April Instant Pot Meal Plan (2020)

We welcome April amidst uncertainty and being stuck at home. It’s because of this that I did my best to include easy recipes with few ingredients in my April 2020 Instant Pot Meal Plan. This is in hopes that you will at least be able to use it as a guide for your planning this month. I hope you stay safe and can use this meal plan to help you get through the month! Here’s what you can expect:

Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

In this April Meal Plan, you’ll find so many easy pasta recipes. The glorious thing about pasta recipes is that they are usually quick to make and are always filling. And what’s even better, is that Instant Pot pasta recipes don’t require draining or dirtying more than one pot.

Spicy Cajun Pasta

You’ll find my Instant Pot Spicy Cajun Pasta in the meal plan. This flavorful pasta dish is a perfect dump and cook meal for busy weeknights. It’s made with rigatoni pasta and andouille sausage that are covered in a spicy cajun cheese sauce. This dish is seriously loaded with Cajun attitude.

a plate of cajun pasta

Beef and Macaroni Casserole

My Instant Pot Beef and Macaroni Casserole is another easy pasta dish that’s full of flavor. Made with elbow pasta, seasoned ground beef, and sweet corn in a creamy, beefy sauce, this savory pasta dish will hit the spot when you’re hungry for something comforting and filling.

two servings of macaroni and ground beef in a bowl and plate

Easy Instant Pot Recipes

Are you looking for easy Instant Pot recipes? I have tons in this April Meal Plan. So, if you’re short on time or just don’t like making long, involved recipes, then these simple recipes are for you.

Salsa Chicken

My Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is a dump and start meal that only calls for a handful of simple ingredients. Chicken breast, a jar of salsa, and some spices. That’s it! That’s all you need to make this simple dump and start recipe that’s perfect served in tacos, burritos, casseroles, sandwiches, and on salads. Make a batch of fresh homemade guacamole to serve with this chicken if you make tacos.

serving salsa chicken on a tortilla

Taco Soup

Want something with south-of-the-border flavor, then try my Instant Pot Taco Soup. This dump-and-start recipe requires very little prep and will give you a taco soup that’s loaded with flavor. Made with seasoned ground beef, beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, corn, and green chilis, this soup is rich and hearty. Just add your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, cheese, avocado, and cilantro. 

a big delicious bowl of instant pot taco soup

Instant Pot Side Dishes

It’s time for some delicious side dishes made in the Instant Pot. I always provide plenty of options for you to choose from so that you can find the perfect match for your meal. And this month I have a new and delicious side that I know you’ll love.

Parmesan Risotto

This month’s meal plan features my Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto recipe as a warm and comforting side. This quick and easy pressure cooker recipe will let you enjoy this wonderfully creamy risotto with a luscious parmesan flavor in no time. This is a perfect quick side dish that you can enjoy with any meal. Check out all the wonderful sides in this April meal plan.

parmesan risotto served on a plate as a side

Instant Pot Desserts

For the desserts, I’ve included some recipes that my readers’ rave about, like my popular Flan and Arroz con Leche recipes. You must try them if you haven’t yet. I’ve also included a sweet and delicious cake that I know you will love.

Coconut Cake

You’re going to love this absolutely wonderful Instant Pot Coconut Cake. The intense coconut flavor of this cake is so delightful. And, if you want to take it up another level, serve a slice with a scoop of ice cream. Yummy!

a coconut bundt cake sitting on a plate

There are even more desserts that are fabulous, so check them out.

Enjoy the meal plan and have a wonderful April!

Make sure you also check out my latest Instant Pot Meal Plan.

April 2020 Instant Pot Meal Plan

Below the list of recipes, you will find a link to the downloadable calendar and links to all my monthly Instant Pot meal plans.

Main Dishes

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken
    April 1
    Salsa Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

    A very popular recipe that’s fast, easy, and so versatile. The perfect busy weeknight meal!

  • a large bowl of taco soup
    April 2
    Taco Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    A wonderful dump-and-go meal that’s loaded with taco flavor, requires very little prep, and uses easy to find ingredients.

  • top view of a bowl of homemade mac and cheese on top of a plate
    April 3
    Macaroni and Cheese
    from One Happy Housewife

    The absolute BEST Instant Pot Mac and Cheese! A blend of four cheeses make it the creamiest and cheesiest. There is nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of this favorite pasta dish.

  • a large serving of cheesy ground beef and rice on a plate
    April 4
    Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly easy and hearty family-friendly meal that’s oh so cheesy and delicious.

  • instant pot cajun pasta
    April 5
    Spicy Cajun Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Simple ingredients like pasta, sausage, and cheese seasoned with the perfect touch of Cajun spices make this a winning combination. This is a super easy weeknight dinner with a wonderful kick of cajun.

  • a bowl filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    April 6
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

    Tender, tasty chicken, sweet veggies, and dumplings. This is the epitome of comfort food.

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    April 7
    Beef & Macaroni Casserole
    from One Happy Housewife

    This deliciously creamy beef and pasta casserole is the perfect hearty and filling comfort dish for those busy weeknights. It’s fast and easy to make, full of flavor, and guaranteed to satisfy those hungry bellies. This one is sure to become a favorite in your home.

  • instant pot spaghetti and meatballs
    April 8
    Spaghetti & Meatballs
    from One Happy Housewife

    You can never go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs. Everyone loves it and it’s always easy. This recipe makes it even easier because it requires no prep and is ready in minutes.

  • a baking dish of beef taters
    April 9
    Cheesy Beef Taters
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This one is really great for either a side dish or a main dish – your choice! Kid friendly!

  • a bowl of instant pot tomato soup
    April 10
    Tomato Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    This wonderfully delicious and creamy tomato soup is infused with basil and lightly sweetened with honey.

  • a bowl of broccoli cheese soup topped with shredded cheese
    April 11
    Broccoli Cheese Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    The combination of broccoli, carrots, cream, and cheddar make for a hearty soup that’s amazingly creamy and flavorful.

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    April 12
    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
    from One Happy Housewife

    Made with only 4 ingredients, this fall apart delicious pulled pork is so tasty and versatile.

  • a bowl of creamy fettuccine alfredo with chicken
    April 13
    Chicken Alfredo
    from One Happy Housewife

    A quick and easy pasta dish made with a homemade Alfredo sauce that’s incredibly rich and creamy.

  • overhead shot of beef stew in a large bowl
    April 14
    Beef Stew
    from Retro Recipe Box

    Enjoy this comfort classic loaded with tender chunks of beef and vegetables.

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    April 15
    Beef & Bowtie Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    A fast and simple pasta dinner that even the most picky of eaters will devour. This one is sure to become one of your go-to recipes for those hectic weeknights.

  • meatball soup garnished with cilantro and shredded cheese served in a soup bowl
    April 16
    Meatball Soup
    from Make Ahead Meal Mom

    A warm and hearty meal that your family will love!

  • top view of red beans in a mason jar
    April 17
    Red Beans
    from One Happy Housewife

    These wonderful beans are nutritious, filling, and flexible. Can be used for red beans and rice, burritos, tacos, and so much more.

  • a bowl of bean soup garnished with cilantro drizzled with mantequilla and hot sauce
    April 18
    Bean Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    A hearty, filling and delicious classic Honduran recipe that’s full of Latin flavor.

  • aloo matar potatoes and peas in a small pot bowl
    April 19
    Potato & Peas Curry (Aloo Matar)
    from Piping Pot Curry

    This quick and easy Instant Pot recipe delivers a warm bowl of potatoes and peas in a delicious curry.

  • spaghetti and meat sauce served in a bowl topped with shredded parmesan
    April 20
    Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
    from One Happy Housewife

    You’ve got a hungry family and not much time? This Instant Pot version of a traditional Italian dish is perfect for those busy nights when you need to get a tasty dinner on the table fast. This spaghetti and meat sauce is an easy one-pot meal that can be made in less than 15 minutes. Your family will love this one!

  • a bowl of mexican ground beef casserole garnished with cilantro
    April 21
    Mexican Ground Beef Casserole
    from Two Sleevers

    Enjoy this quick and easy family-friendly meal that’s loaded with ground beef, rice, and beans and seasoned to perfection.

  • instant pot chicken soup
    April 22
    Chicken Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    This hearty, healthy, homemade chicken soup is so tasty and loaded with nourishing vegetables and spices.

  • instant pot taco pasta
    April 23
    Taco Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Love Mexican food but tired of the same ‘ole, same ‘ole? Then try this easy and delicious pasta dish. It’s kid-approved and will be ready in no time. It’s the perfect hearty meal for a busy weeknight.

  • overhead shot of a bowl of spaghetti in pesto sauce garnished with basil and shredded cheese
    April 24
    Spaghetti in Pesto Sauce
    from Piping Pot Curry

    Spaghetti tossed in pesto sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and a drizzle of lemon juice.

  • a spoonful of white chicken chili from a bowl
    April 25
    White Chicken Chili
    from One Happy Housewife

    A super easy and crazy delicious dump and start creamy chicken chili loaded with hearty white beans, chicken, corn, tomatoes, and green peppers.

  • a bowl of creamy homemade tuna casserole
    April 26
    Tuna Casserole
    from One Happy Housewife

    This classic comfort dish is made fast – from scratch. Egg noodles, tuna, and peas covered in a deliciously creamy homemade sauce with just the right seasonings will make this recipe an instant family favorite.

  • overhead shot of a bowl of pasta with tomato cream sauce garnished with basil
    April 27
    Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce
    from Ministry of Curry

    This easy dump meal makes an absolutely creamy and delicious pasta.

  • chicken curry soup served in a bowl
    April 28
    Chicken Curry Soup
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    A hearty, satisfying, creamy curry chicken soup brimming with the flavors of India.

  • cheeseburger mac in a large bowl
    April 29
    Cheeseburger Mac
    from One Happy Housewife

    A super hearty and flavorful, from-scratch pasta casserole that’s sure to be a hit with the kids. This one is so delicious, it’s like having your favorite burger in a bowl. A great meal for busy weeknights.

  • a bowl of homemade minestrone soup on a placemat
    April 30
    Minestrone Soup
    from Spice Cravings

    Easy, tasty, and healthy, this minestrone soup has the perfect blend of hearty vegetables, tomato broth and beans.

Side Dishes

  • a plate with a serving of mashed potatoes and pot roast
    Mashed Potatoes
    from One Happy Housewife

    Cooked and seasoned to perfection, these mashed potatoes are so fast and easy to make.

  • a dinner plate served with parmesan risotto
    Parmesan Risotto
    from One Happy Housewife

    A creamy and delicious side dish that is simply irresistible.

  • a large serving of jasmine rice in a bowl
    Jasmine Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    Quick, easy, and perfect white rice every time!

  • side view of brown rice in a bowl
    Brown Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    A simple and healthy side-dish for the Instant Pot.

  • overhead shot of salsa rice being scooped
    Salsa Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly easy and delicious side dish that makes a perfect companion for any meal, especially Mexican inspired dishes.


  • taking a slice of flan
    from One Happy Housewife

    One of my favorite desserts growing up! A heavenly dark caramel blankets this rich, creamy, and silky smooth flan. You’ll want to make this one all the time!

  • a close up of a fork cutting into a moist slice of instant pot lemon bundt cake
    Lemon Bundt Cake
    from One Happy Housewife

    Drizzled with a sweet lemony glaze, this wonderful lemon cake is the perfect refreshing dessert.

  • Turtle lava cake fresh out of the Instant Pot
    Turtle Lava Cakes
    from One Happy Housewife

    These deliciously decadent mini cakes are overflowing with a molten chocolate center, caramel and pecans. They are an indulgence like no other!

  • a delicious coconut bundt cake served on a large plate
    Coconut Cake
    from One Happy Housewife

    Topped with a heavenly creamy coconut glaze, this moist and delicious cake is loaded with coconut goodness and is the perfect sweet treat to share with friends and family.

  • a spoonful of arroz con leche
    Arroz con Leche
    from One Happy Housewife

    This traditional Hispanic dessert is so creamy, rich and delicious. Simple ingredients and so quick and easy to make.

Download the April 2020 Meal Plan Calendar.

For more Instant Pot Meal Plan ideas for the month of April, check out my archive of April Instant Pot Meal Plans.

Past Instant Pot Meal Plans

Each month I publish a new, updated Instant Pot Meal Plan. So don’t miss out on seeing what wonderful dishes I’ve included in my latest one.


You can also access all of my previously published Instant Pot Meal Plans through the links below. I handpick the recipes that appear each month, so you will find that each month is unique with its own set of recipes geared specifically toward that month. Plus, on each meal plan page, you can download the printable calendar for that month.

2024 Meal Plans

2023 Meal Plans

2022 Meal Plans

2021 Meal Plans

2020 Meal Plans

2019 Meal Plans

2018 Meal Plans

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