Instant Pot Lasagna- Quick and Delicious

Instant Pot Lasagna
Instant Pot Lasagna

If you like lasagna, you are going to love learning how easy it is to make in the Instant Pot.  This is one of my most favorite things to make in the Instant Pot so far.  It is quick AND delicious!

No more cooking the noodles first. Using the “no boil” lasagna noodles shortens the time and makes the dish tastier. I personally prefer this thin flat noodle over the thick traditional wavy ones.  You can use the regular noodles just add 3 minutes to the cooking time.

Instant Pot Lasagna noodles

Although it doesn’t make up a huge batch (serves 4), it is a great for couples or single folks, (Because you have to have at least one serving to take for lunch the next day). You know what I do? I make two batches up with my other Instant Pot. Yep, I use two pots all the time!!!!!!  Having two Instant Pots………something to consider?

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • Large Curd Cottage Cheese  1 cup
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning Mix ( Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram)
  • Mozzarella cheese (grated) 1 cup
  • Parmesan cheese 1 cup divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 lb cooked ground beef or turkey sausage (optional) This turkey sausage is made from ground turkey and is so delicious!!!
  • No Boil lasagna noodles, regular noodles can be used just add 3 minutes to cooking time. (You will not use the whole package).
  • 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce (12 oz)

Instructions

Instant Pot Lasagna cheese mixture
  • For the cheese mixture: add everything, except noodles, meat and sauce to a mixing bowl and mix together. (Reserve 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese for later)
Instant Pot Lasagna

You will need a 7 inch pan like this. I really like these spring form pans because they fit really nicely in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Lasagna
  • Place noodles in the bottom of the pan. (You will need to break and casually piece noodles together to cover the bottom of pan). It doesn’t matter if the noodles overlap.
Instant Pot Lasagna meat
  • Pour enough sauce on top of the noodles to cover.
  • Sprinkle half of the meat on
Instant Pot Lasagna cheese mixture
  • Add 1/2 of the cheese mixture and spread evenly
Instant Pot Lasagna layering
  • Place another layer of noodles

Repeat process one more time

  • Sauce
  • Meat
  • Cheese Mixture
  • Noodles
Instant Pot Lasagna layers
  • Finish it off with another layer of sauce
  • Sprinkle Parmesan and more shredded mozzarella if desired
Instant Pot Lasagna steam rack
  • Place the trivet in the Instant Pot
  • Add 1/2 cup water to the pot
Instant Pot Lasagna
  • Cover lightly with aluminium foil
  • Lower the pan of lasagna into the inner pot on top of the trivet
Instant Pot Lasagna valve
  • Place the lid on and flip pressure valve away from you
Instant Pot Lasagna time
  • Choose “MANUAL” and adjust time up or down to 22 minutes (25 minutes for regular noodles)
  • It will take approximately 4 minutes to get up to pressure
  • When the beeper sounds, do not remove lid, let the pot NATURAL RELEASE for 10 minutes.
Instant Pot Lasagna finished
  • If you want the top cheeses a little crispy like I do, place the pan under the broiler for a few minutes or until your liking.
  • Remove spring form pan and using a plastic knife or plastic utensil, cut into serving sizes. Metal knifes or spatulas will scrape the nonstick surface of the pan.

Instant Pot Lasagna- Quick and Delicious

Instant Pot Lasagna

If you like lasagna, you are going to love learning how easy it is to make in the Instant Pot. This is one of my most favorite things to make in the Instant Pot so far. It is quick AND delicious! No more cooking the noodles first.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time26 min
  • Total Time36 min
  • Yield4 Servings
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Ingredients

    • Large Curd Cottage Cheese  1 cup
    • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning Mix ( Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram)
    • Mozzarella cheese (grated) 1 cup
    • Parmesan cheese 1 cup divided
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 lb cooked ground beef or turkey sausage (optional) This turkey sausage is made from ground turkey and is so delicious!!!
    • No Boil lasagna noodles, regular noodles can be used just add 3 minutes to cooking time. (You will not use the whole package).
    • 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce (12 oz)
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INSTUCTIONS

1

Add everything, except noodles and meat, to a mixing bowl and mix together. (Reserve 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese for later)

2

You will need a 7 inch pan like this. I really like these spring form pans because they fit really nicely in the Instant Pot.

3

Place noodles in the bottom of the pan. (You will need to break and casually piece noodles together to cover the bottom of pan). It doesn’t matter if the noodles overlap.

4

Pour enough sauce on top of the noodles to cover.

5

Sprinkle half of the meat on

6

Add 1/2 of the cheese mixture and spread evenly

7

Place another layer of noodles

8

Repeat process one more time

9

Sauce

10

Meat

11

Cheese Mixture

12

Noodles

13

Finish it off with another layer of sauce

14

Sprinkle Parmesan and more shredded mozzarella if desired

15

Place the trivet in the Instant Pot

16

Add 1/2 cup water to the pot

17

Cover lightly with aluminum foil

18

Lower the pan of lasagna into the inner pot on top of the trivet

19

Place the lid on and flip pressure valve away from you

20

Choose “MANUAL” and adjust time up or down to 22 minutes (25 minutes for regular noodles)

21

It will take approximately 4 minutes to get up to pressure

22

When the beeper sounds, do not remove lid, let the pot NATURAL RELEASE for 10 minutes.

23

If you want the top cheeses a little crispy like I do, place the pan under the broiler for a few minutes or until your liking.

24

Remove spring form pan and using a plastic knife or plastic utensil, cut into serving sizes. Metal knifes or spatulas will scrape the nonstick surface of the pan.

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Soothing Thyme Bath Soak – How to relieve chest congestion & cough naturally

Thyme bath

Have you been under the weather with the aches, chest congestion and a lingering cough? Well it’s THYME to do something about it! This thyme bath is the perfect thing to get you going onto a QUICK recovery.

This past few weeks I was knocked to my knees with the flu bug that is going around EVERYWHERE!  I usually do not get the crud when it’s going around, but since my immune system has been compromised, I got it good. I have experienced so much stress the past month in combination with tapering off the hydrocortisone that I have been taking for years, my immune system didn’t stand a chance at fighting off this wicked bug.

It had been a few days into this illness when I realized I hadn’t even thought of the famous “thyme bath”. What wasn’t I thinking? This natural herbal remedy has been a standby, go to procedure when anyone in the family caught a cold.

When my kids were small, they would ask for a thyme bath whenever they weren’t feeling well. My youngest son is now 22 and had the flu a few weeks ago. He came home for a thyme bath because the place he lives doesn’t have a bathtub, only a shower. So see how this has been ingrained in their heads as something that WORKS! It has been such a long time since any of us have had to deal with it, I forgot about it, but apparently he didn’t.

So glad he reminded me about it! I was trying everything else, with not much luck. This would have been really nice to have done when I was in the thick of the aches, better late than never. I still had bad chest congestion and cough, so I got to it.

The thyme bath is not real labor intensive and most likely you may have everything you need right there in your home. If not, you can get dried thyme at your local health food store.

This is one herb that I would recommend having in your garden!

Soothing Thyme Bath Soak

Benefits of growing THYME

  • A great flavoring for many recipes
  • Beautiful landscaping plant in the garden (cute tight little green leaves)
Soothing Thyme Bath Soak
  • Accessible even during the winter months
Soothing Thyme Bath Soak
  • Preserves easily by drying
Soothing Thyme Bath Soak
  • Easy to grow inside and out
  • Has many medicinal properties

The flowers, leaves, and oil of thyme have been used to treat bedwetting, diarrhea, stomach ache, arthritis, colic, sore throat, cough, including whooping cough, bronchitis, flatulence, and as a diuretic, to increase urination. Thyme is thought to have antifungal, antibacterial, insecticidal, and possibly antifungal properties. Medical News Today

Let’s get to the thyme bath, shall we?

Here is what you will need to gather

  • A couple handfuls of fresh thyme, or ½ – 1 cup of dried herb will work as well. If you don’t have any herb, but have thyme essential oil, just use that (20 drops)
  • Epsom salt (1 cup)
  • 10 drops Thyme essential oil (optional)

What to do

  • If you have thyme growing in your garden, go out and cut a couple handfuls of the herb. I have gone out in the middle of winter and uncovered the thyme from the snow and clipped off the plant. It winters very well, even under snow cover.

  • If you don’t have fresh herb, you can use dried herbs.
  • Remove any stray leaves from other plants and rinse off.
  • Fill a big sauce pan or soup pan with water and bring to a boil.
  • Once it is boiling, turn it down and simmer for 20-30 minutes with a lid on it on low heat.
Soothing Thyme Bath Soak
  • Add 10 drops of thyme essential oil to 1 cup Epsom salts.
Soothing Thyme Bath Soak

Why is so great about Epsom Salt?

Because of the high magnesium level, Epsom salt is a natural anti-inflammatory remedy that can be used to treat muscle aches and sore muscles. Many people use it to soak in after a hard work out, because it is so soothing to the muscles.  This feels so good for those aches when you have the flu.

Epsom salt is very easy to find at your local drug store or online here. This is something good to have on hand in your homes!

Soothing Thyme Bath Soak
  • Pour the water into the bath while straining out the herb. Be careful, it is nice to have someone help you strain in it so you don’t burn yourself.  Add enough hot water, as hot as you can stand it, but that will not burn you!

Yes, it will look brown and yucky, but don’t let that keep you from stepping in and enjoying some soothing herbal aromatherapy! Yes, your house is going to smell like an herbal kitchen, but so worth it!

  • Shut the bathroom door and pull the shower curtain closed to trap in the steam.  Soak and breathe in the steam.
  • Stay there as long as the water stays hot, or add more hot water if it cools quickly. I personally do not like to take baths, but this is one exception. It really does feel great!  You will find it help relieve the cough right away. You may need to do this a few times a day or for a few nights until the cough has subdued.

Another herbal remedy that I must remind you of is Yarrow.

This is another one of our families favorite herbs. Yarrow tea is more of a preventative measure, and helps fight many ill.  It seriously rocks at helping you stay well. I was drinking a ton of it before I finally succumbed to the flu, but like I said my immune system was greatly compromised. The others in the family start getting it, and start drinking this stuff.

You can read more about it in this post.

I hope you will keep this in mind and give it a try when, you or someone you care about gets the CRUD!

For other alternative remedies that REALLY work, check out my book HERE.

Stay well my friends!

jan3

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