It’s National Pasta Day! So, here’s a quick round up of my favorite pasta recipes. There’s something to please everyone.
Who doesn’t love a good pasta dinner? Well, I’m no exception. If I had to pick a favorite, though, it would be macaroni and cheese.
You just can’t beat that combination for cheesy goodness. There’s a reason it’s a top comfort food!
If mac and cheese isn’t your thing, then how about an amazing spaghetti sauce?
I love it one of two ways:
Which is your favorite?
Are you hungering for more pasta recipes? How about a healthier macaroni & cheese option!
This Chili Cheese Mac dish balances oh-so cheesy, with tangy tomatoes. And, it delivers on flavor with a lot less calories than its classic cousin.
Instant Pot Chili Mac
- 1.5 pounds lean ground beef 80/20 blend recommended
- 1 onions chopped
- 1 bell pepper seeded and diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 28 ounces canned tomato puree
- 14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes
- 1.5 cups hot water *hot water helps the IP come to pressure faster.
- 8 ounces elbow macaroni or other small pasta of choice
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 8 ounces grated Colby Jack cheese plus more for serving
- Turn IP to saute function: When inner pot is hot, add ground beef, onions, and bell pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is almost fully browned.Add garlic, chili powder, and cumin, and continue cooking until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Stir in canned tomatoes and puree, hot water, and pasta. Add lid, close sealing lever, and manually set IP to cook at high pressure for 5 minutes.
- Use quick release once cooking cycle is done. Be sure the venting steam is pointing away from you. With the Instant Pot in "keep warm" mode, stir in brown sugar and cheese, and let melt for about 5 minutes. Serve warm with extra grated cheese and sour cream.
If you’re curious about the Instant Pot, here’s a post about it: https://thefeatherednester.com/instant-pot-basics-pressure-cooking/.
When it comes to pasta, how can I leave out Fettuccine Alfredo? Making Alfredo sauce is much easier than you think. Serve it with shrimp and you have the makings of a truly amazing meal!
Fettuccine is the perfect entree for entertaining.
Just in case you missed my lazy lasagna Instant Pot recipe, I’m sharing it again. Have you made it? It is the best quick and easy dupe for traditional Lasagna.
There you have it. Five great recipes to celebrate National Pasta Day.
Now, go make something special…