I just bought an Instant Pot, and now I’m obsessed. I’ve made a breakfast, a lunch, and 4 dinners in a row with it. I’ve never had a pressure cooker, so I’m still learning, but it’s so FAST! I mean, obviously, it’s fast. That’s the whole point, right? I just didn’t realize how fast.
The first meal I made was Pressure Cooker Beef and Macaroni from This Old Gal. I halved the recipe and found that it easily fed myself and my husband and the kids with plenty of leftovers. I also made a couple of changes. I just used a can of whole tomatoes that I just crushed my hand instead of puréed tomatoes and tomato sauce. I didn’t have dried parsley and wasn’t about to buy any. I didn’t use red wine because my baby was eating this too and I still don’t know what to believe about the alcohol cooking out. I used the Sauté function on the Instant Pot to brown the meat and onions, but next time, I’ll just use a frying pan on the stove. It would have been a lot faster. Here is my version:
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup onion, diced small
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 can (28 oz) San Marzano tomatoes, crushed
- 1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1.5 cups water
- 1/2 pound dried pasta (I used elbow macaroni)
- Heat olive oil in a skillet
- Brown the ground beef, breaking it up with a spoon as it browns.
- When the meat is no longer pink, add the onions and sauté until the onions are soft and the meat is brown.
- Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds more.
- Transfer meat to the Instant Pot.
- Add the rest of the ingredients
- Lock the lid and cook on High pressure for about 5 minutes.
- Natural release for about 5 minutes, and then quick release.
My entire family loved this. That would include my 1 year old, my very picky 3 year old, and my pickiest eater- my husband! I’ll definitely make this again. It is perfect for days that I can’t get to the grocery store (I shop for food almost every day) or when I want to make sure everyone eats dinner.