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Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is an easy set-it-forget-it dinner that is ready in less than 30 minutes. This will become your new got to pasta recipe! 
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italain
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Rob


  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 lb ground beef I use 85% lean
  • 1 1 white onion; diced and optional
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasonings
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 32 oz spaghetti sauce `- I use homemade or Rao's
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 1/2 -2 cups water
  • Parmesan cheese; for topping


  • 1.Turn instant pot on saute mode and cook ground beef and onions.
    2. Turn off instant pot. Break spaghetti in half and place on top of the meat.
    3. Pour sauce, spices and canned diced tomatoes over the top. Make sure to cover all the of the noodles.
    4. Add one cup of water. Place lid on instant pot and set to high pressure for 10 minutes. Quick release pressure when the instant pot is done counting.
    5. Open pot and make sure that any noodles that are sticking together to use a fork and separate. If sauce is thick add a half cup of water. If liquid is still a lot then your pasta will be fine.
    6. Place lid back on pot and set to high pressure for 5 more minutes. Once the instant pot is done counting then quick release pressure.
    7. Serve topped with parmesan cheese. Please read notes for more.


Cook time can vary due to the type of pasta you use. If using a thinner pasta then take the time down a few minutes. For thicker pasta then up a few minutes. Always judge by the sauce you use too. Some sauces are thinner than others. Some sauces are thicker. Thicker sauces need more water. If your getting a burn notice make sure you have the meat on bottom and add a little more water.
For Gluten Free:
Gluten free pasta cooks faster than normal pasta. So if you have a thin pasta just cook for 5 minutes. If you have a thick pasta 10 minutes will do the trick.