January Instant Pot Meal Plans

January is the month of new beginnings and healthy resolutions. It’s also the coldest month of the year. With that in mind, I always put together my January Instant Pot Meal Plans to have plenty of warm and comforting dishes. You’ll find loads of simple and hearty pastas and soothing soups. You’ll also find some healthier options to help you keep to your New Year’s resolutions. Here’s what you can expect:

instant pot january 2021 meal plan

Instant Pot Soup Recipes

Kick that snow off your boots, come in from the cold, and sit down at the table with a warm bowl of soup. Holding a bowl of fresh soup in your hands after being out in the blustery weather is always the best way to warm yourself from the inside out. That’s why my January Instant Pot Meal Plans are packed full of Instant Pot Soup Recipes. You’ll find my hearty Chili, soothing Chicken Soup, comforting Tomato Soup, and flavorful Taco Soup, to list a few.


This is what homemade chili is all about. I load up my Instant Pot Chili with kidney beans, ground beef, and tons of flavor. This chili is thick and chunky with a deeply rich and smokey flavor. It’s the perfect way to warm up during these cold wintery days of January. 

 a spoonful of chili being scooped out of a bowl

Chicken Soup

Does the cold weather have you feeling gloomy? This Instant Pot Chicken Soup will perk you right up. It’s loaded with wholesome and nutritious potatoes, carrots, onions, herbs, and spices. Not only do I pack this homemade chicken soup full of nourishing ingredients, but it’s also richly flavorful. This soup is perfect for those chilly January days.

Delicious bowl of Instant Pot Chicken soup with potatoes, carrots, chicken, and crackers on the side.

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup must be the most comforting soup there is. At least, I think so. My Instant Pot Tomato Soup recipe takes the nourishing comfort of the most delicious tomato soup and makes it even better by infusing it with honey and basil. The sweet, delicate flavor of this soup is the perfect way to warm those chilly bones.

instant pot tomato soup with basil

Taco Soup

This soup is super hearty and full of taco flavor. I pack this Instant Pot Taco Soup with ground beef, three types of beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, corn, and green chilis. Just add your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, diced avocado, shredded cheese, and cilantro for irresistible Tex-Mex flavor.

a big delicious bowl of instant pot taco soup

Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

Pasta always makes for a hearty and filling meal that’s full of comfort and warmth. That’s why I always include plenty of Instant Pot Pasta Recipes in my January Meal Plans. You’ll find family favorites like my Taco Pasta and Cheeseburger Mac. There are also classic pasta dishes like Lasagna and Chicken Alfredo. These pasta recipes are quick to make and delicious to eat.

Taco Pasta

Enjoy the taste of Tex-Mex on pasta night. This Instant Pot Taco Pasta brings together the heartiness of pasta and blends it with the bold flavors of Tex-Mex. Top this flavorful pasta dish with your favorite taco toppings for an unforgettably delicious Tex-Mex inspired pasta meal.

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

Cheeseburger Mac

My Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac is one of my kid’s favorite pasta dishes. I make this Cheeseburger Mac with elbow pasta, perfectly seasoned ground beef, and loads of cheddar cheese. It has all the flavor of your favorite cheeseburger but delivers it in a plate of pasta. Add some crumbled bacon for an even more flavorful pasta dish.

a plate of cheeseburger mac served with lettuce and tomato


My Instant Pot Lasagna is phenomenal. Sandwiched between each layer of pasta are loads of intensely flavorful ground beef and creamy, melty cheeses. This classic pasta dish is a perfect filling family dinner that can be served any day of the week. Lasagna is always perfect with a slice of homemade garlic bread.

instant pot meat lasagna

Chicken Alfredo

For richly creamy pasta with tender bite-sized pieces of chicken, try my Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo recipe. I toss linguine pasta and tender chicken in a homemade Alfredo sauce to make this wonderfully comforting pasta dish. And the best part… this recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes. That makes this pasta dish a perfect option for a weeknight dinner.

a white bowl of super creamy instant pot chicken fettuccine alfredo

Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

We’re moving into a new year and that usually means a focus on eating better. With that in mind, I’ve included plenty of healthy options in my January Instant Pot Meal Plans.

You’ll find lots of great vegetarian recipes, seafood recipes, and lean meat recipes. All of which will help you develop healthier eating habits without sacrificing any flavor. For instance, my Salpícon recipe is a light and healthy way to prepare beef.


My Instant Pot Salpícon recipe is a light and fresh minced meat with a citrus flavor. I make this wonderful recipe by cooking eye of round to perfection in the pressure cooker before seasoning it with onions, peppers, and citrus. This meat is delicious served over rice or on a corn tortilla.

close up of a plate with salpicon and white rice

Instant Pot Side Dishes

Every excellent main dish needs a terrific side to go with it. That’s why you’ll always find lots of easy and flavorful Instant Pot Side Dishes in my January Meal Plans. There are plenty of comforting classics in these meal plans including my Mashed Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, and Green Beans. Each of these recipes is ready in minutes and is so delicious.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are always a delightful side dish. They’re warm, creamy, and a perfect companion for numerous main dishes. My Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are a quick and easy way to make perfect mashed potatoes using the pressure cooker. These potatoes have the creamy consistency and buttery taste you’d expect.

instant pot mashed potatoes

Corn on the Cob

Corn is a simple but tasty side dish and my Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is the quickest and best way to make it. You’ll have perfectly cooked and deliciously sweet cobs of corn in a matter of minutes. Add a pat of butter to experience that sweet buttery crunch that you love so much.

corn on the cob with a slice of melting butter sitting on top

Green Beans

There’s nothing more Southern, more comforting, or more delicious than a big serving of green beans. My Instant Pot Green Beans are a quick and simple way to use your pressure cooker to get perfectly cooked and seasoned green beans every time. These wonderful green beans have a buttery garlic flavor, perfect for serving with a side of mashed potatoes.

A plate of green beans

Instant Pot Desserts

I always serve the best for last. I guarantee my January Instant Pot Meal Plans will have a list of extraordinary Instant Pot Desserts that you will absolutely love. If you’re a chocolate lover, then you’ll go crazy for my Turtle Lava Cakes.

And, for something authentic, you’ll find some Honduran favorites like my Flan and Arroz con Leche recipes. These recipes use simple ingredients and are fabulously flavorful.

Turtle Lava Cakes

These little chocolate cakes literally erupt with chocolaty goodness with the first spoonful. My Instant Pot Turtle Lava Cakes are so rich and indulgent that you’ll be ready to curl up and hibernate for the rest of the winter after enjoying one of them.

Turtle lava cake served on plate


My Instant Pot Flan is one of the most popular desserts on my blog. Unlike its traditional Mexican cousin, this Honduran flan is thick and creamy, resembling the consistency of a soft cheesecake. You’ll be impressed by how good this dessert is.

instant pot flan

Arroz con Leche

It’s January, and it’s frigidly cold outside. You need a sweet treat that will warm you up. My Instant Pot Arroz con Leche is the perfect dessert for the cold weather. I serve this traditional Hispanic dessert warm and top it with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Perfect for the chilly January weather.

a spoonful of arroz con leche

Have a wonderful first month of the year, try to stay warm, and enjoy my January Instant Pot Meal Plans!

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

January Instant Pot Meal Plans

Here are some recipes you’ll find on my January meal plans:

Main Dishes

  • chicken tetrazzini
    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.

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    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.

  • French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

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

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

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

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    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.

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.

  • steaming broccoli in the instant pot
    Steamed Broccoli
    from One Happy Housewife

    A quick, simple, and nutritious side for your meal.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

January Instant Pot Meal Plans

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