Full disclosure, you can cook spaghetti via stove method in about 30 minutes. It takes the same amount of time via Instant Pot (IP). I actually prefer the taste of stove top over the IP. The reasons I am sharing this:
1. You probably already have an Instant Pot and looking for an easy recipe.
2. You love spaghetti but hate the process, especially dishes.
3. Looking for a safer (no burning little fingers), economical and eco-friendly way (less energy and water used) in cooking a family favorite.
Let’s get cooking!
Gather the ingredients (from my local Costco):
All of these pictured here (except garlic powder) is from Costco. The noodles is 17.6 ounce package. Add salt too, if you’d like.
Break up and brown 1 pound of meat in the IP using the sautée button. Turn off when meat is browned (about 5 minutes) . If it’s fatty/oily, pour out carefully, and return it to the IP base.
Add the noodles. Cross them like so:
Take the jar of sauce and pour over the noodles. Fill the jar with water twice and pour into the pot.
Press down anything that’s sticking out of the liquid until it looks like this:
Place the lid on the IP. Set that tab on top of the lid pointing to the right (Sealing). Set it to Manual/pressure cook on high for 7 minutes.
Do note that the process will start (signaled by 2 beeps) and the display will say On but the 7 minute countdown will start minutes later (signaled by another beep) when the IP has come to pressure (evidenced by the metal round piece up on top of the lid).
Once the IP beeps 2 times to signal the end of the 7 minutes, release the pressure immediately by turning it down or left (depending on how you’re looking at it) towards Venting and watch all that steam spew out. This event is called manual pressure release or quick release. The pressure inside my pot took about three minutes to be completely gone and the silver thing sinks down. This means you can now safely open the IP.
This is what you’ll see:
It looks oily (I did not remind or strain the fat from ground meat) and watery but after stirring the contents of the IP, it looks like this:
Grab a bowl or two or three. This is what you’ll get after topping it with Parmesan cheese:
It has a bit of Chefboyardee-ness to it and why I have stated to you to do 7 minutes (not the 8 that I did here). The noodles would be less soft.
So there you go, one pot spaghetti with the Instant Pot. It was easy and safe that the kids can do it themselves and mom has no big pot or skillet to wash. And no water was disposed of from boiling noodles. Safe and better for everyone all around.