My family loves pasta, my kids eat it by the plateful. Any type of pasta makes a perfect dinner or lunch, or even a snack.
But, I get tired of making regular old pasta sauce. Pasta is one of the most budget-friendly and versatile meals that you can serve to a hungry army or just to a family. (I have two teenage boys, so sometimes it feels like an army, especially, when their friends are over)
So, today I sat down and wrote down a few varieties, that I would try in my new Instant Pot. I am not one of those moms that can stir a sauce all day, I am a real mom, and I am a hockey mom on top of it, and I work full time, so as much as I like to make a homemade Italian Sunday Gravy, which takes all day, it doesn’t exactly fit into my schedule. Hence, when I heard about the Instant Pot, I was all over it, before that, like all moms, I was an avid crockpot/slow cooker user.
Now, the Instant Pot is perfect for quick pasta sauces (as well as a million other uses) it gives you the all-day flavor without being in the kitchen all day, which is probably why it’s one of the most popular kitchen appliances manufactured in the past decade. The air fryer is fast becoming a fierce competitor.
You can also make plain pasta in the Instant Pot, which my kids love because they can not wait for the water to boil, true story. My son also has a gluten allergy, so I found that if you make Gluten Free Pasta in the Instant Pot, it comes out softer, and tastes better. So, if you haven’t tried it, give it a whirl.
One of the biggest secrets or tips that I can give you about making pasta in the Instant Pot, is to make sure that the water line, is slightly above the pasta.
Meat sauces come in all different varieties from meat, poultry, seafood, fish sauces, creamy, cheese, and vegetable sauces.
I hope that you try a few varieties of my pasta sauces and find a new one for you and your family.
Here are some of my favorite pasta sauces, I have made thus far with the Instant Pot—
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Instant Pot Smart Du060 (I also made this in my mini, to make sure it works)
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Pressure Cooker, Instant Pot, Homemade Chicken Carbonara
- 1 pound dry bow tie pasta
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups chicken broth or stock
- 1 cup light cream
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3-4 slices cooked bacon
Serve with additional grated cheese, diced bacon, diced parsley
Start by adding the pasta, salt, pepper, and chicken broth or stock to the Instant Pot bowl.
Make sure that the line of water is slightly over the pasta line, otherwise, you will get dried pasta.
Set your manual high pressure for 6 minutes. Making sure that the vent is in the sealing position.
When the time is complete, let the pressure naturally come down. Remember never force a lid off an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
Drain the liquid, if you have extra.
Mix in the light cream.
Mix in the cheese.
Add the egg.
Mix well, until everything is well combined, and then add in the butter, mix until the butter is melted.
Transfer to a serving platter, top with diced (cooked) bacon, chopped parsley, and extra parmesan cheese.
Plate, serve and enjoy!