Easy Homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American, Italian
Main Ingredient: beef, pasta
Prep Time: 15minutes
Cook Time: 25minutes
Total Time: 40minutes
Author: Paint the Kitchen Red
This Easy Homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce recipe does NOT use jar pasta sauce. The sauce is made from scratch and the spaghetti and sauce are cooked together to make a quick and easy one-pot meal that’s kid-friendly and delicious!
Add onion and garlic. Stir until onion is translucent.
Stir in salt, sugar, dried basil, dried oregano, black pepper and crushed red pepper.
Deglaze pot with a tablespoon or two of broth, stirring until liquid has nearly evaporated.
Press ‘Cancel’ to turn Instant Pot off.
Add remaining broth and stir.
Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, but don’t stir.
Divide spaghetti into three batches. Add spaghetti to the inner pot in a criss-cross pattern: add one-third of spaghetti over the tomatoes, spreading it out horizontally. Add the next one-third of spaghetti, spreading out vertically. Add the final layer, spreading out horizontally. (see blog post for step by step photos).
Using a spatula, push down on spaghetti until submerged in the liquid.
Close the lid and pressure cook for 6 minutes.
Do a 2 to 5 minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR 2 to 5). *
Open the lid and stir spaghetti and meat sauce until combined. If there are any strands of spaghetti stuck together, use a fork to separate the strands.
If you find the spaghetti to be too liquidy, allow it to rest for about 5 minutes, and it will absorb the extra liquid.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley and shredded parmesan cheese before serving.
Prep time does not include steps that are already accounted for in the ingredient list, e.g. minced garlic, cut vegetables, etc.
* Use 2 minutes Natural Pressure Release (NPR) for al dente pasta.