Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

I am really starting to wonder how I ever functioned without an instant pot. 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. I’m totally not one to leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight, they *have* to be washed. But when this one little pot is the only thing left to clean, for some reason, I don’t feel a bit bad about filling it up with some soapy water and leaving it for the night. I don’t know why, but I can live with that. Especially when the bachelor is about to start, helloooo….

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Rao’s marinara sauce is my sauce of choice for this, (nope, this is not a sponsored post), and 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, especially if you buy crap-loads of it when it’s on sale like I do. I think I have nine? Nine jars in the basement?

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

I also tried a little somethin’-somethin’ with this recipe and now I don’t think I could ever go back. I mixed a couple of dabs of softened cream cheese when the pasta was done and the pot was pipping hot. It not only thickened up the sauce a little, but added this creamy flavor that I am currently a little bit addicted to. I froze some in portioned-sized meals for work lunches and dinners for my toddler Taylor. Total win/win.

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Sometimes simple and classic is just the way to go, can you really beat spaghetti and meat sauce with a slice of fresh bread? I think not.

Check out my other recipes!


5
5 / 5 ()
Did you make this recipe?

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

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!

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 1 (32 oz.) jar high-quality spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons cream cheese, softened (optional)

Directions:

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

Release the seal, let the steam escape, and open the pot. For thicker, creamier sauce, stir in the cream cheese. The spaghetti and sauce will continue to thicken upon standing.

Serve, and enjoy!

All images and text ©

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

*This post may contain affiliate links