You know the story…
Busy parents. Work, school, appointments, car services, picking up milk… general life. It can make it really hard to think about dinner let alone find the time to set up camp in the kitchen for the evening making dinner for the family. And I think you all know I’m not the chef of the house. One; I have very little time and two; I luckily have a husband who loves to cook (most of the time) so it’s a win win for me!
But I do want to be able to contribute in the kitchen besides being in charge of cleaning up after dinner, cleaning the sink and baby oiling the hob (please tell me you know about baby oil and the hob?) Recently I had my son all to myself for the weekend and dinner wasn’t a challenge, I was quite impressed with myself, but I did think “surely this can be easier and quicker than prepping it all and having different cooking times for his veg and chips etc.
Enter the Ninja Foodi.
I’ve named it the ‘one pot wonder’ in this house. It has so many functions that’ll help you with your food prep. Chips? You can air fry them. A whole chicken? You can roast it. Stews? You can stew them. You have a pressure cooker mode which will perfectly cook your dinner exactly how it’d come out of the oven, but in half the time. You can steam and you can slow cook. With the sauté mode you can sear your steak and sauté your mince. Not only that but you can air crisp, roast, grill and even BAKE! Yes… cake is an option with this piece of kit!
I really wanted to make dinner for the family using the Foodi and after chatting all things Italian food with a colleague I thought I’d attempt a meal even I can make… Tommy’s Famous Spag Bol!
Yes. You can put uncooked spaghetti in the pressure cooker. With all the other ingredients! And it cooks it. In one pot. Why is this so new to me?! You can check out my easy, simple to follow recipe below;
Hard cheese (parmesan)
1 red onion
Sun dried tomatoes
1 box of passata
4 medium tomatoes
2 table spoons of tomato paste
Salt & pepper
Small bottle of merlot
Sauté the onions and minced beef using the sauté function until the beef is nice and brown. Turn off the sauté mode and add the olives and sun-dried tomatoes. Take your spaghetti and snap it in half. Place half of the spaghetti across the top of your minced beef mixture and the other half the other way (like a criss-cross) and then add your tomato passata on top spreading it over the spaghetti. Add some tomato puree too if you fancy it.
Then pour the merlot (or water if you prefer) around the edge of the pot. Place the lid on the Foodi and twist it in place so it’s locked. Select the ‘Pressure’ function and set the timer to six minutes.
Once it starts cooking you can get tidying the… oh wait, there’s no mess because it’s all in one pot!
Once it’s cooked the pressure cooker will then start releasing pressure. We gave it ten minutes.
And then release the excess from the vent and hey presto. Dinner is served!
Dinner was ready in no time and I wasn’t boiling spaghetti, searing mince, chopping onions, adding tomatoes all at once… the pot was doing the job.
I’m completely new to this way of cooking and I honestly wasn’t sure how it was actually going to turn out. Yet I can tell you now, it was delicious, with absolutely minimal actual ‘cooking’ involved. Absolute time saver.
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