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Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

instant pot spaghetti with meat sauce

Easy, 10 minute Instant Pot Spaghetti is made just a few ingredients! Ground beef, jarred pasta sauce, and just a few more tweaks will have this family friendly dinner on your table in no time!

Instant Pot Spaghetti

This recipe is seriously easy.

The next time you find yourself staring down a pound of ground beef, wondering what’s for dinner – this is your new go-to.

Our family loves this for many reasons, of course number one being that this is an easy AND delicious recipe.

But we also love that it could equally be called “One Pot Instant Pot Spaghetti” which means you only have one dish to wash when all is said and done.

Our kids love it for that fact alone!

Think about it for a second…With traditional spaghetti you have wait for the water to come to a boil – there’s pan one. Then you need to brown the meat – there’s pan two. And sometimes, you need a third to combine the two depending on what kind of day you’re having. 

Hey, it’s happened.

So we could also call this One Pot, Easy 10 minute Instant Pot spaghetti with meat sauce but that seems like quite a mouthful. 

We’ll keep it simple…

Set your Instant Pot to saute. Brown the ground beef, garlic and onion. If you’d like to change things up, you could add chopped peppers, zucchini, whatever you like.

Recipe Variation: Sub out the ground beef for Italian Sausage, or use a combination of the two.

Drain the fat, then return the beef mixture to the Instant Pot. Add your spaghetti noodles, broken in half, a jar of spaghetti sauce and a jar FULL of water.

Don’t skimp on the water unless you like lots of crusty noodles. 

Put the lid on and set to seal. Set for ten minutes, then let it naturally release.

After the 10 minutes of cooking, plus the 10 minutes of resting, perform a quick release, which really means turn the switch on top to vent.

Be sure to keep your fingers and hands back as any steam escaping will still be hot.

Give the mixture a stir and enjoy!

Now, I will say, sometimes I have a few (just a few) noodles that get a little crunchy towards the top. These are like the edge pieces of lasagna. I don’t mind them, in fact, I kind of like them!

Sometimes I get them, sometimes I don’t. And really, life is too short for me to worry about that. But I thought I should mention it, just in case it happens to you!

Looking for other Instant Pot recipes for beginners? Check out my Instant Pot Basics, Favorite Instant Pot Accessories and Hard Boiled Eggs!

P.S. Does the Instant Pot still freak you out? Take three minutes and read my Instant Pot article about how I got started with my Instant Pot. It will make you giggle, and then it will help you conquer your fear!

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - Instant Pot Recipe

instant pot spaghetti with meat sauce


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 16 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 - 25 ounce jar marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 25 ounces water
  • *parmesan cheese for topping


  1. Using the sauté' setting on your Instant Pot, cook the ground beef, garlic, and onion. Drain the fat and return to your pot. Add garlic, spaghetti noodles (broken in half), spaghetti sauce, and 25 ounces of water.
  2. Cook on manual setting for 10 minutes, then let it naturally release (this just means leave it alone) for 10 minutes after the cook time is completed. 
  3. Perform a quick release.
  4.  Top with Parmesan cheese when serving.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

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  • Reply
    Annie Hagy
    March 12, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Spaghetti is one of my favorite meals, we have it almost weekly! I love using this easy recipe after a long day of work. Delicious, fast and simple!

    • Reply
      March 15, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Same here, our family never complains when it’s spaghetti night! And fewer dishes to wash is always a win!

  • Reply
    August 24, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Apart from the missing meatballs, I’m going to make it in my new instant pot. I guess could make meatballs separately.

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