Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is sure to impress all your Thanksgiving guests!
Don’t think you like cranberry sauce? You MUST try this!
Only EVER had canned cranberry sauce? You definitely MUST try this!
Confession… I used to HATE cranberry sauce.
2nd confession… when I say I used to HATE cranberry sauce, it’s kind of fabricated because the truth is I had always REFUSED to try cranberry sauce.
3rd confession… I eat this Instant Pot Cranberry sauce for days. It is so good on toast like jam, over ice cream as a topping, on pancakes and waffles, or just by the spoon full.
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As a child, growing up, we ALWAYS had the canned stuff. I apologize if you like canned cranberry sauce, because I don’t mean to offend you I swear but the stuff disgusts me. Something about it being so gelatinous that you can cut it into circles… and the marks on the circles that result from it being in that can. I just can’t…
Let’s get on to the good stuff…
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 1/2 lb chicken cubed, 1 inch
- 1/2 tsp salt preference
- 1/2 tsp pepper preference
- 1 box lb pasta, rigatoni or cavatappi
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup pesto
- 4 cups baby spinach
- 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper optional
- parmesan cheese optional as garnish
Turn on Pressure Cooker to Sauté or Browning setting, then add 2 T olive oil
Add chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste (about 1/2 t each). Sear for 2-3 minutes - do not cook through.
Add pasta, water, 1/2 t salt, plus 1 T butter, cut in small pieces
Stir lightly. Close lid, and close vent knob - on Instant pot, turn vent knob to “Sealing”.
Set cook time to 4 minutes on High Pressure - for Instant Pot, press Manual and adjust cook time with “+/-“ buttons to 4 minutes.
When cook time is complete, quickly release pressure (QPR) and remove lid.
Press cancel or off on your pressure cooker. Turn on sauté or browning function.
Add pesto and stir.
Add spinach, stir and allow to wilt, 1-2 minutes.
Turn cooker OFF and Serve immediately. Garnish with parmesan cheese, cracked pepper and/or crushed red pepper, if desired.
Step by Step Directions
Gather your ingredients
Add all ingredients
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Stir, stir, stir
Serve or Store
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Serve in a variety of ways… Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce is so not limited to your turkey dinner. Try it on sandwiches, or pork chops, or fried chicken. If you’re like me, as I admitted earlier, you might want to try this over vanilla ice cream… I’ve also had it on peanut butter toast, on english muffins over cream cheese, pancakes, waffles, toast, crepes, oatmeal, yogurt…