Instant Pot Pasta and Meatballs

Let me preface this with – this is in no way authentic or anything. It’s just easy and sometimes that’s what you need.

Also, you don’t need to have an “Instant Pot” – any pressure cooker will work, but you will need to know how to use it.

I think – actually, I know – I found this method online, I’m just not sure where – Gimme Some Oven, perhaps? Problem is, I’ve been doing this for long enough, it’s habit and I’ve forgotten where I learned it from. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Pasta – enough for your family – measure just as you would for a meal you cook stove top and whatever pasta you wish
  • 28 ml jar of pasta sauce – 3 cups worth or thereabouts – homemade is fine as long as you have enough
  • Meatballs! I cover the bottom of my Instant Pot 8 quart with the meatballs – it’s not like they’ll go bad if we don’t eat them all tonight
  • water
  • Parmesan cheese (optional, but why)
  • Sour Cream (optional)

In the bottom of the pressure cooker, dump in your meatballs, if using, and your pasta sauce. Mix together and even out as best you can.

Pour your pasta evenly over the top – DO NOT MIX! If you are using spaghetti or some other long pasta, you’re going to have to break it in half (sorry). Lay each half in opposite directions….1/2 one way, the other half, sideways across the first half.

Add enough water to barely cover the pasta. DO NOT MIX.

Put the lid on the pressure cooker and set the pressure to high and the time to 6 minutes. If you’re using thick pasta, those curly pasta shapes, set it to 7 minutes. Make sure you close the valve.

Let it do its magic.

When the timer is done, give it a couple minutes then release the pressure. Be warned, it will probably spew pasta water all over the place. You can hold a dishcloth above the valve to help catch some of it .

When it’s ready to be opened, pop it open, away from your face and mix it up. If you want it a little less “tomatoey”, add in a half cup or so of sour cream (it’s good, trust me) but be careful, that’s steam coming out the tube as well, and there is not much worse than a steam burn.

Let it cool another couple minutes and it will thicken up. Serve & add some Parmesan cheese to the top.

It probably takes as long as it would stove top, but this is completely hands off which gives you time to do other things….and that can’t be bad.

With spaghetti squash or those keto friendly noodles and sugar free sauce this could definitely be low carb or keto. Cooking times and perhaps methods would change, though.

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