The 17 Best Instant Pot Recipes to Cozy Up With This Fall

If patience isn’t your virtue, then these hearty fall Instant Pot recipes are perfect for you. Waste no time in the kitchen and make perfectly tender beef, rich chocolate cakes, and comforting macaroni and cheese dishes in a matter of minutes to feed t…

If patience isn’t your virtue, then these hearty fall Instant Pot recipes are perfect for you. Waste no time in the kitchen and make perfectly tender beef, rich chocolate cakes, and comforting macaroni and cheese dishes in a matter of minutes to feed the whole family. If you haven’t already invested in this multi-functional appliance, then these recipes may convince you otherwise!

1. Instant Pot Tomato & Meat Ragu

This flavorful meat-based Italian sauce typically takes upwards of two hours to make on the stovetop to fully develop the flavors of your ingredients. However, the good news is that by using an Instant Pot, you can enjoy this iconic sauce with a bowl of perfectly al dente pasta in just under 30 minutes. Recipe creator Ella Quittner makes bold additions like pancetta to Italian-born cookbook writer Marcella Hazan’s classic ragu—and quite frankly, I am all about it!

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15 Easy Ways to Upgrade Boxed Mac & Cheese for Last-Minute Dinners

Let me get one thing straight: I have loved boxed macaroni and cheese for as long as I can remember. From the bright orange Kraft mac and cheese dinners my dad “cooked” when my mom was out of town, to the countless microwaveable single-serve Easy Mac c…

Let me get one thing straight: I have loved boxed macaroni and cheese for as long as I can remember. From the bright orange Kraft mac and cheese dinners my dad "cooked" when my mom was out of town, to the countless microwaveable single-serve Easy Mac cups I consumed in college, and fancied-up shells and white cheddar from Annie's that now fill my pantry, this gloriously convenient invention has always been a part of my life.

And while you can often catch me whipping up a batch of the stuff in its purest form (including last night, when I had zero desire to prepare a full dinner), there are times when I like to experiment with different combinations of ingredients. Some are based off my cravings (spicy, bright and herby, or totally carbo-loaded), and other times they're based off whatever leftovers are in my fridge. Sure, adding extra ingredients can take away a bit of the simplicity, but incorporating them is easy and rarely takes more than a few minutes—in fact, you can usually finish the prep while the pasta water boils. Most importantly, they pay off big time in terms of flavor.

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Butternut Squash + Bacon = Fall’s Favorite Riff on Macaroni & Cheese

We’ve partnered with Hood®, makers of great-tasting, high-quality cream made from real Hood Milk, to share the cozy, fall-ready dish we’re making for every holiday get-together: a butternut squash and bacon macaroni and cheese that gets its creaminess …

We've partnered with Hood®, makers of great-tasting, high-quality cream made from real Hood Milk, to share the cozy, fall-ready dish we're making for every holiday get-together: a butternut squash and bacon macaroni and cheese that gets its creaminess from—you guessed it—Hood Cream!


Macaroni and cheese has—and always will be—my favorite food, my last meal, my desert island dish. It should come as no surprise why, since it combines my two life-long joys: pasta and cheese.

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Better Stovetop Mac & Cheese, Thanks to a Trick From the Box

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst—we don’t count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butte…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst—we don't count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Today, we're meeting two spices that will change your mac-and-cheese game forever.


When I was growing up, my mom cooked just about everything from scratch: matzo ball soup, braised brisket, latke chicken, penne puttanesca, eggplant spread, and Tollhouse cookies. But never mac and cheese.

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