The instant pot is awesome! Truly! For example, I give you the Pasta with meat sauce dinner!
It’s like a dream come true, really. I am talking about the InstaPot, the electric counter-top pressure cooker. My hubby bought me one for Hanukkah, and I totally love it! It’s made some of the most tender roasts, flavorful broths, hearty soups and chili that I have ever tasted. And all without adding heat in the kitchen, or having to stand right next to the stove and “babysit” a pot. I was a little intimidated at first, but once I got the hang of it, there seems to be nothing you can’t make with this little wonder!
My favorite lunch to make is spaghetti.
While I am not a huge spaghetti fan myself, my kids and hubby like it. It’s fairly frugal, easy to make, and filling. But, there is the drawback of browning the meat and warming the sauce in one pan, and boiling water in a pot for the pasta. If it’s summer time, adding in all that hot humidity makes my kitchen a sweltering nightmare. The Instapot makes that job so much easier. I can brown the meat, and cook the pasta all in one pot. AND, all without having to stir the pasta.
First, there are several models.
This is the one that I own, and will be talking about with this recipe. First, turn the pot on to sautee. When the display reads “HOT”, add in your meat to brown. If you want to add onions, garlic, or other veggies to your sauce, add a bit of oil, sautee them, and then add your meat to brown. Once the meat is all browned, you will add your sauce. This is a one quart jar of sauce, or 32 ounces.
In order to get the pot to “pressure” you will need liquid.
The amount of liquid will vary, depending on the recipe, but for this one, you will add your 32 ounces of sauce PLUS 32 ounces of water. Then, you add your uncooked pasta. I use tinkyada brown rice pasta as we eat gluten free, and it holds really well under the pressure.
Close the lid on the instapot.
It will play “music” when the lid is in the right position, and again when it is locked for pressure. At this point, I have to turn the sautee off by hitting cancel, and then hitting the manual button. Push the “-” button until you get to 6 minutes, ensure the valve on the top is locked to hold in steam and walk away.
After 6 minutes, turn the valve to manually reduce the pressure and stir. You will have the most delicious pasta that has infused with the sauce! Be careful when eating, as it is REALLY hot, though. Enjoy!
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- 1 32oz jar pasta sauce (store bought or home canned)
- 1 32 oz jar water
- 1 lb. ground meat of choice (turkey, beef, venison, chicken)
- 4 cups pasta (I use brown rice)
- Heat the Instapot by pressing the Sautee button. When the display reads “HOT”, add your meat to brown.
- Add your sauce and water to your browned meat.
- Add the pasta and stir.
- Close the lid on the InstaPot, ensure the valve is closed and choose the manual button.
- Select the “-” button until you get to 6 minutes.
- When the time is up, release the pressure manually.
- Stir and enjoy!