Over the last year we have been cooking up a storm in our Instant Pot and loving every minute of it.
Who wouldn’t want to cook healthier, faster… and better in a fraction of the time? It’s like asking someone if they would rather make food over 9 hours or 30 minutes.
That’s just a no brainer 😉
Amazon sold over 200,000 of them on Prime Day – I call it my crock pot on steroids. This instant pot has made some pretty incredible meals and this is just another one to add to the list.
Lets talk about marinara sauce.
We dump it on pasta, and we use it as a dip for breadsticks. It’s great added to pizza. And it might just taste amazing incorporated with chicken, too.
I don’t know a child who doesn’t love marinara sauce – pasta is a pretty big deal around our house. It’s easy, fast and provided I can snatch up a box of gluten-free noodles, it digests a lot better than the food that we would be giving them if we ate out in a restaurant.
This marinara sauce hides lentils and sweet potatoes within – the lentils provide some protein and the sweet potatoes are a wonderful source of vitamins. We do wonderful with hiding veggies ~ we’ve done something similar with Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce recently too.
My ten year old daughter asked “Mom, did you make this?”
I did – why?
That’s exactly what I wanted to hear. 🙂
You’ll want to start by using the Instant Pot to saute the garlic in a little oil. Add all of the ingredients (stewed OR crushed tomatoes will work great since you are going to puree them at the end), and then dump the water in the pot to allow the lentils to cook. The pot will cook relatively quickly – just 14 minutes of actual cooking time – allow the pressure to release and then use your blender or immersion blender (LOVE mine!) to blend into a nice, thick sauce.
This recipe makes about 8 cups of sauce – you can opt to freeze in jars, or pour into ziploc bags, lay flat and stack nicely in your freezer. Pull out for dinner as needed.
After seeing how easy this marinara sauce is to make, you will never buy store varieties again. Ever.
Looking for more Instant Pot recipes? We have Over 50 Instant Pot recipes including cheesecake, tamales, chicken paprikash, chicken noodle soup, picadillo & more.
This recipe was adapted from Eat Within your Means.