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Instant Pot Meat Sauce

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Enjoy a hearty and flavorful meal with Instant Pot Meat Sauce. Using the convenience of the Instant Pot, you can quickly and easily prepare a rich and savory sauce that pairs perfectly with pasta or as a topping for other dishes. Let’s dive into how to make this delicious pressure cooker meat sauce in no time!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Flavorful And Filling: This meat sauce is packed with rich, meaty goodness for a satisfying meal.
  • Fast And Convenient: Pressure cooking spaghetti sauce in the Instant Pot cuts down the simmering time drastically.
  • Versatile: Perfect for pasta, lasagna, or as a base for other dishes, this pressure cooker spaghetti sauce is versatile and useful.
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Making meat sauce is simple with this list of ingredients.

  • Olive Oil: Used to sauté the onions and garlic, it adds a depth of flavor and helps to release their aromas, enhancing the overall taste of the sauce.
  • Onion (Minced): Provides a sweet base note that balances the richness of the beef and the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • Garlic Cloves: Adds a pungent kick, contributing to the savory depth of the meat sauce.
  • Ground Beef: Provides a hearty, rich, and protein-packed element to the sauce.
  • Oregano: Oregano lends a touch of earthy, slightly sweet flavor that enhances the overall taste of the bolognese sauce.
  • Tomato Paste: Deepens the tomato flavor and adds thickness to the sauce, creating a fuller body and richer taste.
  • Whole Tomatoes: Break down during cooking to create a chunky, flavorful sauce that pairs perfectly with the minced beef.
  • Red Wine (Optional): Adds another layer of complexity to the sauce, enhancing its richness and depth of flavor.
  • Salt & Pepper (Optional) Add freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste.
Ingredients for Italian Meat Sauce.

How To Make Instant Pot Meat Sauce?

Step One: Heat Olive Oil

Place the olive oil in the Instant Pot and set to “saute” setting.

Step Two: Cook Onions And Garlic

Once the oil is hot, add the onions and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the sliced garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir constantly.

Step Three: Add Beef

Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.

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Step Four: Add Garlic

Turn off the saute setting. Add the whole garlic cloves.

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Step Five: Add Other Ingredients

Add the oregano seasoning, tomato paste, whole tomatoes, and red wine (if using).

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Step Six: Pressure Cook

Secure the lid on the instant pot and set to “meat/stew” setting for 10 minutes. Natural release.

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Step Seven: Serve

Your Italian style Instant Pot meat sauce is ready to serve!

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Cooking Tips

  • Deglaze: After you saute the ground beef and garlic, use a wooden spoon to deglaze the Instant Pot. This will prevent a Burn Notice during the pressure cooking stage.

Substitutions

  • Crushed Tomatoes: We use whole tomatoes (san marzano tomatoes) for this recipe. Feel free to use a can of crushed tomatoes. Canned tomatoes will still deliver a delicious meat sauce.
  • Ground Pork: Switch the ground beef for ground pork or ground turkey if looking for a leaner meat source.

Variations

  • Add Sausage: Feel free to add some Italian sausage, chorizo or Italian chicken sausage chopped up adds an extra level of flavor to this meat sauce.
  • Beef Stock: If you do not wish to use red wine, switch it for beef stock.
  • Add Heat: For a kick of heat add a teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes.

6 Ways To Use Meat Sauce

The best thing about making a big pot of meat sauce is that it is affordable and versatile. You don’t have to only use meat sauce for pasta. Here are 5 ways you can use your pasta sauce.

  • Instead of using tomato sauce, use this meat sauce in our Instant Pot Meatballs Recipe.
  • Make a healthy dish by using your meat sauce with Spaghetti Squash. Stuffed spaghetti squash and emat sauce make a great evening meal.
  • If you are looking for an easy side dish, simply add your sauce to some Zucchini Nests and top with cheese.
  • Top your meatloaf with it. Add a kick of flavor and a little more meat to your meatloaf.
  • Mix it into your favorite recipe of Ratatatouille. It gives it a little more protein and an extra burst of flavor.
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Instant Pot Meat Sauce Recipe

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Instant Pot Recipe is an all around sauce to add to your dishes like spaghetti.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 8 cloves garlic – 2 minced, 6 whole
  • 1 lb beef, minced /450g
  • 2 Tablespoons Cannamela Organic Oregano from Sicily
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 28oz cans whole tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup red wine, optional

Instructions

  1. Place the olive oil in the Instant Pot and set to “sauté” setting.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the sliced garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir constantly. Then add the minced beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Turn off the sauté setting.
  4. Add the whole garlic cloves. Next add the Cannamela oregano seasoning, tomato paste, whole tomatoes and red wine (if using).
  5. Secure the lid on the instant pot and set to “meat/stew” setting for 10 minutes. Natural release.

Notes

After you saute the ground beef and garlic, use a wooden spoon to deglaze the Instant Pot. This will prevent a Burn Notice during the pressure cooking stage.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 642Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 8gSugar: 16gProtein: 46g

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5 Comments

  1. I need to get an instant pot, even my mum has one now! This sauce sounds delicious and so easy to make

  2. Angela, can I used the tomatoes from my garden that is in my freezer instead of the canned ones? I have more than 80 kilos of tomatoes harvested from my garden yet to be used for canning salsa and marinara sauce. Besides serving pasta with the sauce, how else do you use the meat sauce for? It looks so delicious, and I can finish eating the whole bowl in one sitting plus a thick slice of Italian bread to wipe the sauce off the bowl!

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