You Need Food Fast

One Pot Fireman Spaghetti

Need a meal in a pinch? Have no fear, with a pressure cooker as your culinary companion, you can easily have dinner on the table in no time! Our collection of pressure cooker recipes is here to inspire you, so you don't have to waste another second thinking about what to cook!

1. Crack Chicken Pasta

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An Instant Pot® greatly speeds up the time it takes to cook this addictive pasta dish. Cook the chicken and noodles in 30 minutes, and add in the rest of the ingredients at the end for fresh creaminess. With the addition of spinach and cheese, all the core food groups are represented. Prepare it on a busy weeknight and you’ll be plenty satisfied.

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2. Friday Night Scampi

Friday Night Scampi

When time is tight and the game is tonight, let's cook something to make it alright! Friday Night Scampi is the fast and not-so-furious way to get a meal on the table, so you can be on your way with a smile on your face. Plump shrimp and al dente pasta are simmered with a beautifully seasoned white wine sauce, ready for a great quick dinner date when paired with a fresh green salad and crusty garlic bread. A handy pressure cooker speeds up getting Friday Night Scampi on your plate so the evening will truly be yours. Game on!

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3. Instant Pot® Pork Chops

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This recipe for Instant Pot® Pork Chops will get you delicious, tender pork chops in just 20 minutes! Use the magic of the pressure cooker to whip up this fast and tasty meal any night of the week. The chops are sealed with sweet brown sugar, smoky paprika, bold Worcestershire sauce, and more for the ultimate flavor. These Instant Pot Pork Chops are savory and hearty, and they pair perfectly with any side you want!

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4. Smarter Green Bean Casserole

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You know the saying, "work smarter, not harder?" Well, we think this Smarter Green Bean Casserole recipe should show up when you search for that phrase on the internet! Seriously. Now you can have the crispy, creamy, green bean concoction you love so much with all the flavor you're craving, but this time in under 20 minutes. Yes, that's right! Just use your pressure cooker and save yourself time while enjoying one of all-time your favorites. Whew, all this efficiency talk is making us hungry! That means it's time for some Smarter Green Bean Casserole. Wow, it's ready already. Time flies when, well, a recipe doesn't take that long to make!

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5. Pressure Cooker Potato Corn Chowder

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Pressure Cooker Potato Corn Chowder invokes the light, sweet flavors of summer in an unctuous, hearty soup perfect for frosty weather; in other words, it's the best of both worlds. Potato Corn Chowder has the heartiness of tender-cooked potatoes and the sunny brightness of corn in a creamy, savory sauce. With some crunchy bacon bits and a touch of heat, this soup tastes like a beam of sunshine on a cold day; you'll certainly be beaming when you eat this.

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6. One-Pot Fireman Spaghetti

One Pot Fireman Spaghetti

The trick to One-Pot Fireman Spaghetti is to use a pressure cooker; it's the key to getting a tender spaghetti dinner on the table in just half an hour. That's pretty clutch if you might have to run and put out a fire at any minute. Everything from the fresh veggies to the pasta to the savory chicken is cooked in delicious chicken broth and herbs. Did someone say extra flavorful and fragrant? One-Pot Fireman Spaghetti is the perfect way to stop worrying about dinner or the clean up!

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7. Pressure Cooker Classic Beef & Noodles

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Pressure Cooker Classic Beef & Noodles are positively designed to become a favorite in your kitchen. The beef is tender, juicy, and savory, the sauce is creamy, hearty, and infused with tangy onion, and the noodles are tender and naturally rich. Put them all together and you have a dish that's truly irresistible. Even more irresistible is the cooking time: it takes 30 minutes or less to make Pressure Cooker Classic Beef & Noodles in the pressure cooker, so you can enjoy this dish any day of the week whenever you need a comfort food dinner.

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8. Instant Pot® Chicken Alfredo

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Instant Pot® Chicken Alfredo takes the rich and creamy Italian comfort food and makes it even easier! With savory bites of chicken and tender pasta, everything in the Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo tastes amazing when coated in that delicious luscious sauce. The pressure cooker basically takes care of all the cooking for you, so you can relax as this hearty meal makes itself. Don’t let dinner time pressure you into making something you won’t love! Make this perfect pasta instead.

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9. Pressure Cooker Beef Ragu Pappardelle

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Typical Italian nonnas will insist that a meat-and-tomato pasta sauce needs to be simmering on the stove all day long to reach perfection. But with a pressure cooker or Instant Pot®, a hearty, warming beef ragu can be ready in just 45 minutes. Ladle the ragu filled with tender chunks of beef on wide pappardelle noodles for a dish akin to a traditional Bolognese. This pasta is sure to please even the pickiest diners and become a dinnertime favorite.

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10. Classic German Chicken Stew

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Craving some cozy? Classic German Chicken Stew is the definition of just that! A bowl of this savory, salty, chicken and veggie-filled soup will warm you right up and make you feel at home... no matter where you are! And if that isn't perfect enough, this comfort food favorite is made in the pressure cooker, then transferred to a deep skillet, making it a simple meal with easy clean-up; qualities every good cozy meal should have! If you're looking to curl up and enjoy something warm and delicious, Classic German Chicken Stew is the one for you!

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11. Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos

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Celebrate Taco Tuesday any week with ease! Toss these simple ingredients into your slow cooker or pressure cooker and voilà! Flavorful, delicious, juicy chicken to enjoy with your favorite taco toppings. Everyone loves Taco Tuesdays for a simple reason; they give us an excuse to eat tacos! But with Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos, you can enjoy Taco Tuesday regardless of what day of the week it is! The chicken is slow cooked to tender perfection and soaked in flavorful bouncy salsa for even greater richness and tang. Served on top of a crispy shell, Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos are a delectable way to greet yourself after a long day. Make sure you have your favorite toppings at the ready!

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12. Quick Pressure Cooker Artichokes

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When artichokes are a pain to prepare, who can save the day? The pressure cooker! Quick Pressure Cooker Artichokes only need 15 minutes to make aromatic and mildly nutty artichokes! These veggies come out of the pressure cooker tender, savory, and absolutely delicious. Quick Pressure Cooker Artichokes make a tedious task easy, and you'll love the scrumptious results! Make sure you have plenty of butter for dipping!

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13. Instant Pot® Fried Rice

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Skip the takeout, with its delivery times and fees and potentially cold food. Make this Instant Pot® Fried Rice instead! This meal is full of an assortment of delicious flavors like fluffy jasmine rice, bold sesame oil, savory soy sauce, tangy rice vinegar, and crunchy veggies. Instant Pot Fried Rice is tasty and hearty, and it can be served with any meats of your choosing!

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14. Copycat Hamburger Helper®

Copycat Hamburger Helper

For every box in the supermarket, there's another way to get the same flavors with ease, without the box! That's the case with this Copycat Hamburger Helper®; the cheesy, beefy, tender, hearty meal that, thanks to the pressure cooker, arrives on the table in less than 30 minutes. It's a crowd-pleaser for sure, and one that really makes the most of hamburger meat! Copycat Hamburger Helper proves once again that you just can't beat home cooking!

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15. Instant Pot® Popcorn

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Making your own popcorn doesn’t require a giant machine or the microwave. All you need is an Instant Pot® and a hunger for a classic snack. Instant Pot Popcorn tastes fresher and fluffier than bagged popcorn, and with the same wonderful crunch. Draped in butter and seasoned to your liking, Instant Pot Popcorn is infinitely customizable, whether you coat each kernel with steak seasoning or cinnamon sugar. Honestly, the perfect pairing for this snack might just be your favorite movie!

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16. Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash Bisque

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Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash Bisque serves up the smooth autumnal soup with a slow and low taste in under an hour, perfect for keeping you warm when the weather turns cool. This soup is sweet, savory, creamy, and endlessly sippable, with a beautiful sunset color. Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash Bisque is a pure delight whether it’s the main course or just an appetizer for the main meal.

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17. Instant Pot® Baked Potatoes

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You don’t have to wait a long time to have some delicious baked potatoes! Instant Pot® Baked Potatoes take only twenty minutes to make — a fraction of the time it takes when using a conventional oven — and they are perfectly fluffy and baked in the end. Top them with whatever your heart desires, whether that be butter, sour cream, bacon, scallions, or more! Instant Pot Baked Potatoes pair amazingly with any entree, and they’ll become a go-to side dish.

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