Pasta is one of the most versatile and delicious dishes that you can make for any occasion. Whether you want a quick and easy meal, a hearty and comforting dish, or a fancy and elegant entrée, pasta can do it all. But how do you cook pasta in Ninja Foodi UK, the multi-functional cooker that can pressure cook, air fry, steam, bake, and more? In this blog post, I will show you how to make perfect pasta in Ninja Foodi UK using the pressure cooker function, and share some tips and tricks along the way.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
What You Need
How to cook pasta in Ninja Foodi UK, you will need the following ingredients and equipment:
- Ninja Food UK (I use the [Ninja Foodi MAX 9-in-1 Multi-Cooker 7.5L OP500UK](^1^), but any model should work)
- Dried pasta of your choice (I use penne, but you can use any shape or size)
- Pasta sauce of your choice (I use tomato sauce, but you can use any sauce you like)
- Cheese (optional, but highly recommended)
How to Cook Pasta in Ninja Foodi UK
The process of cooking pasta in Ninja Foodi UK is very simple and straightforward. Here are the steps to follow:
1. Pour water into the pot of your Ninja Foodi UK. The amount of water depends on how much pasta you are cooking, but a good rule of thumb is to use enough water to cover the pasta by about an inch. You can also use broth instead of water for more flavour, but be careful with the salt level.
2. Add salt and olive oil to the water. Salt enhances the flavour of the pasta and olive oil prevents the pasta from sticking together. You can adjust the amount of salt and oil according to your taste and preference, but I usually use about a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of oil for every 500 grams of pasta.
3. Add the dried pasta to the water and stir well. Make sure that the pasta is evenly distributed and submerged in the water. If you are using long pasta like spaghetti or linguine, you may need to break them in half and crisscross them in the pot to prevent them from clumping together.
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4. Secure the pressure cooker lid on the Ninja Foodi UK and turn the valve to “seal”. Set the pressure cooker function to high and adjust the time according to the type of pasta you are using. The cooking time varies depending on the shape, size, and thickness of the pasta, but a general formula is to take the recommended cooking time on the pasta package, divide it by two, and subtract two minutes. For example, if the package says to cook the pasta for 10 minutes, you would set the Ninja Foodi UK to cook for three minutes (10 / 2 – 2 = 3). This will result in al dente pasta, which is slightly firm and chewy. If you prefer softer pasta, you can add a minute or two to the cooking time.
5. When the cooking time is up, turn the valve to “vent” and quick-release the pressure. The hot steam that emerges from the valve should be handled carefully. You can use a kitchen towel or a wooden spoon to turn the valve safely.
6. Remove the lid and drain the excess water from the pasta. You can use a colander or a slotted spoon for this step, or you can carefully tilt the pot and pour out the water.
7. Add the pasta sauce to the pasta and stir well to coat. You can use any sauce you like, such as tomato sauce, cheese sauce, pesto sauce, or cream sauce. You can also add some cooked meat, vegetables, herbs, or spices to the sauce for more flavour and texture. I like to use tomato sauce with some minced beef, onion, garlic, basil, and oregano for a classic bolognese sauce.
8. If you want to add some cheese to your pasta, you can do so at this point. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top of the pasta and sauce, such as mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, or your favourite cheese. Close the air crisping lid of the Ninja Foodi UK and set the air crisp function to 200°C for about five minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. You can also use the bake/roast function for this step, but the air crisp function will give you a crispier and more golden cheese topping.
9. Enjoy your delicious pasta dish! You can serve it as it is, or with some salad, bread, or wine for a complete meal. You can also store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days, or in the freezer for up to three months. To reheat, you can use the microwave, the oven, or the Ninja Foodi UK itself.
Tips and Tricks
How to Cook Pasta in Ninja Foodi UK: Here are some tips and tricks to make the best pasta in Ninja Foodi UK:
- You can use any type of pasta you like, such as wheat, gluten-free, whole-grain, or egg pasta. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly, as different types of pasta may have different cooking times. You can also use fresh pasta instead of dried pasta, but you will need to reduce the cooking time significantly, as fresh pasta cooks much faster than dried pasta.
- You can use any type of sauce you like, such as tomato sauce, cheese sauce, pesto sauce, or cream sauce. You can also make your own sauce from scratch, or use a jarred or canned sauce for convenience. You can also add some cooked meat, vegetables, herbs, or spices to the sauce for more flavor and texture. Some of my favorite combinations are chicken and mushroom in cream sauce, tuna and corn in cheese sauce, and spinach and ricotta in tomato sauce.
- You can use any type of cheese you like, such as mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, or your favourite cheese. You can also use a mix of different cheeses for more variety and flavour. You can also skip the cheese if you prefer, or use a vegan cheese alternative if you are dairy-free.
- You can also make other dishes with pasta in Ninja Foodi UK, such as lasagna, macaroni and cheese, or pasta bake. You can layer the pasta with sauce, cheese, and other ingredients, and then bake or air crisp them in the Ninja Foodi UK until golden and bubbly. You can also use the slow cooker or the steam function of the Ninja Foodi UK to make other pasta dishes, such as pasta soup, pasta salad, or pasta casserole.
How to cook pasta in Ninja Foodi UK is a quick and easy way to make a delicious and satisfying meal. You can use any type of pasta, sauce, cheese, and other ingredients you like, and cook them in one pot with minimal effort and cleanup. You can also customize the dish to your taste and preference, and enjoy it with your family and friends. I hope you found this blog post helpful and informative, and that you will try cooking pasta in Ninja Foodi UK soon. If you do, please let me know how it turned out in the comments below. Happy cooking!