Instant Pot Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni

This is a gluten free version of the popular box mix of Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni without the chemicals, but still very quick and easy!

Instant Pot Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Instant Pot Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to saute. When it says HOT, add oil.
  2. Add ground beef, onions and garlic to pot. Cook until meat is browned, stirring to break up meat. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and Worcestershire sauce as it is cooking.
  3. Add tomato paste, water and beef base. Stir to scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add elbows. Press cancel to stop Saute.
  4. Lock lid in place and seal valve. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. (Cook time may vary with the kind of pasta you choose to use). Quick release the pressure. Stir in half of the cheese. Serve remaining cheese on the side.
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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Fast, Easy and Delicious!

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
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Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
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Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Taco Seasoning
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put water in bottom of 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot.
  2. Put chicken pieces directly into the water inside the Instant Pot. Add cilantro and lime juice.
  3. Combine seasoning ingredients and add to chicken.
  4. Close and seal lid. Cook on high pressure for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes after cooking is done.
  6. Open lid and remove chicken breasts. Shred and add to tortillas, salads, rice, nachos or whatever you want, with your favorite toppings.
Recipe Notes

I used chicken breasts.  3 of them weighed 2 lbs.  20 minutes seemed about right for that size of breasts, but it was a little on the dry side.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

This was my first attempt at spaghetti sauce in my Instant Pot.  It might change later, but this was really good.  The kids came back for seconds and thirds!

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 7 minutes
Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put 1 cup of water into bottom of Instant Pot. Put sausages into water or onto trivet. (Mine were frozen and I put right into the water.) Cook on high pressure for 1 minute. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes or so.
  2. Remove sausages from the pot, but leave cooking water in the pot for additional flavor.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to pot. Pressure cook for 5 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes or so.
  4. Meanwhile, slice the sausage. You can either add it to the sauce or serve it on the side. I chose to serve it with some pasta and Parmesan.
  5. Stir and taste; add additional seasoning, if desired.
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Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

These come out super tender and juicy!

Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make sure insert is in Instant Pot. Set Instant Pot to saute. Let it heat up until it says "HOT".
  2. Add ribs, in batches if necessary, to brown on all sides.
  3. Move the cooked ribs to a plate to make room in the pot for the uncooked ribs.
  4. After all the ribs are cooked and removed to a plate, pour a couple of splashes of sherry in the pot to deglaze.
  5. Pour 1 cup of water into insert. Stir, then add the ribs. Pour BBQ sauce on top.
  6. Put lid in place, set valve to "sealing", then set to pressure cook on high for 30 minutes.
  7. When the time is up, allow to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Then manually release the remaining pressure. Serve with additional sauce, if desired.
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Instant Pot Chuck Roast

This was pretty fast, moist, tender and delicious!

Instant Pot Chuck Roast
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 25 minutes
Instant Pot Chuck Roast
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 25 minutes
Ingredients
Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to saute. Wait for it to heat up (it will say "hot").
  2. Season meat on both sides with salt and pepper. Add a little oil to the pot and sear meat for 10 minutes per side.
  3. Hit cancel button.
  4. Add 1 1/2 cups water to pot, along with the remaining ingredients. Set to manual pressure for 60 minutes. When time is up, release pressure naturally for 20 minutes. If you have a 3 lb. roast, cook for 75 minutes. You don't need to change anything else.
  5. If you would like, you can make a gravy from the broth. Remove the roast and put on a platter. Set the Instant Pot to saute. Combine a couple tablespoons of cornstarch or potato starch with enough water to make a thin paste. Drizzle it into the broth as you whisk continuously, until thickened.
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Beef Stew

This beef stew is thick with a deliciously flavored broth and lots of meat and veggies.  If you plan ahead, it can be cooked in the crockpot after the meat and veggies are browned in pan.  If you need to avoid gluten, wheat or soy, substitute a flour that is safe for you and make sure to use Better Than Bouillon organic beef base.

Beef Stew
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Beef Stew
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put flour, salt & pepper in large Ziploc bag. Heat oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Place meat in bag with the flour mixture and shake until well coated.
  2. Shake off meat pieces and add them to the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned.
  3. Add onion to the remaining flour in the bag. Add onion, carrot and celery to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, to slightly cook the vegetables, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, water and Better than Bouillon organic beef base.
  4. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
  5. Add diced potatoes, carrots and onions. Cook for another 45 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
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Chorizo Chili

This is our favorite recipe for chili.  If I don’t have any chorizo, I just use 2 lb. of ground beef and increase the paprika and cumin to 2 T. each.  Some of you might think it odd to add the cocoa powder or chocolate chips.  However, this adds a richer taste and color to the finished product.

Chorizo Chili
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Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Chorizo Chili
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Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
Black Beans
  1. Rinse black beans. Put in pot and cover well with water. Bring to a boil. When the water boils, turn the pot off and let set for 1 hour. Drain beans, cover with fresh water and continue cooking until tender. Add to chili when the beans are tender.
Chili
  1. While beans are soaking, brown beef and chorizo with onions, sweet pepper, garlic, and oil in a Dutch oven.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except black beans) and simmer for a couple of hours. Add water as needed for the consistency that you desire. Add black beans when they have finished cooking. This is even better if made the day before and reheated.
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Handmade Cavatelli Pasta

I am in love with this recipe for cavatelli.  It is a denser noodle than I normally enjoy, but it is relatively small shapes that are much neater for children to eat than the long strands of spaghetti.   It goes extremely well with a hearty marinara sauce with meat.  It is also fun to make.  I made this the first time with our 3 1/2 year old granddaughter and she loved helping with it!  She also loved how they tasted!

The cavatelli can be made up ahead of time and frozen, before boiling, in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  No need to thaw before cooking.

Handmade Cavatelli Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Handmade Cavatelli Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixer bowl. (I used a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, but probably any heavy duty mixer will do.) Mix until ingredients come together to form a ball. It may be necessary to add a little more water, but start with this and check it after it starts to come together. You don't want it too sticky, but you don't want it too dry either. Wrap in plastic wrap and leave on counter for about 30-60 minutes for the gluten to relax.
  2. Divide dough into 4 portions and keep all unworked portions covered with plastic except what you are working with.
  3. Flour your work surface and roll the first portion of dough into a long rope. Keep working on it until it is about 1/2" thick. Use a pastry scraper or knife, cut into somewhat equal lengths of about 1/3-1/2".
  4. Flour your work surface. You can use a sushi rolling mat, a gnocchi board or just onto a cutting board or other work surface. I prefer the sushi rolling mat. I got mine on Amazon for $5. I can place a few pieces on the mat at a time.
  5. Then using a pastry scraper or the back of a knife or even your thumb, press down on the pieces of dough and pull back. The dough will make a roll back on itself to make a cute tube shape.
  6. Continue working the rest of the dough until all of it has been shaped into cavatelli.
  7. You can go either direction on the sushi mat or the gnocchi board to get the pattern you desire. I like going the long way on the sushi mat.
  8. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and add sea salt liberally. I also added some olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  9. Boil the cavatelli for a few minutes, then remove from water.
  10. This is excellent served with a hearty marinara sauce with meat and cheese.
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Easy Homemade Pasta

I was looking through various pasta recipes today, and they were all basically the same:  flour, eggs, salt, some with or without oil or water…  But a comment on one of the recipes really struck me.  It was saying that they prefer this recipe over the one that they were reviewing because it was so much easier to handle.  I decided I needed to give it a try, so I made a batch of noodles as a side dish.  I think these were the best noodles I have ever tasted in my life!  And the dough was indeed very easy to work with.  I am definitely going to make this recipe again!!!

Easy Homemade Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Easy Homemade Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl of stand mixer until a ball of dough is formed. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside for 30-60 minutes. Process with Kitchen Aid pasta attachments. Cook in boiling salted water for 2 minutes.
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Chicken & Homemade Noodles

Start with boneless chicken pieces and make a rich, scrumptious, thickened broth to go with it.  Then make some homemade noodles (or buy some fresh or frozen noodles) and cook them right in the broth.  Fantastic!!

For making your own homemade noodles for this recipe, use 3 eggs, 1 T. water, 2 3/4 cups light spelt flour (or all-purpose if no wheat allergy)

Egg Noodles


Chicken & Homemade Noodles
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Chicken & Homemade Noodles
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat large (13") cast iron skillet over high heat. Add oil and chicken. Season chicken with pepper. Cook quickly, stirring often, until done. Remove from pan and place in crock pot.
  2. Melt butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, onion and garlic, and saute until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add flour and blend evenly.
  4. Quickly whisk in cream, water, and chicken base until smooth. Add to crock pot and turn onto low until ready to continue.
  5. Before adding noodles, turn crock pot to high heat. We positioned the Kitchen Aid in such a position so the noodles go directly into the crock pot.
  6. Add noodles and stir to separate. Cook until noodles are tender, about 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Recipe Notes

I reduced the amount of flour for thickening because I was using homemade noodles.  For making your own homemade noodles for this recipe, use 3 eggs, 1 T. water, and 2 3/4 cups flour.  If you are not using fresh homemade noodles, you may need more thickener.

Although spelt is an ancient form of wheat, most people with wheat allergies can eat it with no problem.  However, it still contains gluten, so avoid spelt if you have a reason to avoid gluten.

Better than Bouillon organic beef and chicken bases are my favorite to use in broths because they are gluten free and soy free.

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