Sunday, July 16, 2017

Instant-Pot Veggie Rigatoni and Meatballs


After receiving my new Instant Pot in the mail, I was a little intimidated after examining all the features and reading through the instruction manual. It seemed like it might take quite a bit of effort to use this contraption. I was very curious to see if it really cooked meals faster with less effort. I love to cook so it does not bother me to be in the kitchen for a little while preparing something amazing for my family. After creating this "one-pot" rigatoni and meatball meal in less than 30 minutes, I have to say, "This is one AWESOME pot!" Looking forward to creating many more dishes using my Instant Pot and sharing the recipes with my "Points In My Life" followers. :)

(Read instruction manual thoroughly to learn about your Instant Pot before trying this recipe.)


- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 3 Tbs grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
- 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped small
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tbs fresh basil, chopped small, and more for garnish
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 3 Tbs olive oil
- 1, 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1, 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 8 oz. Veggie Rigatoni, uncooked

In a large bowl, combine turkey and next 8 ingredients, down to and including pepper. Mix well, and form 1 1/2 inch meatballs. Place meatballs on a plate. Preheat the Instant Pot by pressing "Sauté" on high heat. Once hot, add olive oil. Place the meatballs, in a single layer, in the pot. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and rigatoni. Carefully push the pasta down so it's submerged in the tomato mixture. Select "Manual" and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes (sealing lid). Once cooking is complete, select "Cancel" and let sit for a minute or two. Place a towel over the lid and use the quick release to let out the steam. Serve topped with more basil and parmesan if desired. Enjoy. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Sometimes it's good to have a little patience. Other times, 
use the Instant Pot." - Me :) 

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