So tonight I decided to experiment with my instant pot.
I had leftover Cowboy Chili from last week, and I had about a fourth of a box of rigatoni noodles. I really hate it when recipes don’t call for a full box of pasta… what are you supposed to do with four ounces of rigatoni noodles?
So I decided to kill two birds with one stone and finish up these leftovers.
Since I had made the chili in my instant pot (with the slow cooker feature), it was already in the inner pot from my instant pot. So I just took a slotted spoon and fished out the stew meat chunks. Then I dumped the pasta in the chili broth, set the instant pot on 6 minutes using the manual setting, locked the pot and waited to see what would happen.
What happened, was the pasta was cooked perfectly (I chose 6 minutes because that was how long a different recipe I recently called for cooking rigatoni)… and the broth was steaming hot enough so that when I mixed the stew meat back in, it adequately heated the meat, so it was ready to eat as soon as I got it all stirred up!
I thought it was great. My husband? He had hamburger helper. *shrug*