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April Instant Pot Meal Plan (2020)

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For The Month of April

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:

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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.

creamy instant pot cajun pasta with andouille sausage
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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.

a plate of creamy beef and macaroni casserole
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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
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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 warm bowl of taco soup
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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.

parmersan risotto served on a dinner plate
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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!

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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 salsa chicken on a tortilla
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    April 1Salsa Chicken from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a comforting bowl of taco soup
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    April 2Taco 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.

  • a ladle filled with a serving of mac and cheese
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    April 3Macaroni 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.

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

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

  • a plate of cajun pasta
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    April 5Spicy Cajun Pasta from One Happy Housewife

    A super easy weeknight dinner with a wonderful kick of cajun.

  • a bowl of chicken and dumplings
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    April 6Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

  • side view of creamy beef macaroni casserole in a bowl
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    April 7Beef & Macaroni Casserole from One Happy Housewife

    This deliciously creamy beef and pasta casserole is the perfect hearty and filling meal for those busy weeknights.

  • a serving of spaghetti and meatballs topped with shredded parmesan
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    April 8Spaghetti & Meatballs from One Happy Housewife

    This super easy Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe requires no prep and is ready in minutes.

  • a baking dish of beef taters
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    April 9Cheesy 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 tomato soup with basil and a grilled cheese
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    April 10Tomato 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
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    April 11Broccoli 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.

  • Mouth Watering Pulled Pork Sandwich on a platter
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    April 12Dr. 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
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    April 13Chicken 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
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    April 14Beef Stew from Retro Recipe Box

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

  • a plate of ground beef and farfalle pasta in vodka sauce
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    April 15Beef & Bowtie Pasta from One Happy Housewife

    A fast and simple pasta dinner that even the most picky of eaters will devour.

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

    A warm and hearty meal that your family will love!

  • close up of red beans in a serving bowl
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    April 17Red 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
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    April 18Bean 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
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    April 19Potato & 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.

  • homemade spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic butter toast
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    April 20Spaghetti and Meat Sauce from One Happy Housewife

    A tasty traditional Italian pasta dish that will be loved by the whole family and can be served in minutes.

  • a bowl of mexican ground beef casserole garnished with cilantro
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    April 21Mexican 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.

  • a close up of chicken soup
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    April 22Chicken 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
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    April 23Taco Pasta from One Happy Housewife

    The perfect hearty meal for a busy weeknight, this easy and delicious pasta dish is kid-approved and will be ready in no time.

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

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

  • a large bowl of white bean chicken chili
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    April 25White 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
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    April 26Tuna Casserole from One Happy Housewife

    A classic comfort dish made fast from scratch thanks to the pressure cooker.

  • overhead shot of a bowl of pasta with tomato cream sauce garnished with basil
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    April 27Pasta 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
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    April 28Chicken Curry Soup from Paint the Kitchen Red

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

  • overhead shot of a plate of cheeseburgermac and lettuce with tomato slices
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    April 29Cheeseburger Mac from One Happy Housewife

    A super hearty and flavorful, from scratch pasta casserole made fast.

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

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

Side Dishes

  • mashed potatoes served on a dinner plate
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    Mashed Potatoes from One Happy Housewife

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

  • parmesan risotto served on a plate as a side
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    Parmesan Risotto from One Happy Housewife

    A creamy and delicious side dish that is simply irresistible.

  • a wooden spoon scooping jasmine rice from the bowl
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    Jasmine Rice from One Happy Housewife

    Quick, easy, and perfect white rice every time!

  • a warm bowl of brown rice
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    Brown Rice from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a glass bowl of salsa rice
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    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.


  • a large slice of flan
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    Flan from One Happy Housewife

    A heavenly dark caramel blankets this rich, creamy, and silky smooth flan.

  • a lemon cake with glaze drizzled on top
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    Lemon 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
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    Turtle Lava Cakes from One Happy Housewife

    These deliciously decadent mini cakes are overflowing with a molten chocolate center, caramel and pecans.

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

    This cake is loaded with coconut goodness and is the perfect sweet treat to share with friends and family.

  • a spoonful of arroz con leche
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    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.

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