Comfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and InstantPot®: A Cookbook by Melissa Clark

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  • Spaghetti + meatballs

    • westminstr on January 10, 2020

      Have made this a couple times. It is better with lots of basil in the meatballs. Also, I typically make the sauce, then the meatballs while the sauce cooks, but have to work quickly to make sure the sauce doesn't cook down too much and burn on the bottom - that can cause difficulty maintaining pressure. This is a great option for spaghetti & meatballs in one pot and 30 minutes.

    • cjross on February 13, 2019

      This was incredibly good. Worked perfectly well with gluten free panko and Barilla gluten free spaghetti.

    • JessicaRFisher on October 29, 2020

      Really enjoyed this. I put the sauce in to simmer then made the meatballs. Had to work quickly but it made the whole thing very efficient. The sauce had a lovely, almost creamy texture. Will definitely make again.

    • cdglamontagne on May 26, 2019

      We were skeptical about cooking dry pasta with everything else, but this dish came out so great! The meatballs and sauce were so delicious, and while the pasta wasn't totally tender after the pressure, it was fine after a few minutes of stirring with the sauce.

  • Cajun red beans with andouille sausage

    • westminstr on January 02, 2019

      I had to make a number of changes including replacing cayenne with aleppo pepper, omitting the sage, and I also skipped the mysterious clove of minced garlic since I just couldn't figure out where it would go. I didn't pre-soak the beans as called for, so I decided to do a quick soak before proceeding with the recipe. I did this by cooking 1lb of beans, 8 c of water and 2 tsp salt to the pressure cooker for 2 minutes on HP, then left the house to run an errand. When I returned 30 minutes later my beans (sitting on keep warm mode) were almost completely cooked! I drained the beans and used all the beans in the recipe, along with the specified amount of their cooking liquid, and no additional salt since the bean broth already had plenty of salt. I proceeded the recipe, but only cooked for an additional 4min at HP. Turned out perfect! This had robust flavor and was a surprise hit with both kids.

    • hbakke on July 09, 2019

      This was delicious! I was hesitant about adding the sage because is tends to overpower everything, but it worked in this recipe. I may have pureed too many of the beans, resulting in more of a soup, but it was very tasty. Will definitely make again. Served with rice, scallion, and a few splashes of Crystal hot sauce.

    • boberonicus on December 11, 2021

      Mine was also a brown soup. Like the sausage, I suggest removing the sautéed veggies before pressure cooking the beans. Then add veggies and sausage back in. The mystery garlic goes into the finished dish to give it a kick.

  • Cuban chicken + rice

    • cthdawn on December 30, 2018

      Added recaito

    • veggie va on May 25, 2020

      I also had the “burn” error with this recipe. I think there might be a typo and there should be more liquid. But once I added a bunch more water and then ended up using the sauté feature to finish cooking, the flavor was fantastic.

    • jenmacgregor18 on December 29, 2021

      I also go the burn error, but once I added 3/4 c more water, it was fine. It turned out great. Wonderful flavor for minimum effort.

    • tarae1204 on January 07, 2021

      I’ve made this twice. First time, zero sticking. Second time, some sticking of rice but it honestly only added flavor to the dish once stirred. My instant pot never gives me a burn error so maybe that’s my model... anyway, this is easy and delicious.

    • mamacrumbcake on September 03, 2019

      This was really delicious—it’s reminiscent of paella, very flavorful and not spicy despite the cayenne and chili pepper. Unfortunately, I got the dreaded “burn” error due to serious sticking of rice to the insert. Switching to pot-in-pot cooking solved the problem. After transferring the chicken and rice to an IP friendly mixing bowl and cleaning the insert, I cooked PiP at high pressure for 5 minutes, per the recipe’s original directions. Next time I make this—and there will be a next time—I will go immediately to pot-in-pot cooking once we get to the rice stage.

    • Stabb on January 30, 2022

      This recipe does not call for enough liquid. Burn Error here as well, and dinner ruined. Try 1 3/4 cup stock, I guess?

  • Linguine cacio e pepe

    • PennyG on June 16, 2020

      This was delicious! I used Farfalle instead of Linguine because that’s what I had on hand. Cooked at 7 minutes high pressure, rather than 6. Perfection! I will definitely make this again.

  • Beef + sweet potato gratin

    • jenmacgregor18 on December 02, 2021

      I also thought this sounded a bit odd, but gave it a go. It's way better than I thought it would be. I don't know exactly how to explain it. The flavors come together perfectly. It's very savory and delicious, with just a little sweetness from sweet potatoes to help balance things. I would absolutely make this again. My only change was 1/2 green bell pepper and 1/2 yellow bell pepper. (well, I may have thrown in a little extra Gruyere.)

    • tarae1204 on August 13, 2021

      I always thought this was an odd recipe. Ground beef and sweet potatoes and cheese? I’ve now made it twice, with perfect results each time, and can say it taste a little bit like a cheeseburger with sweet potato fries. Not exactly the same! But similar. So all in all it’s quite delicious and comforting.

  • Lamb + bulgur stuffed peppers with yogurt sauce

    • Veronik on February 21, 2019

      Excellent. Will certainly make this again.

    • hbakke on August 11, 2019

      I used ground turkey in place of the lamb. This was delicious and so easy. The peppers were perfectly cooked as well as the filling. The sauce is very tasty with the peppers. I would definitely make this again but use the recommended amount of feta since I added a bit more and the filling became a little salty.

  • Cheddar-spinach strata

    • Veronik on January 03, 2019

      Very good recipe to use up day-old baguette. I used frozen spinach instead of fresh and everyone liked it.

    • Skamper on December 31, 2019

      Made for a quick meatless Monday served with a simple arugula and vinaigrette salad. Used 1% milk, and leftover ricotta and chive bread from the freezer. I think this could have used a bit more salt. Used a regular onion because I forgot to buy a red. Would be a good base recipe to improvise on.

  • Bo ssam

    • Veronik on January 24, 2019

      My roast was smaller than called for, so used less salt and sugar for the rub. I saw a criticism somewhere that their's was too salty, so this may explain why mine wasn't. Another explanation might be the length of the cure - I opted for overnight rather than the minimum 6 hours. All in all, a delicious recipe.

    • tarae1204 on August 13, 2021

      Followed recipe as written and results were amazing. Went to the Korean grocery store for the right cut and size of pork. This recipe just takes a lot of planning - it’s not “instant” just time saving and delicious.

    • mamacrumbcake on November 13, 2018

      I used a boneless pork shoulder, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It turned out very well, the meat was meltingly tender and the ginger scallion sauce was delicious.

    • Skamper on March 17, 2020

      I've made David Chang's bo ssam several times and this is just as good but at a fraction of the time. My roast was only 3.5 lbs so I used half portions of everything else. Marinated overnight. Cooked at high pressure for 60 minutes with NR (took 20 minutes+ 10 to come to pressure). Served with rice and scallion sauce in lettuce wraps.

  • Savory sausage + broccoli bread pudding

    • cjross on February 13, 2019

      I did not enjoy the taste of this at all, I think because of the nutmeg. It also didn't come out very set.

  • Risotto carbonara

    • cjross on February 13, 2019

      I thought this was pretty good but missing something. Maybe a squeeze of lemon would have helped.

  • Chocolate-bourbon lava cakes with sea salt

    • Londonyankee on January 01, 2019

      Incredibly easy and rich! I only made 2 servings, just to try since these must be eaten immediately after cooking. I got 2 ramekins in but it would be hard to get 3 in with 1 balanced on top, so I might need to buy another trivet for the pot.

    • tarae1204 on January 08, 2021

      I used small ramekins, three on bottom and three more stacked above those. They didn’t all cook evenly but it really didn’t matter when they were so good. Set them to pressure as we sat down to dinner and served them for dessert minutes after the meal.

  • Rigatoni all'Amatriciana

    • Londonyankee on January 04, 2019

      Sauce burned and pasta was undercooked. Finished cooking in the microwave. It had great flavor, but it needs work to fix the problems. Possible solution - according to HIP website, cook pasta for half of time specified on box at LOW Pressure

  • Sriracha turkey meatloaf with buttered potatoes

    • Londonyankee on March 07, 2019

      The onion didn’t cook well, and I used prechopped which was not minced. I think I would used pre-cooked or caramelized next time. Flavor was good and it was very easy. Used a small cake pan. My potatoes were too large so I had to cook one packet afterwards. Very easy full meal in the Ipot, just needed a green to round out dinner.

    • mamacrumbcake on February 25, 2019

      I was really pleased with this recipe. The turkey meatloaf was delicious and was tender and juicy.

  • Red wine Bolognese

    • tarae1204 on August 13, 2021

      Delicious depth of flavor and streamlined technique for a one pot bolognese.

  • Weeknight chicken Parmesan

    • tarae1204 on March 01, 2022

      This dish came out perfectly, and everyone loved it. The texture of the chicken was perfect. The recipe calls for cutlets but I started with boneless skinless breasts which I pounded down to half inch. I sliced the flattened breasts into relatively uniform-sized pieces, and seasoned them with S/P and King Arthur Pizza Seasoning (which I love). I used Rao’s marinara as sauce and sliced some fresh mozzarella into strips (I only had the wet kind on hand). Made as written: 3 minutes on low pressure with manual release. Then I draped the strips over the cutlets and let them melt. I served these over spaghetti - it takes roughly equal time to cook the spaghetti as it does the cutlets. It was delicious, more so than I expected. Melissa Clark really cracked the code for chicken breast in the IP with this recipe and also her Poached Chicken Breasts.

    • tarae1204 on March 01, 2022

      One other note: the recipe as written would probably serve only two adults. I doubled the recipe with success as the cooking time is so quick. The first batch waited on a sheet pan while the second batch cooked. Then both batches had a quick broil before serving. Extra sauce from first batch was transferred to a saucepan to stay warm as it didn’t seem like reusing it to cook the second batch would work. With the spaghetti as a base, there was very little leftover sauce from the 3 cups overall that I used.

    • FriedDumpling on January 21, 2022

      Sorry Melissa. This is the first time one of your recipes has disappointed. The flavor was delicious, but the chicken was tough, and had a chewy texture. I don’t know if it’s the result of using the instant pot for such a thin cut of meat, or having it being somehow overcooked. I used Marcella Hazan’s wonderful three ingredient sauce for the marinara, which was really tasty, and used the broiler to brown the top, but when the overall texture isn’t good, it’s just not a good dish.

  • Simple poached chicken breasts

    • tarae1204 on January 07, 2021

      I make this all the time. Foolproof recipe, super easy, and gives me cooked chicken breasts in the fridge for the week and some leftover stock. I’ve made all the accompanying sauces and they’re all delicious.

  • Jalapeño green sauce

    • tarae1204 on August 13, 2021

      Great sauce that goes with anything (this recipe is presented as a sub-recipe for the poached chicken breasts). The addition of Parmesan adds unexpected umami - it may sound odd but it works.

  • Sticky toffee puddings

    • tarae1204 on January 08, 2021

      Delicious and came out perfectly! Easy recipe, easy sauce. Set them to pressure as we sat down to a Christmas Eve dinner and was able to serve them minutes after the meal.

  • Japanese cheesecake

    • tarae1204 on April 25, 2021

      Clear instructions but my cheesecake looks nothing like it should (according to the internet!). I think the instruction to fill IP with 1” water is too high as the water might’ve reached the base of my pan. Oh well!

    • Kn1tgrl on June 27, 2019


  • Rice porridge (Congee with chicken)

    • tarae1204 on January 07, 2021

      My husband enjoys congee on business trips to China and he said this version was much wetter than what he has there, but we all enjoyed it immensely (kids kept theirs bland, we loaded ours with condiments).

  • Curried collard greens

    • tarae1204 on January 08, 2021

      I don’t like collard greens, or so I thought. I LOVED *these* collard greens. The curry complemented the vegetable so well, and the texture was silky. I will be making this frequently.

  • Coconut rice

    • tarae1204 on January 08, 2021

      This recipe didn’t work and I’ll just make coconut rice in the stovetop going forward, as it’s almost easier.

  • Sweet potato miso soup with tofu + spinach

  • Middle Eastern red lentil, bean + barley soup

    • tarae1204 on August 13, 2021

      Wonderful bean stew that can handle ingredient swaps, omissions and additions.

  • French beef daube with olives

    • tarae1204 on January 07, 2021

      This recipe doesn’t save a person much time in terms of prepping at the counter. Browning the meat takes even longer when just using your instant pot. Still, the end result is delicious. Next time I’m in the mood for a beef stew, I will try the version from Clark’s book Dinner in French.

  • Chicken cacciatore with mushrooms

    • mamacrumbcake on November 13, 2018

      This makes a nice, easy, and well-seasoned meal. The chicken is tender and the sauce is delicious. You will want something—bread, rice, pasta, potatoes—to soak up all the sauce.

  • Shrimp + grits with bacon + cheddar

    • NJChicaa on December 30, 2018

      It would be as easy to make this on the stovetop.

    • hbakke on September 29, 2019

      This wasn't quick but it was pretty tasty. There was a lot of liquid in the tomato mixture but it had a nice spice to it and mixed well with the grits that were very thick even after adding a considerable amount of additional milk. The 1/2 cup of grits didn't seem like enough but it was plenty. I overcooked the shrimp while trying to reduce the amount of liquid, but it turned out okay.

  • Braised lamb shanks with herbs + garlic

    • mirsaidi007 on April 22, 2019

      This is delicious. At first I was little concerned that the sauce would become a little too 'lamby', which is something I have encountered with other instant pot lamb recipes, but the herbs and lemon really help moderate that. Because we were serving this with mashed potatoes, I felt that the lamb would benefit from more texture, so after removing the meat from the bone I crisped it in pan. Turned out almost like a lamb confit! Topped with sauce and herbs it was a lovely spring weekend meal.

  • Nutty chocolate oatmeal

    • JessicaRFisher on October 29, 2020

      Followed the recipe exactly but kept getting the food burn warning from my Instant Pot and had to give up. Perhaps there's a difference between the oats available in UK and US.

    • cdglamontagne on May 26, 2019

      This is good with fruit for weekday breakfast to-go, but needs a generous glug of maple syrup or something. If I make it again, I'll add a few tablespoons of sugar along with the cocoa powder.

  • Lebanese chicken soup

    • bwhip on February 19, 2020

      Really delicious soup, we enjoyed this very much. Not quite as simple as the usual instant pot recipe, but not at all difficult - just a few steps where you need to swap out pot contents, time the pressure release, etc. No big deal. Great depth of flavor with the middle eastern aromatics. I think next time I'll just use half a cinnamon stick, as mine are pretty long, and that flavor is just a bit stronger than I'd like. I'd also add another thigh or two, as I think the chicken to soup proportion could be a bit higher. Like most soups, even better on day two.

  • Classic tuna noodle casserole with peas + dill

    • ingabritt on November 16, 2020

      A-. Delicious. I skipped the dill. This is the perfect amount for our family of 4. Made on 11-16-20

    • BrendaD1962 on January 27, 2022

      Absolutely delicious. We love this and I’ve made it at least 3 times in the past few months. The only change I make to the recipe is leaving out the celery and adding a full 8 oz. of cream cheese instead of 6. I also add a little extra milk. Everyone loves this! It’s the best tuna casserole we’ve ever had.

  • Gingery pork meatballs with Swiss chard

    • Skamper on January 09, 2020

      I was disappointed - and surprised - at how little flavor these meatballs had on their own. We're not sriracha fans so I made a soy-ginger-rice vinegar dipping sauce and without it these would have been very blah, which again is surprising given the garlic, ginger, and other ingredients. I used ground pork.

  • Italian butternut squash + potato soup

    • Jviney on January 01, 2022

      This was good! Filling and cozy on a frigid winter day. The lemon juice added a lot, brightening the soup. Also a great Whole 30 option.

  • Pimiento mac + cheese

    • hbakke on August 13, 2019

      DISASTER! I followed the recipe exactly and got the burn error. When I opened the pot, the bottom of the pan was scorched. There was no way to save it with all the burnt bits mixed in. Kind of bummed because the other recipes from this book have been successful.

  • Creamy chickpea pasta with cumin + mint

    • rrackles on May 03, 2021

      Yummy, but made way too much. Will halve this recipe next time. Or wait until I’m serving a crowd. Also, included the chickpeas in the pot while cooking the pasta because my kids like them softer.

  • Cod + potato chowder

    • FriedDumpling on October 01, 2021

      I made the chowder with chicken stock, because I already had an abundance of it. It was still good, though a bit more tan in color. It’s a thin broth chowder which is a nice change from the typical gloppy recipes out there. The fennel gives it a licorice note which is delicious.

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  • Kitchn

    Within these pages are 75 recipes for family-friendly dishes from almost every culture: chipotle pork tacos, matzo ball soup, pesto risotto, and more. The Instant Pot is truly a world traveler.

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  • ISBN 10 0525576169
  • ISBN 13 9780525576167
  • Published Oct 15 2018
  • Format eBook
  • Page Count 157
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Clarkson Potter

Publishers Text

Melissa Clark, New York Times food columnist, web star, and go-to for Instant Pot recipes, now focuses on classic comfort foods with 75 all new recipes--from mac and cheese to spaghetti and meatballs, and pulled pork to shepherd's pie--that are some of her easiest and most delicious dishes ever.

With 75 all new recipes for slow cooker, pressure cooker, and other Instant Pot® settings, Comfort in an Instant is Melissa Clark's most commercial book ever: she brings her trademark flavor-forward spin to everyone's favorite dishes- Spicy Turkey Meatloaf, Weeknight Chicken Parm, Baked Eggs and Cheese Grits, Matzo Ball Soup--and for the first time, will focus on weeknight comfort meals--recipes that not only cook quickly, but that are also a snap to prep.

Recipes include dietary indications and instructions for cooking on all multi-cooker settings (Pressure Cook, Slow Cook, Saute, etc.) so busy readers can decide whether they want to have their dinner cook throughout the day, ready right when they get home, or in just a few minutes before they sit down to eat. Innovative yet practical, surprising yet approachable, Melissa's recipes are the new gold standard for flavor and quality.

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