Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is creamy, gooey, cheesy goodness, and even better, it's easy and fast! 20 minutes, beginning to end, and your kids will beg for seconds.

I will admit that I held out way too long on making mac and cheese in the Instant Pot.

See, I’m a mac and cheese purist: I prefer Kraft Mac & Cheese over everything. Literally. I don’t care what gourmet bacon-truffle-lobster-garlic-whatever mac and cheese you’ve got, that blue box will always be better. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy other mac and cheeses, because, obvi. But that powder packet of cheese wins, hands down, every time.

So I’ve never had the motivation to homemake my own. If my favorite restaurant can’t do it better, why should I think *I* can? Continue Reading

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne

This Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne is a delicious, fast, easy meal with only 8 ingredients.

The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker strikes again! This Italian Sausage Penne Pasta was the very first thing I made in it, based on a recommendation from a friend. I’ve since made it about 10 times, tweaking it slightly each time, finding the right cook times, measurements, and seasoning mixtures.

And finally – it’s perfect. Or at least as close to perfect as one can get with a toddler running sprints around the kitchen while she cooks. Continue Reading

Instant Pot Meatloaf with Potatoes, and Carrots

This one-pot meatloaf with potatoes & carrots in the Instant Pot is so simple!

The Instant Pot strikes again! The more I use this thing, the more I love it. It’s very quickly becoming a staple in my weekly menu planning.

One thing I’m trying to get the hang of is the “pot-in-pot” method, where you cook two different things at the same time by putting one item in the bottom of the main pot, and then a second item on a trivet, in a smaller pot (or a makeshift aluminum foil “bowl”) above it.

Fewer dishes + faster cook time = 🎉🍾🙌 Continue Reading

Instant Pot Creamy Bacon Ranch Crack Chicken

This Crack Chicken is a perfect Instant Pot starter recipe!

All right y’all, get ready for the Instant Pot hype machine! The husband got me one of these electric pressure cookers for Christmas, because he knows he can pretend it’s a gift for me, when really it’s the gift of more home-cooked meals for himself. I’m okay with it.

I was really intimidated by this thing at first. It cooks differently from anything else I’ve ever used, there are all sorts of different modes and techniques and terminology, plus there was that whole concern that it might explode. Continue Reading

Veggie Burrito Bowl

Veggie Burrito Bowl | One Hangry Mama

Here’s a secret about me: I never eat vegetables. Not never never, but definitely not as much as I should. And that means neither does the rest of my family, since I prepare most of their meals. But now that a tiny human is dependent on my cooking for his nutrients (NO PRESSURE), I guess I need to get in gear and level-up in adulting. Level 5: Vegetables.

So when this recipe caught my eye on Pinterest (ya know, because it had the word “burrito” in it), I figured I should give it a try. I’ve tweaked it to make it a little simpler, because I don’t know anyone who has time to get fancy with things like “rinsing rice in a fine mesh sieve” (um, what?), and it’s since become one of our family favorites—husband even requests it sometimes, which is unheard of for something without any meat in it.

And best of all: this is a one-pan meal, AKA THE BEST KIND OF MEAL THERE IS. Continue Reading