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Instant Pot Soup with Pork, Smoked Sausage and Beans

Don’t wait hours for soup to be ready!  This recipe Instant Pot Soup with Pork, Smoked Sausage and Beans is ready in 45 minutes and is the perfect dinner on a cozy fall night! 

I don’t know about you, but on a week night I loathe cooking dinner.  By the time 5:30 pm rolls around, I’m tired, the kids are tired and my husband isn’t even home from work yet but dinner has to be started! 

With just a few ingredients and 45 minutes, this recipe for 
Instant Pot Soup is the best solution for those nights you just don’t want to cook!

One of my favorite parts about this Instant Pot Soup is that the pork is precooked and the tomatoes and beans come ready in a can.

All I need to do to prep this meal is saute the veggies and dump the rest in the Instant Pot! 

A few minutes of prep and only 30 minutes of cook time, this Instant Post Soup with Pork, Smoked Sausage and Beans is my go-to dinner on a cold Fall night! 

The pork, smoked sausage and beans are hearty and the broth is full of flavor.  I love taking a big piece of crusty bread and soaking up the broth. 

So yum! 

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To be honest though, this is the first Instant Pot Soup recipe I’ve ever tried.  In fact, this is the first Instant Pot recipe I’ve ever made period!  

I know, crazy, right?!  How I have survived this long without an Instant Pot? 

Must Try Instant Pot Recipes

What are some of your favorite Instant Pot recipes?  Here are a few I’m dying to try…

Shredded beef filling for tacos 
From Taste of Home: “Create a taco or burrito bar! For a variation, I make beef and bean burritos by mixing a can of refried beans into 3 or 4 cups of cooked beef filling.—Hope Wasylenki, Gahanna, Ohio”

Pressure Cooker Shredded Beef Burrito Filling

Faux Rotisserie Chicken
From Cooking with Curls: ”
Do you ever find yourself at the grocery store buying a week’s worth of food, then reach for a rotisserie chicken because you no long have the energy to go home and cook what you just purchased? I admit it, I am guilty. But have you ever looked at the ingredients label on that chicken? Yikes! My Instant Pot Faux-tisserie Chicken is pure goodness…..”

Your family is going to love this Instant Pot Faux-tisserie Chicken just as much as the ones you buy in the store, but you get to control the ingredients | cookingwithcurls.com

Sweet Potatoes
From Add a Pinch: “Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Recipe – Cooking sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker makes cooking sweet potatoes so quick and easy! Perfect for enjoying as baked sweet potatoes as a side dish or for cooking to use in sweet potato casserole and so many other dishes!”

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Recipe - Cooking sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker makes cooking sweet potatoes so quick and easy! Perfect for enjoying as baked sweet potatoes as a side dish or for cooking to use in sweet potato casserole and so many other dishes! // addapinch.com


TJCB recipes to try as Instant Pot Soup!

Now that I have this Instant Pot, I think I need to reinvent my favorite JavaCupcake soup recipes to make in the Instant Pot! 

Instant Pot Soup

Below you’ll find my recipe for Instant Pot Soup with Pork, Smoked Sausage and Beans.  Let me know if you try it… I’d love to hear what you think! 

Simple Fresh Bread Recipe - Perfect for weeknight dinners! | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.com

Farmhouse Fresh Bread

With a few ingredients and a little time, you can make the most delicious farmhouse fresh bread that will taste better than anything store-bought!

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‘Farm to Fork’

I’m so excited to bring you the first of many posts to come in my new series, ‘Farm to Fork’ with Good for You Farm.  This series will show you how easy it is to use farm fresh ingredients to make delicious food for you and your family!

Good for You Farm is a veteran-owned farm run by Marc & Sarah Tucker in Midland, Virginia.  I met Sarah at a caregiver event and was immediately drawn to her and her farm!

I’ve been out several times to visit GFY Farm, the animals and learn about the food she is producing!

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On this visit, I wanted Sarah to teach me to make her super soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside farmhouse style fresh bread.   Sarah makes this bread several times a week for her family and promised it was easy to make!

We even broadcast LIVE on Facebook to show everyone really how easy it is!  (See the videos below)

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I’m not a fan of yeast.  For some reason, yeast never seems to work for me when I make it.  I have no idea the concept of yeast, how it works and I just… ugh! can’t figure it out!

Luckily for me, however, I have fabulous friends who do know how to use yeast!

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This farmhouse fresh bread is such a simple recipe that I was able to successfully make it again at my home!  My dad even asked for the recipe so he could make it too!

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My favorite way to eat this farmhouse fresh bread is hot from the oven and covered in homemade strawberry preserves.  It’s heavenly.

(Don’t worry… I’ll be sharing the strawberry preserves recipe this summer!)

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You can either follow the recipe at the bottom of this post or you can watch the two videos below.  I honestly recommend watching the videos… because duh, I’m in them and they’re amazing… and then following the recipe.

Because if you’re anything like me with yeast… you’ll need all the help you can get!

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If you’re interested in supporting the veteran owned GFY Farm or want to buy any of their products, check them out on Facebook!

Farmhouse Fresh Bread – Part 1

Farmhouse Fresh Bread – Part 2

Photos by: Fanette Rickert Photography

Farmhouse Fresh Bread

Farmhouse Fresh Bread

Yield: 2 loaves
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp raw sugar
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cup hot water (110F)
  • 1 egg white + 1 tsp water
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • stone pan/sheet for baking

Instructions

  1. Add the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment.
  2. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the hot water.
  3. Once most of the dry ingredients have been incorporated, turn the mixer to medium high for about 2 minutes. Let the dough hook do all the work bringing the ingredients into a ball.
  4. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use your hands to pat the dough into a ball. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow to rise for 30 minute until doubled in size.
  5. Divide dough in half. Roll first half over itself into a roll. Repeat with second loaf.
  6. Sprinkle corn meal onto baking sheet then place the rolls on top.
  7. Using a serrated knife, cut slits/lines across the top of each roll.
  8. Cover with towel again and let rise for 30 minutes.
  9. Place a shallow pan filled with water on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  10. Combine egg white and water. Brush the egg white over the entire surface of the dough. Be generous!
  11. Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

 

Easy Monday Night Spaghetti with Meat Sauce for OXO by The JavaCupcake Blog

Easy Monday Night Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

After a relaxing weekend, getting back into the swing of a new week can sometimes be difficult.  This Easy Monday Night Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is the perfect way to simply and deliciously start your week!

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OXO provided me with the products mentioned in this post, but the opinions are all mine.  

I have been wanting to try out a ground meat tool for about 10 years now but just have not gotten around to buying one.  My sister has one and when I saw her using it for the first time I was intrigued by how well it worked to cook ground meat.

When OXO asked if I wanted to try out their Ground Meat Chopper and Turner to create a recipe for them, I jumped at the chance!  Just after I moved to Fort Belvoir, VA from Bavaria, Germany, the package from OXO arrived with the Meat Chopper along with a Vegetable Chopper and Silicon Ladle and I knew it would be the perfect time to make my families favorite spaghetti with meat sauce.

(PS… None of my household goods had arrived at this time either, so please pardon the photographs not being up to my typical standard!  Living out of a suitcase has proven to be a difficult transition for my blog!)

Easy Monday Night Spaghetti with Meat Sauce for OXO by The JavaCupcake Blog

This recipe is easy because it combines store-bought and fresh ingredients and is very flexible.   You can use any type of meat, sauce, canned tomatoes, or pasta with this recipe.  Onion and garlic are added for extra flavor but nothing else is needed!

In the picture above, you can see how well the OXO Ground Meat Chopper works to break up the meat into chunks.  I love a chunky meat sauce, but you can cook the meat to any size you prefer.

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The OXO Vegetable Chopper with Easy Pour Opening is one of my favorite tools.  I’ve always loved a good veggie chopper, but my favorite thing about this tool is the opening in the back of the bowl.  This pour opening makes it so easy to chop then dump into the pan to cook!

Whatever can alleviate a few steps in the kitchen while I’m cooking… I’m all for it!

Easy Monday Night Spaghetti with Meat Sauce for OXO by The JavaCupcake Blog

Finally, the OXO Silicone Ladle is the perfect size to scoop the finished sauce over the noodles.  Whether you’re making individual plates for your family or you’re serving the sauce at a potluck, the ladle is the perfect tool for the job.

Easy Monday Night Spaghetti with Meat Sauce for OXO by The JavaCupcake Blog

So, next Monday when you’re needing something simple and delicious for your family, try out our families favorite spaghetti and meat sauce!

And make sure to get the OXO tools to help you do it!

OXO provided me with the products mentioned in this post, but the opinions are all mine.  

Easy Monday Night Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Easy Monday Night Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground hamburger, sausage, turkey or meat of your choice
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 large can of tomatoes (stewed, diced, sliced - whatever is your favorite)
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese
  • 1 box or package of your favorite pasta
  • OXO Ground Meat Tool
  • OXO Vegetable Chopper with easy pour opening
  • OXO Silicone Ladle

Instructions

Meat Sauce

  1. Over high heat, add ground meat to a large pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Use the OXO Ground Meat Tool to break up the meat into very chunks. Cook the meat until there is no more pink in the meat.
  2. Use the OXO Vegetable Chopper to dice the onion. Add the onion to the cooked meat and stir. Cook until the onion becomes translucent in color. Add the minced garlic and stir to combine.
  3. Add the canned tomatoes and jar of pasta sauce and mix to combine. Bring the sauce to a light simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Do not boil, you don't want to reduce the sauce.
  4. While the sauce is simmering, prepare the pasta according to the directions on the package. Strain the pasta when ready.
  5. Place a scoop of pasta onto your plate then spoon the sauce over the top using the OXO Silicone Ladle. Garnish with parmesian cheese.

 

Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com

Review: Express Lane Cooking

It’s Day 3 of Cookbook Week and I’ve definietly saved the best for last! Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Sypus of the blog I Wash, You Dry isn’t about baking desserts, but about creating delicious, healthy meals with only 5 ingredients!

Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com

Express Lane Cooking is my newest cookbook and has quickly become my favorite!  The family friendly recipes are simple, require little prep and are delicoius!

The fun part about Shawn’s book is that she offers three different ways to prepare the same 5 ingredients.  This is great if you like to shop at bulk food stores where they sell massive packs of meat and veggies.   You can buy a bulk amount of chicken and have three different ways to prepare it for the week.  Genius!

Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com

My family has made two of the chicken recipes from the book so far, both from the same 5 ingredients.   The first recipe I made was the Cheesy Potato Crusted Chicken.  I’m a sucker for anything covered in potatoes… and bacon.  This recipe was simple to make and the flavors were amazing and used chicken breast, bacon, red potatoes, cheese and broccoli.   I would have never thought to layer my potatoes on top of my chicken so this was a fun, new way to eat the classic chicken & potatoes.

I posted my version of it on Instagram the night we ate it!  SO YUM!

We also made Loaded Chicken Casserole using the same 5 ingredients… chicken breast, red potatoes, cheese, bacon and broccoli.  I did take a picture of this casserole, but it wasn’t as pretty as the photo in Express Lane Cooking, so I’m not going to share that with you.  HOWEVER,  this was MY FAVORITE new recipe!  I absolutely love big chunks of potatoes in my meal so this was right up my alley. Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com My kids devoured it and asked for seconds.  Shawn’s Loaded Chicken Casserol is a WINNER and will definitely make it into the rotation of meals we make for the family! I also, wanted to share with you a few of the other recipes from Express Lane Cooking that looked too good not to share! Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com With fall upon us, this Chili-stuffed Spaghetti Squash would make the perfect dinner for a chilly evening.  The 5 ingredients to make this meal are spaghetti squash, vegie chili, bell peppers, onion and cheese.  Easy peasy and delicoius! And for all you seafood lovers, Shawn has several recipes in Express Lane Cooking for you.  I mean, can you go wrong with shrimp wrapped in panchetta?  I think not! Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com Are you inspired to try some new meals for your family?  I know I was the moment I opened Express Lane Cooking!  You MUST buy a copy of Shawn’s book! You won’t regret it!

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