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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!


  • 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. marinara 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 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. 
  • 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!



Calories: 597kcal, Carbohydrates: 59g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 1444mg, Potassium: 1386mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 1200IU, Vitamin C: 25.4mg, Calcium: 108mg, Iron: 6.3mg