Instant Pot Meatloaf

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Make this incredibly Juicy Umami Instant Pot Meatloaf (Pressure Cooker Meatloaf) soaked in flavorful tomato sauce. Easy satisfying meal bursting with smoky cheesy flavors. Thrifty & delicious! 😀

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We were overwhelmed by our A+J Fam’s love for our Instant Pot Meatballs, so we knew we had to make this Umami Meatloaf in Instant Pot!
Imagine this:
Smoky bacon and
Crunchy onions blended in
Juicy ground beef infused with
Melted cheese soaked in
Rich tomato sauce

The satisfying texture and mouthful of meat bursting with umami flavors are truly irresistible! Plus, the melted cheese in the meatloaf makes it incredibly juicy.

The best part? It’s easy to make, fulfilling, and thrifty.

Don’t miss out on this comforting Umami Instant Pot Meatloaf! 😀

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Instant Pot Meatloaf

Make this Juicy Umami Instant Pot Meatloaf (Pressure Cooker) soaked in flavorful homemade tomato sauce. Mouthful of smoky, cheesy meatloaf is satisfying, thrifty & delicious!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Meatloaf

  • 1 ½ pound (680g) lean ground beef
  • 6 (roughly 80g) strips bacon , minced
  • 1 medium onion , roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic , roughly minced
  • 2 extra large eggs , beaten
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoon fennel seed , ground
  • ¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3.2 oz (90g) cheese (we used 2oz (55g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese + 1.2oz (35g) Mozzarella cheese)

Tomato Sauce

Instructions

  • Mix Meatloaf Ingredients: Combine all the meatloaf ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients, and mix well with your hands. Do not overmix.
  • Test Seasoning: Test the seasoning by cooking a small portion of the meat mixture on a skillet over medium-high heat. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary.
  • Shape Meatloaf: Gently pack the meat mixture to form a meatloaf. Make sure the meatloaf can fit into your pressure cooker (Reference: Our meatloaf's thickest part was almost 4 inches thick).
  • Form Foil Sling: Fold a piece of aluminum foil into a long strip to form a sling. Make sure it is wide enough to hold the whole meatloaf. This will help you transport the meatloaf easily.
  • Make Easy Tomato Sauce: Combine all the tomato sauce ingredients together in the pressure cooker. Mix well until the tomato paste dissolves into the tomato sauce mixture.
  • Pressure Cook Meatloaf: Place a steamer rack in Instant Pot pressure cooker. Place the aluminum foil sling on the rack and carefully place the meatloaf on top of it. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 16 minutes, then Full Natural Release.
  • Preheat Oven: While the meatloaf and tomato sauce are cooking, preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Set Aside Meatloaf: Remove the meatloaf by carrying the foil sling. Confirm the meatloaf’s internal temperature is at least 160°F with a food thermometer and set aside.
  • Apply Sauce & Finish in Oven: Heat up the pressure cooker over medium-low heat. (Instant Pot: press Sauté, then Adjust button to Saute More Function) Bring the tomato sauce to a simmer and reduce until desired consistency (roughly 5 – 8 minutes). Brush the thickened tomato sauce over the whole meatloaf with a silicone basting brush. Place the meatloaf in the oven on the top rack for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Serve Instant Pot Meatloaf: Serve the Instant Pot Meatloaf immediately. Enjoy~ 🙂
  • Tip for Serving Sauce: If you want to serve your favorite pasta or side dish with the easy tomato sauce, make sure to season the tomato sauce with kosher salt and ground black pepper first.
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Recipe Notes:

In Step 1: Make sure the eggs are beaten before adding it to the meatloaf mixture.
How long to cook meatloaf? Pressure cooking time is mostly dependent on the meat’s thickness. So, adjust the cooking time according to your meatloaf's thickness.

Nutrition:

Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1211mg | Potassium: 1107mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 5.7mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients for Instant Pot Meatloaf

These ingredients are packed with umami flavors that complement well with each other, especially the smoky flavors from the minced bacon and the 2 types of melted cheese.

Tomatoes’ sweet & sour flavors work well with stocks. So, mixing unsalted chicken stock and tomato paste into the tomato sauce will create a rich and savory yummy red sauce! 😀

Instant Pot Meatloaf (Pressure Cooker Meatloaf Recipe) Ingredients

Tips on How to Cook Instant Pot Meatloaf

1. How Long to Cook Meatloaf in Instant Pot? 

Pressure cooking time is mostly dependent on the meat’s thickness. The meatloaf we made was almost 4 inches thick (see below photo). So, adjust the cooking time according to your meatloaf’s thickness.

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2. Foil Sling Method (see above picture)

We folded a piece of aluminum foil and created a “foil sling”.

We placed it on the steamer rack in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker before placing the meatloaf in.

This makes transporting the meatloaf so much easier! Thanks Great Big Pressure Cooker Book for this great tip.

3. Cooking Tip for Step 1

Make sure the eggs are beaten before adding it to the meatloaf mixture.

4. Mixing in the Tomato Paste

Mixing in 156 ml tomato paste to 898 ml of tomato sauce + chicken stock mixture should not cause scorching. If you are unsure, pour it in without mixing it into the tomato paste.

5. Serving Sauce

If you’re serving pasta or side dish with this easy tomato sauce, make sure to first season it with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Enjoy~ 🙂

Now it’s YOUR turn to take out your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and make some Juicy Umami Instant Pot Meatloaf!


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Cindy Arnold
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Cindy Arnold

Interesting meatloaf. Very nice flavor. Different than my usual meatloaf experience. Warning to others…make sure to tuck down the foil sling. I thought I had but it was just close enough to the top that even though the lid shut correctly it caused a slight steam leak so it didn’t come to pressure. I was able to stop it and tuck the foil down more and ensure plastic ring was again tight in place. It came to pressure and all worked well. I would also suggest using raw bacon instead of precooked bacon. I think we would’ve had a stronger… Read more »

Mom Margarita
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Mom Margarita

My son who is 11 and doesn’t like my cooking, loved this recipe and ask for more. Thank you very much.
Mom Margarita5 stars

Ron
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Ron

Not a big fan of adding the sauce. Can I just use Tomato Sauce on top of the Meat Loaf and the brown in the oven? What would you suggest I had 1 cup of in the bottom of the Insert (water, broth or perhaps beer)? I love Meat Loaf and especially like the ingredients you use! Looking forward to making after receiving your reply n

Mil
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Mil

Hi Amy and Jacky

What a moist and great tasting meatloaf. I left out the fennel and just added some ketchup and it turned out delicious. Thank you for such a great recipe.

Mil5 stars

Lenora
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Lenora

I put 1 cup of ketchup n bone broth mix, onion, herbs, on top after putting it in a colander with foil in it. Cooked on manual for 60 minutes no cheese or bacon, added oatmeal too. So moist it melted in my mouth. Thank you for recipe. I tweaked it. Put bone broth in bottom with the whole onion, using it for gravy without the fat tonight. Aloha for now.

Lenora
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Lenora

If I put tomatoes sauce on top will it make a mess, I put it in the steamer basket in foil then covered it with ketchup mix?5 stars

Kristin
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Kristin

I’d like to double this recipe. I saw your response to another reader about adjusting cook time depending on whether I make 2 meatloaves or 1 big loaf. I’m wondering if I should double the sauce ingredients in addition to the meatloaf ingredients? I’m just not sure if the extra liquid will effect the pressure cooking time? Please advise. I’ve tried many of your recipes and each one has come out perfectly. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and instructions!

Ella
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Ella

Cooked meatloaf today and foil completely fall apart. Had to pick it off the meatloaf and cut and discard bottom part of meatloaf. Is anything else could be used instead?

Elisa
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Elisa

Thank you for this recipe. My husband and I are pretty new to our IP but love it! Your website has great videos which I appreciate. One comment about this meat loaf – I believe we were supposed to add the bacon in raw. It just didn’t seem cooked enough. Did we do something wrong? Was the bacon supposed to be cooked first?

Werra Watson
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Werra Watson

Amy or Jacky,
What if you did not want to make the sauce?

Could you just cook this with water in the bottom? If so how much water and how long?

Thanks

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