Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Easy Homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce): Thick, rich, freezer-friendly Pasta Sauce and Meat Sauce packed with homey umami flavors.

Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce (Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce). Thick, rich, freezer-friendly Pasta Sauce & Meat Sauce packed with homey umami flavors. Very addictive to eat!! 😀

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Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese was one of our earliest recipes on the site. Thank you for your overwhelming love & rave reviews! 🙂

Looking at the ingredients list, you must be thinking…what? Fish Sauce? Soy Sauce? in a Pasta sauce?!

Ah, yes! Amy + Jacky & their obsessions with Fish Sauce.

Soon you’ll find “Amy + Jacky” as a synonym of Umami in the Dictionary. 😛

Our dear readers have told us they couldn’t have enough of our flavor-boosted, umami-bombing, non-traditional Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce, and wanted to adapt it for other dishes.

So, if you do meal prep. You’re going to love this make-ahead, freezer-friendly, homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce!

Thick. Rich. Meaty. Instant Pot Pasta Sauce

Easy Homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce): Thick, rich, freezer-friendly Pasta Sauce and Meat Sauce packed with homey umami flavors.

The meat sauce with full body & depths of flavors, plus diverse mouthfeel. mmm…so comforting & satisfying to eat.

Each mouthful is a balance of sweetness, sourness, saltiness, and umaminess.

My tummy is growling as I’m reminiscing this spaghetti sauce. 😛

This Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce is perfect if you have busy weeknights where you come home late with many hangry faces to feed. I know how that feels. hehe~ 

Set aside an hour to make this pasta sauce in bulk and stack them in the fridge until you need it. Reheat and serve over pasta, ravioli, garlic bread, spaghetti squash…easy peasy.

Easy Homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce): Thick, rich, freezer-friendly Pasta Sauce and Meat Sauce packed with homey umami flavors.

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Because:

  • Easy to make ahead – perfect for meal prep!
  • Freezer-friendly – make a big batch & freeze for later, then reheat when ready and serve.
  • Full body, balanced flavors packed with umaminess
  • Meaty, rich, and thick Spaghetti Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce is Great for:

  • Serving over pasta, ravioli, garlic bread, spaghetti squash…
  • Lasagna, stuffed pasta shells…
  • Meal prep & freezer meals

Ingredients for Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce


Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 pound (752g) ground beef
  • 4 (10g) cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (328g) carrots, minced
  • 2 (105g) celery, minced
  • 1 (310g) large onion, minced
  • 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A pinch of dried oregano
  • A pinch of dried basil
  • A dash of red wine or white wine
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Umami Chicken Stock Mixture:

Tools for Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce


Instructions for Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce


Preparation

Ingredients

4 (10g) cloves garlic
2 (328g) carrots
2 (105g) celery
1 (310g) large onion

First minced the garlic, carrots, celery, and large onion.

Pro Tip: Speed up the prepping by using a food processor to mince the ingredients.

Step 1
Prepare the Pressure Cooker

Tool

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Saute

Heat up your pressure cooker over medium high heat (Instant Pot: press “Sauté” button and “Adjust” button once to Sauté More function).

*Note: Ensure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says “HOT”).

Step 2
Brown the Ground Beef

Ingredients & Tool

Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
1 2/3 pound (752g) ground beef

Small mixing bowl

First, season the ground beef generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) of olive oil in the pressure cooker. Ensure the oil is coated over whole bottom of the pot.

Then, add the ground beef in pressure cooker. The ground beef will begin to release moisture.

Instant Pot Meat Sauce Recipe: Brown Ground Beef

At the 5-minute mark, remove the ground beef juice and reserve it in a small mixing bowl.

Allow the ground beef to brown. Stir occasionally until they are slightly crisped and browned (~5 – 7 minutes).

Taste and adjust the seasoning with more kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Step 3
Mix the Umami Chicken Stock Mixture

Ingredients & Tool

1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock
3 tablespoons (49g) tomato paste
2 tablespoons (30ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
2 tablespoons (30ml) fish sauce
1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce

500ml measuring cup

While the ground beef is browning, create the Umami Chicken Stock Mixture: mix 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce, 2 tbsp (30ml) light soy sauce, 3 tbsp (49g) tomato paste, and 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce in a 500ml measuring cup.

Step 4
Sauté Onion, Garlic, Spices, and Vegetables

Ingredients

Minced onion
Minced garlic
2 bay leaves
A pinch of dried oregano
A pinch of dried basil
Minced carrots
Minced celery
Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe: Saute Vegetables

Add the minced onions, minced garlic, 2 bay leaves, a pinch of dried oregano and dried basil in the pressure cooker. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the spices start to release their fragrance. Stir frequently.

Then, add in the minced carrots and celery. Sauté for another 3 minutes.

Taste & season with kosher salt and ground black pepper if desired.

Step 5
Deglaze

Ingredients & Tool

A dash of red wine or white wine
Umami Chicken Stock Mixture
Reserved meat juice

Wooden spoon

Pour in a dash of red wine or white wine (you can also use chicken stock) and deglaze the bottom of the pot by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon.

Pour in the Umami Chicken Stock Mixture and reserved meat juice and mix well. Ensure the bottom of the pot is fully deglazed.

Step 6
Pressure Cook the Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredient

1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes

Layer 1 can of crushed tomatoes with all the juice on top. Do not mix (as shown in photo below).

Instant Pot Pasta Sauce Recipe: add crushed tomatoes

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 10 minutes + Natural Release for 5 minutes

Turn the venting knob to the venting position to release the remaining pressure.

Open the lid carefully.

Pro Tip: Do not mix the crushed tomatoes into the Spaghetti Sauce to prevent scorching issues.

Step 7
Reduce and Season

Ingredient

Kosher salt

The spaghetti sauce may look runny, give it a quick stir and it will thicken up quickly.

Pro Tip: If it is still too runny, cook for another few minutes over medium heat (Instant Pot: Press Sauté button).

Taste and season with more kosher salt.

Serve with: pasta, ravioli, garlic bread, or Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash!

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Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce (Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce). Thick, rich, freezer-friendly Pasta Sauce & Meat Sauce packed with homey umami flavors.
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Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Party Food, Sauce, Easy
Cuisine: American
Serving: 4 - 8
Ingredients
  • 1⅔ pound (752g) ground beef
  • 4 (10g) cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (328g) carrots, minced
  • 2 (105g) celery, minced
  • 1 (310g) large onion, minced
  • 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A pinch of dried oregano
  • A pinch of dried basil
  • A dash of red wine or white wine
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
Umami Chicken Stock Mixture:
Instructions
  1. Prepare the Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker over medium high heat (Instant Pot: press “Sauté” button and “Adjust” button once to Sauté More function). Ensure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says “HOT”).
  2. Brown the Ground Beef: Season ground beef generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in pressure cooker. Ensure the oil is coated over whole bottom of the pot.

    Add ground beef in pressure cooker. The ground beef will begin to release moisture. At the 5-minute mark, remove the ground beef juice and reserve it in a small mixing bowl.

    Allow the ground beef to brown. Stir occasionally until they are slightly crisped and browned (~5 – 7 minutes). Taste and adjust the seasoning with more kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  3. Mix the Umami Chicken Stock Mixture: While the ground beef is browning, mix 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce, 2 tbsp (30ml) light soy sauce, 3 tbsp (49g) tomato paste, and 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce in a 500ml measuring cup.
  4. Sauté Onion, Garlic, Spices, and Vegetables: Add minced onions, minced garlic, 2 bay leaves, a pinch of dried oregano and dried basil. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the spices start to release their fragrance. Stir frequently. Add in the minced carrots and celery. Sauté for another 3 minutes. Taste & season with kosher salt and ground black pepper if desired.
  5. Deglaze: Pour in a dash of red wine or white wine (you can also use chicken stock) and deglaze the bottom of the pot by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon. Pour in the Umami Chicken Stock Mixture and reserved meat juice and mix well. Ensure the bottom of the pot is fully deglazed.
  6. Pressure Cook the Spaghetti Sauce: Layer 1 can of crushed tomatoes with all the juice on top. Do not mix. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes + Natural Release for 5 minutes. Turn the venting knob to the venting position to release the remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.
  7. Reduce and Season: The spaghetti sauce may look runny, give it a quick stir and it will thicken up quickly. If it is still too runny, cook for another few minutes over medium heat (Instant Pot: Press Sauté button). Taste and season with more kosher salt.
Notes
Preparation: speed up the prepping process by using a food processor to mince the ingredients.

Easy Homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce): Thick, rich Pasta Sauce and Meat Sauce packed with homey umami flavors.

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Chuck

Excellent! Delicious! I added some sweet Italian sausage (2) to out my own spin on it.

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Marie N

I made this tonight. I started it around noon, then once it was cooked I turned the instant pot to “slow cook” mode until dinner time. My husband was fully onboard with me adding an 8qt IP to my growing collection (3qt & 6qt) so that I can make this in large batches to freeze. Absolutely delicious! I’ll never use store bought again.

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Susana Maldonado

I made this for dinner tonight after realizing I was out of spaghetti sauce for my standard IP spaghetti. I minced the veggies in my food processor. I subbed 2, 14.5 oz cans of diced tomato and about a tablespoon of tomato paste for the crushed tomatoes bc I didn’t have any on hand. (I tossed the diced tomato and paste in the blender for a few pulses, then weighed out what I needed for the recipe.) I followed the rest of the recipe as indicated and HOLY MOLEY!!!!!!!!! It’s truly, delicious. So many layers of flavor! I will not… Read more »

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Jutta Holden

Hi Amy and Jacky,
Do you mean slow release for 5 min. and then open valve for quick release?
Thanks!
Jutta

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Jutta Holden

Thank you so much!
Have a super weekend also!

Bonnie

This sounds yummy! I have a question! The instructions say to mince the vegetables, but in the photo, I see little pieces of carrot and onion. That looks finely diced to me, not minced. Would it be okay to make the pieces much smaller?

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katrin

Dear Amy and Jack! I just saw your receipts and they are wow!!!
The only thing I can’t put in the sauce is the fish sauce. Im so allergic to all fish stuff.
But is really good yr sauce. Really good.
My best wishes for this year from the very south of Chile and tk you so much for your work. I have en Instant Pot from Oster and is a slow cooker too. Saludos!!

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Allison T MacKay

I’m glad you are both doing better and wish you a Happier New Year! I’ve tried this and I’d recommend using crumbled Italian sausage, hot (or sweet for less adventurous eaters), for at least 1/2 of the meat, and skip chopped carrots-shredded is better, but only about 1/2 med. carrot. No celery! I also use diced tomatoes 2 14 oz. cans or fresh if in season,8 oz sauce, plus paste as written, instead of crushed. More like what I’ve cooked on the stove for the past 50 years! Also, red wine for stock. Let it simmer to get rid of… Read more »

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Allison T MacKay

Oh, forgot-Pesto is a newer adaptation that works really well.

Tiana

Thanks for this recommendation, Allison. I used some chopped up Italian sausage in addition to 1lb of ground beef, and it was AMAZING. Best sauce recipe I’ve ever made. Thank YOU Amy+Jacky!!!! Hope you two are having a Happy New Year, and are healed up from the accident.

Wendy

I have made this sauce several times, and it is AMAZING! I just made another batch this morning to use for making lasagne later today. I think the key is really to follow the A + J instructions every time it says to taste and season again. I use a LOT of black pepper as I go, as well as a good kosher salt. Wow, wow, wow! This sauce is just the best there is! Thank you again, Amy and Jacky, for all the work you do to develop these amazing Instant Pot recipes!!!

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Lyndsey B.

Thank you Amy + Jacky for this recipe! I was able to make it meatless (and vegan) by substituting an eggplant (peeled + diced) for the beef, and by using homemade vegetable stock. It feels so good to make something so tasty for a fraction of the carbon footprint! 😊

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dorinda pitton

I am a great cook and always thought I made the best sauce for spaghetti lasagna shells etc. I would dare anyone to say otherwise but this is the best sauce I have ever tasted. It is terrific! I’m getting ready to make another batch now. The umami is what puts it over the top. I thought it sounded weird but I followed it to a T even putting the juice from the meat back in which was even weirder to me but it WORKED. Thank you for this and your other recipes.

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