Are your nights busy with youth sports or other extracurricular activities? The Instant Pot is the answer to that problem. But let’s take it a step farther. How much easier for your life would it be to take advantage of the quickness of an electric pressure cooker for one meal with more than enough leftover to freeze for a later one? Much easier, I promise.
A few years ago, I ditched the convenience of ready-made spaghetti for my own semi-homemade recipe. I always make a large quantity when I cook it on the stove because it takes so long! Spaghetti sauce is one of the most freezer friendly quick meal starters, though, so I would make it in batches.
I prefer to make my sauce myself because I can add all the fresh vegetables I want! I live in a great state for fresh vegetables. Florida farmers make it easy for everyone to eat fresh all year. I look for food labeled Fresh From Florida or that have a sticker with the name and city of a local farm on it.
How to make spaghetti meat sauce with fresh vegetables in an Instant Pot
1 lb of Italian sausage or 1 lb of beef
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
3 cloves minced garlic
1 chopped sweet onion
1 TBL sugar
2 TBL oregano
1 TBL of Italian herbs
salt and pepper to taste
1 pint sliced mushrooms
2 chopped tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
spaghetti, cooked to your liking
First set your water to boil on the stove top for the spaghetti. Cook the pasta according to package instructions or to your liking. Set aside.
Next place sausage or beef, garlic, and onion in the Instant Pot. The youselect saute function (with the lid off) and cook until meat is brown. Turn Instant Pot off. Add in remaining ingredients and mix well.
Add in remaining ingredients (except for the cooked spaghetti) and mix well.
Seal instant pot and close pressure/steam release. Set to manual for 10 minutes.
When finished, quick release pressure/steam and open lid. Serve on your favorite pasta.
Finally, portion the remaining sauce into freezer bags and freeze for a super quick meal the next time you don’t feel like cooking!
Want more healthy recipes using farm fresh produce and meat from Florida? Check out these recipes and don’t forget to follow Fresh from Florida on social media!