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Three On Thursday

I’ve written before about my love for the Instant Pot. It’s just a really fabulous tool and I still use it at least two or three times a week – and I’ve had it now for almost 3 years. I’ve made a couple of really good things with it yesterday and I’m going to share links to those recipes today.

  1. Chicken Piccata. I mostly followed this recipe but I used flour (even though she says not to) and I used onions (because I don’t generally have shallots hanging around.) I cooked some penne on the stove and tossed it with a bit of garlic and then poured the sauce and chicken over the whole thing. Delicious and easy and really really flavorful.
  2. Spaghetti. This was terrific and so fast and easy. Brown the meat (I used venison), layer the uncooked spaghetti over the top, pour over some tomatoes and a jar of Ragu and wait. I do want to say, and this seems like a good time to say it, that while this is set to cook for 8 minutes, it actually takes longer than that because the 8 minute count down doesn’t start until the Instant Pot comes up to pressure. I think it was more like 30 minutes from start to finish. So. It’s not always faster but it’s still (to me anyway) super convenient because it’s one pot – no colander, no boiling water – just one pot and you don’t have to watch it, you can walk away and check your email or set the table or pour a big ole glass of wine. Come back when the time goes off, stir and stir and stir, and you’ve got a spaghetti dinner that (according to Dale) tastes like it’s been simmering on the stove all day long.
  3. Bean Soup. I love soup for lunch and I’ve been consistently making big batches of soup and freezing it to bring to work with me. This is a great one – loads of beans so it’s full of fiber and fills me up and no soaking required, the whole thing takes less than an hour from start to finish. I did add some andouille sausage because I like the kick but it would be just as good without it.

This isn’t a sponsored post and I hope it doesn’t feel like a commercial. I just think this is a great tool and an excellent addition to any kitchen. It’s terrific for poaching chicken, hardboiling eggs, making steel cut oats, and so much more. It’s often featured on Black Friday on Amazon, too, so you may want to keep an eye out for that special because (gulp) it’s right around the corner!

If you wrote a post for today I hope you’ll include a link below so that everyone can find it!

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. I have resisted so far (not really, I just haven’t bought one … yet) but this might be the post that finally makes me. Bean soup in an hour? Sign me up!

  2. I’ve been resisting this Kool-Aid due to lack of space, but you’re kind of persuasive here. I imagine that spaghetti does taste like it cooked longer due to the pressure and everything cooked together. I’ve heard it isn’t a very effective slow cooker. Thoughts?

  3. I don’t have an Instant Pot. I probably won’t get an Instant Pot. But I do like hearing about how much y’all like having them! 🙂

  4. I’m like Kym – don’t have one and most likely won’t get one…but these recipes do sound really good! My son and his girlfriend have one, but I don’t think they use it all that much.

  5. I, too, love my instant pot! One thing I absolutely LOVE about it is, if you forgot to take the meat out of the freezer… no problem! It might cook a few minutes longer, but you can skip that “thawing” process! Thanks for sharing the recipes! 🙂

  6. I’m looking away, looking away! ALL of those recipes are enough to make me consider it but my “nothing comes in without something going out” rule would have to come into play! Thanks Carole!

  7. Thank you for these! They look excellent.

    I love my Instant Pot. I don’t use it a ton, but when I do… LOVE! I just made the most PERFECT artichokes in my IP last night. I love it for hard-boiled eggs and risotto, but my hands-down favorite thing so far is this Lentil Soup (we use chicken stock instead of veg, so not vegan):

    I have recently learned that it’s excellent for cooking beets, and that it’s pretty great for making tea! I haven’t tried either of those things yet, but on my list!

  8. I think it was you who introduced me to the Instant Pot last summer and I can’t express how thankful I am. I LOVE that thing! I use it constantly and the money we’ve saved not eating out (because I failed to defrost something) has paid for it 10 times over. It’s my favorite appliance. And now I’m going to go check out your chicken piccata recipe.

  9. I love this post as I just purchased an Instant Pot last week. I haven’t made anything yet but that chicken piccata looks so good! Perfect timing Carole! Thanks!

  10. Thanks so much for posting your recipes. I love my Instant Pot and use it 2-3 Times a week, too. I resisted for a couple years and am so glad I gave in. Your spaghetti is on my weekend planner.

  11. I actually have an IP, but I haven’t used it much. I think I have a phobia about pressure cooking. My mother did it all the time, but I just haven’t gotten into it. This post may help, Carole. There’s nothing like a great looking recipe to make you take the leap to a new method. I will have to try them. Thanks!

  12. Thank you for your recipes! I love my instant pot so much that it sits on the floor near my hutch in my kitchen all the time. It never makes it to the shelf where all old fads go in my house unless we are having company! I got each of my adult children one for Christmas last year and they love them too. I wish I had had it when my children were young because we would have eaten fast food practically never when they were all in sports or clubs!!! ]
    I love that I can cook frozen meats like chicken when I haven’t thawed them! I cook a whole chicken on Sunday and then make a soup with the broth and use the chicken instead of cold meat for lunches!!! So easy and much healthier!!! Can you tell I LOVE mine too!
    Thank you for sharing!!!

  13. I got an instapot for Christmas last year and I haven’t taken out of the box, but your chicken piccata recipe (sans flour) may make me change my mind. And, hardcooked eggs. Where do you find the bulk of your recipes?

  14. These sound like great recipes. I LOVE spaghetti that taste like its been simmering all day. Always looking for ways to have a great meal without tons of fuss.

  15. I have an Instant Pot I have used mostly for rice and boiled eggs. I’m trying the recipe for spaghetti tonight…thanks to you! Any further tried and true recipe recommendations will be appreciated!

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