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The Instant Pot is the most genius kitchen appliance since, oh, say, the microwave? A slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan and pressure cooker all rolled up into one, the Instant Pot solves kitchen problems we didn’t even know we had. It’s especially great for dishes that usually take hours to braise or simmer—in other words, cold-weather food—so, when winter rolls around, we’re ready to pull ours out of the cupboard. Here are 16 of our favorites.

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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

We never thought slow simmering chicken cacciatore could be a weeknight dish. But thanks to our trusty Instant Pot, it’s now in our steady rotation.

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Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa

We love keeping this shredded Mexican beef Whole 30-friendly in lettuce wraps, but it’s also great in tacos or burrito bowls.

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Instant Pot Miso Red Bean Stew

The Instant Pot is a game changer for dried beans—no overnight soaking required.

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

It’s actually pretty dangerous that it’s this quick and easy to make such creamy, decadent mac and cheese.

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Instant Pot Penne Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce

This gooey, cheesy pasta dish cooks up in the Instant Pot in just 20 minutes. Coterie member Katie Workman just might be an evil genius.

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Instant Pot Portobello Pot Roast

Vegetarian comfort food at its absolute coziest.

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Easy Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Coterie member Maria Lichty has us seriously loving sweater weather with this cozy soup.

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Instant Pot Short Rib Ragu

We love this over pasta, or—if we’re feeling extra decadent—gnocchi.

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Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

We know what we’re bringing to Aunt Jackie’s for the holidays this year.

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Instant Pot Chili

Make a big pot of this on game day—it’s so quick, you won’t miss a single touchdown.

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Instant Pot Pho

Restaurant quality pho in less than an hour? Sign us up.

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Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

This soup from Coterie member Heidi Larsen tastes even better the next day, making it a meal prep dream.

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Healthier Instant Pot Coq Au Vin

Move over, Julia Child. This Instant Pot version of the French classic is quicker and lighter than the original.

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Healthy Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup

With this belly-warming soup, Coterie member Jess Falcigno reminds us that not all comfort food has to be sinful.

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Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili

Serve with sour cream, cheese, lime wedges and avocados for a super-festive (and fast!) meal.

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Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Serve without the noodles to keep it Paleo- and Whole 30-friendly (or go full carb—no judgement here). 

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