Meatloaf is one of those comfort foods you wish you had more time to prepare. I rarely cooked meatloaf due to the time it takes to bake in a traditional oven. It needs a full hour and then some. Who has time for that on a busy week night? Step in the Instant Pot meatloaf recipe. This pressure cooker will cook a 1 pound meatloaf in 25 minutes. With combining the ingredients, you have a 30 minute meal. Well more or less, with pressure takes time to build. Winner, winner meatloaf dinner!!
Most people have a favorite meatloaf recipe. One that has been handed down for generations. There always seems to be secret ingredient. What is mine? Chopped green bell peppers. They add so much flavor. Just like eating a stuffed bell pepper but this is simpler. Add green bell pepper to the mix. Delicious.
I use frozen green bell pepper that has already been chopped. This makes it very easy to throw in a recipe.
If you don’t like green bell peppers, omit them. Or use less. But you don’t know what you are missing.
I start with 1 pound of lean ground beef. I buy the hamburger patties at Costco. Two patties weigh in at a little over 1 pound.
In a large bowl combine beef, chopped onions, egg, bread crumbs, chopped bell pepper, ketchup, salt and pepper.
Now mix it all together. You are supposed to mix it with your hands but I can’t bring myself to do that so I use a spoon. I know, wimpy me. It is mixed better with your hands, too. Maybe one day I’ll mix it right.
Pat the meat mixture into a 7 inch springform pan. I use a 6 quart instant pot, so this size pan fits nicely.
Cover the top of the springform pan with aluminum foil. Add two cups water to the Instant Pot.
Place the trivet that came with the Instant Pot inside. Lower meatloaf pan onto trivet.
Place lid onto Instant Pot and lock. Close the steam valve to sealing. Cook at high pressure for 25 minutes.
While the meatloaf is cooking combine ketchup and brown sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
When the cooking time is finished, do a quick release to release the pressure inside the pot. Remove meatloaf. Take off the aluminum foil top. Run a knife around the edge of the springform pan. As a result, the meatloaf will have lovely crunchy bits on the edge. Remove outer ring.
Pour ketchup and brown sugar mixture on top of cooked meatloaf. Place meatloaf on a cookie sheet. You could leave the bottom of the spring form pan on. Up to you. I do. Place meatloaf under the oven broiler till the ketchup topping is bubbling. Keep a close eye on this. You don’t want it to burn.
Another thing I like about making instant pot meatloaf this way aside from the timesaving is how easy it is to portion. I simply cut it into quarters.This is the perfect size for 4 adults.You could probably slice it thinner. However, I like the four serving size.
This recipe makes my husband very happy. He loves meatloaf. Now with the Instant Pot meatloaf recipe, I like it almost as much as he does.
You might also like my Instant Pot Cheesecake. It is exceptionally easy and very yummy.