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Nov 16, 2020

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

This Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is so easy to make and is such a delicious meal. Spaghetti and meatballs is such a throw back comfort dish, and making it from scratch in a multi-cooker is a cinch.

Multi cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

This spaghetti and meatball dish is made entirely in the Instant Pot/Multicooker. The only other dish you will get dirty is the bowl in which you mix the meatball ingredients. 

Besides, who is not a fan of spaghetti and meatballs! 

Instant Pot Spaghetti Ingredients: 

For the meatballs, you will need ground beef, panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh basil, an egg, salt, and minced garlic.

For the sauce, you will need a can of crushed tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, fresh basil, and Parmesan cheese. 

Finally, you will need 8 ounces of spaghetti. Use regular spaghetti, not thin spaghetti. 

To garnish the spaghetti and meatballs, you will need extra Parmesan and fresh oregano. You can also garnish this dish with more ricotta if you like. 

Spaghetti and meatballs

This one pot meal made in your pressure cooker with homemade meatballs and sauce is so flavorful and easy to make with a multicooker. 

How to make pressure cooker spaghetti and meatballs:

First, assemble the meatballs. Mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, egg, salt, and garlic with your hands. 

Next, form the mixture into 1 1/4 inch balls. You will end up with about 24 meatballs. 

After that, in the Instant Pot, using the sauté function, heat some olive oil and cook garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, and black pepper for about a minute. Add the tomatoes, basil, and salt and cook for about 10 minutes. You might need to slightly cover the pan to keep the mixture from splattering. 

Add the spaghetti, drizzle with some olive oil, top with the meatballs, and add a cup of water. 

Finally, set the mixture to cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. 

One everything has cooked, stir in more Parmesan and let everything sit with the lid on until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes. 

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

Quick release or natural release? In this recipe, use quick release. What does that mean? You release the pressure from the pressure cooker immediately. Be sure to position your pressure cooker in an area where the steam will not do any damage. 

This recipe was a huge hit in our house. I'm so excited about how easy this recipe is! Pasta and meatballs all cooked together in a homemade sauce in a pressure cooker in just 5 minutes. 

Of course, keep in mind, there is also the time it takes to bring the pot to pressure. But still! Doesn't this look delicious? 

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs bite

Welcome to Multicooker Monday, where we share recipes made with small kitchen appliances. We've got recipes using pressure cookers, slow cookers, crock pots, and sous vide. 

Multicooker Monday November 2020:

Recipes using Small Kitchen Appliances

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Author: Karen Kerr
This Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is so easy to make and is such a delicious meal. Spaghetti and meatballs is such a throw back comfort dish, and making it from scratch in a multi-cooker is a cinch.


For the Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
For the Sauce and Pasta
  • 3 tablepoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces regular (not thin) spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan, plus more for serving


  1. Mix all of the meatball ingredients in a bowl and form into 1 1/4 inch balls. Set aside on a plate. 
  2. Using the sauté function, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in the pressure cooker and then stir in the garlic, pepper flakes, and black pepper and cook for about a minutes, stirring.
  3. Add the tomatoes thyme, basil, and salt and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. If it splatters, partially cover with a lid. 
  4. Layer the spaghetti over the sauce and drizzle with one tablespoon of olive oil. Stir gently, top with the meatballs, and then add the water. 
  5. Lock the pressure cooker lid in place and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. Release the pressure manually. 
  6. Stir the mixture to separate the spaghetti noodles, and then stir in the Parmesan. Cover the pot with the lid without locking it and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, until the noodles are just right. 
  7. Serve sprinkled with more Parmesan and fresh basil. 



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Recipe adapted from Comfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Recipes for you Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot by Melissa Clark. This is an affiliate link. I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. 

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  1. This is a great recipe Karen. I think it will be on an upcoming weekly menu very soon.

  2. This sounds absolutely delicious - the Instant Pot is such a work horse; I love how easy all-in-one dishes are with it!

  3. Just one pot is a great bonus! Your spaghetti and meatballs look wonderful, Karen!

  4. Last week I made my first homemade spaghetti sauce and tonight I made a parmesan risotto and have leftover cheese from that. This is the perfect recipe for next week. Thank you!

  5. I love this recipe, it is one of my family's favorites. One thing i can't seem to avoid is the BURN on my instant pot when i get to the high pressure point. Any tips on how to avoid this?

    1. Hi Dawn. I have not had that issue. I'm wondering if your Instant Pot runs hot, especially since this one spends only 5 minutes under pressure.

  6. Maybe. I will try decreasing the 10 min saute time as i feel like it really cooks down a lot and splatters a ton almost from the beginning. Will see if that helps.


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