Wednesday, July 3, 2019

#FrannyCooks: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

So yesterday, I raved about my newest kitchen appliance -- the Instant Pot Duo 6QT which I think is an answered prayer for all home cooks who are living in small spaces or are always on the go.  Of course, I wasted no time and started to put this baby on a road test.

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As soon as I got my Instant Pot, my mom told me that it's the perfect appliance to have given that I always make sure to have soup available for my kids in every meal. It's where we've made delicious beef soup, creamy pumpkin soup that L loves so much and a few months back, I discovered that you can also make pasta here without the use of multiple pots. It's truly your machine for those one-pot wonder dishes.

Let me share with you one recipe that I've tried making using my Instant Pot and I was very pleased with the outcome. It's yummy, healthy and so easy to make.

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese (source: here)

Here's what you'll need:

- macaroni or any short pasta noodles
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 onion, minced
- 1 whole garlic, minced
- 3 1/2 chicken broth
- 1/2 buttersquash, cut into small cubes
- 1 cup fresh milk
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese



Do this in 5 easy steps:

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1) Press the saute function and add olive oil, butter, garlic and onions until it smells heavenly
2) Turn off the saute function. Add in uncooked noodles, chicken broth and chopped buttersquash.
3) Cover the lid and turn on to high pressure for 3 minutes.
4) Quick release the knob and add in milk and cheese.

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5) Optional: Transfer to a baking dish and top with panko breadcrumbs and bake till golden brown.

I love making pasta but I got to admit that the whole process of cooking the pasta, using two pots and loads of clean up can really make it feel like a drag. This is, by far, the easiest pasta dish that I've made. Also, it's the perfect dish for kids as I get to hide the veggies inside without them noticing.

Try this and tell me what you think!

Update: Use this promo code IPFRANCES300 and enjoy a special discount when you buy your very own Instant Pot
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