Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs – Meatballs, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes and pasta and you have a quick one pot family pleasing meal.
So many people have been really loving Instant Pot recipes on the blog and have been requesting more of them. I will try to keep the coming! Y’all know I am in love with this thing. And what I really love about my Instant Pot – Pressure Cooker is that you can get dinner on the table so quickly. And with this dish it’s all made in one pot. That means less clean up. WIN every TIME!
When I make a homemade spaghetti sauce, I love to cook it all day and let the flavors marry! If I don’t have time to that I make my Kicked UP Jar Sauce Recipe. But there are also days I need something ever quicker and easier. This Pressure Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs is the perfect compromise, and still has amazing flavor.
When I first got married it was always as debate on whether to serve the sauce all mixed in or served over the top. My husband grew up with his all mixed together and I the later. Not that I didn’t love his mom’s spaghetti, but it wasn’t the way I grew up eating it. His mom always made a quick version with Ragu sauce out of the jar. And he loved it that way. So this dish makes him feel like he is getting a version of his mom’s cooking.
Now that his mom has passed, this one brings back great memories around the table eating spaghetti and french fries. Yes you heard that right she always made french fries with her spaghetti. I never understood that combination, but this girl has never met a french fry she didn’t like. And let’s just say that never happened at my house. It was always some garlic bread and usually a salad. But hey it was delicious and something we smile about to this day! Food memories are the best memories! So let’s get cooking and making some more!
What you need for Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Frozen Meatballs (Homemade or Store bought)
- Spaghetti pasta
- Water or Broth
- Diced Tomatoes
- 2 Jars of Pasta Sauce
- Garlic Powder
- Salt and Pepper
- Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
How to make Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs in 3 Easy Steps
Step 1. Add frozen meatballs into the bottom of 6 quart Instant Pot.
Step 2. Break the spaghetti noodles in half and randomly place over the meat. (Don’t place them all in one direction). Pour in the water, then cover with the diced tomatoes. Top with the pasta or “Spaghetti Sauce”. Then add the spices.
Step 3. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock in place. Cook for 8 minutes on high pressure and then do a manual quick release. Give it a stir and serve.
Getting dinner on the table and gathering family is important in this ever so busy culture we live in. This one will do it quickly and just imagine only one pot to clean! So go ahead and use chinet or paper plates and bring on the conversation with your loved ones.
Things you May Need to Make Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
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Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs - Frozen meatballs, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes and pasta and you have a quick one pot family pleasing meal.
- 2 pounds meatballs, cooked, frozen
- 1 pound spaghetti noodles, broken in half
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 2 (24 ounce) jars pasta or spaghetti sauce
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
Add frozen meatballs into the bottom of 6 quart Instant Pot.
Break the spaghetti noodles in half and randomly place over the meat. (Don't place them all in one direction). Pour in the water, then cover with the diced tomatoes. Top with the pasta or "Spaghetti Sauce". Then add the spices.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock in place. Cook for 8 minutes on high pressure and then do a manual quick release. Give it a stir and serve.
This can be made with homemade or store bought meatballs. I personally prefer homemade, but in a pinch the ones in the freezer section work. See recipe for skillet meatballs. You can make these meatballs and cook in the oven or skillet until done, without the sauce and freeze for future use. You can also freeze uncooked. In that case, add 1 cup water to the instant pot and cook the frozen uncooked meatballs for about 8 minutes. Manual release and then cook this recipe as directed with 1 cup less of water added.
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