My amazing Instant Pot spaghetti is an easy and delicious no-fuss family dinner. This is the best pressure cooker spaghetti recipe ever!

Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

When it comes to feeding my family of four, I often turn to my trusty pressure cooker spaghetti with meat sauce recipe. There’s nothing fancy about spaghetti, but it’s a budget-friendly family meal that I make again and again. What’s better than spaghetti for dinner? Why not make this easy family favorite in minutes using your Instant Pot?

It took me a few tries to come up with the perfect Instant Pot spaghetti recipe, but now that I have it down, I don’t deviate much from this simple recipe.

We prefer to have ground beef in our spaghetti, but you can skip the meat or use ground turkey to lighten it up a bit if you prefer.

I was a little skeptical about making pasta dishes like this one in my Instant Pot.

I thought that the pasta might turn out overdone, but with this recipe, my Instant Pot spaghetti turns out perfectly every single time.

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti - Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Recipe

If you haven’t made the plunge and bought your own Instant Pot yet, I can’t recommend it enough. Click here to see the exact pot I use at home.

It’s so convenient to get home on a busy weeknight and be able to throw a few ingredients into my Instant Pot and have dinner on the table quickly.

In fact, if you’re looking for more easy Instant Pot recipes be sure to check out my easy pressure cooker taco soup and this delicious Instant Pot pot roast.

In an effort to eat less fast food and more home-cooked meals this year, my Instant Pot has been really invaluable. Sure, there’s nothing really special about putting spaghetti on the dinner table, but my family loves it and real food beats fast food every single time in my book.

If you’re looking for more great Instant Pot meals, be sure to check out my perfect pressure cooker pot roast, Instant Pot pulled chicken, and my tasty and budget-friendly Instant Pot taco soup!

How to Cook Spaghetti in an Instant Pot

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Dinner

This is a really basic spaghetti recipe that you can doctor-up to fit your preferences. Here’s your grocery list of ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 12 oz. spaghetti noodles
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar marinara sauce
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil (optional)
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

When it comes to cooking instructions, I have a few tips to help ensure you end up with a delicious batch of Instant Pot spaghetti.

First, be sure you season your beef before cooking and brown it thoroughly. This is going to lock in loads of delicious flavor.

Second, make sure that after breaking your pasta in half, you layer it in the pot using a criss-cross pattern. Even making two or three layers of the noodles going opposite directions will really help in preventing your pasta from sticking while it’s cooking.

Finally, you’ll want to make sure your marinara is room temperature and that you’re using warm water. This will help ensure that your Instant Pot doesn’t have to work harder than necessary to come up to pressure. We’re cooking pasta here, so timing is really everything!

Of course, you’re also going to want to sprinkle on a generous amount of grated parmesan cheese and plenty of fresh basil to garnish this yummy Instant Pot spaghetti.

It’s amazing how fresh herbs can transform a basic family dinner recipe into something special.

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Easy Instant Pot Recipes


Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Yield: 6 servings
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy Instant Pot spaghetti with meat sauce turns out perfect every time!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 12 oz. spaghetti noodles
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar marinara sauce
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil (optional)
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Set the instant pot to sauté; add olive oil to the pot. Season the ground beef with salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. When the pot is hot, add the ground beef and brown thoroughly until no pink is left. When cooking is complete, hit cancel on your Instant pot.
  2. Break your spaghetti noodles in half and layer them over the meat in a criss-cross pattern to help prevent clumping and sticking.  Cover with water, diced tomatoes, and marinara sauce. Using a wooden spoon, press, and wiggle gently (don’t break the noodles) to ensure the pasta is well-covered with the liquid. Again, the criss-cross layering of the pasta and this gentle wiggling is simply to ensure that the noodles are well-coated with liquid will help prevent the pasta clumping.
  3. Replace the lid. Set the Instant Pot to sealing and pressure cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  4. When cooking is complete, hit cancel and do a quick release on the Instant Pot.  Stir the spaghetti. It will thicken as it cools. Serve immediately with parmesan cheese and fresh basil!

Notes

  1. Using warm or hot water will help your Instant Pot come up to pressure quicker.
  2. I made this using a 6-quart Instant Pot.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 444