Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Instant Pot Spaghetti (Starting with Frozen Meat!)

This instant pot spaghetti comes together quickly in one pot, from browning FROZEN ground meat to boiling the noodles. A great weeknight dinner recipe to keep in your back pocket!


This instant pot spaghetti comes together quickly in one pot, from browning FROZEN ground meat to boiling the noodles. A great weeknight dinner recipe to keep in your back pocket!

I have been wanting an Instant Pot for ages, and I finally got one for my birthday last week! Truth be told, we're still getting to know each other. But I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship :)

The feature that I love more than anything in this appliance is it's ability to quickly cook frozen meat. I never, ever, ever remember to thaw out meat before it's time to start making dinner. Never. When I heard that I could cook frozen meat in this thing in a matter of minutes?? I was sold on the spot!

This instant pot spaghetti comes together quickly in one pot, from browning FROZEN ground meat to boiling the noodles. A great weeknight dinner recipe to keep in your back pocket!

Having made spaghetti in a slow cooker before, I figured I could do that in my Instant Pot as well. But could I brown frozen ground turkey (3 lbs!) and cook my spaghetti in the same pot in less than an hour, dirtying only one pot, and without having to hands-on cook it myself?

As it turns out... absolutely.

This instant pot spaghetti comes together quickly in one pot, from browning FROZEN ground meat to boiling the noodles. A great weeknight dinner recipe to keep in your back pocket!

Pretty cool, huh?

I'd say this ended up taking about 45 minutes in the pot, more or less. And it really only required 5-10 minutes of hands-on time, which was amazing. While dinner cooked, I did all the chores I was supposed to have done earlier in the day... with my husband none the wiser when he walked in the door to find a clean house and cooked dinner 😜.

Ah, the magic of modern conveniences!


Enjoy!








Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Spaghetti

This instant pot spaghetti comes together quickly in one pot, from browning FROZEN ground meat to boiling the noodles. A great weeknight dinner recipe to keep in your back pocket!
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INGREDIENTS


  • 2-3 lbs. ground meat (I used 2.5 lbs ground turkey), frozen
  • 5 cups water or broth, divided
  • 16 ounces thin spaghetti
  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Place the steam rack insert inside the IP. Place the meat on top of the steam rack, pour 1 cup of your liquid over it, and use the manual setting to cook for 25 minutes (if using fresh meat, you could cook for 12-15 minutes). Let steam release.
  2. Carefully remove the steam rack, with the meat on it, and set aside. Drain the liquid inside of the IP. Replace the meat and use a spoon or spatula to break it up. If the meat didn't brown all the way through, simply change the setting to sautee and finish browning the meat.
  3. Add the remaining liquid (water or broth), brown sugar, and tomato sauce. Stir well before adding the noodles. Make sure the noodles are covered by the liquid.
  4. Replace the lid and use the manual setting to cook for 10 minutes. Let steam release before removing the lid and stirring the spaghetti. You can serve it immediately or keep it on the 'warm' setting until ready to eat.
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This instant pot spaghetti comes together quickly in one pot, from browning FROZEN ground meat to boiling the noodles. A great weeknight dinner recipe to keep in your back pocket!
Ashton Swank
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