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"Rush" Instant Pot Spaghetti With Homemade Pasta Sauce

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Spaghetti with meat sauce - one of the all-time best comfort foods cooked in an instant pot for an easy weeknight one-pot meal.

spaghetti in a white bowl with fork

Regular spaghetti and meat sauce is not difficult to cook, but cooking the classic in an Instant Pot has two distinct advantages that make it worth it. The biggest is there is no rush, as this a hands-free multi-task type recipe. 

  1. First you can brown the meat and cook the pasta in the same pot.
  2. Second it’s easy to dial up the right texture consistently
  3. Require less water to cook the pasta which equals more pasta flavor
  4. IP is worry free cooking with no babysitting


Instant Pot Spaghetti Ingredients

I used this homemade pasta sauce made right in my instant pot, but feel free to use your own doctored up favorite.

spaghetti ingredients
Don't forget to include spaghetti like i did for this photo!

How To Make Instant Pot Spaghetti (Step by Step)

Step 1: Saute the aromatics

vegetables sauteing

Step 2: Brown the meat

ground beef added to vegetable saute

browned ground beef

Step 3: Add the Sauce

sauce with ground beef

Step 4: Cook the pasta

pasta in a pot

spaghetti and sauce in instant pot

Serving Suggestions

I like my spaghetti with meat sauce plain, assuming the sauce is on point, which the sauce the recipe calls for definitely is. Feel free to add some fresh basil and a little grated parmesan or shaved Pecorino Romano. Nice green salad or a twist pairs well. Try one of these:

Smoked Tomato Salad

Pear and Fennel Salad with Collards

Napa Cabbage Salad

Mustard Greens Salad

Tips For Cooking Spaghetti In Instant Pot

For other Instant Pot recipes you might like, try these:

Instant Pot Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Instant Pot Jerk Chicken Thighs

Instant Cabbage with Andouille Sausage

Instant Pot Creole Green Beans

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Instant Pot Collard Greens w/ Smoked Brisket

Instant Pot Okra Soup

Instant Pot Coconut Braised Brussel Sprouts

Instant Pot Black-eyed Peas

Instant Pot Ham and White Beans

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Meatballs

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spaghetti with meat sauce in a bowl

Instant Pot Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce

An all-time best comfort foods cooked to perfect al dente in an instant pot for an easy weeknight one-pot meal.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 794kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker


  • 16 oz Dry Spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 24 oz pasta sauce
  • 1 lb ground beef


  • Heat Instant Pot on "Normal" Saute settings. Once pot is "hot" add olive oil.
  • Add onions and garlic and saute 2-3 minutes.
  • Add beef along with the seasonings and brown fully stirring to ensure there is no pink remaining. Turn off sauté function
  • Add ½ cup water plus pasta sauce but don’t stir
  • Half the spaghetti strands and add in criss-cross segments on top of the ground beef and liquid ingredients.
  • Add one cup of water into the empty pasta jar then pour into the pot using the water to rinse out the remaining pasta sauce. DON'T STIR.
  • Pressure cook on high for 10 minutes
  • Release pressure using the quick-release method then stir


  • Use a pasta sauce with strong flavor since you’ll need to dilute it with water in order to cook the pasta fully. Feel free to doctor the sauce by adding seasonings like dried herbs, paprika, etc.
  • If sauce is too runny after cooking then use the saute function to reduce the sauce to a thicker consistency.
  • Long spaghetti strings clump together easily when cooking in Instant Pot. To avoid this lay the spaghetti in the pot in criss cross fashion. For the same clumsiness reason don’t stir the pasta once you’ve added it to the pot.
  • Deglaze the pot removing the brown bits after cooking the ground beef to avoid the dreaded “burn” notice from the Instant Pot
  • Break the spaghetti in half before cooking to fit in the pot
  • Eat immediately after cooking for maximum flavor.


Calories: 794kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1557mg | Potassium: 1174mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1167IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 6mg
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Recipe Rating


Monday 13th of April 2020

This is certainly a time saver! I had no idea you could cook pasta so fast in the instant pot, I'm trying this out asap! Thanks!

Marwin Brown

Monday 13th of April 2020

Yes indeed. Just remind if you're using long pasta like spaghetti you'll have to stack them in the IP at different angles to avoid them all sticking together.


Sunday 12th of April 2020

This sauce has to happen on the regular in my house:-)

Marwin Brown

Sunday 12th of April 2020

Love it!