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I hope you enjoy your visit here, whether it’s your first time or your 30th. I first started sharing my recipes as Facebook Notes, until my friends began asking how they could share them with their friends; so I gathered my courage and tiptoed into the world of blogging via Tumblr. As interest in my blog started “cooking,” my wonderful hubby set me up at WordPress with my own domain. (All the content from my previous blog moved here as well.) Let me know what you think, and be sure to bookmark it for future reference!

My other hobby, scrapbooking, is also documented at WordPress here.

Instant Pot Pasta Italiano

This yummy dish incorporates all the colors of the Italian flag, and all the flavors of its country. It is adapted from a recipe at Pressure Luck.

  • 1/2 lb ground sausage
  • 1 onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 24 oz pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups dried short pasta (penne, rotini, or rigatoni)
  • 16-24 frozen meatballs
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup shredded or shaved Parmesan
  • 1 block Boursin garlic & herb cheese (or 4 oz cream cheese), cubed/crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella (optional)

Saute onions and garlic in butter and oil until softened; add sausage and cook until mostly brown. Add sauce, seasonings,and pasta; pour water into jar and shake and add to pot, then stir. Add meatballs on top but do not stir; pressure cook 6 minutes then quick release. Stir in pesto, Parmesan, and Boursin/cream cheese until well combined. Top with shredded cheese (if desired) and saute until melted [or transfer to casserole dish, add cheese, and heat in oven under broiler until golden, If you have an air fryer lid for your IP, which I do not, Pressure Luck Jeff did it that way].