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Jul 19 2018
3 months ago
1:14 PM MDT

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (One Pot Meal Idea)

Jul 19, 2018 @ 1:14 PM MDT
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Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Need an easy meal idea for busy weeknights?

Turn off the stove and make Instant Pot spaghetti with meat sauce at the same time! It’s super simple to do, and the end result is a delicious sauce and perfectly cooked pasta!

I love that this dinner takes just a few main ingredients you likely already have on hand, and there’s no boiling water or draining in a colander involved. It’s perfect for busy weeknights, and a comforting family meal everyone will enjoy.

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - Ingredients on the counter

Spaghetti night has never been easier!

All you have to do is first brown the ground meat with a little onion and garlic in the Instant Pot using the saute function. I used ground Italian sausage, but you can use ground beef or turkey as desired. Then place the spaghetti noodles, sauce, and water on top. I used a store-bought marinara sauce for convenience, but if you wanted to use homemade sauce, that’d be wonderful as well!

I think you’ll be impressed with the taste and texture of this easy dinner!

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - a closeup of how it looks after cooking

Instant Pot Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

Make a warm and comforting spaghetti and meat sauce meal right in the same pot!

Serves: 6


  • 1 pound ground meat (I used Italian Sausage)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 16 oz. package of spaghetti noodles
  • 24 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 14.5 diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups water


  • Step 1:

    Heat Instant Pot using saute function. Add olive oil.

  • Step 2:

    Brown onion, garlic, and ground meat together, until cooked through. Season with Italian seasoning.  Turn off heat.

  • Step 3:

    If needed, drain grease, and also use a spatula to run across the bottom of pot, getting rid of any stuck on bits. (This is to avoid issues with your pot coming to pressure.)

  • Step 4:

    Break apart noodles and place over the meat.

  • Step 5:

    Pour sauce, can of diced tomatoes, and water over the noodles. Push noodles down so they are mostly covered.

  • Step 6:

    Lock the lid in place and turn valve to "sealing".

  • Step 7:

    Set to manual or high pressure for 8 minutes.

  • Step 8:

    Once cook time is over, manual release pressure. (Use the end of a wooden spoon.) Open lid and stir well. It may appear a little watery, but will soak up some and thicken when cooled.

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - a closeup of the finished spaghetti with meat sauce

My new preferred method of cooking spaghetti!

Don’t be discouraged if, when you lift the lid, the whole thing looks watery after cook time. Stir it a few times and let it cool down to absorb some of the liquid. In the end, it all comes together beautifully, and my family LOVED it. And of course, leftovers are delicious if you have any! YUM.

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - served up in a bowl

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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