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Best Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

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This Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce recipe is one of the easiest weeknight or weekend dinner ideas. And since your Instant Pot is a pro at cooking food perfectly, there’s no need for you to do anything but set the table and wait. In just under 30 minutes of time, this tasty spaghetti recipe will be done and ready to enjoy!

Instant Pot Spaghetti And Meat Sauce

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Time-Saver: This Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is quick and easy to prepare.
  • Flavorful Feast: The recipe delivers a rich Instant Pot spaghetti sauce with robust Italian flavors.
  • Family Favorite: This hearty sauce and spaghetti recipe is a crowd-pleasing dish that adults and kids alike will love.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the beef, it helps in browning and flavor development.
  • Ground Beef: The main protein, it adds a hearty, savory depth to the spaghetti sauce.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavors of all other ingredients, making them more pronounced.
  • Onion Powder and Garlic Powder: Provide a quick and easy way to infuse the sauce with savory, aromatic flavors.
  • Water: Helps deglaze the pot and cook the spaghetti to the perfect al dente texture.
  • Marinara or Tomato-based Pasta Sauce: Forms the base of the sauce, adding a rich, tangy, and slightly sweet element to the dish.
  • Dry Spaghetti: The core ingredient that absorbs the flavors of the sauce and provides a satisfying chew.
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese: Finishes the dish with a salty, nutty note and a creamy texture.
Ingredients for Instant Pot Meat Sauce With Spaghetti.

How To Cook Instant Pot Spaghetti And Meat Sauce?

Step One: Brown Meat And Seasonings

Set the Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Once it gets hot, add in the oil, meat, and seasonings. Brown the meat and break it up into smaller pieces. This should take about 5 minutes.

Step Two: Prepare Sauce And Noodles

Turn off the sauté mode and add ½ cup of water. With your utensil, scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot to make sure any remaining residuals of the meat are off. Add in the sauce. Stir well to combine every element.

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Step Three: Layer Noodles

Take your noodles that you have broken in half and spread them in an even layer on top of the meat mixture. Do not stir.

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Step Four: Add Water

Add in the remaining 1.5 cups of water. (One way to make sure you get every morsel of your pasta sauce is to pour the water in the jar, close the lid, and shake well. This way you get every oz of sauce!) Do not stir.

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Step Five: Pressure Cook

Close the Instant Pot by twisting the lid on and close the seal. Cook on High Pressure for 8 minutes. It should take about 10 minutes to build pressure.

Step Six: Quick Release

Once it is done cooking, quick release by opening the valve (make sure to use a hot pad or towel to protect yourself from the hot steam).

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Cooking Tips

  • Sauté for Flavor: Before pressure cooking, use the Instant Pot’s sauté function to brown the ground meat, onions, and garlic. This adds depth and enhances the overall flavor of the spaghetti and meat sauce.
  • Layer Ingredients Smartly: When layering ingredients, place the tomato sauce on top of the other ingredients rather than at the bottom. This helps prevent the “burn notice“, as thick sauces are less likely to stick to the bottom and trigger the Instant Pot’s sensors.
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Substitutions

If you’re in a pinch and don’t have all the ingredients on hand for your spaghetti meat sauce, there are a few substitutions you can make.

  • For the meat, ground beef is the most common choice, but ground turkey or lamb would work just as well. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, mushrooms make a great substitute for meat.
  • Tomato sauce can be swapped out for crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, or even tomato soup. Just be sure to adjust the amount of liquid in the recipe accordingly.
  • Finally, if you don’t have any fresh herbs on hand, feel free to use dried oregano, basil, or thyme.
  • Be sure to check out our Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese recipe for a creamier sauce!

Variations

  • Add Heat: To add a little spice or a kick of heat to your meat sauce add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
  • Water: You can use beef broth instead of water when topping up your spaghetti and meat sauce before pressure cooking.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Cooling: Allow the spaghetti and meat sauce to cool to room temperature for about 30 minutes after cooking.
  • Refrigeration: Once cooled, transfer the spaghetti and meat sauce to an airtight container or cover the pot with a lid. Refrigerate within 2 hours of cooking. Consume within 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
  • Freezing (Sauce Only): If you have leftover meat sauce, let it cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe container. Label with the freezing date and store for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Freezing (Full Dish): For the entire spaghetti and meat sauce dish, portion it into meal-sized containers or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Label with the freezing date and store for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Thawing and Reheating: When ready to enjoy frozen spaghetti and meat sauce, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through, stirring occasionally.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

Instant Pot spaghetti meat sauce

FAQ’S

Can You Use Ground Turkey for This Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe Instead?

Absolutely. If you’re wanting to cut down on the fat ratio, just switch out the ground beef to ground turkey instead. It’s as simple as that. And no one will probably even know the difference, either!

Can I Use Fresh Tomatoes Instead Of Pasta Sauce?

Yes if you want to make it from scratch add canned crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, a tablespoon of tomato paste and 2 crushed garlic cloves. The canned tomatoes combines with these ingredients will do the same job as the marinara sauce.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti And Meat Sauce

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

If you want to add a little twist to your traditional Spaghetti and Meat Sauce Recipe, then try this Instant Pot Recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1 TSP onion powder
  • 1/2 TSP garlic powder
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 (24-OZ) jar marinara or tomato-based pasta sauce
  • 8 OZ dry spaghetti, broken in half
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions

    Set the Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Once it gets hot, add in the oil, meat, and seasonings. Brown the meat and break up into smaller pieces. This should take about 5 minutes. 

    Turn off the sauté mode and add ½ cup of water. With your utensil, scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot to make sure any remaining residuals of the meat is off. Add in the sauce. Stir well to combine every element. 

    Take your noodles that you have broken in half and spread them in an even layer on top of the meat mixture. Do not stir.

    Add in the remaining 1.5 cups of water. (One way to make sure you get every morsel of your pasta sauce is to pour the water in the jar, close the lid, and shake well. This way you get every oz of sauce!) Do not stir.

    Close the Instant Pot by twisting the lid on and close the seal. Cook on High Pressure for 8 minutes. It should take about 10 minutes to build pressure. 

    Once it is done cooking, quick release by opening the valve (make sure to use a hot pad or towel to protect yourself from the hot steam). 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 596Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1006mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 40g

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