Today I am sharing my mom’s meatloaf recipe. It is the ultimate comfort food for me. I make it regularly during the colder months, because it is a no-fuss dinner, is easy to throw together, and it just tastes like home. I usually bake my meatloaf in the oven, and simultaneously make mashed potatoes on the stove. I decided to try making both at the same time in the Instant Pot® and it totally worked. One-pot Instant Pot® Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes feeds a crowd and is the perfect comfort food for this time of year.
Sometime in October, I tend to get slammed with real life. All good stuff, but you know – a meet on the opposite end of the city, work to do, a toddler who is suddenly into everything, doctors appointments, and a very important World Series baseball game to get home in time to watch. Phew. Tonight’s dinner needed to be hearty for the post-meet runner and I knew that I wanted to create a beef stew recipe that I could make quickly in the Instant Pot®.
Happy Fall y’all! I have a goodie to share today. Beer-braised Pot Roast. When I took my dog out this morning, I noticed there was a slightly cool breeze in the air. That was all I needed to go comfort-food crazy. I grabbed one of the bags of apples from our apple picking adventure last weekend and peeled and sliced about 20 apples. Half went into a pie and the other half into a crisp. You would think that would be enough domesticity for one morning, but I was just getting started. I had a beautiful chuck roast that was in my fridge. I have wanted to make a pot roast in my Instant Pot® since I got it, and today was the day. I am just sorry I waited so long.
One pot pasta dishes are all the rage. All the ingredients are cooked together in one pot. I have made several variations, which have included a basil pasta, Thai-style, and a veggie-loaded spaghetti. All have been delicious and easy. What could be easier then cooking all of the components of your dinner in one pot? Plus, the pasta absorbs all of the flavors from the sauce in which it cooks. This recipe for One Pot Pasta and Meat Sauce is cooked in the Instant Pot®. Easy, rich, and everyone loves it.
Everyone has their guilty pleasure- mine is Chicago-style Italian Beef. Portillo’s, Al’s, Johnnie’s – you name it, I love it. It is definitely a Chicago thing, but for folks living in another part of the country, it is thinly sliced roast beef on a crusty roll with (sweet) bell peppers and (hot) giardinara, covered in gravy (the liquid in which the beef and peppers cooked). It is a wet sloppy mess, but so yummy.
Every Valentine’s Day, I make homemade spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. It is a little love note in a bowl. The tradition started when my boys were really little and we were watching “Lady and the Tramp.” The romantic spaghetti scene is where it all started, and even though they refuse to watch the movie with my anymore, they are always excited for our Valentine’s Day dinner.
There is something so comforting about a plate of boiled Corned Beef and Cabbage. I think about it throughout the year, even though I only eat it on St. Patrick’s Day. It holds many fond childhood memories, and I like to think that I am passing along similar ones to my family. St. Patrick’s Day is still 5 days away, but I think most people do their celebrating the Saturday before. Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps? Tonight, we are celebrating too. Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage cooked in the Instant Pot® is on the menu. This was so delicious and fast that we might celebrate again on the official holiday, next Thursday.