Instant Pot Orecchiette With Sausage & Spinach

Instant Pot Orecchiette with Sausage & Spinach explodes with the natural green flavors of fresh spinach. Creamy smooth rich comforting Italian sausage filled sauce that brings a combination of exciting sensations to the dinner plate. Orecchiette, “little ears,” are small disk shaped pasta that is traditionally made with a rotary pressure of the thumb. They are a bit chewier, firmer and are more rustic in texture when compared to more common types of pasta.  The nontraditional sauce used in this recipe marries well with the noodles and flavors of the Italian sausage. When the fresh tantalizing flavors of green spinach is mildly cooked into the source the flavor profile takes on a smooth dimension of creamy earth tones that rival any selection of pasta and sauce you will find in much more time consuming common  recipes. You will know this meal is a success when your entire family devours every last bite. Best served fresh this dish does however keep well when refrigerated. 

Watch the video and follow the instructions below to have these filling noodles and creamy delicious sauce filled with greens and Italian sausage ready to serve in a matter of minutes. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and follow to stay up to date on the latest eatfoodlicious publications. Like and share this or any of my recipes you find helpful from the growing catalog of selections. My family absolutely loves this dish and yours will too. Take a tour of the Apulia region of the Italian peninsula with this classic noodle and bring it to modern times using the pressure cooking techniques of your Instant Pot. Have a delicious restaurant quality meal to the table in a matter of minutes and save some time former self in a busy day by following this recipe.

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Set the sauté to high. Add oil and wait for 30 seconds. Add sausage and cook for 5-8 minutes or until no longer pink.

Add onions, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, oregano and cook for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.

Add orecchiette, broth and mix. Place the lid on. Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes, followed by a 5 minutes natural release . Follow the manufacture instructions for releasing the pressure. Remove the lid. 

Add grated cheese, heavy whipping cream and mix.

Add fresh spinach and mix until wilted. Season with salt & black pepper to taste.

Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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Instant Pot Orecchiette with Sausage & Spinach

Creamy and delicious rustic meat filled pasta with mouthwatering leaves of spinach.
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Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz orecchiette
  • 9 oz fresh spinach
  • 1 lb Italian sausage mild or hot
  • 3 cups unsalted/low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ medium size onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

Instructions
 

  • Set the sauté to high. Add oil and wait for 30 seconds. Add sausage and cook for 5-8 minutes or until no longer pink. Add onions, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, oregano and cook for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Add orecchiette, broth and mix.
  • Place the lid on. Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes, followed by a 5 minutes natural release . Follow the manufacture instructions for releasing the pressure. Remove the lid. 
  • Add grated cheese, heavy whipping cream and mix. Add fresh spinach and mix until wilted. Season with salt & black pepper to taste.

Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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    Texas Toast

    Texas toast is crispy, crunchy and full of buttery garlic flavors that go great with any main entree. The Air Fryer or oven locks in the essence of the garlic spread and does not leave your fingers covered in grease when taking a bite. The bread is still soft enough in the middle to give that extra ohh my goodness feeling when you sink your feet in for a much anticipated taste. I absolutely love Texas toast with my steak but also pasta seems all alone without this partner at the table. The only problem you will have is making enough of this to make it though the meal. The first batch I made was gone before I knew it. So I recommend grabbing two just incase you want another, as it may not be there when you finish your first slice. Buttery rich garlic covered Texas toast is an absolute must try for anyone that loves awesome garlic bread. I have been making this garlic spread recipe for years and it is just the right balance of flavors and you may never buy store bought spread again once you give this easy to make recipe a try.

    Watch the video and follow the instructions below to be on your way to a Texas Toast first crunch adventure. Like and share this or any of my recipes you find interesting form the growing catalogue of menu suggestions. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button to stay up to date on all the latest eatfoodlicious publications. I hope you enjoy this savory succulent fried Texas toast recipe. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you enjoyed your Texas toast with and how this recipe turned out for you.

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    In a bowl: combine all the ingredients & mix.

    Spread butter mix on both sides of the sliced bread.

    Oven: place bread on baking sheet and cook for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and continue to cook for another 5-6 minutes. Air fryer: place bread in the basket and cook for 6 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and continue to cook for another 6 minutes.

    Serve & enjoy!

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    Texas Toast

    Texas toast is crispy, crunchy and full of buttery garlic flavors that go great with any main entree.
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    Prep Time 3 mins
    Cook Time 12 mins
    Total Time 15 mins
    Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
    Cuisine Italian
    Servings 8
    Calories

    Ingredients
      

    • 8 sliced Italian bread ¾"-1" thick
    • ½ cup softened unsalted butter about 1 stick
    • 2 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
    • 3-4 garlic cloves grated or minced
    • salt to taste

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat the oven to 370°F or preheat the air fryer to 325°F.
    • In a bowl: combine all the ingredients & mix. Spread butter mix on both sides of the sliced bread.
    • Oven: place bread on baking sheet and cook for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and continue to cook for another 5-6 minutes
      Air fryer: place bread in the basket and cook for 6 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and continue to cook for another 6 minutes.

    Serve & enjoy!

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      Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

      Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup is a unique looking, fabulous tasting simple to make dish that comes fully loaded with healthy ingredients swimming in creamy succulent rich broth. Traces of onions and garlic add layers of elegance to the aroma and taste profile giving the natural green flavors of kale balance and integrity. The spoon slips beneath the surface of the broth only to reemerge with warm inviting textures that range from soft and gentle to fibrous and filling. Serve this meal with fresh made bread sticks, french bread or your favorite dinner roll. The colors of this soup make the presentation of your table arrangement glisten with the reflection of hunger as your family moves in for the feast. My family absolutely loves this soup and it is fast becoming one of our most anticipated ‘dump and go’ simple to make pleasures that will fill the hunger on the way to comforting shared satisfaction.

      Watch the video and follow the instructions below to have this popular soup as a side or main dish at your next sit down dining experience. Please like and share this or any of my recipes you find interesting from my growing catalog. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button to stay up to date on the latest eatfoodlicious publications. This is a popular dish in some local restaurants but can be made at home using fresh ingredients for just a fraction of the cost with tons of leftovers. This meal keeps great in the refrigerator and is very tasty when reheated. Bring the restaurant style soup to your home as you see for your self the quality of the types of dishes I routinely offer for your meal planning activities. Leave a comment and let me know your favorite way to enjoy this interesting dish. I look forward to hearing from you, take care and return again soon.

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      Ingredients

      Heat a pan to medium; add oil, meat and cook for 5-8 minutes or until nearly fully cooked.

      Add onions, garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from the heat and drain the grease.

      Place cooked meat in the slow cooker.

      Add potatoes, broth, red pepper flakes and mix.

      Slow cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2 hours.

      Remove lid. Add chopped kale (leaves) to the slow cooker. Submerge the kale in the broth.

      Add heavy whipping cream (or half & half) and mix.

      Place the lid on. Slow cook on high for 15 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

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      Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

      Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup is a fabulous tasting simple to make dish that comes fully loaded with healthy ingredients swimming in creamy succulent rich broth. 
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      Prep Time 10 mins
      Cook Time 4 hrs
      Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
      Course Main Course, Soup
      Cuisine Italian
      Servings 6
      Calories

      Equipment

      • Slow Cooker

      Ingredients
        

      • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
      • 2 tbsp olive oil
      • 1 ½ lbs potatoes peeled & chopped
      • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
      • 1 ½ cup heavy cream or half & half
      • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
      • 1 onion chopped
      • 3 garlic cloves minced
      • ½ bunch kale (leaves only) chopped
      • salt & pepper to taste

      Instructions
       

      • Heat a pan to medium; add oil, meat and cook for 5-8 minutes or until nearly fully cooked. Add onions, garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from the heat and drain the grease.
      • Place cooked meat in the slow cooker. Add potatoes, broth, red pepper flakes and mix. Slow cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2 hours.
      • Remove lid. Add chopped kale (leaves) to the slow cooker. Submerge the kale in the broth. Add heavy whipping cream (or half & half) and mix. Place the lid on. Slow cook on high for 15 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

      Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy!

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        Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Chicken

        Rich saucy noodles coated with finely chopped bits of sun dried tomatoes that flood the taste with the haunting elegance of basil and creamy flavorful chicken that is more satisfying with each bite. A hearty simple to create and affordable meal that is simply divine. Enjoy this as a side or a main dish and serve with a salad to add a bit of sophistication to your next eating experience. This recipe locks in the flavor of the chicken and adds the perfect balance of savory seasonings that feature an eye appeal that can not be over looked. 

        Watch the video and follow the detailed printable instructions below to add this comforting creamy sun-dried tomatoes and chicken to your home cooking selections. Feel free to like and share this or any of my recipes you may find interesting from the ever expanding eatfoodlicious catalogue of efficient tutorials. Check out the sample presentations you can easily recreate and serve up something worthy of anticipation in your next family gathering. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button to stay up to date on my latest publication

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        Ingredients

        Follow the instructions on the package for pasta cook time (al dente). Then reserve about ½ cup of the pasta water.

        Chop the chicken into chunks. Heat a pan to medium-high; add oil, meat, salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika and cook for 5-8 minutes or until nearly fully cooked.

        Add garlic, sun dried tomatoes and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.

        Add heavy whipping cream, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes and mix.

        Add cheese, continue to mix until it has completely melted.

        Add cooked pasta and mix until well coated with sauce.

        Slowly pour in the pasta water and continue to mix (add more water if the sauce is too thick).

        Season with salt & pepper as needed. Remove from heat source and [Optional:] sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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        Sun Dried Tomatoes with Chicken and Pasta

        Cheesy rich and delicious tender pasta and chicken featuring tasty sun dried tomatoes.
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        Prep Time 10 mins
        Cook Time 20 mins
        Total Time 30 mins
        Course Main Course
        Cuisine Italian
        Servings 4
        Calories

        Ingredients
          

        • 1 lb chicken thighs or breast
        • 8 oz caserecce pasta or any pasta
        • 4 oz sun dried tomatoes
        • 1 cup heavy cream or half & half
        • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
        • ½ cup reserved pasta water
        • 2 tsp dried basil
        • 1 tsp dried parsley
        • 1 tsp onion powder
        • ½ tsp salt
        • ½ tsp black pepper
        • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
        • ½ tsp paprika
        • 4 garlic cloves minced

        Instructions
         

        • Follow the instructions on the package for pasta cook time (al dente). Then reserve about ½ cup of the pasta water.
        • Chop the chicken into chunks. Heat a pan to medium-high; add oil, meat, salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika and cook for 5-8 minutes or until nearly fully cooked. Add garlic, sun dried tomatoes and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Add heavy whipping cream, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes and mix. Add cheese, continue to mix until it has completely melted.
        • Add cooked pasta and mix until well coated with sauce. Slowly pour in the pasta water and continue to mix (add more water if the sauce is too thick). Season with salt & pepper as needed. Remove from heat source and [Optional]: sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

        Serve immediately and enjoy!

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          One Pot Spaghetti

          One pot spagehtti features a homemade meat sauce that is gently infused throughout the deliciously tender noodles to create a melody of flavors and aromas reminiscent of your favorite local Italian restaurant. The flavor profile is a blend of notes that come from onions, garlic and herbs that finish with a cleansing savoriness that leaves you ready for the next bite.  This is a budget friendly meal that is wholesome and comforting and I love to clean the sauce off my plate with a nice piece of torn warm French bread and then wash it down softly with a nice Cabernet wine. Serve this easy to prepare meal with your favorite garlic bread, rolls or my personal go to French bread, and you will have leftovers for a quick and easy reheat and go lunch the next day. This recipe is also perfect for the young cooks in our house that are on their way to learning how to make good food that is simple to prepare. My boys have added this to their personal menu. It is satisfying to know they can now eat a good home cooked meal wherever life travels take them.

          A plate of tangled up spaghetti noodles are fun to load on to your fork using the universal ‘twist’ technique to make a bite size that is perfect for your personal preference. Experience the personal satisfaction that comes from making your own sauce by watching the video and following the instructions below. Please like and share this or any of my recipes you enjoy from the growing catalogue of menu selections. Leave a comment and share your favorite way to enjoy a one pot spaghetti. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button to stay up to date on the latest eatfoodlicious publications of lab tested affordable meals, complete with easy to follow tutorials, informative printable recipes and lovely presentation examples. For me, I always work to remember, each meal is an opportunity to awaken the senses and experience life at every bite. That slice of life in those moments are what I love to share with my family and is the foundation of the eatfoodlicious modo “life is too short not to eat delicious food at every opportunity.”

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          Heat the pan to medium-high. Add meat and cook for 3-5 minutes or until no longer pink.

          Add onion, garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, red pepper flakes & Worcestershire.

          Tomato paste and mix well.

          Add beef broth, crushed tomato and mix. Add spaghetti noodles (make sure to submerge the noodles in the broth).

          Cover with a lid for 3 minutes. Remove lid and using tongs (or fork), loosen the noodles. Cook for 10 minutes or until the noodles have soaked up almost all the liquid (the noodles should be al dente). Note: Stir and mix every few minutes while cooking.

          Season with salt & pepper to taste; mix well. Garnish with fresh Parmesan and chopped parsley.

          Serve immediately and enjoy!

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          One Pot Spaghetti

          This easy to prepare meal of homemade spaghetti is delicious and full of authentic Italian inspired flavors.
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          Prep Time 5 mins
          Cook Time 25 mins
          Total Time 30 mins
          Course Main Course
          Cuisine Italian
          Servings 6
          Calories

          Ingredients
            

          • 1 lb ground beef/chuck
          • 1 lb spaghetti noodles
          • 4 cups beef broth low-sodium
          • 27 oz chopped tomatoes
          • 3 tbsp tomato paste
          • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
          • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
          • 1 tsp salt
          • 1 tsp pepper
          • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
          • 3 garlic cloves minced
          • 1 onion chopped

          Instructions
           

          • Heat the pan to medium-high. Add meat and cook for 3-5 minutes or until no longer pink. Add onion, garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire, tomato paste and mix well.
          • Add beef broth, chopped tomatoes and mix. Add spaghetti noodles (make sure to submerge the noodles in the broth). Cover with a lid for 3 minutes. Remove lid and using tongs (or fork), loosen the noodles. Cook for 10 minutes or until the noodles have soaked up almost all the liquid (the noodles should be al dente). Note: Stir and mix every few minutes while cooking.
          • Season with salt & pepper to taste; mix well. Garnish with fresh Parmesan and chopped parsley.

          Serve immediately and enjoy!

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