Instant Pot Mini Spaghetti with Herb Enhanced Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Mini Spaghetti with Herb Enhanced Meat Sauce
This perfectly cooked spaghetti noodle is simmered in a savory herb-enhanced meat sauce with just a touch of spicy heat. A quick dinner that's ready in less than 30 minutes with only a single pot to clean! And so delicious you will be having seconds
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Recipe type: main
Serves: serves 2-3
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Ingredients
  • 250 gm (½ lb) ground beef
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp Aleppo Chili Pepper
  • ½ tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 398 ml ( 14 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 185 gm (approx. ½ box or 6 ½ oz) spaghetti
  • 1 bay leaf
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl mix together ground beef, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and Aleppo Chili Pepper. Turn the Instant Pot to sauté. When the Instant Pot shows HOT in the display adds the olive oil. Heat the oil until it simmers add the shallot and cook until translucent add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds then add the ground beef mixture. Cook until the meat has browned.
  2. Once the beef has browned, turn the Instant Pot off. Pour half of the chicken stock over the meat and deglaze the pot by scrapping any tiny food particles adhering to the bottom of the pan. These delicious particles will add additional flavor to the meat. Add the rest of the chicken broth on top of the meat. Break the spaghetti to fit into the Instant Pot and lay them on top of the meat. Cover the spaghetti with the tomato sauce, add the bay leaf then close the lid turning the venting valve to sealing.
  3. Cook the spaghetti on high pressure using the manual function for 5 minutes (or half the time on the back from the box of noodles you are using). Once the pot has completed the cooking, let the pressure release naturally. Remove the lid and mix up the noodles, sauce, and meat. No need to strain any excess liquid. Serve hot and garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs.
Notes
Aleppo <g class=If you do not have Aleppo Chili Pepper. It may be difficult to obtain now as it is grown in Syria. Because of the conflict in this area, they will not be exporting this spice for some time. However, you can make a close substitute by mixing 4 parts sweet Paprika with one part Cayenne and a tiny pinch of salt.-- If you really really must you can also use crushed red pepper.


As it was impossible to find just 250 grams of ground beef I bought Salisbury Steak Patties which came in the 250 grams size.

 

Kale with Caramelized Leeks Stir-fry

Kale with Caramelized Leeks Stir-fry
Leeks and kale are packed with flavour. The Leeks imparting a sweetness to the kale that complements this stir-fry perfectly. Such a tasty dish for so few ingredients.
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Recipe type: Side Dish Stir Fry
Ingredients
  • 1 leek, greens removed, white part halved then sliced lengthwise into thin strips
  • 5 oz (approx. 4 stems) of Curly Kale (thinly sliced ribs discarded)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Heat the butter in a large pan over medium heat until melted.
  2. Add the leeks strips and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and bits of brown are showing.
  3. Add the Curly Kale and 1 tablespoon water. Cook for addition 3-5 minutes stirring to wilt the Kale.
  4. Season with salt & pepper.
Notes
Leeks grow best in sandy soil leaving their inner layers hiding some dirt. After halving the leeks, vigorously rinse between the layers to remove any grit.

 

Cabbage, Sausage & Potato Soup ~ (Mini Instant Pot)

 

Cabbage, Sausage & Potato Soup ~ (Mini Instant Pot)
This Cabbage, Sausage and Potato Soup recipe is a hearty and comforting, soup that has the best of savoury flavours. Using the Instant Pot, you can have this on the table in less than 30 minutes. Bonus it is just as tasty the next day.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 3-4 servings
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Ingredients
  • 2 hot Italian sausages*, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrots, peeled and cut into ½ “pieces
  • ½ small green cabbage, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 5 -6 baby potatoes, cut in half
  • ½ sweet green or red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning,
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce **
  • Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
Directions
  1. Set Instant Pot to the sauté setting when the display shows hot add the oil. When the oil begins to shimmer; add the sausage to the Instant Pot.
  2. Cook for two to 3 minutes then add onion.
  3. Continue to cook a few more minutes until onion is translucent and just starting to brown in a few places.
  4. Add the garlic cook for one more minute.
  5. Pour in chicken broth and stir to loosen any browned bits.
  6. Add all the seasoning except the fish sauce and salt
  7. Add cut up potatoes.
  8. Turn the Instant Pot off.
  9. Close lid making sure vent is closed.
  10. Cook on High Pressure for 6 minutes.
  11. Do a Quick Release of Pressure, open lid, add chopped cabbage, carrots, sweet Pepper and stir well.
  12. Close lid, again making sure vent is closed.
  13. Cook on high 5 more minutes.
  14. Do a Quick Release of Pressure, open lid, add the fish sauce** and season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. As Fish sauce is quite salty, you may not need to add additional salt.
Notes
** Fish Sauce although can smell pungent when combined with other ingredients such as herbs’ it mellows out and adds a rich and savoury umami–richness to a dish.

 

Top-Notch Chili (Instant Pot)

Top-Notch Chilli (Instant Pot)
A great tasting chilli ready in 18 minutes instead of hours. This Recipe great for the Instant Pot Mini (3 quarts)
Cuisine: A great tasting chili ready in 18 minutes instead of hours
Recipe type: Instant Pot
Serves: 2-3 servings
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Ingredients
  • 2 398 gm (15 oz) can of kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 ½ tablespoons oil
  • 500 (1 lbs) lean ground beef
  • ½ large red onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (for less hot remove seeds and membranes)
  • 1 398 gm (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 398 gm (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock or broth
  • 2 cloves, minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 250 gm (8 oz) frozen corn kernels
Directions
  1. Set Instant Pot to sauté heat the oil until hot (hot will show on display when ready)
  2. Place the ground beef and onion in the cooker and cook until ground beef is lightly browned about 6-7 minutes
  3. Stir in chilli powder and jalapeno peppers and cook 1 more minute
  4. Add remaining ingredients except for the corn. Securely lock the lid and ensure the steam releases handle is in the sealed position. Set for 8 minutes on high
  5. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before performing a quick release for any remaining pressure
  6. Set Instant Pot to sauté and stir in frozen corn kernels. Let simmer 3 minutes before serving

 

Short Ribs Red Wine & Herb Braised (Instant Pot)

Short Ribs Red Wine & Herb Braised (Instant Pot)
These Instant Pot made Short Ribs are fork tender and braised in a Red Wine & Herbs sauce giving them a rich, flavorful taste that you will love. So quick & easy to make in the Instant Pot. A perfect recipe for the Instant Pot mini (3 quarts)
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Recipe type: Instant Pot
Serves: 2 servings
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ - 2 lbs (700 gm – 1 kg) fat trimmed off
  • 3 oz (85 gm) Pancetta*, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Potato Starch **
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper (or to taste)
  • ½ medium Onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium Carrots, cut into 1.5-inch pieces (4 cm)
  • 1 Shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup good Red Wine
  • ½ cup Beef Broth
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary ***
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme ***
Directions
  1. Prepare the vegetables: wash, dry, chop the ½ onion, shallot, 2 carrots and 2 cloves garlic; set aside
  2. Chop up Pancetta; set aside
  3. Dry the ribs with a paper towel then salt and pepper the Short Ribs on all sides and then dredge in Potato Starch. Shake off excess starch and set aside.
  4. Select Sauté/Browning and allow the pot to heat until hot (Instant pot will display Hot when hot enough) Add Olive Oil, and diced Pancetta sauté for 3 -4 minutes.
  5. Add ribs, brown on all sides do not crowd if necessary do in batches (crowding the ribs will result in steaming the ribs instead of browning). Remove to a plate and repeat, until all ribs are nicely browned. Set aside
  6. Add in shallots, onions, garlic and carrots to the cooking pot and mix to coat with the oil & pancetta grease sauté for 5 minutes.
  7. Pour in Red Wine and deglaze the cooking pot, making sure to scrape up all the browned bits (brown bits = flavour) Turn off Instant Pot
  8. Push aside the vegetables and place the ribs in the cooking pot beside the vegetables. To fit the ribs in the instant pot, you may have to put the vegetables on top of the ribs. Pour in Beef Broth. The liquid should almost reach the top of the ribs. Add more beef broth if necessary Place the Rosemary and Thyme sprigs on top.
  9. Lock the lid in place and ensure that the Pressure Valve is closed. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes. When Beep sounds, let pressure release naturally and then remove the lid.
  10. Skim off fat off excess fat**** if using right away.
Notes
* If you do not have Pancetta you can use 2 slices of bacon
** you do not have potato starch you can use cornstarch of Flour
*** If you do not have fresh herbs you can use a ¼ teaspoon dried Thyme and dried Rosemary.
****If making ahead you can place the Cooking Pot in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight, so the fat will rise to the surface and harden, making it easier to remove.
Short Ribs taste even better, the next day.

 

Instant Pot Rotini Noodles with Bolognese sauce

Instant Pot Rotini Noodles with Bolognese sauce
Truly a one-pot meal. A delicious meat sauce over pasta. All ready in about 40 minutes. And no additional pots to clean.
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Recipe type: Instant Pot
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ sweet green pepper, chopped
  • 2 8- ounce (2 213 ml) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 18- ounce (1 540 ml) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can 13 oz (340 ml) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb (6 cups) Rotini noodles or other noodles
  • ¼ c red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 bay leaves1
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Select Sauté or Browning on your Pressure Cooker and allow it to heat.
  2. Add olive oil to the Pressure Cooker cooking pot and then dump in the beef and break into pieces as you brown. When meat is partially brown, add onions (and peppers, if using) and sauté until ground beef has browned. Add garlic and sauté one more minute.
  3. Drain excess grease, if needed. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Stir to mix. ( stop here if you only have a 3 qt mini instant pot and see notes****) Add the noodles.
  4. Set your Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
  5. When the timer is up; carefully do a quick release.
  6. Take out bay leaves and give everything a good stir.
  7. Top with freshly grated cheese
Notes
This recipe is very forgiving if you can not find the cans in the appropriate amount choose the closest in size.
I live in Canada, so the closest to a 15 oz can is 540 ml which is approx. 18 oz’s the same goes for the diced tomatoes is a 340 ml can which is approximately 13 oz


Freezes well


****This recipe is for the 6-quart Instant Pot. If you only have a 3 qt instant Pot (mini) just follow the recipe as stated. When you get to the point you are adding the noodles stop remove ½ the sauce and save for another time. Add half of the noodles (3 cups) and continue with the recipe.


I freeze the extra sauce in a container that fits the instant pot with a Ziploc bag in the container. Place container and Ziploc bag in the freezer when the sauce is frozen remove the container and store the Ziploc bag for up to 3 months in the freezer. The idea is that the when you want to cook this recipe again just place the sauce in the instant pot add the 3 cups of noodles and set for pressure cooker 10 minutes. A lot less work then if you had to make the sauce again.

 

German Potato Salad for 2 ( Instant Pot )

German Potato Salad for 2 ( Instant Pot )
Using the instant pot means the potatoes are ready in no time. Served hot or cold it is delicious.
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Recipe type: side dish, salad
Serves: serves 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ lbs baby potatoes peel on & quartered
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 pieces of bacon cooked until crisp & crumbled
  • 2 ½ tbsp. Apple cider vinegar.
  • ½ tbsp. Dijon mustard.
  • 1 tbsp. green relish.
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tbsp. Garlic, minced.
  • 1 ½ tbsp. rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped.
Directions
  1. The potatoes & eggs
  2. Scrub the potatoes well. Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot, and place a steamer basket inside.
  3. Add the halved potatoes, season with salt and place the eggs carefully on top.
  4. Place and lock the lid, and set the settings to manual, ‘HIGH’ pressure for 3 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for a couple of minutes and then use the quick release to let the steam out before opening the lid.
  5. Remove the steamer basket carefully and rinse the eggs under cold water. Let cool and peel the eggs and slice them. Place in a medium bowl add the potatoes after they have cooled down.
  6. The dressing
  7. Meanwhile, in a non-stick skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, occasionally flipping, until crispy. Remove bacon onto a plate with paper towels, pat dry and crumble the bacon. Leave bacon grease in the skillet.
  8. Add the vinegar, Dijon, salt, and pepper to the bacon grease. Bring to a low boil for 1 minute, then add garlic, stirring. Remove from heat.
  9. Add the crumbled cooked bacon, bacon dressing, rosemary, olive oil and onions to the bowl. Serve hot or cold.
Notes
This recipe is easily doubled.

 

The Best Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheese Casserole

 

The Best Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheese Casserole
This tasty & delicious cauliflower & broccoli cheese casserole with its crunchy almond breadcrumb topping may just become a staple in your household.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 250 ml skimmed milk
  • 150 ml chicken broth
  • 25 g plain flour
  • 250 g fresh or frozen broccoli
  • 40 g mature cheddar cheese
  • 500 g fresh or frozen cauliflower
  • ¾ c panko crumbs
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 13 g flaked almonds toasted
  • olive oil
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
  2. Peel and finely slice the garlic and put it into a medium pan on medium heat with the butter.
  3. When the butter has melted, stir in the flour for a minute to make a paste, then gradually add the milk & broth, whisking as you go, until smooth.
  4. Add the broccoli (cut up first, if using fresh) and simmer for around 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is cooked through and starts to break down, then mash or blitz with a stick blender (adding an extra splash of chicken broth to loosen, if necessary). Grate in half the Cheddar cheese and add salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Arrange the cauliflower in a baking dish that has been sprayed with oil (cut into florets first, if using fresh), pour over the white broccoli sauce and grate over the remaining Cheddar.
  6. In a small bowl add the breadcrumbs, thyme leaves, and almonds. Toss with oil about 2 to 3 tsp add a pinch of salt and pepper, then scatter evenly over the cauliflower cheese.
  7. Bake for 1 hour, or until golden and cooked through.25 grams bi

Christmas Salad with oranges & Pomegranate

 

Christmas Salad with oranges & Pomegranate
A fantastic festive salad for the holidays or for that matter; anytime. Tossed with a tangy citrus dressing that will have your guests asking for the recipe.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • For the salad
  • 3 Cups Brussels sprouts, finely shredded
  • 3 Cups Kale, finely shredded
  • ¾ Cup Pomegranate*
  • ¾ cup mandarin orange slices (if canned drained)
  • ½ Cup Chopped Almonds, (pecans or walnuts) toasted*
  • 3 Slices Cooked Bacon, crumbled
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
  • For the dressing
  • 1 Orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoon Honey
  • 1 Clove Garlic, smashed
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Directions
  1. In a large bowl combine the Brussels sprouts, kale, pomegranate seeds, mandarin orange slices, nuts, bacon, and cheese; toss well.
  2. In a mini food processor or blender combine the orange and lemon juice, zest, mustard, honey, garlic clove, salt, and pepper and oil pulse to combine. Toss the salad with the dressing and top with more cheese if desired.
Notes
*Promegrante seeds can be found in a container in some grocery stores. If you can’t find them, just buy 1 pomegranates and seed them yourself. Here’s how; cut the pomegranate in half and then place it into a large bowl of water. Gently hold the pomegranate (cut side down) and push the top of the fruit to release the membranes. Use your fingers to push the seeds from the membranes. The seeds will fall to the bottom and the little pieces of membrane will float to the top – you can skim them off and then drain the water and you’ll have your seeds!
*To toast the nuts: Heat a small sauté pan over medium-low heat and add the chopped nuts. Toast, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes – keep a close eye on them, they will burn quickly. They will be lightly golden brown and fragrant when they are done.
Can be made in advance: just keep the dressing and the salad separate until you're ready to serve

 

Intensely Flavored Banana Loaf

Intensely Flavored Banana Loaf
A Banana Loaf that is moist and tender with an “over the top” Banana flavor.
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Serves: serves 6 to 8
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Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups (8¾ ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 6 large very ripe bananas (about 2 ¼ lbs), peeled or 5 frozen**
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup (5 ¼ ounces) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins, or dates(chopped )
  • ½ cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (for topping)
Directions
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8½ by 4½-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in large bowl.
  2. Place 5 bananas in microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap and cut several steam vents in plastic with a knife. Microwave on high power until bananas are soft and have released liquid, about 5 minutes. (If using frozen skip, the microwaving and just directly add the 5 bananas to the strainer) Transfer bananas to fine-mesh strainer placed over medium bowl and allowed to drain, occasionally stirring, 15 minutes (you should have ½ to ¾ cup liquid).
  3. Transfer liquid to medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until reduced to ¼ cup, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat, stir reduced liquid into bananas, and mash with potato masher until smooth. Using a hand mixer mix in butter, eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined with some streaks of flour remaining. Gently fold in walnuts or pecans, Raisins or dates. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Slice remaining banana (cannot use the frozen banana for this step to mushy just use the sugar) diagonally into ¼-inch-thick slices. Shingle banana slices on top of either side of loaf, leaving 1½-inch-wide space down center to ensure even rise. Sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over loaf.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of the loaf comes out clean, 55 to 75 minutes. Cool bread in pan on wire rack 15 minutes, then remove loaf from pan and continue to cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes
Be sure to use very ripe, heavily speckled (or even black) bananas in this recipe. This recipe can be made using 5 thawed frozen bananas; since they release a lot of liquid naturally, they can bypass the microwaving in step 2 and go directly into the fine-mesh strainer. Do not use a thawed frozen banana in step 4; it will be too soft to slice. Instead, simply sprinkle the top of the loaf with sugar. Tastes best when freshly baked having said that; you can freeze this loaf. I have sliced the loaf and frozen it in portions of 2 slices. That way I can just remove what I need. It does freeze well and still tasty.

 

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