Instant Pot Spaghetti is a simple, one-pot meal made with a hearty, rich meat sauce and perfectly cooked noodles.
Instant Pot Spaghetti is the perfect meal to turn to when you are looking for an easy, flavorful, one-pot family meal.
I know that is a bold statement to make, but there are so many reasons you will agree that this Instant Pot Spaghetti deserves to be your next dinner!
- Easy. From sauteeing the meat to cooking the pasta, this recipe is made all right inside the Instant Pot. So yes, that means only one dish to wash!
- Fast. In less than 30 minutes after you hit saute on your Instant Pot and begin cooking, you will be ready to sit down at the table and eat. In my book, 30-minute meals are perfect for busy weeknights.
- Perfection. I know you may doubt that the instant pot can yield al dente pasta. However, I have perfected the cooking time and method for pressure cooking spaghetti noodles to ensure that the noodles remain al dente and do not stick together as they cook.
- Tastier. Because the noodles cook in both broth and spaghetti sauce rather than simply being topped with spaghetti sauce after they are cooked in water, the noodles absorb incredible flavor, making this preparation method much more flavorful.
- Versatile. This recipe for Instant Pot Spaghetti gives you options! From the type of noodles to the type of sauce, to whether you add meat or not, you can make this recipe using what you like and what you have on hand.
- Family-Favorite Meal. Spaghetti is a favorite that the entire family enjoys--even the picky eaters.
This fail-proof Instant Pot Spaghetti is a MUST make for busy nights when you are craving a comforting bowl of pasta or just a simple, economical family meal that everyone is sure to enjoy.
Notes on Ingredients
- Ground Meat: Use any type of ground meat your family likes. Ground turkey, pork, sausage, or ground beef all work well for Instant Pot Spaghetti. You can even opt to omit the meat altogether for meatless spaghetti.
- Onion & Garlic: To add a bit more flavor to your meat sauce, I highly recommend sauteeing the meat with both minced onion and garlic.
- Noodles: This recipe for Instant Pot Spaghetti is made using regular or whole wheat spaghetti noodles. Do not use angel hair or linguine noodles, as the cooking times are not the same.
- Spaghetti Sauce: Use your favorite jarred or homemade spaghetti sauce. This is a great recipe to use Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce if you have it on hand!
- Broth: Instead of cooking the noodles in just water, use this as an opportunity to impart more flavor to the spaghetti, by using low-sodium vegetable broth. In place of vegetable broth, feel free to use chicken or beef broth/stock.
- Parmesan Cheese: I love topping spaghetti with grated parmesan cheese. However, feel free to omit it if you are dairy-free.
How to Make Spaghetti in the Instant Pot
Step One: Saute the Meat
If you are opting to make Instant Pot Spaghetti without the addition of ground meat, skip to step three. Your spaghetti will still be delicious!
- Turn Instant Pot to saute and let the Instant Pot heat up until it reads Hot.
- Add in the ground beef, along with onions and garlic, and cook the beef until browned completely. Be sure to break the meat up into small bite-sized pieces as you saute it.
Step Two: Deglaze Pan
Any time you saute anything in the Instant Pot, you must deglaze the inner pot to prevent a burn warning.
- Once the meat is browned, turn the saute function off by hitting cancel on the Instant Pot off.
- Remove meat from the inner pot, drain off any grease, and reserve for later.
- Add ½ cup of the broth to the inner pot and use a spoon or spatula to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the inner pot.
Step Three: Layer Spaghetti
The way you layer the components for this dish is crucial to the results. You must crisscross the noodles in layers so that they do not stick together. It is also important to pour the spaghetti sauce over the top of the noodles, not below or in between layers. This will keep the noodles moist as they cook AND prevent the spaghetti sauce from burning under pressure.
- Break spaghetti noodles in half and add them in crisscrossing layers in the inner pot of the Instant Pot. This is a very important step because if you do not crisscross the noodles, they may clump together as they cook.
- Pour in the remaining stock and gently submerge the noodles into the stock. It is okay if they are not fully submerged, the spaghetti sauce will cover the top of the noodles.
- Top the noodles with the reserved sauteed meat mixture.
- Pour the marinara or spaghetti sauce over the meat and noodles.
Step Four: Pressure Cook
I have experimented dozens and dozens of times to perfect the cooking time for cooking noodles in the Instant Pot. The formula I have landed on is to set the cooking time for half the time suggested on the box, followed by EXACTLY 5 minutes of natural pressure release.
- Place the lid on the pressure cooker and be sure the vent knob is pointed to sealed.
- Cook on High Pressure for half the amount of time the box of pasta indicated, which is typically equivalent to 5 minutes for spaghetti noodles.
- Once the cooking time has elapsed, let the pressure release for exactly 5 minutes naturally. Then release any remaining pressure by using a wooden spoon to knock the vent knob from the sealing to the venting position, being careful to stand away from any steam that may be released.
- Open the Instant Pot and stir the sauce into the noodles.
Step Five: Serve
Pair this Instant Pot Spaghetti with a Tossed Greek Salad or Caesar Salad and Homemade Garlic Toast for a tasty, easy family meal. And don't forget to top the spaghetti with grated parmesan cheese--YUM!
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Instant Pot Spaghetti
- 1 pound ground meat of choice optional
- ¼ cup onion minced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 16 ounces spaghetti noodles regular or whole wheat
- 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken stock
- 24 ounces spaghetti sauce homemade or jarred*
- Parmesan Cheese for serving
- Turn the Instant Pot to saute and allow to heat for 1-2 minutes. Once heated, add in the ground meat, onion, and garlic. Saute the beef, breaking it up into small pieces as it browns until the meat is fully cooked.
- Once the meat is browned, turn the Instant Pot off by hitting cancel. Remove meat from the inner pot, drain off any grease, and reserve the meat for later.
- Return the inner pot back to the Instant Pot. Add in ½ cup of broth to the inner pot and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the inner pot to prevent a burn warning.
- Break the spaghetti noodles in half and add them in crisscrossing layers in the inner pot of the Instant Pot. This is a very important step because if you do not crisscross the noodles, they may clump together.
- Pour in the remaining broth and gently submerge the noodles into the stock using a spoon. It is okay if they are not fully submerged, the spaghetti sauce will cover the top of the noodles.
- Top the noodles with the reserved meat and the spaghetti sauce.
- Place the lid on the pressure cooker and be sure the vent knob is pointed to sealed. Set to cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes by hitting pressure cook or manual and then using the +/- buttons to adjust until the timing reads 5.
- Once the cooking time has elapsed, let pressure release for EXACTLY 5 minutes naturally. Then release any remaining pressure by using a wooden spoon to knock the vent knob from sealing to venting, being careful to stand away from any steam that may be released.
- Open the Instant Pot and gently toss the noodles and sauce together. Serve with Parmesan Cheese if desired.
I made this using whole wheat penne pasta... it was great... cooked prefect... quick and easy...loved it
So happy to hear you enjoyed Barb!
Awesome thank you so much ❤️
Since we like our spaghetti sauce more on the chunky side, I added more onion, garlic and a little diced green bell pepper. I used chicken broth.
I have an 8 quart Instant Pot that I've used a lot. At least 2 to 5 times a week for about a year. I've never had a burn notice. I don't know if some Instant Pots are more sensitive to this than others. I'm always very careful to completely de-glaze the bottom of my pot. Not sure why so many people have this problem.
My spaghetti was really good.
TY for the recipe.
Robin M Ferretti
Made your IP Spaghetti recipe. Browned grd beef, removed then deglazed pot, wiping it dry. I like ANGEL HAIR pasta so used that and all other ingredients like you directed (except was going to do a 4min cook & 4min release). Before it came to pressure I got the BURN notice. After 2nd beep, opened the lid and stirred. A lot was stuck to bottom but not burned. (It was almost done and hadn't even pressure sealed). Restarted for 2 mins but Burn beeped again just after it sealed. Cancelled, QR, mixed & it was done. More stuck to bottom & very creamy. It tasted good & didn't lose too much on the bottom. I just watched the BURN VIDEO & think I should have cleaned the pot better after the meat saute---or Angel Hair may have been the issue.
Hi Robin! I am sorry you had that issue, but actually since you shared that pressure was not reached but nearly cooked, it sounds like your lid may not have been sealed well--maybe sealing ring loose or vent knob open). In my experience, Angel Hair is not easily cooked in the instant pot. It tends to really stick together and it may have stuck to the bottom of the pot, which as you stated, if your lid was sealed, that may have caused the burn notice.
I made this recipe and used 16 ounces of penne pasta. It was so easy and very flavorful. I'll definitely make it again!
Love hearing how much you enjoyed!
Hi Kristen. My question is more of an equipment one. I made this last night and it was a success, so thank you! However, before the cooking time was over, my IP displayed the BURN error. Obviously, I need to add more liquid to my 8 qt pot for this recipe, but my question is what action do I take when this is displayed. I hit cancel, waited until the pressure dropped so I could open the pot and was relieved that, in this instance, the noodles on the bottom of the pot were a tiny bit scorched, but otherwise everything was fine. Is that the proper response when one sees the BURN error? My little instruction booklet didn't have an error section. Thank you for your recipes and your help!
Hi Karen! I am glad you enjoyed the spagehtti. As for a burn notice, it may not have been a liquid issue. It may be that there were browned bits on not fully scraped up, or if you mixed in the tomato sauce. If you did those things, add in 1/4-1/2 cup more liquid in the future. That said, the 8 quart is notorious for showing a burn warning and still cooking fully. It is much more sensitive. I have a video here explaining why a burn notice may happen and what to do when it does. When a burn notice occurs, give your pot a minute to see if it persists (sometimes it disappears), if so, hit cancel and give your instant pot a few minutes to cool down. Scrape off the bottom and add in more thin liquid and restart recipe if more cook time is needed.
Thank you Kristen. I found the video helpful! I appreciate your help!
I am so glad you found the video helpful!
This looks great. A few questions: Would unsalted beef broth work in place of chicken or vegetable broth? I only have 12 ounces of pasta. Should I decrease the broth and sauce as well? How about the cooking time? Thanks for all your wonderful recipes! My instant pot terrified me until I found you!
Hi Letty! First, I am so glad I helped you feel more confident using your instant pot. As for this recipe. Beef broth will work 🙂 I would cut the broth to 3 cups and the sauce to 18 ounces. I hope you enjoy!
So so easy, & so incredibly delicious!!!
I am so glad you enjoyed so much Jaren! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.
Being able to have dinner ready so quickly has been a life saver for me. This spaghetti is the best thing to ever happen
YAY!!! I am so glad you enjoyed Amanda! This is a go to dinner for quick nights for me as well!
This diner pasta looks was delicious and so easy to make, thank you for the recipe idea!
I am so glad you found this recipe easy and enjoyable Love 🙂