January Instant Pot Meal Plan (2020)

In this January 2020 Instant Pot Meal Plan, you’ll find lots of great meals, side dishes, and desserts for the new year. I also included a wonderfully delicious recipe for black-eyed peas to bring you lots of good luck for 2020. You’ll definitely want to try it out. (Update: I told you that you should have made the black-eyed peas.)

You’ll also find lots of great pasta recipes on this month’s meal plan. My Chicken Tetrazzini and Creamy Sausage Rigatoni are both popular recipes that are truly delicious. There are also plenty of great soups in the meal plan to thaw you out from this bitter cold. My Tomato Soup, Chicken and Dumplings, and White Chicken Chili are a few that my readers rave about.

As you can see, there are plenty of wonderful recipes available to you in my January 2020 Meal Plan. Here’s what you can expect:

instant pot january 2020 meal plan

Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

If you’re in the mood for some delicious pasta dishes, I have you covered with my Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, Creamy Sausage Rigatoni, Taco Pasta, and Chicken Alfredo. These Instant Pot Pasta Recipes are simple, hearty, and tasty. Perfect for a weeknight meal on a crisp winter day.

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

There is nothing better or more filling than a traditional Italian dish when you’re hungry. My Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is a quick and easy way to make this family favorite meal. This one-pot pasta dish only takes 15 minutes to have on the table. So, that makes it the perfect busy weeknight dinner.

homemade spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic butter toast

Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

Make this fast and delicious family favorite in your pressure cooker. My Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni is an incredibly flavorful and satisfying creamy one-pot pasta dish that uses only simple ingredients. This is a perfect option for a weeknight meal.

a close up of a bowl of instant pot creamy sausage rigatoni topped with shredded parmesan and parsley

Taco Pasta

In the mood for Tex-Mex and pasta? What a quandary, but no longer… My Instant Pot Taco Pasta fuses the tastes of Tex-Mex and Italian to bring you a wonderfully flavorful pasta dish that’s loaded with the taste of Tex-Mex. Top with your favorite taco toppings for uncompromising taco flavor.

homemade taco pasta topped with cheese and sour cream and garnished with cilantro

Chicken Alfredo

Looking for a traditional Italian dish that’s rich, creamy, and comforting? My Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo fits the bill. You’ll love how incredibly creamy this Alfredo pasta is. I make this classic pasta dish using linguine pasta and tender bite-sized pieces of chicken tossed in a homemade Alfredo sauce. And since this recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes, it’s a perfect option for weeknights.

a delicious and creamy bowl of instant pot chicken fettuccine alfredo topped with a bit of parsley

Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Or maybe soup is what you’re craving. No worries, I’ve got you covered there too. You’ll find many Instant Pot Soup Recipes to choose from in this month’s meal plan. A few I’ve included are my White Chicken Chili, Pumpkin Soup, Chicken Enchilada Soup, and Butternut Squash Soup. These soups offer the perfect source of warmth and sustenance on a cold winter day.

White Chicken Chili

There is no question about it, cold weather requires warm soup. And there is no soup more comforting or hearty than a good chili. My Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is a quick and easy dump-and-start chili that’s loaded with hearty white beans, shredded chicken, sweet corn, tomatoes, and green peppers.

instant pot white chicken chili made with cream cheese

Pumpkin Soup

If you’re looking for a quick and easy soup to make that’s sure to warm up your frozen bones on these frigid winter days, then my Instant Pot Pumpkin Soup is just what the doctor ordered. This soup is thick, creamy, and perfectly seasoned with comforting spices.

overhead shot of a delicious bowl of pumpkin soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

If you’re a big fan of chicken enchiladas, then you will love my Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup. This soup is so creamy and has all the flavor of green chile chicken enchiladas. Just add some crispy tortilla strips and your favorite enchilada toppings to this quick and easy pressure cooker recipe for unbeatable Tex-Mex flavor.

overhead shot of chicken enchilada soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Need a soul-soothing dish perfect for a cold winter day? The nutty flavor of roasted butternut squash in my Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup is so warm and satisfying. This soup is so rich and creamy that it’s sure to brighten your day.

a small bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries

Instant Pot Sandwiches

And why not pair that warm bowl of soup with a delicious sandwich like my much loved French Dip Sandwiches? The Instant Pot is so amazingly versatile that you can even make delicious sandwiches using it. And I have some great sandwich recipes in this January Meal Plan.

French Dip

If you’re looking for a show-stopping sandwich recipe that you can make using a pressure cooker, then you must try my Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches. The shredded beef in these sandwiches is so tender, so juicy, and so flavorful! Each bite is truly heavenly.

dipping a french dip sandwich in au jus

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

One of the most popular sandwich recipes on this blog is my Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork recipe. The pork is so tender and flavorful. Just mix in your favorite barbeque sauce, grab some hamburger buns, and make yourself the most amazing pulled pork sandwiches.

a dr pepper pulled pork topped with pickle and onion slices served with a bottle of dr pepper

Instant Pot Side Dishes

My January 2020 Meal Plan has enough Instant Pot Side Dishes to help you complement every main dish that you’ll make. Some of the wonderful recipes that you can expect to see are my Homemade Mashed Potatoes, Butter Garlic Green Beans, and Macaroni and Cheese.

Mashed Potatoes

Need a side dish that goes well with just about any comforting main dish? My Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe is the perfect way to complement lots of stews, meats, and other delicious main dishes. Plus, it’s so easy to make in the pressure cooker.

instant pot mashed potatoes

Butter Garlic Green Beans

Use your pressure cooker to make the most wonderful green beans. I make my super simple Instant Pot Green Beans with the perfect balance of butter and garlic, which gives them a remarkably delicious flavor. These Green Beans are a perfect companion to my Mashed Potatoes.

A plate of green beans

Macaroni and Cheese

Be prepared for the incredibly cheesy comfort that this homemade four-cheese Mac & Cheese offers. The special blend of cheeses in my Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese results in the most flavorful and most creamy pasta side dish ever.

a warm and creamy bowl of mac and cheese sitting next to a spoon

Instant Pot Desserts

There is no shortage of outstanding Instant Pot Desserts in my January Meal Plan. You’ll find lots of favorites here including my Coconut Cake, Arroz con Leche, and Dulce de Leche. Each of these dessert recipes is easy to make and so delightful.

Coconut Cake

This sweet and delightful dessert is chock full of coconut flavor. My Instant Pot Coconut Cake is simple to make in the pressure cooker and perfect for serving after dinner with a scoop of ice cream or for having with a midday tea.

a coconut bundt cake sitting on a plate

Arroz con Leche

Arroz con Leche is a traditional Hispanic dessert, and my Instant Pot Arroz con Leche is one of the most popular dessert recipes on my blog. Topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and served warm, the sweet comfort of this dessert is perfect for melting away the winter blues.

a spoonful of arroz con leche

Dulce de Leche

For a simple and quick sweet treat that can be enjoyed with fruit, ice cream, cakes, and more, try my Instant Pot Dulce de Leche. This traditional Hispanic version of caramel sauce is a perfect addition to many other sweet treats.

dipping an apple slice in dulce de leche

Well, I wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and hope that you enjoy this month’s meal plan.

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

January 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

  • overhead shot of a bowl of black eyed peas
    January 1
    Black Eyed Peas
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    Serve up a bowl of good-luck and deliciousness with this traditional Southern dish.

  • a bowl of butternut mac and cheese
    January 2
    Butternut Mac and Cheese
    from One Happy Housewife

    Fall spices and a rich and creamy cheddar flavor are perfectly paired with sweet butternut squash in this comforting pasta dish. This is an amazing comfort dish.

  • overhead view of salpicon
    January 3
    from One Happy Housewife

    A light minced meat with a fresh citrusy taste. Perfect served on a corn tortilla or over a bed of rice.

  • chicken tetrazzini
    January 4
    Chicken Tetrazzini
    from One Happy Housewife

    With tender bite-sized chicken served over spaghetti and topped with a creamy sauce, this Chicken Tetrazzini will be a family favorite.

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    January 5
    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    January 6
    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.

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken
    January 7
    Salsa Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • coconut shrimp curry in a large bowl
    January 8
    Coconut Shrimp Curry
    from Piping Pot Curry

    This easy shrimp curry is made in a coconut milk base and seasoned with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and flavorful Indian spices.

  • a bowl of instant pot pumpkin soup with cream and pumpkin seeds
    January 9
    Pumpkin Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    This quick and easy soup is thick, creamy and perfectly seasoned with fall spices. The ideal meal for brisk autumn weather.

  • creamy sausage rigatoni
    January 10
    Creamy Sausage Rigatoni
    from One Happy Housewife

    Rigatoni pasta, Italian sausage, and red peppers in a creamy marinara sauce. This deliciously flavorful and satisfying pasta dish is quick, simple, and perfect for weeknights.

  • a bowl of homemade enchilada soup topped with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips
    January 11
    Chicken Enchilada Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    Everything you love about chicken enchiladas in a warm comforting bowl of soup.

  • hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice on a plate
    January 12
    Hawaiian Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

    Enjoy the delightful tastes of the islands with this sweet, savory and tangy chicken cooked with bell pepper, sweet onion, pineapple and macadamia nuts.

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries
    January 13
    Butternut Squash Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

    With a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, this soup is the perfect comfort meal for cooler weather.

  • instant pot taco pasta
    January 14
    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.

  • a spoonful of white chicken chili from a bowl
    January 15
    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.

  • spaghetti and meat sauce served in a bowl topped with shredded parmesan
    January 16
    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 filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    January 17
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • January 18
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

    An unbelievably flavorful and juicy meat, covered in melted cheese and served on toasted, crispy, buttered bread.

  • instant pot chicken soup
    January 19
    Chicken Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of two bowls of buffalo chicken chili
    January 20
    Buffalo Chicken Chili
    from Ministry of Curry

    A hearty chili made with chicken, beans, veggies and cooked in a spicy buffalo sauce.

  • instant pot lasagna
    January 21
    Meaty Lasagna
    from One Happy Housewife

    Looking for a hearty dish that can feed an entire family? Try this rich, creamy, and flavorful lasagna. It’s easy to prep and you’ll have it on the table in no time. Everyone will be asking for seconds.

  • a bowl of instant pot tomato soup
    January 22
    Tomato Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • cheeseburger mac in a large bowl
    January 23
    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.

  • overhead shot of chicken tortilla soup in a bowl with a spoon
    January 24
    Chicken Tortilla Soup
    from Recipes from a Pantry

    An easy dump and go meal for those busy days when you need to get dinner on the table fast.

  • overhead shot of a bowl of thai red curry salmon
    January 25
    Thai Red Curry Salmon
    from Spice Cravings

    Simmered in a red curry paste and coconut milk, this deliciously tender and flaky salmon is ready in under 30 minutes!

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    January 26
    from One Happy Housewife

    Authentic flavor, incredibly juicy pork, and crispy edges. Traditional pork carnitas made in a fraction of the time.

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    January 27
    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.

  • a large bowl of taco soup
    January 28
    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.

  • close up shot of smothered pork chops lightly garnished with cilantro
    January 29
    Smothered Pork Chops
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    These wonderfully tender pork chops are smothered in a delicious gravy.

  • a bowl of creamy fettuccine alfredo with chicken
    January 30
    Chicken Alfredo
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of gumbo garnished with scallions with a ball of rice in the center
    January 31
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    Chicken, sausage, and shrimp make for a hearty bowl of Cajun comfort food.

Side Dishes

  • a spoonful of loaded cauliflower casserole
    Loaded Mashed Cauliflower
    from One Happy Housewife

    You’ll never think of cauliflower the same way after trying this amazingly delicious casserole. Enjoy this creamy, cheesy cauliflower casserole with any meal.

  • a dinner plate served with green beans
    Green Beans
    from One Happy Housewife

    The buttery garlic flavor make these tender green beans a favorite side dish.

  • corn on the cob with a piece of soft butter
    Corn on the Cob
    from One Happy Housewife

    Sweet ears of corn make an easy vegetable side dish.

  • 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.

  • top view of a bowl of homemade mac and cheese on top of a plate
    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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • close up of apple slices on a plate with a small bowl of dulce de leche
    Dulce de Leche
    from One Happy Housewife

    Enjoy this deliciously rich and sweet caramel spread that is a common treat in many Hispanic countries. And, thanks to the pressure cooker, there’s no need to wait for hours to turn condensed milk into this amazing treat! This stuff is so good, it’s addictive!

Download the January 2020 Meal Plan Calendar.

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