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Comforting Potato Soup in under 30 minutes

By , January 25, 2013

Potato soup Comforting Potato Soup in under 30 minutesSubmitted by Kay A.


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 slices nitrite free bacon
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • a dash of dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • black pepper to taste


  1. Press Saute on Instant Pot. Add onion, bacon, garlic and olive oil. Stir while sauteing for 3-4 minutes. Do not walk away or this will burn.
  2. Add 1 cup of chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, red pepper flakes, and Italian Seasoning. Stir. Placed lid on pot, press steam button and set minutes to 10. (It takes about 10 to come to pressure and then cooks for 10 minutes.)
  3. When beeps, do a quick pressure release. Remove bacon and discard. Add 2 cups of chicken broth and evaporated milk. Insert an emersion blender and run on short bursts until a creamy consistency that you like, but make sure to leave chunks of potatoes. Don’t puree it all. Add salt and pepper to taste, stirring gently to incorporate.
  4. Makes 8 cups of creamy, comforting potato soup. 250 calories per cup.




Broccoli Beef Soup with Kelp Noodles

By , January 23, 2013

Created by Dana Miller

Serves 8


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 pounds grass fed beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cups homemade beef bone broth
  • ½ cup dry sherry
  • ¼  cup coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 heads broccoli, flowerets cut small and stemmed peeled and diced
  • ½ of a small savory cabbage, chiffonade
  • 2 packages Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Sriracha to taste


  1. Heat liner of the Instant Pot using the Sauté button. Add Sesame oil.
  2. Salt and pepper the meat and add to the pot. Cook, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the onion, carrots, celery and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the browned meat, garlic, ginger, broth, sherry, and coconut aminos. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the broccoli and cabbage, stir well, and replace lid. Cook an additional 20 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve over the Kelp Noodles with a little Sriracha.

Squash and Rice Casserole (Vegetarian or not)

By , November 22, 2012

Submitted by Teresa G.

Squash and Rice Casserole 300x225 Squash and Rice Casserole (Vegetarian or not)I am finally back to cooking after what felt to me a lifetime away!  We all have journeys in life – up and down – boy it felt good to get back to recipes and my Instant Pot.Notice in the photo, my elderly cat Valentina is savouring the smells coming from my latest dish.  She is hoping for a taste, however, I keep reminding her she is NOT a vegetarian!  She does like to keep a watchful eye on my cooking!As it is fall, there are plenty of harvest vegetables from your gardens and from the stores….a huge variety of pumpkins, squashes to be had!  So good for you. Here is what I tried and was delighted with:

Squash and Rice Casserole – Pressure Cooked in an InstantPot


  • 2 tbsp of oil  (do not waste your olive oil as it loses in value when heated – becomes like any other oil.  Olive oil is great cold) One large or two smaller onions peeled and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 sticks of celery finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 carrots, washed and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh thyme (this also was from my garden)
  • 6-8 white mushrooms quartered or leave out if you do not like mushrooms
  • 2 – 3 cups of vegetable stock if vegetarian – chicken broth if not .  PLEASE READ BOTTOM NOTE ABOUT RICE WATER RATIO* About 9-10 ounces of brown rice – I use California brown as it cooks fast
  • 27 ounce tin of chopped tomatoes, liquid and all Flesh of squash  – I used a smaller butternut squash and a medium sized zucchini – one of my friends substituted pumpkin and it was very good.  I peel the squash, deseed it and cut into one inch cubes Salt and pepper


  • In the Instant pot I put the sauté function on medium and I heat the oil.  I sauté the onions, celery, carrots and  red pepper for about 5 minutes.
  • I now add the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and heat for another minute.  Then add the mushrooms and stir for 1 minute.  Add the rice, mix it all together.  Transfer all into a crock, corningware or metal bowl – any bowl that will fit the pressure cooker with a lid or that can be covered with aluminum foil.  *Add the tomatoes and the 2-3 cups of stock for a sticky rice.  If you prefer your rice NOT to be sticky use one cup rice to 1 ¼ cups of liquid.  Take into account liquid in the can of tomatoes. Now stir in the squashes.
  • Put about an inch and a half of water into the pressure cooker. Place the bowl with all the ingredients mixed on a flat trivet into the pot. Cover the pot with a lid or tightly with aluminum foil.   Place pressure cooker lid on securely  and pressure cook on rice setting.  If you are really saavy you can leave the ingredients directly in the pressure cooker pot but you may risk burning on the bottom if the water ratio is incorrect.  I have done this…..thank God for the InstantPot Stainless steel pot…so easy to clean up if that happens.
  • It is done, colourful and delicious.



French Lentil Cassoulet with Pancetta and Chicken

By , June 23, 2012

Submitted by Lily J.

French Cassoulet French Lentil Cassoulet with Pancetta and Chicken Ingredients: Makes 8 servings

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Two 1/2-inch-thick slices of pancetta (4 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 pound French green lentils
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 large head of garlic, separated into cloves and peeled * Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 lemon-pepper  rotisserie chicken, skin discarded, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3/4 pound garlic salami, sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 ounces lean slab bacon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley


In the inner pot, use Saute function to heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the pancetta and onion and cook until the fat has been rendered, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, thyme, water, chicken broth, garlic, chicken, salami, and bacon.

Put cover on cooker. Use Manual mode to cook for 15 minutes.  Wait 10 minutes. Ensure that pressure is fully released and remove the lid.

Discard thyme and add salt to taste. Run the Saute function to thicken the sauce. Stir in parsley and serve.

* Peel garlic cloves quickly by immersing them in boiling water for a few seconds.

InstantPot Pork Carnitas

Submitted by Dana.

Serves: 6 – 8


  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 3 – 4 pound pork shoulder roast
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 bottle of beer, lager is best
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Combine the ancho chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, and salt in a small bowl. Take the pork out of its netting, cut into 2 inch cubes and rub the spice mixture all over, getting into all the nooks and crannies.
  2. Using the Sauté setting on your InstantPot, melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Brown the meat on all sides in 3 – 4 batches. Remove browned pieces of meat and set aside.
  3. When all the meat has been browned add the beer and orange juice to the pot. Scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the onion, garlic and bay leaves to the pot and place the pork pieces on top.
  4. Place lid on the InstantPot, lock into place and press the Meat/Stew button.
  5. When done, remove the roast from the pot, leaving the cooking liquid. Turn the InstantPot back to sauté and allow the cooking liquid to simmer until it has been reduced by half.
  6. Heat your Broiler Oven to High
  7. While the liquid is reducing, shred the meat with 2 forks. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan. When the liquid has reduced, turn off the pot, spoon some of the reduced cooking liquid over the shredded pork. (Just enough to keep the meat from drying out too much) Broil the meat until crisp and brown.
  8. Serve on a platter with guacamole, lime wedges, salsa and a basket of hot tortillas.

Honey and Thyme-Infused Red Wine Pot Roast

Submitted by Erin OC.


  • 1 bottom round roast, about 4 lbs.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 small onions, medium diced
  • 1 head garlic (about 10 to 12 cloves), lightly smashed
  • 1 pound carrots (about 4 medium), cut roughly into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups medium-bodied red wine
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 5 to 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch cubes


    Edited based on comments (see comments below): Pressure cook all ingredients except the carrots and potatoes for 45 minutes a high pressure, quick release the pressure – then add carrots and potatoes and pressure cook for another 10 minutes, with a natural release.

    Original/Traditional directions for comparison:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Season roast with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large oven-safe pot over high heat for a couple minutes. Add the meat and brown well on all sides, about 10 minutes total.
  3. Remove and set aside on a plate. Lower heat to medium and sauté onions, garlic, and carrots for 5 minutes. Add the broth, wine, honey, and thyme, stir to combine, and then add the roast back to the pot.
  4. Cover pot and transfer to oven. Bake for 2 hours, turning the meat over twice. Add the potatoes to the pot and bake, uncovered, for another 30 to 45 minutes longer until both the potatoes and the meat are fork-tender.

Rack of Lamb Casserole

By , October 6, 2010

Rack of Lamb Casserole Rack of Lamb Casserole
For 6-8 Servings:

1 pound rack of lamb
1 pound of baby potatoes
2 carrots
1 large onion
2 stalks of celery
2 medium size tomatoes
2 cups of chicken stock
3-4 large cloves of garlic
1-2 teaspoons of salt depending on the salt content of the chicken stock
2 teaspoon of cumin powder
2 teaspoon of Paprika
A pinch of dried rosemary
A pinch of dried oregano leaves
2 table spoons of ketchup
3 table spoons of sherry or red wine
A splash of beer if you have one in hand

Wash all vegetables, and cut potatoes and carrots into 1 inch cubes. Dice the tomatoes, onion and garlic. Cut the rack of lamb to two halves. Put everything, I mean everything, in the cooking pot and mix well. Put the cooking pot in the Instant Pot base. Close the lid to Close position as you see flashes of “- – -“ on the LED display panel. Press the Stew/Meat button, and 35 (minutes cooking time) is shown on the LED. After about 10 seconds, you hear a beep and the LED display shows the running circle indicating the cooking process has started.

All you need to do from this point is to have a drink of your beer, sit back and relax, until you hear 3 beeps indicating the food is cooked. Wait for a few minutes until the Instant Pot cools down and you can safely or comfortably release the remaining pressure by turning the pressure release handle to the “Vent” position. Need to wait for a little longer if there is still jets of steam coming out when you try to turn the pressure release to the “Vent” position. You may open the lid once there is no pressure inside. Serve over rice or multigrain rice.