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Instant Pot Lazy Wife’s Dinner

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Instant Pot Lazy Wife’s Dinner could also be called “busy day dinner” because whether you feel like being lazy or you’re too busy to make an involved dinner this easy recipe has got you covered. Start with a pound of ground beef and end with a hot dinner that your family will love. 


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey or pork
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 1 cup (4 oz) elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into quarter inch rounds
  • 2 medium Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen lima beans or frozen corn
  • 1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken or cream of mushrooms soup
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup cream or milk


Instant Pot Instructions: 

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the beef and break it up. If there is excess grease, drain it off. Stir in the kosher salt and pepper. Turn off Instant Pot. 
  2. Pour in the broth and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. 
  3. Sprinkle in the macaroni. Dump the carrots and potatoes on top. Sprinkle the potatoes lightly with salt and pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary and basil. Dump the lima beans on top. Spoon the cream of chicken soup on top and finally pour in the Worcestershire sauce. Don’t stir. 
  4. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 4 minutes. When time is up let pot sit for 5 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid. 
  5. Stir in the cream or milk. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. Brown the ground beef and stir in the kosher salt and pepper. Add into the slow cooker. 
  2. Pour in ½ cup of broth, carrots, potatoes, lima beans, cream of chicken soup, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, basil and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well. 
  3. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours, or until potatoes are cooked through (all slow cooker cook at different rates). Cook macaroni separately on the stove according to package directions and drain.
  4. Stir in the macaroni, cream and salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot