Our Best Recipes for Instant Pot Comfort Food

Feed the whole family. Don't mess up the whole kitchen.

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Sunday Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Comfort food, by definition, provides contentment. It's associated with a sense of home, and it often brings people together. But there's something else that always seems to tag along with those hearty, comforting meals: a sink full of dishes.

Well, we hate to sound like a broken record, but there is a solution to that problem, and it's the Instant Pot. Yes, that slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in can also add "dishwasher-putter-out-of-business tool" to its list of attributes. (Maybe not; that is kind of a long one. But you get where we're going.)

Sunday Sauce (pictured above)

If Sundays in your house typically involve a big pot of meat sauce and a table full of family, you're in luck: Using your Instant Pot means you'll have more time to spend with your actual family. This sauce is fully loaded with pork, beef, sausage and meatballs, and it doesn't require frequent stirring.

Photo by: Heather Ramsdell

Heather Ramsdell

Let the pressure-cook setting on your Instant Pot prepare this simplified version of a traditional Filipino comfort food. Juicy chicken thighs cook in a tangy-sweet sauce the whole family will love. Best of all, there's only one pot to clean up.

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Pot Roast.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

A fall-apart-tender pot roast, while deliciously pleasing, can take up to four hours to cook in the oven. Sear and pressure-cook your pot roast in your Instant Pot and you can cut that time in half!

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

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Matt Armendariz

Don't wait for the weekend to whip up comforting chicken and dumplings. Sit down to soft and buttery vegetables, hearty bites of chicken, and fluffy biscuits in only 40 minutes, thanks to your Instant Pot.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

Five ingredients. Thirty minutes. Rave reviews. Really, what more could you possibly want?

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Keto Chili

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Keto or not, you will crave this easy chili that can feed a crowd. It's filled with beef, pork and chorizo, and it's slow-simmered taste will have everyone thinking you spent all afternoon tethered to the stove. (Your secret is safe with us.)

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FNK_InstantPotIndianDal_H

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Indian Dal for NEW FNK, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Renee Comet

Renee Comet

Spice up your weeknight rotation with this vibrant red lentil stew. The fresh ginger, coriander, turmeric and cumin will bring warmth to your table on even the chilliest night.

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