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Instant Pot Magic Meal

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  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Instant Pot Magic Meal is a smoked sausage, corn, zucchini, pesto and tomato dish that is magic because it doesn’t need any liquid to come to pressure!


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (12 oz) package chicken smoked sausage (or smoked sausage), sliced into quarter inch rounds
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 medium zucchini, shredded
  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa or 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 1 (16 oz) package frozen white sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese or feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the oil and swirl it around. Add in sliced sausage and brown for about 2 minutes on each side. Add in the onion, pinch of salt and baking soda and saute for about 2-3 minutes. 
  2. Use the moisture that releases from the onions to scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. 
  3. Turn off Instant Pot. Dump in the zucchini. Rinse the quinoa. Then dump the quinoa on top of zucchini. Cover the quinoa with the corn. 
  4. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 1 minute. When time is up let pot sit for 5 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid. 
  5. Stir in the pesto, tomatoes and goat cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. Scoop onto plates and enjoy!
  • Method: Instant Pot