This Instant Pot Quinoa with Sausage and Vegetables recipe uses the 1-minute method for cooking quinoa. Put dinner on the table without turning on the stove!
Here it is! My first Instant Pot recipe! I am beyond excited. I bought the Instant Pot earlier this year with the goal of replacing my slow cooker and rice cooker, since the Instant Pot can do everything. And obviously, I was excited about the idea of quicker dinners without having to stand over the stove. Well, I still haven’t brought myself to get rid of the slow cooker and the rice cooker – I keep telling myself “why get rid of them if I have the kitchen space?” I hope I don’t turn into a hoarder later in my life. But I do *love* the quick dinners and side dishes I’ve been making in the Instant Pot!
I’ve mostly been using the Instant Pot to steam cauliflower and potatoes to make mashed cauliflower and mashed potatoes. And to make huge amounts of rice in very little time. And to make amazing paella (this recipe from My Forking Life is SO GOOD!). And now I finally felt comfortable enough to create my own recipe! Of course, I had some help from the internet and had to refer to other bloggers for instructions on how to cook basic quinoa. This this 1-minute recipe from My Forking Life is brilliant! Yes, 1 minute is all your need to cook quinoa. It’s like freakin’ magic! I have a Master’s degree in Chemistry, and yea I remember PV=nRT from school, but I still do not understand how in the world this is possible. Magic, I tell ya.
Anyway, this Quinoa with Sausage and Vegetables made in the Instant Pot is super easy and delicious! Aldo is usually not a fan of quinoa – he grew up on rice and thinks it’s the best grain/side dish out there. But anytime there are crumbled bits of sausage involved he is down for eating quinoa, and lots of it. And it doesn’t hurt that there are a TON of vegetables in this recipe. By the time I chopped all the vegetables and had a huge bowlful of them, I wasn’t sure they were going to fit into the Instant Pot. They did (phew!). So there are a lot of vegetables packed into this dish – it is full of yumminess and nutrition, with minimal work involved…. Especially if you buy the vegetables pre-chopped and save yourself 15 minutes of prep time.
This is my first time writing up a recipe for the Instant Pot, so I hope it is clear for everyone – Instant Pot newbies and pros – to follow. But if anything is not clear, please leave me a comment/question about which step needs to be re-written! I would greatly appreciate it.