Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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This quick and easy instant pot spaghetti requires just 9 ingredients, one pot, and takes less than 30 minutes to make so you can have this classic family favorite on the dinner table even on a busy weeknight! Add crispy garlic bread and a green salad for a well rounded meal your family will love!


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For serving

  • shaved Parmesan
  • fresh chopped parsley


  1. Heat olive oil in the instant pot and set to the saute function.
  2. Add ground beef, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and a couple pinches of salt and pepper and cook, crumbling it with a spatula until cooked through.
  3. Turn off the instant pot and pour in half the beef broth. Scrape any yummy bits off the bottom of the pot and stir to combine.
  4. Break uncooked spaghetti noodles in half and fan them out in a criss-cross pattern on top of the meat, layering the noodles as needed.
  5. Pour pasta sauce, tomato sauce, and remaining broth over the noodles. Gently press noodles into the sauce and water mixture ensuring that they are completely covered.
  7. Seal the lid on the IP and set for 8 minutes on high pressure in manual mode. The instant pot will probably take about 10-15 minutes or so to come up to pressure.
  8. Use the quick release button to release the steam, stir spaghetti, and let sit for just a couple minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve and garnish with Parmesan and parsley. Enjoy!



  • Don't skip the broth! The best way to add some extra flavor to this instant pot spaghetti is to cook it in broth instead of water. This just pumps up the flavor of everything and ensures that the flavor of the sauce doesn't get diluted.
  • If you find that the pasta is not quite cooked through after pressure cooking for 8 minutes, just seal the instant pot again and pressure cook on high pressure for another 2 minutes or so. I find that when I use brands like Creamette or Barilla, the pasta cooks in about 8 minutes. But when I use a brand like Delallo which is made with 100% semolina flour, it takes an extra couple of minutes to cook through.
  • Serve with garlic bread! A great spaghetti dinner isn't quite complete without garlic bread. Take a few minutes to throw together my extra-easy garlic bread recipe!
  • Avoid overcooking the pasta with the controlled quick release instead of the natural release. You can also release the steam in short bursts until the float valve drops and you can remove the lid.