October Instant Pot Meal Plan (2018)

Fall is in the air! In this October Instant Pot Meal Plan, you’ll find so many delicious fall-inspired meals. This is the perfect month for hearty dishes that include apples, squashes, and other fall favorites. You’ll also find plenty of warm and soothing stews, soups, chilis, and pastas. Here’s what you can expect:

Instant Pot Soups, Stews & Chilis

Fall means Apple Beef Stew, Butternut Squash Soup and so much more! It’s a perfect time to try different chilis, stews, and soups. If you haven’t tried my amazing Chicken Soup, now is the time to do it. It’s packed full of nutrients and flavor and guaranteed to hit the spot! There are so many soup recipes for the Instant Pot in these meal plans. So, make sure to check them out.

Instant Pot Pastas

There are some tasty and simple pasta dishes featured in this meal plan. Some of my family’s favorites are Beef and Bowtie Pasta, Ravioli Lasagna, and Macaroni Casserole.

Instant Pot Sides

You’ll find some wonderful Instant Pot Side Dishes in this meal plan. And all of them are easy to make. Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, and Corn on the Cob are some of the delicious sides in this month’s meal plan.

Instant Pot Desserts

One of my favorite things about this month’s meal plan is the desserts! Oh, so yummy! The Dulce de Leche Cheesecake is to die for! You can also try Bread Pudding, Turtle Lava Cakes, and the easiest dessert of all: Arroz con Leche! These Instant Pot dessert recipes are all outstanding!

So enjoy all these fall-inspired dishes. Main course, side dish, and dessert. Everything you need for your October meals is here. Don’t you love the Instant Pot?

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

October 2018 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

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta
    October 1
    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.

  • close up of a bowl of chicken fajita soup topped with sour cream, avocado slices, and two jalapeno slices
    October 2
    Chicken Fajita Soup
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    A wonderful Tex-Mex favorite in a soup bowl.

  • applesauce meatloaf on a plate with broccoli
    October 3
    Applesauce Meatloaf
    from Home Pressure Cooking

    This meatloaf is made with applesauce instead of eggs, and it is delicious!

  • a small bowl butternut squash soup
    October 4
    Butternut Squash Soup
    from Recipes from a Pantry

    This vegan soup is easy to make, full of flavor, and so creamy and satisfying.

  • chili in a small bowl topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and green onion
    October 5
    Chili with Beans
    from One Happy Housewife

    A hearty, comforting bowl of homemade chili packed full of amazing flavor.

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

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

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    October 7
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • overhead shot of pasta e fagioli in a bowl
    October 8
    Pasta e Fagioli
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    A traditional Italian one pot meal made with pasta and beans that’s hearty and delicious.

  • top view of a bowl of corn chowder
    October 9
    Corn Chowder
    from Simply Vegetarian 777

    A wonderful comfort meal made with fresh corn that’s creamy and full of flavor.

  • close up of thai red curry soup garnished with pieces of cilantro
    October 10
    Thai Red Curry Soup
    from Spice Cravings

    Packed with vegetables, chicken, and rice noodles, this soup is hearty, healthy and creamy with a bit of sweet and spicy.

  • close up of a bowl of butter chicken garnished with parsley
    October 11
    Butter Chicken
    from Spice Cravings

    Enjoy this authentic Indian dish made with delicious pieces of grilled chicken in a creamy tomato sauce that’s seasoned with Indian spices.

  • close up of a bourbon pork tenderloin on a plate
    October 12
    Apple Bourbon Pork
    from Home Pressure Cooking

    A perfectly tender pork tenderloin served with baked potatoes, red cabbage, and a few sliced apples.

  • a small serving of beef stew in a bowl next to an apple
    October 13
    Apple Beef Stew
    from Home Pressure Cooking

    A wonderfully delicious beef stew with a hint of sweetness.

  • instant pot chicken soup
    October 14
    Chicken Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    October 15
    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.

  • a bowl of cauliflower soup
    October 16
    Cauliflower Soup
    from Piping Pot Curry

    This healthy, creamy cauliflower soup is infused with the healing benefits of turmeric.

  • autumn apple pork chops topped with pecans on a dinner plate
    October 17
    Autumn Apple Pork Chops
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    These pork chops are smothered in a delicious apple gravy with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

  • overhead shot of a bowl of pasta with tomato cream sauce garnished with basil
    October 18
    Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce
    from Ministry of Curry

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

  • overhead shot of beef lasagna soup with scallions
    October 19
    Beef Lasagna Soup
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    A hearty lasagna soup based in a flavorful tomato broth and bursting with Italian flavors.

  • top view of a bowl of paneer butter masala
    October 20
    Paneer Butter Masala
    from Piping Pot Curry

    Chunks of paneer cooked in a creamy smooth and mildly spiced onion tomato gravy.

  • tacos made with cochinitas pibil
    October 21
    Cochinita Pibil
    from One Happy Housewife

    With a mix of sweet, acidic and earthy flavors this traditional Mexican food will provide a unique experience for your taste buds.

  • a bowl of white chicken chili
    October 22
    White Chicken Chili
    from Recipes from a Pantry

    This hearty chili is made from pantry staples and is so comforting and filling.

  • a plate of lasagna ravioli
    October 23
    Ravioli Lasagna
    from Spice Cravings

    Creamy layers of fresh ravioli, grated Italian cheese and tomato sauce, cooked to perfection.

  • a bowl of vegetarian taco soup
    October 24
    Vegetarian Taco Soup
    from Simply Vegetarian 777

    This simple and easy Tex-Mex style vegetarian soup is loaded with bold flavors.

  • overhead view of thai chicken massaman curry garnished with lime and cilantro
    October 25
    Thai Chicken Massaman Curry
    from Ministry of Curry

    Tender cooked chicken in a luxurious coconut sauce seasoned with Indian spices.

  • overhead shot of dum aloo in a bowl garnished with cilantro
    October 26
    Dum Aloo
    from Ministry of Curry

    A North Indian curry made by simmering baby potatoes in an onion and tomato based gravy that’s spiced to perfection.

  • a bowl of fresh tomato basil soup topped with croutons and basil
    October 27
    Tomato Basil Soup
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    The fresh, rich flavor of this tomato basil soup is just… Wow!

  • warm pizza soup in a small bowl
    October 28
    Pizza Soup
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    The rich and wonderful flavors of pizza, in a soup bowl.

  • thai pumpkin red curry on a plate split evenly with rice
    October 29
    Thai Pumpkin Red Curry
    from Piping Pot Curry

    This flavorful curry made with red curry paste, coconut milk, and pumpkin will satisfy your curry cravings.

  • vegetable and beef soup in a bowl
    October 30
    Beef & Vegetable Soup
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    This hearty and satisfying soup is packed full of delicious veggies and ground beef.

  • October 31
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

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

Side Dishes

  • 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 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.

  • overhead shot of lemon butter broccoli in a large bowl
    Lemon Butter Broccoli
    from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly delicious and healthy side dish that can be served fast using the help of the Instant Pot.

  • 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 a bowl of mexican pinto beans topped with jalapanos, a slice of lime, and a bed of cilantro
    Mexican Pinto Beans
    from Simply Vegetarian 777

    These pinto beans are spicy and bursting with Mexican flavor.


  • 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.

  • 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 a pound cake topped with powdered sugar
    Pound Cake
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    A perfect and delicious pound cake just like grandma used to make.

  • close up of bread pudding glazed and topped with raisins
    Bread Pudding
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    This creamy, rich, and delicious bread pudding is the perfect holiday dessert. The rich and creamy custard and amazing rum sauce make it irresistible!

  • a plate with dulce de leche cheesecake
    Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
    from Living Sweet Moments

    This moist, creamy, and decadent cheesecake is a pure slice of heaven.

Download the October 2018 Meal Plan Calendar.

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