Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce

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I am so in love with my Instant Pot. 

Risotto in four minutes, a tender, pull-apart beef stew in thirty and a Bolognese sauce that tastes like it's been simmered gently for 2 hours - ready in just FIFTEEN MINUTES. 

I kid you not. 

And I reckon you've probably got most of the ingredients in the cupboard to make this now. 

Stir it into your favourite pasta or spoon it over roasted veggies or mash. 

Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce
Serves 4-6 
(I use a 6 quart Instant Pot - this one here. Make sure you read the instructions on how to use your model and always be safe!)

1 tsp olive oil
400g minced beef (I get mine from Eversfield Organic Farm)
3 rashers of smoked, streaky bacon
1 onion
1 large clove of garlic
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tsp sun-dried tomato paste
1 tsp Italian Seasoning 
salt and pepper, to taste

Set your Instant Pot to SAUTE and add the olive oil. Once it's hot, add the mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon and stir it, so that it browns. 

Once the meat is browned, chop the onion and finely grate the garlic and add these to the pot. Stir for 1 minute and then add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, Italian seasoning and add a little salt and pepper. Press the CANCEL button, secure the lid and ensure the valve is set to SEALING. Press MANUAL and set the time to 15 minutes. It will take a little while for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. 

Once the beeps sound at the end of cooking, carefully release the valve for a quick pressure release (keeping well out of the way of the steam) and, when safe to do so - when the float valve has dropped, take off the lid. Give the Bolognese sauce a stir and ladle into bowls or toss into freshly cooked pasta. 

Variations: Rip up some fresh basil leaves and stir them through before serving - or you can add chopped sundried tomatoes instead of the paste for a chunkier sauce. Replace the Italian Seasoning with oregano - or add a touch of smoked paprika for a warmer, spicier flavour. You can also add a teaspoon or two of fresh pesto!

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