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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 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp 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 1/2 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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