If you love artichokes and olives, you’ll love this sauce! This homemade Instant Pot Sauce with Artichokes and Olives takes only 10 minutes to cook yet tastes like an Italian grandmother has been simmering the sauce all day.
I always have cans of crushed tomatoes and tomato paste in my cupboard. These are the base for this sauce. I love a lot of extra virgin olive oil in my sauces so I’m adding a generous glug. Olive oil, onions, and garlic are the start to any good recipe. You can’t have olive oil without olives, so I’m adding a lot of those too!
For the absolute ease of it, I’m using canned artichoke hearts for this recipe. While I prefer the taste and texture of fresh or even frozen artichokes, I’m going for pure convenience here. Whenever I make an Instant Pot recipe, I try to incorporate some shortcut ingredients to save time. If you have whole artichoke hearts, cut them in half. You want them to be bite-sized pieces. They will break down a little bit in the Instant Pot too.
Recipes like this are why I love the Instant Pot so much. It really gets you to use up all the food sitting in your cupboard. It can cook dried beans without soaking them. It can cook rice and grains with ease. Any kind of canned or bottled sauce can be the start of a recipe. In the colder months, I like to make a lot of recipes that use these “cupboard foods” and the Instant Pot just makes it so much quicker and easier.
One great way to use up this sauce up for leftovers is for a Mediterranean diet breakfast recipe. Take a couple spoonfuls of the sauce and add it to a frying pan. Add a splash of water. Bring it to a boil and then drop 3 eggs into it. Turn the heat to medium low and cover the frying pan. In 5 minutes the eggs will be perfectly poached in the tomato sauce. This is similar to shakshuka.
This is the first Instant pot tomato sauce recipe on Mediterranean Living. There is so much potential with what one can do with a tomato sauce in the Instant Pot, which means I will be creating more in the future. Until then, if you are looking for more Instant Pot Mediterranean recipes, check these out! Please rate and review below!
The Instant Pot we use is the 6 quart version. It is just right for recipes that serve 4 all the way up to 8 servings. For us, it seems to be the perfect size. Below is the one we purchased from Amazon. I highly recommend it!
2-16ouncescans artichoke hearts, drained and cut in half
1/2cuppitted Kalamata olives, whole
1/4cupfresh basil, chopped
2-28ouncescans crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper, to taste
Set the Instant Pot to saute. Add the extra virgin olive oil and wait one minute to heat up.
Add the onion and garlic, saute for one minute. Stir often.
Add the artichokes, olives, chopped basil and saute for one minute, stirring often.
Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Cover the Instant Pot.
Set the manual timer for 10 minutes. It takes about 5 minutes for the Instant Pot to reach the temperature it needs for it to start the timer counting down. You will hear a beep when this happens. When the timer reaches zero, carefully turn the vent to "venting". Use a utensil or a towel so you don't burn your hand from the steam being released.
George studied International Business in Greece in 2015 for three semesters. His family is from the island of Crete, and he lived with them for a whole summer. During that time, he started working for Mediterranean Living and contributing his firsthand experiences of the traditional Cretan diet. He learned fluent Greek along the way, being fully immersed in a traditional Cretan village. He is since graduated with a business degree from Worcester State University. George loves language and traveling, so he completed a TEFL certificate program at the Boston Language Institute in order to teach English abroad and travel the world. He currently works full-time blogging, recipe formulating, and social media marketing for Mediterranean Living. His passions include language, gardening, hiking, skateboarding, and watching sports. He dreams of living in Crete one day, after he travels the world learning as many languages and cultures as possible.