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Instant Pot Marinara Pasta

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Do you like to make homemade marinara sauce? If so you’ll love our Instant Pot Marinara Sauce Recipe with spaghetti noodles. Marinara sauce is a delicious, savory sauce that pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes from pasta to pizza to vegetable stir-fries.

Using your Instant Pot is the perfect way to make this classic marinara sauce. With just a few simple ingredients you can whip up a delicious batch of Instant Pot Marinara Sauce in no time.

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What Is Marinara Sauce?

Marinara sauce is a classic Italian tomato-based sauce that is typically used in pasta dishes and other recipes. It is made with simple ingredients like tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil and herbs like basil and oregano.

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Making homemade marinara sauce beats store-bought sauce every time! You get to control the ingredients, which means you can make your marinara sauce as healthy or decadent as you’d like.

Plus, homemade marinara sauce is so easy to make in the Instant Pot and you can make a one-pot meal by adding your spaghetti noodles.

Spicy Marinara Sauce

This Instant Pot Marinara sauce recipe has a kick of spice. If you’re not into spice then simply leave out the chili pepper flakes and you’ll have a delicious and mild marinara sauce that can be enjoyed with any dish.

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hat Is The Difference Between Marinara Sauce And Spaghetti Sauce?

Marinara sauce is simply a combination of tomatoes and seasonings mixed together. Spaghetti sauce on the other hand often contains meat such as ground beef and other vegetables, such as carrots and mushrooms.

When To Make Instant Pot Marinara Sauce And Spaghetti?

When considering marinara sauce versus spaghetti sauce you need to ask what kind of spaghetti dish you want.

You may have vegan or meat-loving family members so deciding which sauce to add to your pasta may be determined by preference.

Is Marinara Sauce Good For You?

Marinara sauce is good for you as the tomatoes contain great nutrition and the sauce is a rich source of Vitamin C. Marinara sauce is low in fat and is a good sauce option to help keep your cholesterol low.

What Is Marinara Sauce Used For?

Marinara Sauce can be used in the following dishes:

  • Creamy Tomato Soup
  • Meatballs in Marinara
  • Ratatouille
  • Minestrone
  • Shakshuka
  • Pizza
  • Fish Parmigiana

Instant Pot Marinara Sauce Cooking Times

This marinara and spaghetti sauce recipe takes 5 minutes to saute and 8 minutes pf pressure cooking time.

Ingredients For Instant Pot Marinara Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Garlic Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 12 oz. Spaghetti Noodles
  • 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes 400g
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce 200g
  • 3 Cups Warm Water
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Basil or Fresh Basil (Fresh herbs are the best)
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Tsp Crushed Pepper Flakes (Optional for a spicy kick)
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How To Make Instant Pot Marinara Sauce With Spaghetti Noodles

Here is a step-by-step guide for making the homemade marinara sauce in the Instant Pot:

Step One: Turn On Saute Button

Turn the Instant Pot on and press saute. Add oil

Step Two: Add Tomatoes, Sauce And Seasonings

Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to your inner pot. Stir to combine.

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Step Three: Saute Tomatoes

Saute for 5 minutes.

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Step Four: Add Spaghetti Noodles

Add your spaghetti noodles in half and layer them over the sauce. Add your 4 cups of water to the InstantPot.

Step Five: Pressure Cook Marinara Sauce

Close the Instant Pot lid and set your pressure cooker to sealing. Pressure cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.

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Step Six: Quick Release Steam

When cooking is complete, hit cancel and do a quick release on the Instant Pot. Stir the spaghetti. The recipe will thicken as it cools.

Step Seven: Garnish And Serve Marinara

Garnish your finished sauce with parmesan cheese. Serve with a baguette or slice of crusty bread.

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How To Make Marinara Sauce Without Spaghetti

To make Instant Pot marinara sauce without spaghetti noodles, simply omit the pasta from the recipe.

You can add cooked meatballs or chicken to the Instant Pot marinara sauce to give it extra flavor and protein.

Simply saute your ingredients as usual and follow the same similar cooking process. Enjoy your Instant Pot marinara sauce.

Best Tomatoes For Marinara Sauce?

In this marinara recipe we use diced tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are great for this sauce as they are easy to store and budget-friendly.

If you don’t have any diced tomatoes in stock you can use whole tomatoes and simply pop them into the food processor or blend using an immersion blender.

Can I Use Fresh Tomatoes?

If you prefer to use fresh tomatoes instead of canned, simply cut 3 pounds of fresh plum tomatoes into small pieces and saute them in the Instant Pot with your other quality ingredients.

This will give your marinara sauce an extra burst of freshness and flavor! When cooking with tomatoes I love to use roma tomatoes. They are my favorite type!

Can I Substitute Water With Vegetable Broth?

For a richer, more savory flavor in your Instant Pot marinara sauce, you can substitute water with vegetable broth.

Can I Add Tomato Paste And Red Wine?

Yes, you can add tomato paste and red wine to your Instant Pot marinara sauce recipe for extra depth of flavor.

Simply saute the tomato paste with the olive oil before adding in the diced tomatoes, garlic, and herbs and add a splash of wine before pressure cooking.

Can I Add Onion To My Marinara Sauce?

If you want to add some savory, sweetness to your Instant Pot marinara sauce, try sauteing a small chopped onion with the garlic and other ingredients.

You can also add a little sugar if you find that the tomatoes are a little tart.

How To Thicken Marinara Sauce

Marinara sauce is naturally thinner than other tomato-based sauces. If you want to thicken up your marinara sauce without adding vegetables or meat you simply need to cook it for a little longer and the sauce will thicken a little more.

How Long Does Marinara Sauce Last In The Fridge?

So does marinara sauce go bad and if so, how long can I store marinara sauce in the fridge? In general, marinara sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

To ensure that your marinara sauce lasts longer, be sure to store it in a sealed container or jar and keep it in the coldest part of your fridge.

Can You Freeze Marinara Sauce?

Yes, you can freeze marinara sauce. To do so, simply transfer the marinara sauce to an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How To Thaw Marinara Sauce

You may need to thaw your marinara sauce before using it, but this is a simple process that can be done by leaving the sauce in the fridge overnight or by using a microwave.

Whether you’re cooking up your favorite pasta dish or making a hearty meat dish, marinara sauce is always an excellent addition that will take any meal to the next level!

How To Can Marinara Sauce?

If you prefer to can your marinara sauce rather than freeze it, the process is fairly simple. To can marinara sauce, start by gathering all your ingredients and utensils and make sure that everything has been properly sanitized.

Then, heat a pot of water and place the jars into the water. Cook the jars and lids in the simmering water for 10 minutes to sterilize them.

Next, fill your jars with your marinara sauce, leaving about 1 inch of space at the top. Wipe down the rims of the jars, apply the lids and bands, and process them in a hot water bath for 45 minutes.

Let the jars cool completely before storing them in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

Whether you’re looking for a simple and classic marinara sauce or something a little more adventurous, there are endless ways to enjoy this delicious Italian staple!

How To Get Marinara Sauce Out Of Clothes?

If your marinara sauce has spilt on your clothes, the best way to get it out is to use a pre-treatment product like Shout or OxiClean. Simply apply the product to the stain and then wash your clothes as usual in warm water.

Be sure to check that all traces of the marinara sauce are gone before drying your clothes, as heat can set stains and make them harder to remove.

Is Marinara Sauce Vegan?

Most marinara sauces are typically made with tomatoes and olive oil, which them a good choice for those following a vegan diet.

Is Marinara Sauce Pizza Sauce?

Marinara sauce is often used as pizza sauce, as it is slightly thinner than traditional pizza sauce and has a different flavor profile.

Can Dogs Eat Marinara Sauce?

This marinara sauce recipe includes minced garlic. Therefore it’s best to avoid giving to dogs as garlic can be toxic to dogs when consumed in large quantities.

Always check the ingredients list of any marinara sauce before feeding it to your dog, and if you’re not sure, consult with a vet first.

More Easy Instant Pot Recipes

Here are some great Instant Pot recipes packed with flavor and ready to be put to the test!

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Spicy Instant Pot Marinara Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

If you want to have a spicy yet delicious meal you can serve to your family, then follow this mouthwatering Instant Pot Marinara Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Garlic Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 12 oz. Spaghetti Noodles
  • 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes 400g
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce 200g
  • 3 Cups Warm Water
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Basil or Fresh Basil (Fresh herbs are the best)
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Tsp Crushed Pepper Flakes (Optional for a spicy kick)

Instructions

    Step One: Turn On Saute Button

    Turn the Instant Pot on and press saute. Add oil

    Step Two: Add Tomatoes, Sauce And Seasonings

    Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to your inner pot. Stir to combine.

    Step Three: Saute Tomatoes

    Saute for 5 minutes.

    Step Four: Add Spaghetti Noodles

    Add your spaghetti noodles in half and layer them over the sauce. Add your 4 cups of water to the InstantPot.

    Step Five: Pressure Cook Marinara Sauce

    Close the Instant Pot lid and set your pressure cooker to sealing. Pressure cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.

    Step Six: Quick Release Steam

    When cooking is complete, hit cancel and do a quick release on the Instant Pot. Stir the spaghetti. The recipe will thicken as it cools.

    Step Seven: Garnish And Serve Marinara

    Garnish your finished sauce with parmesan cheese. Serve with a baguette or slice of crusty bread.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 638mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 6g

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2 Comments

  1. Angela, I am excited to try your Instant Pot Spicy Marinara Sauce. Can you please let me let me what the can sizes are for the Diced Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce? We have a lot of different sizes for both.
    Thank you.

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