Instant Pot Baked Beans

This is much better if you make it the day before, then refrigerate and reheat the next day.

Instant Pot Baked Beans
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 15 minutes
Instant Pot Baked Beans
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Select saute function on Instant Pot and let it heat until it says "HOT".
  2. Add bacon to pot and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Cook the onion in the bacon drippings until tender, about 3 minutes. Scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot as the onions cook.
  4. Add soaked beans and all other ingredients, except bacon. Select high pressure and cook for 30 minutes. When it has finished cooking, let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.
  5. Make sure beans are completely cooked, then add bacon and serve.
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Instant Pot Southern Cheesy Grits

This was slightly adapted from the recipe by This Old Gal, Pressure Cooker Southern Cheesy Grits.  My husband, who has never liked grits, loved these!!

Instant Pot Southern Cheesy Grits
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Southern Cheesy Grits
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Using saute or browning function, allow pot to heat and then add bacon grease or oil. Add grits and toast for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Turn off pressure cooker. Add the remaining ingredients, except the cheese.
  3. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow a 15 minute natural release and then open pressure valve to manually release remaining pressure.
  4. Serve with cheddar cheese and additional butter, if desired.
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Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice

I like my rice moister than the traditional Instant Pot directions, so this is the way I made it.

Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice
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8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice
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8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in Instant Pot insert. Cook on high pressure for 22 minutes. Let naturally release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
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Instant Pot Barley Pilaf

This is similar to rice pilaf, except using barley in place of the rice!  It is quite good!  My husband and I both love it!

Instant Pot Barley Pilaf
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Instant Pot Barley Pilaf
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to saute. Dice the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. After it heats up, add the butter and saute the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the barley at the end and toast a little.
  4. Add water and Better than Bouillon organic chicken base along with pepper.
  5. Press Cancel button. Press Manual or Pressure Cook button and set time for 20 minutes. Make sure valve is in sealing position.
  6. When 20 minutes is up, do a quick pressure release. It will be a little watery, so just let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and it will absorb any excess liquid.
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Instant Pot No Drain Mashed Potatoes

These are super easy and garlicky!!!  I make this in my 3 quart Mini.  If garlic is not your thing, just leave it out!

Instant Pot No Drain Mashed Potatoes
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Instant Pot No Drain Mashed Potatoes
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Instructions
  1. This recipe will work with any of the Instant Pots, even the 3 quart Mini. Press the saute button on your Instant Pot. Wait for it to heat up (it will say "hot"), then add the butter and garlic cloves. Lightly brown the garlic and the butter.
  2. While that is cooking, peel your potatoes (if desired). Cut your potatoes into halves or quarters lengthwise, depending on the size of the potato, and cut into rough 1/2" slices.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot off by hitting the cancel button. Add the half & half. Add the potato pieces and season generously with salt and pepper. Close the Instant Pot, make sure the release valve is set to "sealing", and press the "manual" or "pressure cook" button and set the time to 8 minutes, using the + and - buttons.
  4. Once the cooking time is up, turn the pot off and release the pressure manually. Open the pot. It won't be a pretty sight.
  5. Mash everything with a potato masher. Taste and season with more salt & pepper, if needed.
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Instant Pot White Rice

I like my rice a little on the sticky side, so I add more water than the recipe book says.

Instant Pot White Rice
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Servings Prep Time
3 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot White Rice
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Servings Prep Time
3 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white rice I like medium or short grain for stickier rice.
  • 1 1/4 cups water
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place inner pot into Instant Pot unit. Add ingredients. You can add a little salt and/or butter if you like. Put lid on and set to sealing mode. Set for pressure cook or manual setting for 4 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Manually release any remaining pressure and open lid.
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Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

These come out perfect and are super easy to peel!

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
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1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
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1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
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1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
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1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put inner pot into Instant Pot. Pour water into insert. Add steamer rack.
  2. Add eggs directly to steamer rack or put into a steamer basket. Put lid on and set to Sealing mode. Press Egg button or set manually for 4 minutes. This will made medium boiled eggs. If you would like them more or less well done, add or subtract 1 minute and continue.
  3. When timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 4 minutes. Then release any remaining pressure manually. After that, put eggs in an ice water bath for 4 minutes.
  4. They are ready to peel and enjoy!
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Instant Pot Potato Salad

I took my favorite recipe that I have used for years and converted it to an Instant Pot recipe!  My version has no onions, but if you like onions, feel free to add them!

Instant Pot Potato Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Instant Pot Potato Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put pot insert into Instant Pot and add 1 1/2 cups water into pot. Add steam rack.
  2. Peel potatoes (if desired) and cut into chunks. Add to steamer basket, along with eggs.
  3. Put lid on Instant Pot and set to Sealing mode. Press egg button or manually set for 5 minutes. While these are cooking, you can make dressing with remaining ingredients.
  4. When timer goes off, let it naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes.
  5. Release remaining pressure manually. Immediately remove eggs and put into an ice water bath for 5 minutes. Remove potatoes and let cool.
  6. Chop eggs and add potatoes and eggs to salad. Stir to combine, then chill.
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No Knead Dinner Rolls

This recipe is super easy and tastes fabulous!  Mix it up just like you would a brownie batter, let rise, shape into rolls, let rise again, bake and eat!  This is adapted from a recipe I found online:  http://www.recipetineats.com/soft-no-knead-dinner-rolls/

No Knead Dinner Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
No Knead Dinner Rolls
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12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: rolls
Instructions
  1. Combine all dry ingredients. Place water, buttermilk, butter in microwaveable dish and microwave just until lukewarm. Add eggs and whisk into other liquids.
  2. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. It will resemble the texture of a brownie batter. Spray some plastic wrap with nonstick spray and cover bowl. Set aside to rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until almost tripled in volume.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle flour on counter where you will be working. Punch down dough to deflate. Scrape dough onto flour. Work enough flour into dough to form a log shape. Cut into quarters, then cut each quarter into thirds, to get 12 pieces of dough.
  5. Shape into rolls and place on baking sheet as you work. http://www.recipetineats.com/soft-no-knead-dinner-rolls/ has a video for how to shape the rolls. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside and let rise for another 35-45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 390F. Bake rolls for about 18 minutes, or until the rolls are a golden brown and the roll sounds hollow when tapped. Remove rolls from oven and brush with melted butter.
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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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