If you’ve been on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or in Target in the past two years, you’ve probably noticed that the Instant Pot is showing up everywhere. So, what IS it? In a nutshell, the Instant Pot is a programable pressure cooker, which also sautes, cooks rice, soups, stews, roasts, steams vegetables, and can even make yogurt and cheesecake. My personal favorite? Hardboiled eggs with shells that literally slip off with almost no effort. Don’t take my word for it, though. Read this article from the Wall Street Journal: Can the Instant Pot Cook as Well as Julia Child? The author hesitantly lugged her Instant Pot to the beach a few summers ago – now she won’t go to the beach without it!
I’ve put my Instant Pot to the test many times, too! In addition to hardboiled eggs, I make lots of soups and stews, whole chickens, stocks and broths, and potatoes in a variety of forms. One such dinner a few weeks back, however, called for another favorite – zoodles (or regular noodles always work, too!) with meat sauce. You’ll find this simple recipe delicious, and it makes quite a bit, so you can freeze some for another meal!
- 1 pound Foxhollow ground beef
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup water (or broth of choice)
- 1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or tamari, soy sauce, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
- 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1.Turn on Instant Pot to “sauté” function. Add coconut aminos, garlic, and onion and cook until onions are transparent.
2. Add Foxhollow ground beef and cook through.
3. Add all spices (seasoned salt, pepper, paprika, Italian seasoning) and stir. Add Worcestershire sauce and water and stir.
4. Turn “sauté” off. Pour in diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. DO NOT STIR. Drop bay leaf in last.
5. Put lid on Instant Pot and press “manual”. Adjust time to ten minutes. When ten minutes is done, wait an additional five minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.
6. Remove lid. Stir and enjoy! (And remove bay leaf!)
This recipe is completely customizable, so feel free to experiment with your seasonings. Your Instant Pot will still turn out something delicious. If your Instant Pot is collecting dust in your pantry, give it another try! You’ll be surprised!