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My fellow lazy moms, I have learned that the BEST way to make spaghetti is in a pressure cooker!
Which is even more awesome because it’s all done in one pot! (Can I get a hallelujah from the back of the crowd?)
Lazy Dad bought me the Fagor Lux Multi-Cooker for Mother’s Day last year and I *heart* it big time! But I saw a lot of friends got an Instant Pot for Christmas. Making spaghetti in these awesome, multi-function, electric pressure cookers are just OH-so-lazy and yummy that I had to stop by my blog long enough to tell you about it and how to do it.
Isn’t that thoughtful of me? *smile*
When Lazy Dad and I first got married, we lived in his hometown and would go over to his parents house once a week to do laundry and eat dinner. My mother-in-law would make the BEST spaghetti and I’ll tell you why… she would boil the spaghetti noodles (once they were already done cooking) with the spaghetti sauce for a while. The sauce would work it’s way into the noodles and it made it SO, SO good.
And guess what?! Making spaghetti in a pressure cooker gives the same exact results as my mother-in-laws yummy spaghetti goodness! It’s awesome!!
Plus I have learned another secret to making that pot of spaghetti even yummier, you ready to learn my secret?
Here you go….
Pressure Cooker Spaghetti
1. Turn your pressure cooker to the brown function and brown the pork sausage. <– That is my secret to make spaghetti even yummier! Pork sausage. Try it! It makes spaghetti taste so much better!
2. Once browned, turn the browning function off and pour in the spaghetti sauce along with 2 cups of water. Yup, just right on top of the browned meat.
3. Break your spaghetti noodles in half and put it in the pressure cooker. Using tongs, work the uncooked noodles down into the watery sauce and try to cover them all under the liquid.
4. Put on the pressure cooker lid, lock it and set the pressure regulator to pressure (you don’t want steam escaping). Turn on the pressure function, set it for 15 minutes and walk away and let it do it’s thang!
5. Once the pressure cooker beeps that it’s finished, quick release the steam being careful not to burn yourself! Once the steam is released and the locking mechanism is unlocked, open the lid and take your tongs and sort of toss/stir the noodles. It’s all done, so enjoy!
Note: Sometimes some noodles will have stuck together and not have cooked all the way, simply scoot those to the side, serve up the spaghetti that is cooked well and then put the lid unlocked back on top. That clump of undercooked noodles will steam itself cooked by the time you come back for seconds. (Not that I, uh… FINE, I come back for seconds! *burp*)
Another note: Upon opening the lid, you may find the spaghetti a little more liquidy than you normally like it. If that’s the case, let it sit opened for a few minutes and the spaghetti will continue to soak up the liquid more and be perfecto in moments.
But the best note of all: MY FAMILY LOVES THIS SPAGHETTI! Seriously, every time I make it in the pressure cooker I get rave reviews. It really is noticeably better than the regular way of making spaghetti!
Love and pressure cooked spaghetti for all,
The Lazy Mom