October Instant Pot Meal Plan (2020)

It’s officially fall! One of my favorite things about the fall season is the food that comes along with it! Comforting soups, stews, and of course, pumpkin everything! In my October Instant Pot Meal Plan, I made sure and include lots of easy and delicious soups, as well as other fall-inspired dishes I’m sure you will love. I hope you enjoy October’s recipes! Here’s what you can expect:

instant pot october 2020 meal plan

Instant Pot Fall Recipes

It’s fall and that means lots of pumpkins, butternut squash, and fall spices! The recipes featured in this meal plan are sure to impart those cozy feelings that a warm meal delivers to your shivering body as the cool weather moves in. You’ll find plenty of wonderful Instant Pot Fall Recipes in this meal plan to help keep the chilly weather away.

Butternut Mac & Cheese

My Instant Pot Butternut Mac and Cheese is one of those recipes my family looks forward to all year long. We’re finally in that part of the year to make it. It is such a warm and comforting dish and can be served on its own or as a side dish to soups or meats. The flavors of the butternut squash, cinnamon, and nutmeg make this a perfect soothing dish for any chilly fall day.

overhead shot of butternut mac and cheese

Instant Pot Soups & Chilis

This month, you’ll find loads of warm and easy Instant Pot Soup Recipes like my wonderfully delicious White Chicken Chili that is sure to become a favorite for your family! And my Butternut Squash Soup is so creamy and full of fall flavors. You’ll also find Broccoli Cheese Soup, Pumpkin Soup, Tomato Soup, Chicken and Dumplings, Taco Soup, and much more. These soups are so delicious and each would pair perfectly with either my Homemade Garlic Bread or Skillet Cornbread.

White Chicken Chili

Cooler weather requires warm soups and chilis. And this chili recipe is as warm and comforting as you can get. I loaded this hearty Instant Pot White Chicken Chili with white beans, shredded chicken, sweet corn, tomatoes, and green peppers. What’s even better is that this recipe is a quick and easy dump-and-start meal that’s ready in minutes.

instant pot white bean chicken chili topped with chips and cheese

Butternut Squash Soup

My Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup is full of fall flavor! This soup is so rich and creamy and the nuttiness of the roasted butternut squash is perfectly warm and satisfying. If you need a soul-soothing soup, perfect for a chilly fall day, then this soup will perk you up.

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

Instant Pot Pasta

There are also lots of tasty Instant Pot Pasta Recipes featured in this October meal plan. Some of my family’s favorites are the Beef and Bowtie Pasta, Tuna Casserole, and Chicken Tetrazzini. Each of these pasta dishes is perfect for the chillier weather of fall. Plus, they’re all simple to make, super flavorful, and the kids love them.

Chicken Tetrazzini

My Instant Pot Chicken Tetrazzini is a one-pot pasta dish that’s loaded with tender bite-sized pieces of chicken and plump spaghetti pasta covered in a luxuriously creamy white sauce. This dish is so special and is not only comforting and filling, but it is absolutely delicious.

easy chicken tetrazzini recipe

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Looking for a quick and easy dump-and-start meal that’s perfect for a weeknight family dinner? Try my Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe! You’ll have this classic hearty Italian dish ready in minutes thanks to the cooking magic of the Instant Pot. To complete your meal, serve this pasta dish with a side of garlic bread.

a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs

Instant Pot Sides

There are definitely some wonderful recipes in this month’s meal plan, and you’ll also find some outstanding Instant Pot Side Dishes to go with them. I’ve included my Mashed Potatoes, Cajun Dirty Rice, and Lemon Butter Broccoli to name a few. You will always find a perfect side for your meal.

Mashed Potatoes

Everyone loves mashed potatoes! They’re the perfect side dish to an almost endless number of meals. These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are crazy simple to make and come out perfectly smooth and creamy every time. Your family will love this delicious and comforting side.

instant pot mashed potatoes

Cajun Dirty Rice

My Instant Pot Dirty Rice is loaded to the max with the flavors of New Orleans. This delicious Cajun dish is made with rice, a mixture of ground sausage and ground beef, chopped veggies, and Cajun spices. Your family will love this super flavorful dish and you’ll love that it’s so quick and simple to make.

a close up of a white serving dish with dirty rice topped with green onions

Instant Pot Dessert Recipes

It’s time for dessert! The Instant Pot Dessert Recipes that I’ve included in this October meal plan are fantastic! Coconut Flan, Arroz con Leche, and Bread Pudding are a few of the wonderfully delicious desserts that you’ll have the pleasure of making this month.

Coconut Flan

My Instant Pot Coconut Flan recipe, known in Honduras as Flan de Coco, is so creamy and loaded with coconut flavor. Your friends and family will absolutely love this incredibly delicious dessert.

slice of instant pot coconut flan

Arroz con Leche

Instant Pot Arroz con Leche, or rice pudding, is a sweet and creamy Hispanic dessert that is quick and easy to make. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients that will give you a warm and soothing treat that’s ready to enjoy in minutes. Just add a dash of cinnamon to make it perfect.

a spoonful of arroz con leche

There are so many wonderful fall recipes in this meal plan and I know your family will love them all! Happy Fall!

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

October 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

  • a spoonful of white chicken chili from a bowl
    October 1
    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.

  • autumn apple pork chops topped with pecans on a dinner plate
    October 2
    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.

  • a bowl of butternut mac and cheese
    October 3
    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.

  • vegetable and beef soup in a bowl
    October 4
    Beef & Vegetable Soup
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

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

  • overhead shot of tuscan chicken pasta served on a plate
    October 5
    Tuscan Chicken Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Creamy, delicious, and very easy to make, this pasta dish is sure to be a hit with your family!

  • a bowl of broccoli cheese soup topped with shredded cheese
    October 6
    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.

  • a creamy bowl of chicken broccoli alfredo pasta
    October 7
    Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
    from One Happy Housewife

    A incredibly delicious pasta dish that features a homemade Alfredo sauce that’s unforgettably rich, creamy, and flavorful.

  • juicy and tender carnitas
    October 8
    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 instant pot pumpkin soup with cream and pumpkin seeds
    October 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.

  • a fully cooked whole chicken on a large tray
    October 10
    Whole Chicken
    from Recipes from a Pantry

    Have a moist and flavorful rotisserie style chicken in less than 45 minutes with this simple recipe.

  • instant pot cajun pasta
    October 11
    Spicy Cajun Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Simple ingredients like pasta, sausage, and cheese seasoned with the perfect touch of Cajun spices make this a winning combination. This is a super easy weeknight dinner with a wonderful kick of cajun.

  • a bowl of cauliflower soup
    October 12
    Cauliflower Soup
    from Piping Pot Curry

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

  • instant pot beef and macaroni casserole
    October 13
    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.

  • close up of a bowl of butter chicken garnished with parsley
    October 14
    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.

  • instant pot spaghetti and meatballs
    October 15
    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.

  • a creamy bowl of chipotle shrimp soup
    October 16
    Chipotle Shrimp Soup
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This quick and easy soup is so creamy and loaded with potatoes, corn, bacon, and shrimp. This one has a spicy kick to it too!

  • October 17
    French Dip
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • cheeseburger mac in a large bowl
    October 18
    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 bowl of instant pot tomato soup
    October 19
    Tomato Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    October 20
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of creamy sun-dried tomato pasta topped with parmesan and basil leaves
    October 21
    Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
    from One Happy Housewife

    Penne pasta drenched in an impossibly creamy sun-dried tomato and basil sauce. And since you’ll have it on the table in less than 20 minutes, it’s a perfect meal for any weeknight dinner.

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken
    October 22
    Salsa Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries
    October 23
    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.

  • overhead shot of two bowls of buffalo chicken chili
    October 24
    Buffalo Chicken Chili
    from Ministry of Curry

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

  • a plate with a hawaiian sloppy joe sandwich
    October 25
    Hawaiian Sloppy Joes
    from One Happy Housewife

    Pineapple, red and yellow peppers, and sweet onion give the traditional Sloppy Joe a Hawaiian twist.

  • instant pot chicken soup
    October 26
    Chicken Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    October 27
    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • chicken tetrazzini
    October 28
    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 large bowl of taco soup
    October 29
    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.

  • chicken couscous on a large white plate
    October 30
    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

  • top view of a bowl of corn chowder
    October 31
    Corn Chowder
    from Simply Vegetarian 777

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

Side Dishes

  • a close up of a dish with dirty rice
    Cajun Dirty Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    Chock full of the Cajun flavor, this comforting dish is outstanding!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • a large bowl full of macaroni and cheese made with cream of mushroom soup sitting on a counter
    Mac & Cheese with Cream of Mushroom
    from One Happy Housewife

    A super creamy and delicious dump-and-start mac and cheese.


  • 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 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

Download the October 2020 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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