Here at Quick and Carry, we love the Instant Pot. We also love lunch! So, I brought the IP to work with me this morning, and made lunch for the crew. I used a recipe for spaghetti from Justine over at The Typical Mom. I stopped by Lucky’s Market for the supplies, and a baguette. The zucchini is my add on, from my garden.
We have a small kitchen here in our building, basic but nice. I only needed a cutting board and knife, a spoon for stirring the ingredients as they cooked on the saute function, and a hot pad for removing the top of the IP when lunch was ready. Oh, the yummy smells that wafted through the office as l was cooking. Several hungry people stopped by to see what was going on!
I browned the meat, onions, and zucchini, and seasoned with salt and pepper. I added two jars of Lucky’s Tomato and Basil Spaghetti Sauce, and then one jar of water. I broke a pound of pasta into three sections in the bag and then dumped it all in.
The directions say not to stir, so I tried not to, but just pushed the pasta down into the hot liquid and it softened enough right away that I could get it to mostly dunk under.
I made sure the toggle was set to closed, and then put the IP on manual for 14 minutes. While the pot was getting up to pressure, I cut up the baguette and put it to warm in our toaster oven. I set out some plates and forks, and then went back to my desk while the pot did the work. When time was up, I did a quick release of the steam, and then placed the hot lid in the sink. I stirred up the contents of the pot to even out the sauce and noodles, and then stood back while the crew dug in.
This recipe was doubled from the original one, and fed five hungry people, most of whom had two servings – I am looking at you, Bill! And, Denny. And….me! This was delicious!
Everyone commented on how tasty the food was, and how easy it was to do!
We are going to have Take Your Instant Pot to Work Day way more often around here, and so can you…you do not need much to make it work perfectly. Clean up was easy, and, even an office with a tiny kitchen and not much space could totally make this work for quick and yummy lunch.
Having the Quick and Carry bag makes taking the IP with you super easy…it is called CARRY for a reason! The bag is also wonderful for storing and keeping your pot and accessories organized and together, but the whole idea is to be able to take the Instant Pot with you wherever you might find yourself needing to feed some dear ones. Take YOUR Instant Pot to work and let us know how it went and what delicious meal you cooked! Send us some photos and will we put them here on the blog!