Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Mac ‘n’ Cheese (Gluten Free)

Got a new instant pot? Need an easy and delicious recipe for your family? Kids fighting between mac ‘n’ cheese or spaghetti for dinner? Well this easy instant pot spaghetti mac ‘n’ cheese is the recipe for you!

So the holiday seasons have passed us by and many of us are (FINALLY) blessed to own the fabulous instant pot! If you’ve followed my posts before, you understand how I feel about the instant pot. It’s such a great tool to add to your kitchen, especially if you are a busy mom juggling tons of things like work, school, family, and keeping your sanity!

Many of my favorite recipes have come from days of a scarce kitchen, need to buy groceries, and having to piece together whatever I have left in the cabinets to make a delicious meal for my family. This recipe came from one of those nights of just not really knowing what to cook and wanting to use my instant pot for a quick dinner. Why you ask? Because my 9 month old baby is obsessed with me and can’t stand to be away from me for longer than 1 minute (please send help).

So if you love delicious, comforting pasta and creamy cheesiness, then you will love this easy instant pot spaghetti mac ‘n’ cheese! Plus, your picky toddler will love it too (and you can even add some more veggies in to trick them). But let’s go ahead and get to the good part!

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Mac ‘N’ Cheese (Gluten Free)

What you will need:

  • 1 lbs grass fed ground beef
  • 1/4 cup sausage crumbles
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (your choosing! We use Aldi brand)
  • 1 package of macaroni and cheese (shells with liquid cheese is best – ours is gluten free but you can use regular)
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup cheddar (shredded)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup of water

Dry Seasonings:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Creole seasoning

Directions:

Set your instant pot to sauté mode and add in about a tablespoon of olive oil. Throw in diced onion, bell pepper, minced garlic, sausage, and beef. Sauté everything until beef is almost done but not completely.

Add in jar of spaghetti sauce and stir everything together. Then add in dry seasonings. For the instant pot, in order for it to seal correctly you always need to add in extra liquid. Here you can add in a cup of water or what I do for more flavor is pour water into the spaghetti sauce jar after its been emptied, about 3/4 full, and then put the lid back on. Shake the jar to get all the remaining sauce off the sides and then pour into instant pot. This adds more flavor and makes sure you get all of the delicious sauce.

Once you’ve added in the water, stir everything very well. Then add the pasta shells into the pot but do not stir. Simply take a spoon and make sure the pasta is barely covered by the liquid. Then put on the instant pot lid and set to “SEAL”. If you do not seal it, it will not pressurize! Set to manual mode at 8 minutes and let it do it’s thing.

Once it’s done, quick release it and make sure all of the pressure as been released. My instant pot won’t let me take the lid off until it’s done so if you feel tension when trying to remove it, make sure it is fully released. Add in your cheese mixture from your mac ‘n’ cheese package and stir. Then add in 1/4 cup of mozzarella and cheddar cheese into the pot and stir! Then taste and adjust according to your taste and serve! We top ours with parmesan cheese!

This easy instant pot spaghetti mac ‘n’ cheese is so delicious, comforting and perfect for your family! AND IT LITERALLY TAKES LIKE 20 MINUTES TO MAKE. You heard me correctly! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as mine does! Happy homemaking!

Cast Iron Skillet Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

So this year my husband and I found out that we both prefer chicken thighs over chicken breasts. Chicken thighs are the moistest, most flavorful cut of the chicken you can get! I always buy skinless and boneless because that’s how we prefer it, but to each its own.

This recipe was one of those “throw everything together and intohope it tastes good” kind of dinners that I often make at home! And now it is literally both my husband and I’s favorite dinner that I make! So I thought I would share it with you!

This cast iron honey garlic chicken is the perfect mix of sweet, savory, and delicious! I always serve mine with either mashed potatoes or oven roasted potatoes and broccoli! You could also serve it over some white or brown rice if you wanted! Either way I believe this honey garlic chicken recipe will make it on your dinner rotations! Let’s get started!

Cast Iron Honey Garlic Chicke. Thighs

What you will need:

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

Dry Seasonings:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In cast iron skillet, place chicken thighs with top side facing up. Sprinkle dry seasonings over top of chicken.

In a small bowl, mix together honey, garlic, soy sauce, olive oil, and mustard. Pour mixture over chicken and make sure to spoon sauce on any missed areas.

Bake in oven for 20 minutes. When 20 minutes is up, carefully spoon sauce from the bottom of the skillet over top the chicken thighs and place back in the oven on broil for 3-5 more minutes (be sure to check for color since ovens vary).

Then you are finished! That’s how easy it is! I hope you will love this recipe as much as I do! Happy homemaking!

Cranberry Cashew Salad

With the Holidays coming up, heavy food is definitely on the radar! Sometimes for lunch you may want to take it light in preparation, or just to give your stomach a break!

This salad is my FAVORITE salad of all time. My husband does not like salads and loved this one. I made this recipe based off of a salad I tried at a restaurant that was so expensive. So I wanted to try to make it myself, and I did so successfully!

It has yummy dried cranberries, cashews, sweet peppers, and my favorite, havarti cheese! All topped with a homemade ranch dressing that is easy and delicious!

Cranberry Cashew Salad

What you will need:

  • Greens (I love spring salad mix)
  • 1/4 cup of havarti cheese (diced)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup of cashew halves

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp ranch (any kind)
  • 1/2 milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp dill weed

Directions:

Mix in a larger bowl your greens, cheese, cranberries, cashews, and bell pepper.

In a small mason jar (or bowl) add in all of the dressing ingredients wnd shake well (or stir well).

Serve and you’re done! It’s that easy.

This is so delicious I promise! You can use another dressing if you please, however the thin ranch just gives it the flavor that it needs. So try it, I promise!

I also would serve for an appetizer the cranberries, cashews, cheese and peppers dredged in the dressing as like a cold salad! It would be so delicious and has festive colors too!

I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does! Let me know what you think! Happy homemaking!

Oven Baked BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken

Made this for dinner last night and my husband and I didn’t speak for 30 minutes. Not because we were angry. Because it was so delicious we literally could not stop eating it.

This oven baked bbq bacon cheddar chicken is everything you want in a family dinner dish. It’s easy to cook, easy to put together, and definitely easy to eat!

Even though it’s gluten free, you will feel a little guilty while eating it. You literally won’t be able to eat bbq chicken any other way!

BBQ BACON CHEDDAR CHICKEN

What you will need:

  • 1 lbs chicken breast or chicken tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used a Mexican shredded cheese)
  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce (sweet baby rays is my favorite)
  • 1/4 cup diced bacon (freshly cooked or real bacon bits will work)
  • 3 stalks of green onion (topping)
  • Ranch dressing (drizzled for a topping; trust me)
  • Dry seasonings:

    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp paprika
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp cumin

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 425°F.

    Slice about 4 chicken breasts in half and place in cast iron skillet [You can use a casserole dish too but I love using the skillet for this].

    Sprinkle dry seasonings over chicken so that each one is well coated. Then rub bbq sauce over chicken with rubber spatula or brush, making sure each one is well coated.

    Sprinkle cheese over the top and bacon bits. Place in oven and cook for 25-30 minutes [depending on how your oven cooks; ours was done around 25-26 minutes].

    Once finished, serve with chopped green onions and a drizzle of ranch!

    I served my bbq chicken with my delicious oven roasted potatoes and some southern green beans (which I will be sharing soon)! I hope y’all love it as much as my family does! Let me know what you think.

    Happy homemaking!!