5 Great Instant Pot Recipes for Newbies

Just got an Instant Pot?  Congrats and welcome to the cult…I mean club!  If you have no idea what to cook first, here are some super simple recipes to get you started…

1. Hard Boiled Eggs in 6 Minutes or Less


6 eggs

1 cup of water


Put the eggs on the insertable shelf that comes with your Instant Pot.

Pour in one cup of water.

Put on the cover and lock it. Make sure that air is not released.

Set manual pressure on high for 6 minutes


2. Steel Cut Oatmeal


One cup of steel cut oatmeal

2 tablespoons of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 apple – chopped minus the skin

1/2 cup of blueberries

2 1/2 cups of water


Saute the butter

Add 1 cup of steel cut oats and stir in butter

Add water, apple, blueberries, cinnamon and vanilla

Close the lid

Cook on high pressure, 11 minutes.

After it’s finished cooking, release the air and serve

3. Spaghetti Squash and turkey bolognese sauce


1 Spaghetti Squash

2 cups of water

Ground turkey

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 jar of pasta sauce

1 clove of garlic

Parmesan Cheese

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil



Place the spaghetti squash on the tray inside the pot.

Add 2 cups of water

Cook for 15 minutes on high pressure

Once it’s done, remove the skin, scoop out the seeds and use a fork to turn it into spaghetti squash strands.

Turkey Bolognese

Wash out the pot

Saute olive oil and garlic

Add ground turkey

Add spices (basil and parmesan cheese)

Add chopped tomatoes

Add tomato sauce

Cook on low pressure, 5 minutes

Open the lid, add the spaghetti squash

Mix together on warm

Makes 4 servings

4. Meatballs & Whole Grain Linguine


1 package of chopped meat

1 egg

1 cup of Italian breadcrumbs

Parmesan Cheese

2 tablespoons of olive oil


2 Garlic cloves

1 cup of beef broth

1 package of whole grain linguini

1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce


Mix ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic cloves

Saute olive oil and garlic in Instant Pot

Roll meatballs and place in Instant Pot

Add beef broth

Close lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

You can cook the linguini and pasta sauce on your stove top while you are making the meatballs. However, you should know that it’s just as easy to cook pasta in the Instant Pot as well(10 minutes on high pressure with water). I’ll have more recipes for pasta soon but just want you to know it’s easy to do that too.

Once the meatballs have finished cooking, you can add them to your tomato sauce that’s cooking on the stove.

Once the linguine is done, dinner is served!