Cookbook Review: Frugal Cooking With Your Instant Pot

Today, we are sharing our latest installment in our series of Instant Pot cookbook reviews. We love sharing recipes with you, but we’re also eager to share great written resources as the Instant Pot grows in popularity, and more cookbooks or guides are on the market. In this post, we’re featuring author Drew Maresco’s cookbook, Frugal Cooking With Your Instant Pot.

The book: Frugal Cooking With Your Instant Pot
The focus: 75 Delicious, Fuss-Free Meals that Cost $3 or Less Per Serving
Featured guest recipe: Instant Pot Tortellini Alfredo With Italian Sausage

Instant Pot Tortellini Alfredo With Italian Sausage


About the cookbook

Your Instant Pot® has been saving you time and energy in the kitchen and now, it will save you money, thanks to Drew Maresco’s newest book. With this impressive collection of recipes, you’ll learn how to make a ton of incredible, budget-friendly dinners in your Instant Pot® that cost next to nothing― just $3.00 or less per serving! Drew Maresco, the author of 3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook, helps you trim away the cost of your grocery bill without ever sacrificing on flavor, thanks to a host of frugal tips and tricks on cooking with less expensive cuts of meat, stocking your pantry with low-budget staples and utilizing fresh produce to its full potential. And as always, these 75 delicious dinners come together quickly and easily thanks to the convenient design of the Instant Pot®!

Cooked to tender, juicy perfection, these scrumptious meals are sure to jazz up your weeknight rotation. Everyone in the family will love the classic flavors of Balsamic Roast Beef and Potatoes, Savory Apple Pork Tenderloin, and Creamy Garlic Chicken. Cozy soups like One-Pot Lasagna Soup and Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup and unique pasta dishes like Meatball Stroganoff with Egg Noodles are sure to impress any crowd. And don’t forget to whip up Drew’s culturally inspired dinners, such as Salsa Verde Pork Tacos, Easy Beef Pho, and BBQ Korean Beef. With so many mouthwatering options to choose from, you’ll save tons of money on groceries and have endless tasty dinner ideas for years to come!

What we love about IT

We love “The Golden Rules of Using Your Instant Pot” mentioned in the intro of the book as a kind reminder and sets the tone of how straight forward the cookbook is written. Each recipe highlights the serving amounts and cost per serving. Most recipes on the market may mention the serving size in a list of data like calories, but not making it a selling point of a recipe. But when you are cooking that is an extremely important factor in planning a menu for the family or a large gathering. When you are trying to feed a family a budget is very important, so knowing how much each meal will cost is essential.

Who is this Instant Pot cookbook for?

Today, we are living during unpredictable times. Unfortunately, some have lost employment due to these historical events we have been facing this year while others have dealt with empty market shelves. Whatever way the future takes its turn, all of us can benefit by being more frugal. This cookbook can help educate someone in the methods of preparing meals that are on a budget and also are filling. Most of these dishes are hardy having roots in some old-world classics. There’s a pasta section, a soup section, everyday comfort foods, and also some festive fiesta favorites. Sometimes when ingredients are less glamorous, then it’s an opportunity for you to be more creative with the flavors.

About the author

Drew Maresco is the author of 3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook and the founder of the popular website and its magazine and book publications. He is a self-taught cook with a mind for creating unique and delicious recipes. His inspiration began at a young age while sitting on his grandmother’s countertop as she let him assist with everything she baked. From there, he flourished into a dreamer and a foodie with goals for both. He became the owner of his first business at age nineteen, expanding from there to create his first food blog, which developed into what is now the ever-growing website and publication he presently runs. He has a real knack for taking a few simple ingredients and turning them into something unique and exceptional for all to enjoy. He has also had recipes published in various local magazines.

Drew was born and raised in the Detroit area of Michigan, which made for expanding his culinary palate. The large array of cultures that surround this area are an inspiration for him to try the foods from these cultures and learn cooking styles from their background and heritage. Enjoying new food and drinks everywhere he goes is a simple delight for him, making every day a new food adventure with deciding what new places to try.

Get Frugal Cooking With Your Instant Pot Cookbook here.

Reprinted with permission from Frugal Cooking with Your Instant Pot by Drew Maresco with Dallyn Maresco, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit © Toni Zernik


Cookbook Review: Frugal Cooking With Your Instant Pot

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