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Pork Loin: Slow Cooked in the Instant Pot

Nonna made her favorite (and only) daughter-in-law’s pot roast recipe. Only problem was Nonna didn’t have a pot roast and she wanted to try the “SLOW COOKER” feature on R2D2 (Instant Pot). Also, Nono had some great seasonings from her herb garden. Watch the video to see how it came out. I’ll give you a hint, Nonna’s son eats as well as a husband and father as he did as a boy!

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Slow Cooked Pork Loin


    • 2 cups Almond Flour (or flour)
    • 1.5 pounds Pork Loin (or pot roast)
    • 1 tbsp corn starch
    • 2 cans beef broth
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • ground black pepper
    • 1 medium chopped Onion
    • 1/4 cup minced Garlic
    • Olive Oil
    • 3 banana peppers
    • parsley (See Note 1)
    • lemon balm
    • basil
    • oregano
    • thyme
    • Rosmary


    1. Mix almond flour, corn starch, garlic salt, garlic and herb seasonings.
    2. Coat the mix over the pork loin.
    3. Add olive oil to the bottom of the instant pot. Set on sautée and brown the meat on all sides.
    4. Remove the meat when it is browned from the instant pot.
    5. Add onions, garlic, fresh herbs, banana peppers and sautée.
    6. Once the onions are translucent, add 2 cans beef broth. Let it heat up some.
    7. Add 1/2 cup almond flour mix (or what you had leftover) and mix.
    8. Add meat (don’t forget to put the rack into the instant pot first).
    9. Slow cook in the instant pot (multi-cooker) for 6-8 hours. (See Notes 2 & 3)
    10. When the meat is cooked, you can thicken the juices if desired, by adding any left over almond flour and corn flour mixture.

    Note 1: Nonna modified her favorite (and only) Daughter in law’s recipe. Here is the list of ingredients DIL used in stead of Nonna’s spices: Marbled Chuck Roast, flour, beef broth concentrate, garlic powder, onion powder, course grained salt, course ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, chipotle chili powder. Just like Nonna, her DIL doesn’t measure spices and just goes by feel!

    Note 2: Make sure you read the directions on your multi-cooker (instant pot) when you use the slow cooker function. Make sure the appliance vents the steam. You do not want the pressure to build.

    Note 3: As the instant pot is not pressurized, it is easy to check the meat to see if it is cooked through. Check it earlier vice later. If it is not cooked through, you can let it cook longer. Nonna’s pork loin cooked through in 6 hours 45 mins.

Chicken Pot Pie

Nonna made a delicious, super easy recipe for Chicken Pot Pie using the Instant Pot. As always, Nonna’s recipe is easily modified. You can use turkey, beef, pork, or
another meat as you see fit. Just season and cook with the vegetables in the instant pot.
In fact, change up the vegetables and seasonings as you see fit. The key to this recipe is
to thicken the broth using a white sauce, everything else is interchangeable!

Click here for the written recipe!

Instant Pot – Pork Chops

Following a long day at work, Nonna quickly threw together a nice pork chop and salad dinner. Watch Nonna continue to learn the instant pot’s ins and outs, this time using the “sauté” function to quickly brown the pork chops before cooking. Nonna complimented her favorite spices and seasonings with a dijon mustard coating on the pork chops and a little dijon mustard her “quick fix” vinaigrette dressing.

Click here for the written recipe for the pork chops and gravy.
Click here for the written recipe for the vinaigrette dressing.

By all means, let Nonna know what YOU see from your kitchen window!

Instant Pot – Pot Roast

A viewer requested that Nonna prepare some meals using an instant pot. Nonna Snowden was more than happy to oblige! In her first attempt with the Instant Pot, Nonna cooked a chuck roast (pot roast) using Dan Pastorini’s Texas Style Rub and gravy using Dan’s Garlic & Herb Seasoning. She also cooked broccoli and rice in the instant pot, with some lessons learned. Watch the video to learn what Nonna learned.

Click here for the written recipe.

Here are some quick links to purchase ingredients and utensils via amazon.

Instant Pot, Tony Chachere’s, Wooden Spoons, Cajun Garlic Power Sauce, Sauce Pot, Stainless Steel Chopper, Uncle Paulie’s Ghost Pepper Salt, Dan Pastorini’s Texas Style Rub.

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