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Easy Instant Pot Casseroles Recipes

If you’re looking for how to make easy Instant Pot casseroles recipes we have a bunch! Kid approved pasta Instant Pot Casserole with chicken or leftovers for a new dinner cooked in your pressure cooker. Or make with rice in no time at all. No need to turn your oven on during the warmer months now.

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We are all in love with these easy Instant Pot casseroles here! These and many others are included in your huge list of easy Instant Pot recipes so make sure to look there too for more dinner ideas. (affiliate links present)

Can I bake casseroles in my Ninja Foodi?

Yes!! You will use the lid that is not attached for all of these and the pressure cook button. Then follow rest of step by step instructions in the recipe cards. Who doesn’t love a great throw together meal. I mean your Grandmother and Mom probably made one of these each week, but in the oven. These are a lot faster!

You can make them as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe, in your Crockpot Express, Mealthy or any other pressure cooker brand. One pot meals cooking noodles and meat together is the best.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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How to Make a Casserole in Pressure Cooker

Think of your favorite long grain rice or cheesy casserole that takes over an hour to bake, done in less than 20 minutes. It is possible now and we have many recipes with different meat, vegetarian, with noodles or rice. Biggest tip is to submerge your grains in the liquid but do NOT stir. We will talk more about this later…….

I love these easy dinners when we have a busy evening ahead of us. Can you believe that an Instant Pot casserole is really possible??!! Yes!! If you too want quick weeknight meals in a whole lot less time, this post is for you! We have all your favorite dinners made with a twist cooked in no time.

Easy Instant Pot Casserole Recipes

I know there are a lot of ideas so first you should PIN THIS page so that you can check back often for more ideas once you try one and love it. Things can get lost in the shuffle, I get it.

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How to make Instant Pot casseroles with ground beef?

A casserole is an easy throw together (whatever you have in the pantry and fridge kind of meal). Using ground beef and some beef broth in your electric pressure cooker can create the most amazing meals like. Instant Pot cheesesteak pasta with meat, cheese, pasta and veggies inside.

The way you start with raw meat like this is to set to saute which will allow you to brown it just like in a skillet on your stovetop. Then add the rest of your ingredients, submerge your pasta or rice and set to the cook time needed.

Like our Instant Pot taco casserole I made up on the fly using what I had in the house. It turned out to be one of our favorite creamy dinners my kids raved over with everything cooked together in one pot which allows the flavors to really deepen. Pressure cooking has really transformed our family dinners for sure. We eat together a lot more often now.

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How to Make Instant Pot Pasta Casserole

You can use any type of pasta, if long though I break into thirds first and sprinkle those in. Our cheesy pressusre cooker lasagna casserole is so much easier to make than traditional lasagna. It has all the same wonderful flavors, but easier to eat, and done in just minutes. I use penne for that one.

Instant Pot Casseroles and Rice

Can you use rice instead of noodles to make a casserole in a pressure cooker? Yes!! You can cook classic dishes you’ve always loved like pressure cooker chicken mushroom casserole and these others! Same rule applies, do not stir or the burn notice may pop up but just barely pressed into the liquid is a must.

You can use sliced kielbasa to make this super cheesy Instant Pot sausage and rice, didn’t last long in our house.

Many recipes such as our Instant Pot chicken broccoli rice casserole can be “tweaked” too. Rather use leftover ham or turkey, swap that out! Have a precooked sausage link in your fridge, dice that up instead!

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How do you make a casserole without an oven?

Making an Instapot casserole is your answer!! A toaster oven is just way too small to feed more than one serving y’all. On the stove you could but you would need an awful big skillet for all the ingredients to cook evenly. Why do we love making it this way?

  • No more turning on your oven when it is 100 degrees outside to make your favorite casserole.
  • Just use your InstaPot and make it WAY faster with the same great taste.
  • It’s even perfect for simple lunch time ideas like “boiling” hard boiled eggs! Just use a cup of water and in 15 minutes they’re done to perfection.

Want to make something around the holidays? Try our Instant Pot turkey tenderloin casserole with noodles. Just cook on high pressure and in less than 20 minutes including prep time it will be done! Your slow cooker can’t do that. 😉

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Can you make a casserole with quinoa?

You can!! The timing is a bit difference in that this grain needs some natural release time to puff up and get fluffy. This pressure cooker chicken quinoa casserole is on the healthier side and still yummy!

How to make Instant Pot Casseroles Healthy

Focus on adding lots of vegetables into your one pot meal which is done quite easily since they don’t need much time at all. Keep totally vegetarian or not, up to you. For the holidays I make this Instant Pot corn casserole recipe. It not only tastes amazing and is a great pressure cooker side dish, but looks pretty too in a bundt cake form.

If you’re having a brunch or need a breakfast idea this Instant Pot breakfast casserole cooked pot in pot style is great. Packed with hash browns and eggs it’s always a winner.

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InstPot Casseroles

To me a casserole is everything dumped into one pot or dish and cooked together so all the flavors permeate throughout the dish. Meat + veggies (sometimes) + rice or pasta = a casserole in my mind.

Now that I use my Instant Pot on an almost daily basis I begin to think outside of the box when it comes to a casserole.

Many times I just luck out, like the taco casserole you see below. I literally threw together what I had in my house that I would normally include in tacos.

It came out totally incredible in under 30 minutes with a quick release at the end. You can do the same thing too…just think outside of the box! Try cabbage next time with our Instant Pot sausage and cabbage with noodles recipe.

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Can I cook all of my meals using only an Instant Pot?

Ummmmm I mean if that is all you have there aren’t a lot of things you couldn’t cook in it. The only thing you may be “missing” is a crisp but they now have an air fryer lid to add on for that. Try Instant Pot stuffed pepper casserole if you love those comfort food flavors! Way easier than the “old fashioned” stuffed peppers with the same great flavors

This Instant Pot french toast casserole is great for mornings or a brunch too if you are craving something sweet…..

Instant Pot pizza pasta is a sort of pressure cooker pizza casserole of sorts. You can add all the toppings you love, I have Instant Pot pizza directions too after you’re done

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Without casserole in it’s name I call this Instant Pot chili mac a casserole. Everything is mixed together in one yummy dinner, same with our Instant Pot cheeseburger macaroni.

  • Same thing with this Instant Pot red beans and rice. Not a casserole specifically but anything where the meat and starches are all cooked together is a casserole to me .

This one is great if you need a pantry ingredient recipe. Omit the meat and there you have it. Super cheap and filling.

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Instant Pot Mexican Casserole Recipes

Thinking outside of the box we found this Instant Pot Mexican Casserole looks and sounds delicious too. This means adding lots of bold flavors, taco seasoning, noodles, black beans and all the things you love about your favorite restaurant but made in a deconstructed way.

I love our Pressure cooker enchilada casserole too. Instead of using water or broth I instead grabbed a can of this flavorful sauce.

Are there another pressure cooker casseroles you’ve made that you love, or that you have put together yourself? I’d love to hear it so we can try it too!

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Next try our one pot meal with pasta and chicken thighs with this pressure cooker lemon chicken casserole! The noodles soaked up all that goodness as it cooked which made this one pot meal over the top! Here are a few questions you might have right about now:

What are the best casserole dishes?

The one your whole family loves the most in my opinion. I love those that use up leftover ham or turkey as well after the holidays.

What are the three main parts of a casserole?

Meat, starch and liquid are your bases. From there you can add small vegetables and seasonings of course.

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How to make a casserole in your pressure cooker

This is how to make one, basically, of course follow instructions on a recipe you find specifically.

Time needed: 25 minutes

Instant Pot Casserole

  1. Choose meat

    Choose the meat you want to use. Add it in diced with some olive oil and saute until outsides are no longer pink. Deglaze pot when done.

  2. Add water or broth

    Broth has a lot more flavor so that’s what I prefer. Water works as an alternative. You’ll need enough to absorb (and then some) whatever starch you add.

  3. Choose pasta or rice

    Choose which starch you want added. Typically you’ll need to add twice as much liquid as starch added. Follow recipe you’re making as far as these amounts are concerned.

  4. Pressure cook

    I almost always use high pressure with a quick release. Rice typically will need 10-12 minutes and pasta needs only about 3 minutes to cook.

  5. Let it sit

    The longer an Instant Pot casserole sits the thicker it will become. Don’t freak out immediately, it won’t be that soupy for long.

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Instant Pot Casseroles

Lots of different Instant Pot casseroles with ground beef, chicken, pasta or rice in a sauce.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword casserole, crockpot express, instant pot, ninja foodi, pasta, pressure cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 320kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Turn to saute and add your olive oil, diced onion, sausage, salt and taco seasoning. Cook until meat is broken up into smaller pieces and no longer pink. Then press stop.
  • Add can of diced tomatoes and stir and spread meat out on to the bottom of the pot. Sprinkle your uncooked noodles over the top of this layer, then pour the broth over the top of everything, do not stir.
  • Close your lid and steam valve. Press the pressure button for 4 minutes. Do a quick release, lift lid, stir and set to saute once again.
  • Stir in sour cream and 3/4 c of cheese until cheese is melted and taco pasta starts to bubble and thicken. Cook until noodles are as tender as you'd like them to be. Then press stop and serve with remaining cheese on top of bowls.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Casseroles
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 691mg30%
Potassium 329mg9%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 185mg19%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Friday 21st of July 2023

These recipes are so helpful! So many choices and all family approved! Thanks for sharing!


Friday 21st of July 2023

I'm always looking for easy, family friendly dinner recipes. Sloppy joe one was already a hit. Booking marking this page for future reference.


Friday 21st of July 2023

I love Instant Pot recipes and I'm the chicken and cream of chicken recipe inspiration from this list! Will try more


Monday 2nd of September 2019

Why do you make it so difficult to actually get to the recipes. We don’t need pages and pages of waffle before we get to the recipes. Why not put all the rubbish at the end for people who are bothered and the recipes at the beginning. BTW I love your recipes. Rant over.

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Monday 2nd of September 2019

You are welcome for accessing my site for FREE. If I do not have ads or any other info other than the recipe and a photo I wouldn't be able to continue to provide this free service to you.


Monday 26th of August 2019

Hi! Thanks for the wonderful recipes! I have a larger family and would need to double most recipes. Do I need to adjust the time?

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