September Instant Pot Meal Plan (2021)

Fall is finally here, and with it comes the comforting aroma of homemade soup and hearty pasta dishes. The fall season often means cozy nights spent in front of a fire or under blankets – what’s better than a delicious warm meal before those chilly nights of fall start to settle in?

I’ve put together this meal plan just for you! It features all sorts of comforting dishes to fill your belly before bedtime. You’ll find comfort food classics prepared specially to make you feel cozy inside. Here’s what you can expect:

instant pot meal plan september 2021

Easy To Make Instant Pot Recipes

Fall means comforting meals, and while we’re not quite into fall weather just yet (it’s still warm around here), I’m preparing for the change in seasons by including some Instant Pot Fall Recipes with this meal plan. These recipes are also perfect if you want something hearty on chilly days or rainy afternoons – they’ll keep your mood joyful no matter what!

My favorite dish from these delicious recipes is definitely Chicken & Dumplings… You’ll also find recipes for other soups or pasta dishes that are sure to not only soothe but satisfy on the coming colder evenings when nothing else will do except an endless bowl of comfort food.

Chicken and Dumplings

I start the month off with a dish that’s sure to warm your home and your heart: Chicken and Dumplings. Loaded with sweet veggies, tender bite-sized pieces of savory chicken, and delicious dumplings… this recipe is not only super easy to make in your pressure cooker but it’s also deliciously comforting!

a bowl of chicken and dumplings

Instant Pot Soups

I’ve loaded up this meal plan with lots of delicious Instant Pot soups. This month, we’ll be enjoying warm bowls of tomato soup, chicken enchilada soup, and chili – to name a few. Everyone needs a little comfort food in their lives – especially during the fall season – and there is nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of soup.

Tomato Soup

I love a good Tomato Soup and this one is the perfect recipe to warm you up on a chilly fall day. It’s made in the Instant Pot, so you can have it on your table in less than 30 minutes! The rich and creamy flavor is combined with honey and basil. It’s the perfect recipe for those cooler fall months.

a served bowl of tomato soup garnished with basil leaves

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Looking for a recipe with the Tex-Mex flavor that you love so much? I’ve got just the thing. This Chicken Enchilada Soup is simple to make and delivers all the flavor of your favorite Tex-Mex dish in one bowl! Top with crispy tortilla strips or other enchilada toppings for an unbeatable meal at home.

instant pot chicken enchilada soup topped with pico de gallo and shredded cheese


When the weather is cold and rainy, there isn’t anything better than cozy comfort food like this Instant Pot Chili recipe. It always hits the spot! A big bowl of this comforting dish grabs you like a big warm hug from a polar bear. This recipe has been my go-to fall dish for the past several years. It has everything you’d expect from a hearty chili including ground beef, red beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and a wonderful assortment of spices.

 a spoonful of chili being scooped out of a bowl

Instant Pot Pasta

You’re looking for a quick and easy dinner? Check out these delicious pasta recipes! You’ll find everything from Spaghetti to Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni. Each dish is simple to make but packed with flavor that even kids will love! And if you want the perfect side dish for your pasta, don’t miss my Oven Roasted Broccoli! It’s sure to satisfy 🙂

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

This is a dish that the entire family will love! For me, it’s comfort food at its best. My Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce can be prepared quickly using just one pot which means fewer dishes to wash later on. This traditional Italian dish is a perfect way to enjoy a comforting meal, at home, on any given weeknight.

instant pot spaghetti and meat sauce


If you’re looking for a quick and easy meal that will satisfy your family’s hungry stomachs with something warm and gooey, then look no further than a slice of Instant Pot Lasagna. This lasagna is loaded with flavorful meat and layers upon layers of creamy cheese. It’s a satisfying meal that you can make in no time at all.

instant pot meat lasagna

Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni

This Instant Pot Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni is a deliciously hearty pasta dish that’s not only extra cheesy but also a perfect dinner for busy weeknights. The savory flavors will make your taste buds happy, while the easy preparation means you can have it on the table in no time! Thanks to this quick and simple pasta dish, there are no excuses not to have dinner together as a family tonight.

bird's eye view of a plate of instant pot cheesy sausage rigatoni

Instant Pot Sides

In this month’s meal plan, you’ll find some wonderful recipes and outstanding Instant Pot side dishes to go with them. I’ve included my Mashed Potatoes, Spanish Rice, and Potato Salad to name just a few! I hope that you enjoy planning your meals for the week ahead.

Mashed Potatoes

These no-fuss Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are simple to make and come out so smooth, creamy, and fluffy… you’ll never want traditional mashed potatoes again. And the nice thing about this recipe is you can leave the skins on if you’re looking for a more hearty rustic texture! Either way, they taste amazing, especially if there’s butter involved 😉

instant pot mashed potatoes

Spanish Rice

Get the authentic flavor of your favorite restaurant-style Spanish Rice with this Instant Pot recipe. It’s quick, easy, and full of the flavor you’d expect from your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant! You’ll love this simple dish as an accompaniment to any Tex-Mex inspired meal!

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

Instant Pot Dessert Recipes

Dessert is always the best part of any meal, and this month I have an amazing assortment for you. Flan, Coconut Cake, and Arroz con Leche are just some that you’ll find in this month’s meal plan. These Instant Pot Dessert recipes are amazing and sure to satisfy every sweet tooth imaginable.


This Instant Pot Flan is so creamy and smooth that you won’t be able to stop eating it. And the caramel that smothers this decadent dessert just takes it over the top! This delicious treat should definitely make its way into your dessert repertoire – it is sure to be an instant hit in your home.

instant pot flan

Arroz con Leche

This Instant Pot Arroz con Leche, or rice pudding is so creamy sweet. Just add a dash of cinnamon and you’ll have yourself one warm and comforting treat! This wonderful dessert only requires a few simple ingredients and is the perfect sweet ending to any meal.

a spoonful of arroz con leche

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. There are so many comforting options 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.

September 2021 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 filled with a warm serving of chicken and dumplings
    September 1
    Chicken and Dumplings
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • pasta with meat sauce on a plate
    September 2
    Pasta with Meat Sauce
    from One Happy Housewife

    A super easy Italian dish is a comforting and filling family favorite.

  • lemon butter salmon on a plate garnished with rosemary
    September 3
    Lemon Butter Salmon
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    A quick and easy meal that’s both delicious and healthy!

  • chicken adobo on a dinner plate
    September 4
    Chicken Adobo
    from Two Sleevers

    Enjoy the flavor of this authentic Filipino Chicken at your dinner table.

  • coconut shrimp curry in a large bowl
    September 5
    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.

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles
    September 6
    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • chili in a bowl topped with shredded cheese and green onions
    September 7
    from One Happy Housewife

    The rich, smokey flavor of this Chili makes it the perfect comfort meal.

  • a bowl of creamy homemade tuna casserole
    September 8
    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.

  • spaghetti and meat sauce served in a bowl topped with shredded parmesan
    September 9
    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!

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken
    September 10
    Salsa Chicken
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a dinner plate with meatloaf
    September 11
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    Perfect for the meat lover, meatloaf just got way easier to make!

  • a bowl of homemade enchilada soup topped with pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips
    September 12
    Chicken Enchilada Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a baking dish of pork tenderloin slices
    September 13
    Pork Tenderloin
    from Two Sleevers

    This quick and simple pork tenderloin is covered in a wonderful chipotle orange sauce.

  • overhead shot of aloo matar in a bowl garnished with cilantro
    September 14
    Aloo Matar (Potato Curry)
    from Simply Vegetarian 777

    This easy and delicious Indian curry recipe is perfect for any weeknight dinner.

  • chicken couscous on a large white plate
    September 15
    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

  • instant pot lasagna
    September 16
    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.

  • overhead shot of chicken and potatoes garnished with lemon slices
    September 17
    Chicken And Potatoes
    from Recipes from a Pantry

    A quick and easy one-pot dish that’s loaded with Mediterranean flavor.

  • a bowl of instant pot butternut squash soup topped with cream and dried cranberries
    September 18
    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.

  • a large serving of cheesy ground beef and rice on a plate
    September 19
    Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    An incredibly easy and hearty family-friendly meal that’s oh so cheesy and delicious.

  • overhead shot of tortilla soup in a bowl garnished with cilantro
    September 20
    Chicken Tortilla Soup
    from Ministry of Curry

    A comforting Mexican soup loaded with tender chicken, beans, tomatoes, corn, and peppers.

  • a white bowl with instant pot cheesy sausage rigatoni topped with parmesan cheese
    September 21
    Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni
    from One Happy Housewife

    Rigatoni pasta and savory ground sausage are covered in a cheesy marinara sauce. This is a quick, easy, and filling pasta dish that the entire family will love.

  • jamaican oxtails
    September 22
    Jamaican Oxtails
    from My Forking Life

    A Caribbean stew featuring fall-off-the-bone tender oxtail and butter beans that’s phenomenally flavorful.

  • a bowl of cream cheese pasta made with rigatoni and sausage
    September 23
    Cream Cheese Pasta With Sausage
    from One Happy Housewife

    Rigatoni, marinara sauce, cream cheese, and beef sausage make for a quick and easy dump and start pasta dinner that your family will love! Perfect for busy weeknights!

  • a plate of chicken tikka masala over a bed of rice
    September 24
    Chicken Tikka Masala
    from Spice Cravings

    An easy and healthy way to make this popular dish of juicy chicken in a flavorful Indian curry tomato sauce.

  • a bowl of instant pot tomato soup
    September 25
    Tomato Soup
    from One Happy Housewife

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

  • cajun shrimp and sausage alfredo
    September 26
    Cajun Shrimp Alfredo
    from One Happy Housewife

    Yes – you can enjoy Cajun Shrimp Alfredo at home! This creamy, rich pasta is loaded with andouille sausage, plump tender shrimp, and Cajun flavor. This popular recipe is easy to make and a must-try!

  • September 27
    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 pork soup with hatch chiles
    September 28
    Pork Soup with Hatch Chiles
    from Paint the Kitchen Red

    This comforting soup uses simple ingredients and the roasted green chiles add a kick of spice.

  • a pot of jerk pineapple beef
    September 29
    Jerk Pineapple Beef
    from The Bearded Hiker

    A super quick and delicious jerk pineapple beef that you’re sure to love.

  • side view of couscous with ground beef on a plate
    September 30
    Couscous with Ground Beef
    from One Happy Housewife

    Made with Israeli couscous, seasoned ground sirloin, and sweet peppers, this quick and easy pasta dish is full of flavor and certain to become a family favorite. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Side Dishes

  • a large serving of jasmine rice in a bowl
    Jasmine Rice
    from One Happy Housewife

    Quick, easy, and perfect white rice every time!

  • instant pot tomato couscous
    Tomato Couscous
    from One Happy Housewife

    A simple side dish that pairs perfectly with any main meal.

  • instant pot potato salad
    Potato Salad
    from One Happy Housewife

    This creamy and delicious potato salad makes a perfect side dish for either a special occasion or an ordinary family dinner.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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!

  • 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.

  • overhead shot of cakes in a jar
    Cakes in a Jar
    from The Halfway Homesteaders

    These wonderful cakes come in so many delicious flavors and are so easy to make.

  • a dripping new york cheesecake on a plate
    New York Cheesecake
    from Simply Happy Foodie

    A New York cheesecake is a true American classic. So dense, rich, and creamy, this cheesecake recipe is a must try.

  • 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 September 2021 Meal Plan Calendar.

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

2022 Meal Plans

2021 Meal Plans

2020 Meal Plans

2019 Meal Plans

2018 Meal Plans

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