Whether you’re short on time or energy, these Instant Pot dump recipes will turn your dinner prep into a simple 3-step task: chop the ingredients, add them all to your pressure cooker and press the button. Now, walk away and relax!
Dump meals are just what they sound like! You dump in the ingredients, seal the lid and press a few buttons. There is no layering, no accessories needed and no need for any additional steps. It’s really as simple as that, which is why dump meals are widely loved across the Instant Pot community. While they may have originated with the slow cooker, this is the next level of Instant Pot dump meals because they’re done in a fraction of the time.
Today, we’re sharing with you some of the most clever, creative and scrumptious Instant Pot dump recipes for easy cooking. That means no sauteing required, too!
1. Instant Pot Creamy Ziti from Cooking with Karli
Creamy ziti in 20 minutes? Yes, please. This red-sauce pasta dish is an Italian cuisine classic, and effortlessly loveable in all of its creamy, cheesy glory. With just seven ingredients (two of which are totally cheese) and hardly any effort required, you’ll love this recipe for life.
2. Instant Pot Dump Chicken & Noodles from I Don’t Have Time For That
If you adore the comfort of chicken and noodles but don’t feel like stirring a simmering pot all day for great results, this cozy recipe is just for you. With a blend of peas, green beans, carrots, and corn, it’s budget-friendly for using frozen or canned veggies. It’s a good one for the meal prep menu!
3. Instant Pot Curried Sausage & Peas from Instant Pot Eats
This 20-minute recipe is a blend of Indian and German cuisines with thick, pork sausages and veggies. There’s a little chopping required, but it’s not too much considering how quickly this one cooks. The rich and slightly spicy curry sauce is perfect for tossing atop a bed of rice, but it’s really spectacular on its own.
4. Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo from Simply Happy Foodie
Who doesn’t love a bowl of fettuccine alfredo? For your creamy pasta needs minus the red sauce, alfredo is the perfect alternative. You can add chicken of meatless protein if you like, too. The entire family will adore this meal, so keep the recipe handy because no doubt, you’ll be making it over and over.
5. Instant Pot Savory Chicken (Dump & Cook) from Instant Pot Eats
For a simple and healthy meal, you really can’t go wrong with chicken. So versatile for any type of meal prep planning. Perfect for office lunches and a post-workout dinner by just adding some veggies, rice or pasta.
6. Instant Pot Low-Carb Kimchi Beef Stew from Two Sleevers
Kimchi beef stew is a great spin on the classic recipe with tangy notes from this fermented cabbage condiment. Dried shiitake, gochugaru chili powder, dark soy sauce and gochujang, this recipe is jam-packed with amazing flavor and a hefty dose of spice. Yum!
7. Asian Noodle Bowls from Happy Healthy Mama
This healthier-than-takeout Asian noodle bowl is a super quick dinner with gluten-free brown rice noodles, chicken for protein, carrots and an awesome Asian-inspired sauce with all those flavours you love. Garnish with some chives and chopped peanuts for the best results.
8. Instant Pot Lasagna Soup from Eating Instantly
Making a true lasagna is a bit of a task, and there’s no denying it. Good thing we have this awesome soup recipe instead. You’ll top it off with a few ingredients like that fresh ricotta that’ll round things out, but otherwise, you set it and forget it with the noodles, sauce and meat.
9. Instant Pot Chicken & Lentil Soup from Skinnytaste
Chicken and lentils? Yes, please! This protein-heavy dish is a healthy addition to the batch cooking rotation. In just about a half hour, you get 11 cups of the good stuff. This is a good freezer meal. You can add in veggies if you like as well.
10. Instant Pot Taco Soup from All The Nourishing Things
Like lasagna, making tacos is a real affair – or at least it can be with all the toppings and shells. This soup combines the key ingredients into a stellar Instant Pot dump meal. It does require a bit of planning as you want to soak the beans for 24 hours so they cook with all the ingredients in time, but otherwise, it’s easy-peasy.
11. Instant Pot One-Pot Minestrone Soup from Spice Cravings
A simple mix of white beans, tons of veggies and a carefully concocted blend of delicious spices give this spice its bulk and flavor. This is a fabulously filling and nourishing vegetarian meal that can be served as either a main or a side. The best part? It only cooks for three minutes, making the total cooking time from start to finish just 13 minutes.
12. Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili from Oh So Delicious
This meatless chili is plenty hearty and filling with sweet potato, three types of squash, tomatoes, peppers and two types of beans. For a meatless, protein-rich, nutrient-dense meal, this is truly a competitive contender – especially because it takes just ten minutes of cook time to create.
13. Instant Pot Chai Spiced Rice Pudding from Instant Pot Eats
Rice pudding isn’t just for the holidays. This sweet and spicy chai pudding is perfect for either breakfast or dessert with Indian cuisine flair. Garnish with your favourite additions. The chai spice makes this especially comforting and warming.
14. Instant Pot Peach Cobbler from 265 Days of Crock Pot
Can you argue with a three-ingredient dessert? Nobody can, and that’s why we’re featuring two. Cobbler is a simple and even rustic dessert, perfect for using up juicy, ripe summertime peaches. You won’t have any trouble making this, and you certainly won’t have any trouble devouring every last bite of this cobbler’s sweet, crumbly goodness.
15. Instant Pot 3-ingredient Dump Cake from The Typical Mom
Finally, we have a cake! Just three ingredients again, and you can use any fruit you like. All you need is a boxed cake mix. Yep – it’s as simple as popping open the pantry or heading to any grocery store for that awesome sweet tooth fix. Dare we say, this one is dangerously easy.