Perfect Instant Pot Pasta In Tomato Sauce | Nik Snacks

This pasta is a part of my attempt to be helpful in sharing what I, a professional culinarian, eat at home. 

Also: as a part of a personal effort to eat better and have mealtime structure in my life, I began creating weekly meal plan ideas for dinner. I think about what is in my pantry (freezer and fridge included) and what I want to make/should make with my findings. 


Every day for the past 2 months, I have been sharing my findings on Instagram. One, to keep myself accountable; And two, I believe that my followers think I cook and make "fancy" food all of the time. Yeah, I have truffle oil but I also have canned green beans and chunk light tuna on the shelf (sounds like the makings of a salad niçoise, gimme some potatoes!) 

I want to break down that third wall and misnomer. I sincerely enjoy sharing what I cook and eat for myself because I may not be a "celebrity" but I'm "just like us."

Lastly, I want to be as helpful to you as I can. As a culinary professional who has been on both sides of the aisle, rich and poor, I will be providing food content to you here on Nik Snacks, in your inbox and on all social media channels.

This pasta in tomato sauce takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish and you can complete other tasks or finish the meal while this cooks. It's simple, straightforward, but very filling. Enjoy.




I make all of my pasta in my Instant Pot these days.

To make the perfect pasta:

Perfect Instant Pot Pasta In Tomato Sauce
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Perfect Instant Pot Pasta In Tomato Sauce

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Author: Nikki Miller-Ka of Nik Snacks
This pasta is a part of my attempt to be helpful in sharing what I, a professional culinarian, eat at home. This pasta in tomato sauce takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish and you can complete other tasks or finish the meal while this cooks. It's simple, straightforward, but very filling. Enjoy.

Ingredients

  • Raw, uncooked pasta
  • Water/Jarred tomato sauce mix
  • Ground beef or chicken (Optional)
  • 2 T butter
  • Cheese and cracked black pepper (garnish)

Instructions

  1. Put raw, uncooked pasta in the electric pressure cooker and pour a water/jarred tomato sauce mix over the mixture until just barely covered. Stir to combine.
  2. (Alternatively, set your electric pressure cooker to SAUTE and brown ground beef or chicken until no pink remains and then proceed with step 1)
  3. Look at the recommended cook time directions for the pasta. Set the electric cooker to PRESSURE COOK. Set the time--Cut the time listed in half and add ONE minute. Example, if the directions say 'boil 7-9 minutes', in the electric pressure cooker, set the time to 4-6 minutes.
  4. After the time elapses, do a quick release for al dente OR natural release for 5-7 minutes and then quick release to release the rest of the pressure.
  5. Open the lid and add 2 Tablespoons of butter. Stir to combine for a silky, smooth sauce.
  6. Garnish with cheese and cracked black pepper. Serve.

Calories

132.35

Fat (grams)

8.06

Sat. Fat (grams)

3.83

Carbs (grams)

6.43

Fiber (grams)

0.53

Net carbs

5.90

Sugar (grams)

0.76

Protein (grams)

8.35

Sodium (milligrams)

140.38

Cholesterol (grams)

33.70
Please consult a healthcare professional or dietician about nutritional needs for your diet. I am a communications professional, not a physician.
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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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