One Pot Instant Pot Beef Ragu Pasta
I like making pasta, but waiting for the pasta to cook on the stove is quite time consuming. I wondered if it would ever be possible to make a one pot pasta dish, from dried pasta and raw meat, without having to look after boiling pots on the stove?
Wouldn't it be a dream if I could put all the ingredients into the pot, press a few buttons and leave it to cook by itself? I tried making a one-pot pasta dish in the rice cooker, but the pasta became very soggy. But it seemed like this may be possible after I got the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker!
After researching pressure cooker pasta recipes from hippressurecooking.com and pressurecookingtoday.com, I decided to give it a try with my ideal no hassle ingredients - one bag of dried pasta, one jar of pasta sauce and one pack of ground beef! On my first try it worked, with the pasta being al dente!
The trick to cooking al dente pasta in the electric pressure cooker is clearly explained here by hippressurecooking.com. You look at the package of the pasta for the total time needed to normally cook the pasta. The pressure cooker will require half that amount of time!
This bag of pasta I used cooks normally in 11 minutes, so I halved it and rounded it up to 6 minutes pressure cooker time. I may add on another minute or two next time, as I prefer softer-than-aldente pasta after my jaw surgery.
The Instant Pot has a "Saute" feature which allows you to stir fry ingredients in the pot (without the lid on) before using the pressure cooker function. I sauted the ground beef so that it would be in pieces before cooking with the pasta (1, 2).
For the pressure cooker to work properly, it's important to put enough liquid so that the pot will be able to build up pressure. I found that after putting in the pasta sauce (3), I only needed to fill up the empty pasta sauce jar full of water to completely cover the dried pasta (4). I didn't even need to use a measuring cup - one less thing to wash!
Before making this recipe, I highly recommend reading these tips that help with ensuring a good pressure seal and opening the lid safely.
Completed pasta dish in 30 minutes from start to finish! Give it a good stir!
Enjoy this super no-hassle recipe!
One Pot Pressure Cooker Beef Ragu Pasta