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September Instant Pot Meal Plan (2021)

Delicious Instant Pot Meals For The Month of September

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:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 😉

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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    September 1Chicken and Dumplings from One Happy Housewife

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

  • an overhead shot of a bowl of farfalle pasta with meat sauce
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    September 2Pasta 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
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    September 3Lemon Butter Salmon from Simply Happy Foodie

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

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

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

  • coconut shrimp curry in a large bowl
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    September 5Coconut 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.

  • Mouth Watering Pulled Pork Sandwich on a platter
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    September 6Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a spoonful of chili held over a bowl of chili
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    September 7Chili from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a bowl of creamy homemade tuna casserole
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    September 8Tuna Casserole from One Happy Housewife

    A classic comfort dish made fast from scratch thanks to the pressure cooker.

  • homemade spaghetti and meat sauce with garlic butter toast
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    September 9Spaghetti and Meat Sauce from One Happy Housewife

    A tasty traditional Italian pasta dish that will be loved by the whole family and can be served in minutes.

  • serving salsa chicken on a tortilla
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    September 10Salsa 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
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    September 11Meatloaf 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
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    September 12Chicken 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
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    September 13Pork 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
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    September 14Aloo Matar (Potato Curry) from Simply Vegetarian 777

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

  • close up of chicken israeli couscous in a serving bowl
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    September 15Chicken Couscous from One Happy Housewife

    A very simple and flavorful chicken and couscous recipe that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.

  • lasagna on a plate with salad
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    September 16Lasagna from One Happy Housewife

    A rich, creamy, and flavorful lasagna that you can have on the table in no time.

  • overhead shot of chicken and potatoes garnished with lemon slices
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    September 17Chicken 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 and served with garlic toast
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    September 18Butternut 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
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    September 19Cheesy 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
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    September 20Chicken 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
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    September 21Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni from One Happy Housewife

    A quick, easy, and filling pasta dish that the entire family will love.

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    September 22Jamaican 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
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    September 23Cream Cheese Pasta w/ Sausage from One Happy Housewife

    A quick and easy dump and start pasta dinner that your family will love!

  • a plate of chicken tikka masala over a bed of rice
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    September 24Chicken 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 tomato soup with basil and a grilled cheese
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    September 25Tomato Soup from One Happy Housewife

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

  • close up of cajun shrimp alfredo served in a bowl
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    September 26Cajun Shrimp Alfredo from One Happy Housewife

    This creamy, rich pasta is loaded with andouille sausage, plump tender shrimp, and Cajun flavor.

  • dipping a french dip sandwich in au jus
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    September 27French 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
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    September 28Pork 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
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    September 29Jerk Pineapple Beef from The Bearded Hiker

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

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

    Super easy and delicious pasta dish that’s full of flavor.

Side Dishes

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    Jasmine Rice from One Happy Housewife

    Quick, easy, and perfect white rice every time!

  • side view of tomato couscous in a large bowl
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    Tomato Couscous from One Happy Housewife

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

  • a large bowl of homemade potato salad
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    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.

  • mashed potatoes served on a dinner plate
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    Mashed Potatoes from One Happy Housewife

    Cooked and seasoned to perfection, these mashed potatoes are so fast and easy to make.

  • a plate of spanish rice garnished with cilantro
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    Spanish Rice from One Happy Housewife

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


  • a large slice of flan
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    Flan from One Happy Housewife

    A heavenly dark caramel blankets this rich, creamy, and silky smooth flan.

  • a delicious coconut bundt cake served on a large plate
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    Coconut Cake from One Happy Housewife

    This 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
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    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
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    New York Cheesecake from Simply Happy Foodie

    This creamy classic New York Cheesecake is a must try.

  • a spoonful of arroz con leche
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    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.

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