Saturday, February 10, 2018

Instant Pot Recipe #3: Taco Pasta

The last two weeks have been a little crazy around here (did I really expect anything different? :)) so I personally haven't been getting much use of the Instant Pot around our house. But (to my surprise) Brad has gotten into it a few times! He finally did make that Chicken Soup with Kale (actually, twice!), Arroz Con Pollo and he even tried ribs! Needless to say, someone is using this magical device and it's paying off well :)

At 7 months pregnant, my major project at work has been really taking a lot of time and effort. Between traveling to Memphis (TN), driving up to Dallas (TX) and having several work visitors here in Austin, there is no downtime at the office! Don't get me wrong, I am thoroughly enjoying the work and I am learning a lot, but it doesn't give a lot of time or balance to groom my domestication efforts during the weeknight evenings. We've had a few weeknights of surviving thriving on oven pizza and fish sticks - but what busy American family doesn't? :)

I promise we've still been serving veggies and luckily Joanna's school has an amazing chef who hides veggies in the kids meals too :)

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The biggest accomplishment over the last few weeks is DAYTIME POTTY TRAINING! Who cares about how many meals I've been cooking!... my kid is wearing panties during the day and we are thriving in the decreased diaper usage. Joanna is about 2yrs and 4 months and we definitely didn't push the potty training. As much as I was ready for her to be out of diapers so we aren't changing two kids diapers during the day once her little brother arrives, I wasn't ready for the constant accidents if she wasn't ready for the underwear. But one day she woke up and said "no more diapers" (after introducing her this Toilet Time book that a friend shared). So we followed her lead and now she is panties during the day (still diapers at nap time and bedtime). She is hit and miss with communicating her bowel movements, so we keep an eye on her in the evenings when she normally goes. If she is quiet standing still, we rush her to the toilet. REGARDLESS, in our world it's all about progress (and grace!)... not perfection. So, we are proud parents over here!

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CategoryWeeknight Meal ! 
Although this Taco Pasta isn't gourmet, it was SUPER easy to make! I will admit defeat and say that I made this on a Saturday evening, but I totally could have pulled this off during the week it was that quick! I had most of the ingredients already on hand so that was a win too. From prep to serve it was about 25 minutes (I used whole wheat pasta so I cooked it for an additional 5 minutes to make sure the pasta was done).

I normally don't drain the oil from my ground beef when I cook it, but for whatever reason it looked excessive today. So, I browned the beef and drained the oil before adding all of the other ingredients. Also, I thought I didn't have any beef broth so I used water and 1/2 package of spanish seasoning in hopes that would make up for the missing beef broth - it worked like a charm.

I plopped a dollop of whole milk greek yogurt on top of my serving and some cut up avocado and it was delicious! I also put yogurt on Joanna's (on the side) and Joanna quickly mixed all of hers in and asked for more yogurt. She ate her entire plate and even asked for more dinner! You bet it made this mama happy that my 20 minute meal was a hit <3

I wish I would have gotten some better pictures but we just jumped right into dinner and didn't stop (well, barely).

I borrowed this recipe from: FoodSchmoody 

Instant Pot Taco Pasta
Total Cook Time: 20min

  • 1 lb ground beef , lean 
  • 1 oz taco seasoning  
  • 8 oz tomato sauce  
  • 2 C beef broth 
  • 8 oz small pasta (medium shells)  
  • 1.5 C shredded cheese (cheddar, mexican blend or cheddar jack) 
  1. Set Instant Pot to saute. Add the ground beef and break up as it cooks.
  2. Once ground beef is browned, stir in taco seasoning, tomato sauce, beef broth and then pasta. Cover and seal lid.
  3. Change setting to PRESSURE (manual) and adjust time to 5 minutes. It took about 3 minutes for my pot to come to pressure.
  4. Once Instant Pot beeps to show it's done, quick release. Carefully remove cover and stir. 
  5. Turn off Instant Pot. Top with cheese, put cover back on but don't seal. Allow a minute or two for cheese to start to melt. Serve with desired toppings.
We served ours with greek yogurt and avocado

I hope your family loves it as much as we did! We will definitely be making it again. I think the only complaint I heard tonight was that it didn't make enough left overs and I might have to cook tomorrow :) #winning!

Chef Stephanita!