Instant Pot Spaghetti


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Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti is one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a fast family dinner. Everything cooks together in one pot: meat, pasta and sauce!

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti is one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a fast family dinner! Everything cooks together in one pot: meat, noodles and sauce. Make this quick dinner with ground beef or turkey and whole wheat or white pasta.

When everyone’s hungry and you need to get dinner on the table quick, this Instant Pot spaghetti recipe is just the dinner shortcut that you need! You’ll brown the meat and cook the pasta all in one pot for the ultimate convenient family-friendly meal.

Spaghetti isn’t a difficult meal to make on the stove, so why should you make it in an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker? The real benefit is that you don’t have to watch multiple pots on the stove. This Instant Pot recipe is quick, easy and there’s only one pot to wash at the end. You don’t need to drain the pasta, so you won’t dirty a colander. You don’t need separate pots for the pasta and the sauce.

Why you’ll love this Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

  • It’s made with just 5 ingredients, and ready in 30 minutes total (most of that time is hands-off).
  • Only ONE pot to wash at the end!
  • You can use either ground turkey or ground beef, and white or whole wheat pasta.
  • It’s a flavorful comfort food dinner that the whole family will love!

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti is one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a fast family dinner! Everything cooks together in one pot: meat, noodles and sauce. Make this quick dinner with ground beef or turkey and whole wheat or white pasta.

This Instant Pot recipe is the easiest way to make spaghetti and meat sauce. It takes about 10 minutes of active prep time and the whole meal is done in just 30 minutes. And you only need 5 ingredients!

Since the pasta cooks right in the marinara sauce, it absorbs the flavor of the sauce as it cooks. Be sure to use a pasta sauce that you love for the best Instant Pot spaghetti.

You can use ground turkey or ground beef in this recipe. I’ve made it with both, and I actually prefer it with the healthier ground turkey. You’ll brown the meat right in the Instant Pot using the saute setting.

I’ve tested this recipe in both my 6 quart and 8 quart Instant Pots and it works perfectly in both! So whichever size Instant Pot you have, you can make this delicious spaghetti recipe with success. This is a fast comfort food dinner that you’ll want to add into your meal plan rotation!

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti is one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a fast family dinner! Everything cooks together in one pot: meat, noodles and sauce. Make this quick dinner with ground beef or turkey and whole wheat or white pasta.

How to make Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

How to make easy Instant Pot Spaghetti, one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a fast family dinner! Everything cooks together in one pot: meat, noodles and sauce. Make this quick dinner with ground beef or turkey and whole wheat or white pasta.

  1. Brown the meat using the Instant Pot saute setting.
  2. Add the seasonings and water, stir well.
  3. Arrange the spaghetti noodles in a criss-cross pattern on top of the meat, do not stir.
  4. Pour a jar of marinara sauce on top of the spaghetti. Again, do not stir.
  5. Seal the Instant Pot and pressure cook on high/manual for 5-7 minutes (specific timing instructions given below).
  6. Do a quick pressure release.
  7. Let it rest for 3-5 minutes and serve!

Tips for making Instant Pot Spaghetti

  • Use either white or whole wheat spaghetti in this recipe – I’ve tested it with both with good success. I recommend cooking whole wheat spaghetti for 5 minutes (for a package cook time of 7-9 minutes). Cook white spaghetti for 7 minutes (for a package cook time of 9-11 minutes).
  • You can use either ground beef or ground turkey in this recipe.
  • When you use a full pound of meat in this recipe, the dish is heavy on the meat. You can use half a pound of meat instead of a full pound if you like less meat in your pasta. Either buy 1/2 pound from the butcher or save the other half pound from a one pound package to make tacos.
  • Use a good quality marinara sauce that you love the flavor of, as that will impact the flavor of the finished dish.
  • Do not stir after adding the spaghetti or sauce. You will arrange the spaghetti in alternating directions (see photo above) to prevent the noodles from sticking together.
  • Be sure to do a quick release right away when the cook time finishes so the pasta doesn’t over cook.
  • When you first open the Instant Pot, the sauce will look thin. Give it a stir and let it rest for 3-5 minutes and it will be perfect!

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti is one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a fast family dinner! Everything cooks together in one pot: meat, noodles and sauce. Make this quick dinner with ground beef or turkey and whole wheat or white pasta.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti is one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a fast family dinner. Everything cooks together in one pot: meat, pasta and sauce!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 ounces uncooked whole wheat or regular spaghetti
  • 25 ounce jar marinara sauce*

Directions:

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute mode and add the ground turkey or ground beef. Cook, crumbling with a spoon, until browned. Turn Instant Pot off.
  2. Add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper and water. Stir until well combined, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  3. Break the spaghetti noodles in half and lay them in the pot in about 6 parts, with each part laying in a different direction (this is to prevent the spaghetti from sticking together).
  4. Pour the marinara sauce over the spaghetti. Do not stir.
  5. Seal Instant Pot lid and turn the steam valve to the sealing position.
  6. Cook at high pressure/manual for 5 minutes if using whole wheat spaghetti with a package cook time of 7-9 minutes. Cook at high pressure/manual for 7 minutes if using regular white spaghetti with a package cook time of 9-11 minutes.
  7. Do a quick release (carefully turn the steam valve to the venting position using the handle of a long spoon and wait for all of the steam to escape and the pin to drop down).
  8. Remove lid, stir. You will see some liquid in the pot. This will absorb after just a few minutes. Wait for 3-5 minutes and then serve.

*Use a good quality marinara sauce that you love the flavor of, as that will impact the flavor of the finished dish.

Nutrition information was calculated using an online calculator and is meant to be an estimate only. The exact numbers will vary based on quantities, ingredients and brands used. Nutrition facts calculated for recipe made with lean ground turkey and whole wheat pasta.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 5 servings, Serving Size: 1.5 cups

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 432 Calories
  • Total Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 94mg
  • Sodium: 452mg
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Protein: 34g
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Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti is one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a fast family dinner! Everything cooks together in one pot: meat, noodles and sauce. Make this quick dinner with ground beef or turkey and whole wheat or white pasta.

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