Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Posted on Dec 4, 2017
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Instant Pot Spaghetti with meat sauce, all in one pot. Use ground beef or turkey, your favorite marinara sauce and dinner is on the table in 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, in bowl with forkful of spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Oh, how I’ve had fun learning the ins and outs of pressure cooking the past few months, and spaghetti has become a weeknight favorite around here.  It’s easy and quick ~ everything cooks together in one pot ~ and so good.  Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is perfect to get on the table in under 30 minutes, any day of the week.

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, in pressure cooker cooked and mixed with tongs

I have made this with ground sirloin and also with ground turkey, I love it both ways.  Meathead is probably more fond of the beef but honestly, the turkey was just as good and my girls all loved it that way.  Use what you like or prefer.  So simple, just brown the meat with some onion, garlic and a little seasoning, and then add water, spaghetti, and your favorite jarred pasta sauce.  Set the pressure cooker for six minutes, let it sit for six more minutes and then it’s done!!  How easy is that? (I sound like Ina, ha!).

Step by Step Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, step by step photo collage in Instant Pot

Not many ingredients here and I’m definitely pretty picky about what I use.  I like ground sirloin if I use beef, and for ground turkey, a mix of dark and white meat (all white will be dry and bland).  You could use a homemade marinara sauce, and I have, but my go-to favorite is Rao’s, so that’s what I use.  And for the pasta, I prefer De Cecco for pressure cooking because, in my experience, it holds up better and will turn out closer to al dente, not at all overcooked and mushy.  And a good sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano to finish. ~ Kelly

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, in serving bowl with fork.

A few notes and observations:

  • You can use more than a pound of ground meat and I often do, usually up to 1⅓ pounds of ground meat.
  • You can also use less spaghetti, but if you do, lower the water amount to 2½ – 2¾ cups.  It’s kind of trial and error, but I like a saucy sauce so I keep the water at 2¾ – 3 cups.
  • I kind of find pressure cooking to be more “exact”, like baking, with ingredient amounts, etc.  That said, this has been a forgiving recipe and the pasta, meat and water amounts can be adjusted easily.
  • Watch seasoning amounts ~ seasonings and aromatics are more intense cooked under pressure.  Be careful on how much crushed red pepper you use!!

Some other Instant Pot dishes that you might also like to try are Pho Ga, Easy Barbecue Ribs and Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham. 

 

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, overhead photo of finished spaghetti in serving bowl with fork.

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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5 from 3 votes
Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Instant Pot Spaghetti in Meat Sauce, all in one pot. Use ground beef or turkey, your favorite marinara sauce and dinner is on the table in 30 minutes.

Course: Dinner/Instant Pot, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian/American
Keyword: Instant Pot spaghetti with meat sauce, instant pot, pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 490 kcal
Author: Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird
Ingredients
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey (I like ground sirloin, use a mix of white and dark turkey meat)
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti, broken in half (I prefer De Cecco brand)
  • 3 cups marinara sauce, jarred or homemade (I like Rao's)
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving
Instructions
  1. Turn on sauté feature on Instant Pot and heat olive oil until hot.  Add onions and cook until translucent.  Add garlic and stir for just a bit until fragrant.  Add ground turkey and continue cooking and stirring to break up clumps until browned and no longer pink.  Add the Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Stir to combine and cook another minute.

  2. Turn off sauté setting.  Add water and 1 teaspoon salt to the pot.  Lay spaghetti on top and then cover with marinara sauce.  With tongs, carefully and gently toss to combine, making sure all the spaghetti is covered with liquid.

  3. Secure lid and seal Instant Pot.  Set for 6 minutes on high pressure.  When finished, let pressure naturally release for 6 more minutes (set a timer!).  Manually release remaining pressure and carefully remove lid.

  4. With tongs, stir and toss to combine spaghetti and sauce, carefully breaking up any clumps of pasta.  Taste and adjust for salt.  Serve with plenty of freshly grated Parm and Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • I have often used more ground meat, up to about 1⅓ pounds and it works just as well, in fact, we prefer a little more meat!
  • You can also use less spaghetti, like 12 ounces.  If so, drop the water down a little, to 2¾ cups.
  • Pressure cooking times and pasta varies, a good starting point is to cut the package boiling instructions in half and set cooking time to that amount, followed by the same natural release time. I recommend the 6 minutes based on De Cecco brand and my al dente preference.

*Inspired by Cooking with Curls.

 

9 thoughts

  1. Denise Holland

    February 20, 2018

    Very delicious. Added some mushrooms and onion & garlic powder too. I added a little less than a pound of spaghetti. Hubby said its yummy a half a dozen times.

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    1. Denise Holland

      February 22, 2018

      I forgot to mention, he’s Italian. 😄

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      1. Kelly

        Hahaha!! So glad you guys like it. I make it all the time around here, my family loves it!

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  2. Marylou

    April 15, 2018

    This is one of my family’s favorites. I’m making it for supper tonight with a couple extra people coming to join us. My question is, do you know if I doubled the recipe, would it turn out in a 6 qt IP. I’m contemplating cooking all of the onions, meat, etc. and then taking out half of the meat mixture and making two separate batches. Of course would be so much easier if I could just do the double batch and be done.

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    1. Kelly

      I’m not sure about doubling this recipe. As long as it doesn’t go above the fill line in the insert. I think it might be too much for a 6-quart pot.

      I’m glad you like the recipe ~ my family loves it!

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      1. Marylou

        April 17, 2018

        Thank you!! I ended up doing two separate batches. Would have been way too much for the 6 quart IP. I did double and sauté onions, meat, etc. and got that al browned up. Dumped it in my 8 cup glass measuring cup to make sure I was dividing it in half and then continued to follow the recipe. Just put fist batch in a covered pot until second batch was done. Perfect!!!! 😊💕

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  3. Marylou

    April 15, 2018

    Oh!! Forgot to rate this recipe. Love it!!!

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  4. Hi – What size Instant Pot do you use for this recipe? I have the Instant Pot 6-qt Duo 7-in1 – will that work? This will be my first time using it!! Thank you. ~ Melissa

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    1. Kelly

      I use a 6-quart model and it’s a good size for everything I’ve tried in the Instant Pot.

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