Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis
susandennis

Forget what I said before - Pasta Take 2

But, first we made new egg bites. These are just amazing. And I love them.

Today I used:

8 eggs
8 oz shredded cheese
about a quarter cup of cream
bacon bits

My intent was to put bacon bits in the bottom of the mold cups before I put in the goop but I forgot so they went on top. Turns out, doesn't matter.

I whisked the eggs, cream and cheese together and added salt and pepper. And then poured it onto the molds. I did not get it even. But, again, no biggie.

Into the pot. I used the rack and then stacked one on top of the other. Steam (not pressure) for 8 mins, Natural release for 7 mins. DONE!

I cooled them on the counter for a while then all but 4 in the freezer to firm up and then transferred them to the bag and back to the freezer where they'll stay until the four in the fridge are gone. English muffin + one or two of these beauties = BREAKFAST!!


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Then pasta.  I just barely covered the pasta with water BUT, apparently it was still too much. Less next time.

4 minutes on MAX Pressure. (I steamed last time. Pressure way better.) Immediate venting. Nice.

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Between the start up time and the pressure time and the release time (even quick release takes at least a minute), you really don't save any time doing this. BUT it's way more set it and forget it (at least for a longer time and you can still forget it til the pot beeps). I did have to pour off a fair amount of water. More than I think I should. Plus, PIA cause no colander (I have one of those things that clips onto 'any pan' except not the instant pot pan.) Amazon is fixing the no colander situation.

I put a couple of drops of olive oil on the pasta and tossed it so it wouldn't stick to itself and left it too cool on the counter. Once it was cooled, I doused it with magic sauce and the result was yum. I don't have any crunch stuff like cukes, or carrots, or cabbage or scallions to make a fabulous cold noodle salad but just the spaghetti and sauce was good. And way better than yesterday's which, turns out, was too mushy. (And the left over that I had put in the fridge was just nothing but mush. Ugh.)

I took the rest and put it into a baggie and squeezed out all the air and put it in the freezer. Testing... testing... testing...

I really do like this Instant Pot. I'm glad I bit the bullet.
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