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Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

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This Instant Pot Spaghetti and meatballs recipe is so good, and it’s super easy to make. If you’re in a hurry, but don’t want fast food, this pasta and meatballs dish will become your go to recipe. It tastes great and is a hot favorite for both adults and the kids.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • One-Pot Wonder: This recipe requires just one pot, simplifying cooking and cleanup.
  • Family Favorite: Spaghetti and meatballs is a crowd-pleaser that kids and adults love.
  • Efficient and Flavorful: The Instant Pot infuses the pasta and sauce with robust flavor.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Italian Style Frozen Meatballs: Add a hearty, protein-packed element to the dish.
  • Olive Oil: Adds a richness to the dish and helps to release the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Tomato Sauce: The base of any good spaghetti sauce, it imparts a robust, tangy flavor that ties all the other ingredients together.
  • Sweet Onion (chopped): Add a layer of sweetness and complexity to the sauce, while also providing a satisfying crunch.
  • Minced Garlic: Is essential ingredient that adds an aromatic kick that elevates the overall flavor profile of the spaghetti.
  • Italian Seasoning: This blend of herbs brings the classic Italian flavors to your spaghetti, enhancing the taste of the tomato sauce and meatballs.
  • Sweet Basil: Fresh or dried, basil brings a sweet and slightly peppery flavor that is quintessential in Italian cuisine.
  • Ground Oregano: An earthy, pungent herb that adds depth and a touch of spiciness to the dish.
  • Brown Sugar: Cuts the acidity of the tomato sauce, creating a more balanced flavor.
  • Garlic Salt: A dual-purpose ingredient that provides both the savoriness of salt and the robust flavor of garlic.
  • Seasoned Pepper: More than just a spice, seasoned pepper can add a nice heat and complexity to the sauce.
  • Chicken Broth: Used as the cooking liquid in the Instant Pot, it adds a savory depth of flavor and helps to cook the spaghetti to perfection.
  • Spaghetti: Provides a satisfying, chewy texture and mild flavor that serves as the perfect carrier for our rich, hearty sauce.

How to Make Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs?

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Step 1

Place the Olive Oil in the Instant pot, and add meatballs, and stir.

Step 2

Break the Spaghetti in half, and add to the Instant Pot, on top of the meatballs.

Step 4

Pour the Tomato sauce in a bowl, add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and add the Italian seasoning, sweet basil, Oregano, brown sugar, garlic salt, and seasoned pepper. Stir well to mix.

Step 5

Pour the Tomato sauce over the Spaghetti and Meatballs. Add the chicken broth, and press noodles under the liquid, making sure the spaghetti is under the sauce. or submerged and not above the liquid.

Step 6

Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and make sure the pressure valve is set to ‘SEALING’. Press the ‘MANUAL’ button, and set the time for 9 minutes. When the Instant Pot is done, it will beep and go to OFF.

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Step 7

Let the Instant pot release the pressure naturally. When all the pressure has been released, and the float valve is down, remove the lid to the Instant Pot, and stir gently.

Related: Quick Release Vs. Natural Release and Keep Warm

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Step 8

Let the Spaghetti sit for a bit, and the sauce will thicken. After about 10 minutes, you’re ready to serve.

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Expert Tips

High-Quality Ingredients:

  • Use fresh and high-quality ingredients. This includes good quality meat, fresh herbs, and high-grade Parmesan cheese.
  • Fresh herbs like parsley or basil add a burst of flavor. Don’t be shy about using garlic either – fresh minced garlic or garlic powder can elevate the taste.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Storage Instructions:

  1. Cool Down: Allow the meal to cool before storing.
  2. Separate Components: Store sauce and pasta separately.
  3. Airtight Containers: Use sealed containers in the refrigerator.

Reheating Instructions:

  1. Microwave Method: Heat in 1-minute intervals until hot.
  2. Stovetop Reheating: Warm on medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Instant Pot Reheating: Use “Saute” function; add pasta last.

What To Serve With This Recipe

  • Side Salad : A crisp and refreshing salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and a zesty vinaigrette perfectly complements the hearty flavors of Instant Pot spaghetti and meatballs.
  • Garlic Bread: Serve up some warm, buttery garlic bread for a delightful crunchy contrast that pairs flawlessly with the saucy pasta goodness.
  • Steamed Asparagus : Elevate your meal with a side of vibrant and tender steamed asparagus, adding a touch of freshness and nutritional balance.
  • Instant Pot Bolognese: Double down on the Italian flavors by offering a rich and savory Instant Pot Bolognese sauce on the side for those who crave an extra burst of tomatoey goodness.
  • Caprese Salad: Enjoy the classic combination of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil drizzled with balsamic glaze – a light and flavorful accompaniment to your spaghetti feast.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Roast a medley of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, and carrots for a satisfying, oven-kissed side that complements the pasta’s richness.
  • Caesar Salad: Indulge in the creamy goodness of a Caesar salad, featuring crisp romaine lettuce, croutons, and Parmesan cheese, providing a tasty contrast to the savory pasta.
  • Sauteed Spinach: Quickly sauté spinach with garlic and olive oil for a quick, nutrient-packed side dish that adds a burst of green goodness to your Instant Pot spaghetti and meatballs spread.

Serve with a , , or a . Enjoy! You might also want to check out our recipe with ground pork.

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FAQ’S

How to Prevent the Burn Notice?

I have seen a lot people who have struggled with the burn notice when it comes to making spaghetti. There are a few tips you will want to keep in mind when you make this recipe to avoid the dreaded burn notice!

Related: What Does the Instant Pot Burn Notice Mean?
Scrape the bottom after sautéing meat. Add a little water to the pot after browning your meat and then scrape the bottom of the pot before adding your sauce.

Add water under and over pasta. To avoid the burn notice, make sure there is enough water both under and over the pasta. I like to put a little water in my sauce jar and then pour it over the pasta.

DO NOT STIR. As soon as you have the pasta over the meat sauce and water over the pasta, put the lid on it. You do not want to stir the pasta into the sauce. If it gets on the bottom, it will cause a burn notice.

Can I Make Fresh Meatballs

Certainly! You can make fresh meatballs by combining ground meat, soaked breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, egg, salt, and pepper, shaping into balls

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Instant Pot Spaghetti And Meatballs

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Instant Pot Recipe is a quick and easy home-cooked meal you can serve to your whole family.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of Italian style frozen meatballs
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 3 cups of tomato sauce
  • A sweet onion – chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Italian seasoning
  • A Tablespoon of sweet basil
  • 1 teaspoon of ground Oregano
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoned pepper
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 pound of Spaghetti

Instructions

    Place the Olive Oil in the Instant pot, and add meatballs, and stir.  

    Break the Spaghetti in half, and add to the Instant Pot, on top of the meatballs.   

    Pour the Tomato sauce in a bowl, add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and add the Italian seasoning, sweet basil, Oregano, brown sugar, garlic salt, and seasoned pepper.  Stir well to mix. 

    Pour the Tomato sauce over the Spaghetti and Meatballs.  Add the chicken broth, and press noodles under the liquid, making sure the spaghetti is under the sauce. or submerged and not above the liquid. 

    Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and make sure the pressure valve is set to ‘SEALING’.  Press the ‘MANUAL’ button, and set the time for 9 minutes.  When the Instant Pot is done, it will beep and go to OFF. 

    Let the Instant pot release the pressure naturally. When all the pressure has been released, and the float valve is down, remove the lid to the Instant Pot, and stir gently. 

    Let the Spaghetti sit for a bit, and the sauce will thicken.  After about 10 minutes, you’re ready to serve. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 669Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 2730mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 8gSugar: 23gProtein: 27g

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10 Comments

  1. We love eating pasta. It’s pretty cheap and there’s so much you can do with it. I love this recipe! I wonder though. How do you keep the sauce from getting too watery?

    1. we only put enough for the sauce to cook and the rest turns to steam… if you follow the recipe then it won’t get watery.

  2. Never yet tried spaguetti in instant pot – just may have to do this one. Thank you – Also would love to win the give-away

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