Last weekend we went camping out at the coast with the goal of photographing waterfalls and autumn leaves. Since Amber is back in school we needed electrical hookups and wi-fi for homework assignments, so we stayed at an RV park. During the day we went hiking at Sweet Creek Falls and captured some wonderful fall photos.
Amber has been wanting to try the Instant Pot on a camping trip, but I hadn’t wanted to lug it out camping and back home after each trip. The RV’s crock pot broke a couple months ago, and I had been thinking about replacing it with an IP. When I found a larger IP on sale at Fred Meyer I purchased it, so now we have one for home and one for glamping!
I like using the Instant Pot for soups, chili, dried beans, baked potatoes, and vegetables. Amber suggested making spaghetti, so we gave it a try. The recipe we used can be found at The Salty Marshmallow. The IP is wonderful for making one-pot meals, and we always freeze the leftovers for quick and easy lunches. The hamburger and onions are cooked using the saute mode, and then the dry spaghetti noodles, diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and water were layered on top of the meat. After locking the lid on the pot, the spaghetti cooked for 8 minutes.
The spaghetti was served with my favorite veggie, broccoli, and garlic bread. The spaghetti was okay, and it works for a camp meal, but it was a bit soupy. However, it did get thicker as it sat. Some of the noodles stuck together during cooking. I love my IP, but some things are still better cooked using a conventional method. This spaghetti may not be my favorite, but there is definitely a place for the Instant Pot in my beach house!