March Instant Pot Meal Plan (2020)

March is here and with it comes Lent, Daylight Savings, Spring Break, and St. Patrick’s Day! It is a busy month! And I have set up the March 2020 Instant Pot Meal Plan to take all these special days into account. I have included some great meatless recipes on Fridays for those observing Lent. I also included a special meal on St. Patrick’s Day, and some desserts perfect for that day. Here’s what you can expect:

march instant pot meal plan

Instant Pot Pasta Recipes

This month, you’ll find lots of fantastic Instant Pot Pasta Recipes on the meal plan. Some great pasta recipes you can look forward to this month are Creamy Sausage Rigatoni, Cheeseburger Mac, and Chicken Tetrazzini. These dishes are hearty, flavorful, filling, and simple to make.

Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

The Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni is an incredibly flavorful and satisfying creamy pasta dish. This recipe uses simple ingredients and is super easy to make. That makes this pasta a perfect option for a busy weeknight meal. This one is so simple, so flavorful, and so filling that it will become a family favorite.

instant pot creamy sausage rigatoni

Cheeseburger Mac

My Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac is fantastic and a kid favorite! The ground beef is seasoned to perfection and the cheddar cheese adds such wonderful flavor. This pasta dish tastes exactly like a cheeseburger. So delicious! The other marvelous thing about this recipe is that it is quick and simple to make. I recommend adding some crumbled bacon to take this dish over the top.

a plate of cheeseburger mac served with lettuce and tomato

Chicken Tetrazzini

In the mood for a fancier pasta dish? Then you have to try my Instant Pot Chicken Tetrazzini. This one-pot pasta dish is loaded with tender bite-sized pieces of chicken and plump spaghetti pasta covered in an incredibly creamy white sauce. This dish is so comforting, filling, and delicious. The entire family will love this pasta dish.

easy chicken tetrazzini recipe

Instant Pot Comfort Food

Since it’s still chilly outside, I added some warm, comforting meals to the first part of the month. I’m hoping things will warm up towards the end so we can start enjoying spring goodies! In the meantime, there are plenty of Instant Pot comfort food recipes to enjoy. As usual, all these recipes are easy and delicious and will help you keep your family’s tummies happy!

Tuna Casserole

If you’re looking for a classic comfort dish, then my Instant Pot Tuna Casserole is perfect. This incredibly tasty pasta is made with egg noodles, tuna, and peas covered in a deliciously creamy homemade sauce.

I like to add crunchy potato chips and cheddar cheese afterward and crisp it with the CrispLid. Alternatively, you could add the casserole to a baking dish, sprinkle on the potato chips and cheese, and then crisp under the Broiler in the oven.

close up overhead shot of a creamy bowl of tuna casserole

Chicken Couscous

Another super comforting dish that you’ll find on this March Meal Plan is my Instant Pot Chicken Couscous. This is a dish I grew up enjoying in Honduras. It is a warm and comforting dish of Arab origin made with pearl couscous, shredded chicken, peas, and carrots. This dump and start meal is full of flavor and hearty comfort.

close up of chicken israeli couscous in a serving bowl

Instant Pot Side Dishes

Don’t miss my delicious Instant Pot Side Dishes this month. There are quite a few to choose from and they’re all perfect for serving alongside a variety of main dishes. Besides, it’s hard to have a great meal without a great side dish.

Spanish Rice

I have some wonderful rice-based side dishes like my restaurant-style Instant Pot Spanish Rice, which is loaded with authentic flavor. This rice is a family favorite side dish that can be served with just about any meal, especially Mexican-inspired dishes.

a bowl of spanish rice that was made in the instant pot

Cilantro Lime Rice

You’ll also find my Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice. This rice is cooked to perfection and has a tangy lime, cilantro flavor. Another side dish that goes particularly well with Mexican-inspired meals. It’s also great for using in tacos, burritos, salads, and more.

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
This easy and delicious Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice will pair with chicken, beef, fish, pork and almost any main dish you make. It adds a delicious kick to plain rice. #instantpot #cilantro #lime #rice

Instant Pot Desserts

Finally, the most enjoyable part of any meal, dessert! And I have an incredible dessert for you this month. This is the month of St. Patrick’s Day and, in that spirit, I’ve created a very special Irish dessert.

Irish Chocoflan

The flavors of my Instant Pot Irish Chocoflan are based on a famous Irish cocktail. This Chocoflan is made with a chocolatey rich Guinness cake that is blanketed with a creamy smooth Bailey’s infused flan and drenched in a Jameson Whiskey salted caramel.

a slice of instant pot irish car bomb chocoflan

Enjoy this month’s meal plan and have a terrific March full of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and Spring Break fun!

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

March 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

  • creamy sausage rigatoni
    March 1
    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
    March 2
    Chicken Enchilada Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot taco pasta
    March 3
    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 filled with mushroom wild rice soup
    March 4
    Mushroom Wild Rice Soup
    from Piping Pot Curry

    Warm yourself on a cold day with this creamy vegetarian soup that’s loaded with hearty wild rice and veggies.

  • hawaiian chicken served over a bed of rice on a plate
    March 5
    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 tomato soup
    March 6
    Tomato Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a spoonful of white chicken chili from a bowl
    March 7
    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 large bowl of taco soup
    March 8
    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.

  • instant pot lasagna
    March 9
    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.

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    March 10
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot spaghetti and meatballs
    March 11
    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.

  • caribbean chicken thighs on a dinner plate
    March 12
    Caribbean Chicken Thighs
    from Dinner of Herbs

    Enjoy the island flavor with with these chicken thighs served with sweet potato slices & topped with a fresh mango salsa.

  • a bowl of broccoli cheese soup topped with shredded cheese
    March 13
    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.

  • overhead view of salpicon
    March 14
    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.

  • overhead shot of chicken lo mein in a bowl garnished with sesame seeds
    March 15
    Chicken Lo Mein
    from Spice Cravings

    An easy and delicious dump & start recipe for this popular Chinese dish.

  • cheeseburger mac in a large bowl
    March 16
    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 large bowl of lamb stew
    March 17
    Irish Lamb Stew
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This rich and hearty Irish lamb stew is packed with flavor.

  • an open faced pulled butter chicken sandwich
    March 18
    Pulled Butter Chicken Sandwiches
    from Ministry of Curry

    These Indian inspired pulled chicken sandwiches are perfect for feeding a crowd.

  • a tamale pie on a serving plate
    March 19
    Tamale Pie
    from Two Sleevers

    The wonderful taste of tamales in a fast and easy dish.

  • a bowl of creamy homemade tuna casserole
    March 20
    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.

  • a serving of beef stew in a bowl
    March 21
    Beef Stew
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    Enjoy a hearty and delicious stew any day of the week with this simple dump and start recipe.

  • a bowl filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    March 22
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    March 23
    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.

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken
    March 24
    Salsa Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • ribs stacked on a flat surface
    March 25
    from The Bearded Hiker

    These deliciously tender pork ribs are perfect for any meal.

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    March 26
    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.

  • indian fish curry served in a bowl garnished with jalapeno slices
    March 27
    Fish Curry
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This popular Indian coconut milk-based curry is quick and easy to make.

  • chicken couscous on a large white plate
    March 28
    Chicken Couscous
    from One Happy Housewife

    Pearl couscous, shredded chicken, peas, and carrots come together to make a quick and easy dump meal that’s full of flavor. This simple recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner

  • March 29
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • chicken tetrazzini
    March 30
    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.

  • a plate with meatloaf served on top of mashed potatoes
    March 31
    from Make Ahead Meal Mom

    This family favorite is quick and easy to make in your pressure cooker.

Side Dishes

  • a large glass bowl filled with spanish rice
    Spanish Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    Just like what you’d get at your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant.

  • a large serving of cilantro lime rice in in a bowl
    Cilantro Lime Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    Perfectly cooked rice with a fresh lime and cilantro flavor. Enjoy in a burrito bowl or as a side dish to chicken, beef, or fish.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • leprechaun popcorn in a bowl
    Leprechaun Popcorn
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Drizzled with green chocolate, sprinkles, and chocolate coated candies this popcorn is sure to delight!

  • close up of coconut flan on a plate
    Coconut Flan
    from One Happy Housewife

    A delicious custard-like dessert filled with with coconut flavor and shredded coconut in every bite.

  • a delicious piece of irish car bomb chocoflan on a plate
    Irish Cocktail Chocoflan
    from One Happy Housewife

    Inspired by the an Irish cocktail, this Chocoflan is infused with Irish Cream, Irish Whiskey, and Guinness Beer. Wow!

Download the March 2020 Meal Plan Calendar.

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