Recipe: Instant Pot Turkey Bolognese

It’s been a few (5? Almost 6?) months since I got my Instant Pot, but let me tell you — the love affair is still going strong.  I use it a lot for making rice and I’ve done a few different recipes – including soups and stews.  But my favorite thing so far has been my Instant Pot Turkey Bolognese.  It’s a snap to make, it makes a lot, AND even better L&H love it — so they gobble down big bowls of it, getting loads of veggies and protein in each spoonful.

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I make this often and we eat one quart for dinner then freeze the other quart so I always have some on hand for a quick weekday meal.  Pro tip, if you freeze cooked pasta (yes! you really can do that…) along with it you can have dinner ready in MOMENTS.  All you have to do is take out the sauce to defrost during the day in the fridge, then at dinner time run the frozen pasta under cold water in the colander.   Heat everything in the microwave and BOOM! Dinner is done. Instant, instant pot dinner.

Instant Pot Turkey Bolognese
Serves 8-10; yields about 2 quarts of sauce

4 tbsp olive oil
1 cup celery (about 6 stalks), chopped
1 cup carrots (about 5 medium carrots), chopped
1.5 cup onion (about 2 small onions), chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground turkey
1 tsp dried italian seasoning
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 28oz cans crushed tomatoes
Salt and Pepper

Press sauté on the Instant Pot, and add the olive oil.

Add the onion, celery and carrots and cook until soft and the onions are translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more, stirring frequently.

Add the turkey along with the dried oregano, italian spices, 1 teaspoons salt and black pepper each.  Sauté until browned, about 5 to 6 minutes minutes, stirring frequently and breaking the turkey up with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Add the red wine vinegar and cook until it reduces down, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add crushed tomatoes, 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Stir then cover and cook high pressure 15 minutes.

Allow for natural release.  Once the pressure gauge has dropped, open the cover and stir.  Serve over pasta and enjoy!

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