Instant Pot Spaghetti – An easy meal just got even easier! Family favorite spaghetti and meat sauce can be made in just one pot. Brown the meat, simmer the sauce and cook the noodles all in the Instant Pot.
Spaghetti in the Instant Pot? I know some might be saying “but it’s so easy to make spaghetti on the stovetop why would I make spaghetti in the Instant Pot?” because it’s even easier! Everything cooks in one pot and it’s pretty much hands off, and clean up is a snap! For those nights when you just need things to be super simple and something the whole family will eat…here you go!
Or, if you want to meal prep some healthy comfort lunch food to take to work..totally got you covered there too.
How to Make Instant Pot Spaghetti
- Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE mode and cook the ground beef, sausage and spices. Break spaghetti in half and layer over the beef mixture in a criss cross pattern ( to help keep noodles from sticking together.
- Cover noodles with Marinara sauce, diced tomatoes and water and cook on MANUAL high pressure for 9 minutes.
- When cooking cycle is complete stir the noodles ( to absorb all the sauce) and serve. Garnish with fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese.
1. Make sure to break spaghetti noodles in half so they fit in the bottom of the Instant Pot (if you are using an 8 qt. model you may not need to break the noodles). Layer noodles in a criss cross pattern to help make sure they don’t clump together.
2. Once the cooking cycle has completed, toss noodles with tongs or two forks to incorporate. The sauce may appear runny at first but once you stir the noodles they will incorporate the sauce to make a thick perfect batch of pasta. Some noodles may be stuck together, gently work them apart with the tongs or two forks.
3. Cook time is 9 minutes for al dente noodles, if you like your noodles cooked more thoroughly extend cook time to 10 minutes, or use the sauté setting after cooking to cook noodles a bit more. When purchasing spaghetti noodles for this recipe check to make sure the cook time is between 9-11 minutes (most are).
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Instant Pot Spaghetti
- ½ lb. lean ground beef
- ½ lb. ground Italian sausage mild
- ½ tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves, minced
- ½ tsp onion powder or ¼ cup diced onion
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 12 oz. spaghetti noodles
- 1 24 oz. jar marinara sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce)
- 1 14oz. jar diced tomatoes
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 cups water
- Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
- Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE. Add the ground beef, sausage, garlic powder, onion powder and salt & pepper; using a wooden spoon to break up any ground beef/sausage as necessary to evenly brown. Turn Instant Pot off and drain any excess grease, if necessary. Return meat to Instant Pot.
- Break spaghetti noodles in half and place half on top of meat. Layer the other half in a crisscross pattern (so the noodles don’t stick together). Add Marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes (if using) and water. Making sure liquid covers spaghetti. Use a spoon if necessary to submerge noodles in sauce.
- Seal Instant Pot lid, set vent to SEALING. Set pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK, to high pressure for 9 minutes.
- Once cooking cycle is complete, do a Quick Release. Carefully open Instant Pot and toss noodles. You may need to let noodles set for a minute or two after completing the cooking cycle and being tossed to fully incorporate pasta sauce. Serve, and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.