Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
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This instant pot spaghetti has perfectly cooked spaghetti noodles simmered in a savory meat sauce. A simple family dinner that’s ready in less than 30 minutes with only a single pot to clean!
I am really starting to wonder how I ever functioned without an instant pot. Not only is this the only way that I will ever make spaghetti now because it’s so darn tasty, but being left with one pot to clean at the end of the night is like this fascinating phenomenon that I can’t seem to get over.
So. This meat sauce. It’s to die for. And I really urge to to try this secret: add a dab or two of cream cheese to the pot once it’s all done. It mixes right in and makes the sauce so thick and creamy. You’ll seriously want to have spaghetti every night.
Rao’s marinara sauce is my sauce of choice for this, (nope, this is not a sponsored post). I’ll actually say that it’s a wee-bit pricey but the rest of this meal is so simple and economical that you can totally justify it. I buy it in bulk at the Christmas Tree Shop, it’s the lowest price there. Do you have one of those near you?
Can you freeze spaghetti?
You sure can, that’s my main mission when I make this meal (if my family and I haven’t already eaten it all). But it’s really easy to freeze into portion sizes to bring for work lunches or save for future dinners. Here are some tips for success:
- Cook the pasta to the Al Dente Point, but no more. That way the pasta won’t be mushy when you reheat it. For this recipe, the quick release of the pressure valve helps to halt the cooking process. It’s also best to avoid reheating the pasta again before you freeze it.
- Ziploc bags are convenient freezing vessels, just let out any extra air in the bag. Laying it flat and freezing it in a uniform rectangle shape will take up less freezer space but will also allow the pasta to thaw out at the same rate when you remove it from the freezer.
- Let the pasta thaw in the fridge before you reheat it. This is an easy lunch to take from the freezer because it’s usually pretty thawed out by the time lunch rolls around.
More of my favorite Instant Pot meals:
- IP Chicken and Stuffing
- IP Hamburger Helper
- IP Roasted Potatoes
- IP Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- IP Split Pea Soup
- IP French Onion Soup
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Let me show you how it’s done:
This instant pot spaghetti has perfectly cooked spaghetti noodles simmered in a savory meat sauce. A simple family dinner that's ready in less than 30 minutes with only a single pot to clean!
- 1 pound ground beef I use 85% lean
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon Italian Seasonings
- Salt/pepper to taste
- ½ pound spaghetti
- 32 oz. high-quality spaghetti sauce
- 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tablespoons cream cheese softened (optional, but recommended!)
Set the instant pot to Sautee. Add the ground beef and seasonings. Cook and crumble the ground beef until it is browned and cooked through. Drain any excess grease if needed.
Break the spaghetti noodles in half. Crisscross them over the meat (this is done to prevent the noodles from sticking together).
Pour the spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, and water over the noodles. Push the noodles down so that they are completely submerged in the liquid. It’s okay if they break a little bit as you do this.
Cover/Seal the instant pot and set it to pressure cook for 8 minutes (Or, select the manual button and hit high pressure for 8 minutes). Note: It might sound like nothing is happening but if you put your ear up to the instant pot after a few minutes, you can hear it working.
Turn the quick release valve to let all of the steam escape, and open the pot. (Do not let the pressure release naturally as this will overcook the pasta.)
For thicker, creamier sauce, stir in the cream cheese. The spaghetti and sauce will continue to thicken upon standing. Serve, and enjoy!