So, my Instant Pot came in the mail today. And I decided the inaugural meal should be a homemade marinara. I’ve never made my own marinara before and I have always wanted to. And it just sounded really yummy. So I poured through a bunch of recipes online looking at the various ingredients for inspiration, and then figured out a combination of flavors that would work for us.
This recipe can easily be adapted for a slow cooker.
True confessions: I love marinara but yesterday I wanted a hearty bolognese. So I started out by sautéing a pound of mild Italian sausage in the Instant Pot to get all that yummy meat flavor in the bottom of the pan. Then I removed the meat. After that, the recipe for Marinara and the recipe for Bolognese are the same. I put the sausage in the fridge, because it needs to be added back into the sauce a mere thirty minutes before serving. That’s the only change you need to make for the Bolognese variation I promised! Also – if you are not a fan of veggies,leave all the veggies except onions out of this sauce.
How many of you love marinara, but don’t have time to watch a hot pot all day with kids running around? I know I could never make marinara if it wasn’t for the Instant Pot. It is super easy to adapt this recipe for a Slow Cooker too. Just do the sautéing in a skillet, and transfer items to the Slow Cooker or refrigerator from there.