Saturday, November 20, 2021

Weekend Cooking: Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Bolognaise

Recently we were talking about how we use our pressure cooker with family (surely a true sign that we are all adults now right?) and someone asked if we had tried Pressure Cooker Spaghett Bolognaise yet. Our answer at the time was no, but we were definitely interested, and since then we have had it for dinner twice! 

We have been surprised by how much we enjoy it. It gives a much richer tasting bolognaise, I think becuase the spaghetti is cooking in the sauce instead of the more traditional method of cooking the spaghetti separately and then spooning the bolognaise sauce over the top.

Whilst I have to follow a recipe, my husband is far more of a pantser when it comes to cooking, so this recipe is a combination of a couple of recipes, plus a bit of this and that. It is very simple one pot recipe, which makes it a perfect mid-week dinner, as well as leaving plenty of leftovers for lunch for all three of us.


Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Bolognaise

800g lean beef mince

1 brown onion, diced

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

140g tomato paste

2 cups beef stock

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can tomato soup

1/2 can water

1 tsp sugar

400g spaghetti

1 tsp cooking oil

4 tsp parmesan, grated, to serve

Brown onion in oil in the pressure cooker. Add mince and brown. Drain any excess fat.

Add mixed herbs, salt and pepper to taste, tomato paste, diced tomatoes,stock, and can of soup. Stir to combine. Add 1 1/2 cans of water and sugar and stir. 

Add spaghetti. Close and lock lid of pressure cooker. Cook at high pressure for 15 minutes. Release steam and open lid carefully.

Serve with cheese and fancy garlic bread.

Weekly Meals

Saturday - Bacon, Vegetables, Risoni soup with pork meatballs
Sunday - Leftover soup
Monday - Sardines on toast
Tuesday - Mexican chicken and rice
Wednesday - Pork chops with vegie and potato bake
Thursday - Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Bolognaise
Friday - Dinner at the pub!

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  1. Well, this certainly looks easy -- and one less pot to clean up. I'll have to give it go.

    1. Definitely a winner from that aspect too!

  2. I was just saying that I need to learn to do more in my Instant Pot than just make rice, vegetables, and soup. I'll have to eliminate or substitute the meat but I am going to try this.. thanks.

  3. I don't have a pressure cooker, but it makes sense that it would taste better having the pasta cook in the sauce.

    1. It does make sense, which doesn't mean that it didn't surprise me at how different the flavours are Jackie

  4. It's need to use my Instant Pot more often and this may be a good recipe to try out. Sounds super easy!

  5. I do a spaghetti with sauce much like this one on the stove, now I will have to play around with my Instant Pot, thanks!

  6. Doug uses the Instant Pot and he's made a version of this sauce, we love it. I'm a big fan of pasta so this works for me. Glad you posted your recipe.

    1. Thanks Tina. I was wondering if I should post or not, but I am glad that I did.

  7. i think our mum had a pressure cooker but i'm not sure she used it much. i have never felt the need for one; perhaps i'm afraid it may explode? :-)

    1. I wouldnt have bought one of the ones that goes on the stove. The new ones which are combo of slow cooker and pressure cooker feel much safe Sherry.