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Instant Pot Meatball Marinara Pasta

My kids are huge pasta fans and they would happily eat pasta 7 nights a week if I would make it. But my husband gets bored with the same old pasta dinner. I have to mix it up. Spaghetti every night won’t fly around here. I try to use different meats and different flavor sauces to add some variety. One of our favorites is meatballs! I buy the huge 5lb bag of frozen meatballs from Sam’s Club and we get 3 dinners out of that when I make pasta. 

Ingredients:
1 bag frozen meatballs
3 cups water
1 box penne pasta
2 jars pasta sauce

Directions:
1. Lay meatballs in bottom of Instant Pot.
2. Pour water over top.
3. Add dry pasta.
4. Pour pasta sauce over top.
5. Seal lid and set to manual high pressure for 7 minutes.
6. When done, use quick release.
7. Serve topped with cheese.

This was super fast and easy to make on a busy night and the kids loved it. Everyone had second helpings and asked when I was going to make it again! I love dump and go meals with my instant pot- they definitely save my sanity during the week when I have very little time to prep. This one is a keeper!

 



Easy Instant Pot Taco Pasta

My family pretty much loves anything that involves tacos and pasta so combining the two is a no-brainer for dinner success! The kids loved this dinner and I loved that making it in the Instant Pot means I only have to clean one dish!

Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 pkt taco seasoning
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can beef broth
1/4 cup water
1 lb pasta noodles
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese

Directions:
1. Saute ground beef in Instant Pot until cooked.
2. Add taco seasoning, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and beef broth; stir.
3. Add dry pasta and water.
4. Seal lid and set to manual high pressure for 5 minutes.
5. When done, use quick release.
6. Add cheese and stir; allow to melt.

This one was an absolute winner in my house! I’ve made it several times and we never have leftovers! I’ve added it to my regular meal rotation. 



Amazing Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

This is hands down one of our most favorite meals I’ve made with the Instant Pot. Every single person in my house ate it and several who shall remain nameless actually licked their plates clean. It’s that good!

Ingredients:
3 chicken breasts, cut into pieces
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 water
2 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
3 tsp cornstarch

Directions:
1. Place chicken in bottom of instant pot.
2. In small bowl, combine honey, ketchup, soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic.
3. Pour over chicken.
4. Add water and stir to combine.
5. Seal lid and set to manual high pressure for 6 minutes.
6. When done use quick release.
7. Dissolve cornstarch in 1/3 cup of liquid from Instant Pot and pour back in, stirring on saute function for 5 minutes.
8. Serve with broccoli and rice.

Oh my gosh, y’all. This is sooooo good! It’s got amazing flavor and the chicken came out so tender and juicy. I’ve added it to our regular meal rotation because the kids love it so much!



Delicious Instant Pot Pizza Pasta

My kids love pizza. They love it a lot. But I can’t just make pizza every night. So when I tossed together this Pizza pasta in the Instant Pot I was crossing my fingers they would consider it an acceptable replacement for frozen pizza. Guess what? They did! They loved it, ate every bite, asked for second helpings, and immediately asked me to make it again! Hashtag winning.

Ingredients:
1 lb sausage
8oz pizza sauce
16oz spaghetti sauce
28oz water
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 lb penne pasta
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 bag sliced pepperoni
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp butter

Directions:
1. Melt butter in Instant Pot on saute function and add sausage, garlic, and Italian seasoning; saute until sausage is cooked.
2. Add pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce; stir.
3. Pour pasta over top and add water.
4. Seal lid and set to manual high pressure for 5 minutes.
5. When done use quick release.
6. Add half the cheese and pepperoni; stir to combine.
7. Top with remaining cheese and pepperoni; allow to melt.

This one is a staple in my dinner rotation now because they loved it so much! And I love that I can sneak extra veggies in there too without them noticing. I’ve added diced onions, sliced mushrooms, diced tomatoes…..anything you like on pizza you can toss into this dish!



Easy Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

I have found so many amazing recipes to make for the Instant Pot. This is one of our favorites. I tweaked it a little bit and changed some ingredients based on our personal tastes and it was delicious! Definitely a favorite!

Ingredients:
1 can beef broth
1 cup milk
3 cans cream of mushroom soup
1.5 cups water
16oz egg noodles
1 pkg frozen meatballs
1 cup sour cream

Directions:
1. Combine beef broth, milk, mushroom soup, and water in Instant Pot.
2. Add meatballs.
3. Add noodles.
4. Seal lid and set to manual high pressure for 8 minutes.
5. Use quick release and stir in sour cream.

My kids ate every single bite! They loved it and they’ve asked me to make it every single week. Definitely a keeper!