If you’re craving childhood comfort foods but would like an easier and faster method of making them you’re in luck. Here are 15 good old-fashioned dinners like mom used to make only they are made in the Instant Pot instead of the oven.
15 Instant Pot Comfort Foods that Mom Used to Make
Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and dumplings is just one of those meals that screams good old fashioned home cooking to me! It’s a creamy chicken soup with dumplings and mixed vegetables. Make this classic dish quickly in your Instant Pot!
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Cheesy Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes)
My kids both love funeral potatoes. Whenever we go to Greg’s mom’s house for dinner they hope that she made them for dinner! My version has a homemade cheesy cream sauce and then it’s topped with a crunchy cornflake topping. It’s a perfect side dish to go with ham or turkey dinner.
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I think all moms have a tuna casserole recipe up their sleeve. My version is a twist on good old fashioned tuna casserole. Flavors from Mom’s tuna casserole but made easier, faster and without cream of soups.
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Shepherd’s Pie Casserole
Shepherd’s Pie was something we had a lot growing up…whenever we had leftover mashed potatoes! My version is a beefy savory casserole with potatoes, green beans and cheddar cheese. It has the flavors from shepherd’s pie but it’s made with a super easy, one-pot method.
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Mom used to make chili a lot. It was a good recipe for kids…not too spicy and fed a crowd for cheap. My version is fast and easy, has lots of flavor but isn’t too spicy! Perfect for any night of the week or for the chili cook-off contest.
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Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
When I think of a typical dinner as I was growing up I think of meatloaf. It just seems so 80’s to me. Mom used to serve her meatloaf with baked potatoes, canned green beans and maybe some jello salad if we were lucky 🙂 . My version of meatloaf is made in the Instant Pot and it has bacon for the ultimate flavor experience. The cool thing about this recipe is that the mashed potatoes boil in the bottom of the Instant Pot as the meatloaf steams in the top of the pot. This is one of my family’s favorite Instant Pot recipes!
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Mom’s Version of Goulash
Okay I know that my version of goulash isn’t authentic Hungarian goulash. It’s the 70’s version that American moms would put together on a busy weeknight. It contains macaroni, ground beef and canned tomatoes. It sounds weird but believe me it is delicious! I always loved when my mom would make goulash for dinner and now my kids like it too!
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Mom’s Pot Roast and Veggies
Nothing smells more like a Sunday dinner than a pot roast cooking in the oven. Now you can make the recipe like mom used to make in a fraction of the time in the Instant Pot. I add my veggies into the Instant Pot after the pot roast has cooked in order to ensure that they don’t get overdone and mushy.
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Classic Macaroni and Cheese
This mac and cheese isn’t like the stuff from the box (although my mom would use that stuff for dinner every so often). It’s cheesy, with 3 types of cheese and it has a fantastic crunchy breadcrumb topping.
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Biscuits and Gravy
I didn’t have a southern mom but if I did I imagine that she would have made me biscuits and gravy for breakfast and she would look and sound like Paula Deen. My recipe for sausage gravy in the Instant Pot is easy to make for a small group or you can even triple or quadruple the recipe for feeding a crowd. You can make homemade biscuits to go with the gravy or make it easy and pop open a can.
Salisbury Steak and Mashed Potatoes
Don’t settle for a microwaved tv dinner of salisbury steak and mashed potatoes. Take 30 minutes and make yourself a beautiful homemade version of the classic dinner. Serve it with a side of corn and maybe some sauteed spinach.
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Magical Chicken Noodle Soup
I call this soup magical because if you’re sick it magically makes you feel better. There’s nothing like mom taking care of you when you feel sick. Nobody else will do. And nothing but chicken soup will do either.
Chicken Pot Pie
I love chicken pot pie but I don’t love making the pie crust. So much work. My version makes the innards of the pie in the instant pot. Then instead of a pie crust you just top it with a biscuit. Tastes just as good with a fraction of the work.
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My mom would always make something called No Peek Stew. The stew was cooked in a large pot with a lid in the oven for several hours. It was a beef stew recipe that required very little hands on time. Now I use my Instant Pot to make beef stew and it requires very little hands on time and very little cooking time as well.
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No Peek Chicken
Chicken, rice and cream of chicken/mushroom soup in the oven for 45 minutes. This is the easiest of recipes. I took this one with me to college and made it often. Now I make this easy recipe in the Instant Pot with hearty brown rice.
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I’d love to know. What recipe did your Mom used to make that you’d like to transform into an Instant Pot recipe? Comment below and let me know and I’ll see what I can do!
What Pressure Cooker Do You Use?
I use a 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
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