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Best Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe With Meat Sauce

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This is the best and easiest Instant Pot Spaghetti you will try. The beautiful blend of flavors will amaze you and the ease of cooking will leave you astonished. Pressure Cooker Spaghetti is a simple one-pot meal that your family will love!

No more having a pot of boiling water for noodles. Or pan for meat sauce, and a ton of dirty dishes when cooking spaghetti in the instant pot. Check out this awesome Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan too, I promise you will love it.

Close up top of easy instant pot spaghetti

With the Instant Pot, you can do it all. To clarify, you will have dinner ready to be served a lot faster than the traditional route of cooking.

You can serve this pressure cooker spaghetti with a crisp green salad, or garlic bread. Now you have a simple dinner that everyone will enjoy, and the leftovers are quite a treat as well.

Can you cook dry pasta in an instant pot?

Yes, you can. This is Instant pot spaghetti is made with dry pasta if you enjoy making pasta and have an instant pot you should also check out these 39 Instant Pot Pasta Recipes.

This pressure cooker spaghetti brings the dish together very quick and easy. The noodles are flavorful, the meat sauce is perfect, and I bet even an Italian would gobble this right up without hesitation.

Does tomato sauce count as liquid in instant pot?

No you can’t use tomato sauce alone in the pressure cooker, it’s too thick. What I do is add a the sauce with an equivalent amount of water. So, if I add 1 jar of spaghetti sauce, I also add 1 jar of water.

Top side view of the best instant pot spaghetti with an instant pot in the photo on a blue paisley placemat

Certainly, you’re welcome to use any type of spaghetti noodles you like, whether they are veggie, whole wheat, or the classic kind. Each brand and style have turned out great in this recipe.

Also, you can also substitute the ground beef for ground turkey or even pork if you want. Or even make Instant Pot Spaghetti with meatballs.

It is totally about the preference of flavor of what you have on hand. For instance. We love hamburger meat in ours. But you are welcome to switch things up, it will still turn out to be one savory dish.

I love a good homemade spaghetti sauce. This Mom’s Sunday Sauce is a great recipe for the Instant Pot.

I know in our home we have two or three kids and those are what we stick with. Every time I venture out I normally go back to wanting my old spaghetti sauce. This means you can pick out whatever brand you generally buy.

Close up of pressure cooker spaghetti on a blue paisley placemat

How do you cook spaghetti in the Instant Pot?

  • Turn your Instant Pot to saute add olive oil and toss in your onions and garlic powder or minced.
  • Cook until you can begin to smell the aroma.
  • Now toss in the ground beef, salt and basil, and parsley.
  • Brown the meat completely, until it is no longer pink. If you buy lean meat you don’t usually have to drain your meat. But this helps it from becoming too greasy with less lean meats.
  • Next toss in your broth, diced tomato or crushed tomatoes, and marinara sauce on top of the noodles.
  • Cook on high pressure and then it’s all done you will quick release.

Sometimes I also add a little Italian seasoning and onion powder.

Pressure cooker on a blue paisley placemat with salad in the background

This instant pot spaghetti recipe leaves you with the most perfect al dente noodles you will ever try.

Make sure your noodles are covered in liquid or they will not cook properly. Then set up your Instant Pot and let it cook away.

Perfectly easy to make and quick. Two things I love and the flavor of this spaghetti is absolutely delicious. I’m a huge fan of making spaghetti in the pressure cooker, and will never look back at my old ways.

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Yield: 8

Instant Pot Spaghetti (Pressure Cooker Spaghetti)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Instant Pot Spaghetti is a perfect quick meal for the whole family. Spaghetti in the instant pot is failproof and perfect every time.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 TBS fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles, halved
  • 1 24 Ounce Jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 4 cups water or beef broth
  • 1 14.5 Ounce Can14.5 Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 TBS olive oil


  1. Press saute' on your Instant Pot. And allow it to heat a few minutes and add oil.spaghetti in instant pot e1587924439603
  2. Add onions and garlic, cook until fragrant.spaghetti in instant pot 2 e1587924476201
  3. Sprinkle in salt, basil, and parsley and stir.spaghetti in instant pot 3 e1587924500254
  4. Add the ground beef.spaghetti in instant pot 4 e1587924526758
  5. Cook till no longer pink, chopping to break the meat up as you go. spaghetti in instant pot 5 e1587928546169
  6. Turn off saute and drain off grease (optional) I always use lean meat and usually don't. If you do add the meat back into the pot. Then add in halved spaghetti noodles.spaghetti in instant pot 6 e1587928831678
  7. Pour in the tomatoes, sauce, and water or broth.spaghetti in instant pot 7 e1587928687224
  8. Make sure your noodles are completely covered. spaghetti in instant pot 9 e1587928753670
  9. Place on and lock the lid, close the valve and press manual high pressure for 8 minutes. spaghetti in instant pot 10 e1587928771511
  10. When the time is up, turn off warming and quick release. Then stir well and serve with garlic bread and salad. instant pot spaghetti

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 288Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 52mgSodium 738mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 21g

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Sunday 12th of May 2019

How would you adjust to double the recipe? I'm assuming the cooking time stays the same but not sure how to adjust the liquid. Thanks in advance!


Thursday 14th of March 2019

My angel hair noodles clumped together. How do I prevent that?

Jamela Porter

Friday 15th of March 2019

I’m not sure, I use spaghetti noodles.


Thursday 28th of February 2019

I made this recipe and used a 16oz. box of rotini pasta instead of the spaghetti pasta. The rotini really soaked up the sauce and the meal was delicious. Thank you for a great recipe!


Monday 25th of February 2019

I followed this recipe and used a 16oz box of rotini instead of spaghetti noodles. It was delicious!

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