In this recipe, we combine two of our favorite things: the Instant Pot and applesauce. (Who doesn't love a bowl of applesauce?) Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples come together with a hint of cinnamon and lemon for a dish that's not only easy to make but also—dare we say—healthy.
We like our applesauce a little chunky. The high pressure of the Instant Pot allows the apples to break down into a nice texture without even touching them. However, if you want your applesauce on the smooth side, feel free to blend it to your desired consistency after it cools.
One last secret: Applesauce is even better the next day. Chilling overnight lets the cinnamon and lemon soak into the sweet and tart apples even more.
Instant Pot Applesauce
Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: 5½ cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling time
Total Time: 20 minutes, plus cooling time
2 pounds (4 large) Granny Smith apples—peeled, cored and roughly chopped
2 pounds (4 large) Honeycrisp apples—peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
In the bowl of an Instant Pot, combine all of the ingredients and toss to mix. Close your Instant Pot, setting according to the manufacturer's directions, and cook over high pressure for 8 minutes. Once the Instant Pot has completely cooking, transfer the applesauce to a bowl and let cool completely. Stir to combine, then serve or store in a sealable container in the refrigerator.