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Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs in 30 mins

This Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs is an easy, one-pot meal that is ready in 30 minutes! It is crazy delicious and there is no need to boil the pasta separately.

Easy Ingredients:

  1. Marinara Sauce: we highly recommend Rao’s sauce. Delicious flavor and no added sugar.

  2. Spaghetti: buy the pot-sized to save having to break it to fit yourself!

  3. Frozen Meatballs: beef, pork, turkey or a mixture. Whatever you like!

  4. Olive Oil

  5. Water

  6. Onion

  7. Garlic

  8. Salt

  9. Pepper

  10. Italian Seasoning

Do I have to use frozen meatballs?

I tested this recipe with fresh meatballs and frozen cooked meatballs. The fresh meatballs fall apart in the pressure cooker and do not hold up. You can use them, but they will be in much smaller chunks by the time everything is done. I highly recommend grabbing a bag of already cooked frozen meatballs instead!

Can I use ground beef instead?

Yes, absolutely! Sauté the ground beef and onion in the instant pot until it is no longer pink. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds more. Then continue on with the rest of the steps for the recipe!

How to make Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

  1. Sauté: Set your instant pot to the sauté setting. Sauté the onion in olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for 30 more seconds. Add seasonings: salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings. Turn off the sauté setting.

  2. Layer: Add frozen meatballs to the bottom of the instant pot and arrange them in as flat a layer as you can. Place pasta on top of meatballs and gently spread it into a flat layer. Drizzle pasta with olive oil — this will help prevent the pasta from sticking.

  3. Pour: Pour the marinara sauce on top of the pasta. Then refill the pasta jar with water (3 cups of water) and pour the water on top of the marinara sauce.

  4. Pressure: Seal the Instant Pot and turn up the pressure! Cook on manual pressure – on high – for 9 minutes. Then do a manual quick pressure release. Toss spaghetti and meatballs together with the sauce, using tongs. Serve!

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