It's safe to assume that at this point in its widely heralded notoriety, the Instant Pot is known by most people who have spent some time in the kitchen. Its ability to cook top-notch foods fast has anointed the instant Pot with the type of praise that kitchen appliances rarely garner—just ask a manual coffee grinder—and yet it entirely lives up to the hype. Furthermore, its speed is also matched by its versatility, and that's why an Instant Pot should be a part of your vegetarian diet.
We found 10 easy vegetarian Instant Pot recipes to try for lunch, dinner, and snacking so that you can be a part of this steady trend with a healthy kick. Given its popularity, you can even try making one of these tonight.
What Makes It Great: Thanks to the power of the Instant Pot, this recipe from The Butter Half can come together in just about 20 minutes. Avocado oil, sweet potatoes, and onions form the base of the soup, and after they begin to cook, basil, vegetable stock, and lentil beans are tossed in, too. It's the ideal hearty meal for a cozy night in.
Quick Tip: "It only takes 12 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot and you only have one pot to clean! That's called winning at life," Abbey says.
Cauliflower Chickpea Curry
What Makes It Great: Once again, this delicious recipe from Food Faith Fitness clocks in at about 20 minutes, but it'll look—and taste—like it took much longer to create. Rich ingredients like full-fat coconut milk, chopped red pepper, and yellow curry paste mix with chickpeas, cauliflower, and cilantro for a dish that's as colorful as it is irresistible.
Quick Tip: "Please make sure you press out as much liquid from the tomatoes as you can, or your curry will be watery and not so magically delicious," Taylor says.
Portobello Pot Roast
What Makes It Great: Potatoes, carrots, and thyme give the star mushrooms of this recipe from Gimme Some Oven a classic finish, which is paired perfectly with heaping scoops of egg noodles. We also like that a splash of wine gives the meal added flavor, too.
Quick Tip: "I went old-school and served mine over some egg noodles, but some grains or rice would also work well here," Ali says. "I served mine up with this simple salad and some red wine, and the meal was perfection."
Pumpkin Walnut Chili
What Makes It Great: Pumpkin and walnuts don't immediately come to mind when you think of chili, but this recipe from Pinch of Yum makes a strong case for the unusual ingredients. The Instant Pot gives them a hearty yet soft texture that balances out the flavors of chipotle peppers, smoked paprika, and red lentils.
Quick Tip: "Serve with avocado, lime wedges, cilantro, tortilla chips, rice, cornbread… whatever you like with your chili! If it's too thick, you can always thin it out with additional water or broth," Lindsay says.
Tomato Soup With Parmesan Chickpeas
What Makes It Great: Sometimes all you need is a big bowl of warm tomato soup for dinner, but this recipe from Peas and Crayons doesn't just settle for plain-old ingredients. Minced garlic, chopped carrots, cream, and even a pinch of sugar give this bowl added depth, and there are also lemon-zested parmesan chickpeas to sprinkle on top.
Quick Tip: "Add your cream cheese and puree using a hand-held immersion blender until fabulously smooth and bisque-like. You can also blend the soup, in two batches, in your blender or food processor," Jenn says.
Lemon Vegetable Risotto
What Makes It Great: Broccoli florets, sliced asparagus, minced garlic, and diced leeks are just a few of the fresh vegetables in this recipe from Lexi's Clean Kitchen. It all comes together in arborio rice, vegetable broth, and lemon zest before a chive topping finishes things off.
Quick Tip: "The texture, along with the spices and pop of lemon, really makes this a simple and flavorful meal or side dish perfect for any night of the week!" Lexi says.
Macaroni and Cheese
What Makes It Great: Pinch of Yum makes another standout Instant Pot dish with her take on macaroni and cheese, which features whole wheat pasta, whole milk, shredded cheese, and butter. It takes all of 10 minutes to make this simple yet satisfying dish, so you can dive in particularly fast.
Quick Tip: "I tried this with gluten-free noodles and did not have great results—they just turned to mush," Lindsay says. "I am writing the recipe to include whole wheat noodles because they kept their shape the best."
What Makes It Great: Not everything you whip up in an Instant Pot has to be a full-fledged meal, and this easy recipe from The Butter Half shows how it's great for snacks and toppings, too. It takes 14 minutes to make a dozen hard-boiled eggs in an Instant Pot, which can be eaten on the go, cut for salads, or used in a variety of other dishes.
Quick Tip: "This is perfect for egg salad sandwiches, potato salad, dying [sic] Easter eggs, deviled eggs, and beyond!" Abbey says.
What Makes It Great: As it turns out, you can make a vegetarian version of sloppy joes—and an Instant Pot one at that. All you need to do is follow this recipe from Show Me the Yummy, which substitutes in onion, bell pepper, and lentils between the bun.
Quick Tip: "Once the Instant Pot lentil sloppy joes are done, I love serving these on toasted buns with some ketchup, mustard, pickles, and a side of sweet potato fries," Jennifer says.
What Makes It Great: The pasta and sauce are cooked together in this recipe from Paint the Kitchen Red, which features classic ingredients like tomato paste, parsley, and oregano as well as dried porcini mushrooms and bell peppers.
Quick Tip: "This vegetarian pasta is finished with mascarpone cheese and freshly grated parmesan cheese," Neena says. "If you can't find mascarpone, you can try and substitute heavy cream or cream cheese."