Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

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!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe, Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 597 kcal
Author Stephanie


  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 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!)
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  1. Set the instant pot to Sautee. Add the vegetable oil and ground beef and seasonings. Cook and crumble the ground beef until it is browned and cooked through. Drain any excess grease if needed, and ensure there are barely any brown remnants left at the bottom of the pan to prevent the burning warning to appear when we pressure cook. The vegetable oil helps with this. 

  2. Break the spaghetti noodles in half. Crisscross them over the meat (this is done to prevent the noodles from sticking together).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)
  6. For thicker, creamier sauce, stir in the cream cheese. The spaghetti and sauce will continue to thicken upon standing. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 597 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 1444mg63%
Potassium 1386mg40%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1200IU24%
Vitamin C 25.4mg31%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 6.3mg35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.