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.

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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
  • Pressure Release Method: 5 minutes Quick Release

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 + 5 minutes Quick Release. 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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Dominique
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Dominique

Can i do this in a 8quart ultra

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Harlee McLeod
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Harlee McLeod

Just wanted to let you know that I have tried many spaghetti sauce instant pot recipes and none have come close to yours!!!! It’s amazingly delicious and flavorful and so easy. Thank you.

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Jacky + Amy

Thank you for your kind words Harlee 🙂

Please take care
Jacky

Tammy Kumar
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Tammy Kumar

This sauce is so good you can add it on toast baked in the oven and layered with cheese 😋

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Judy Mayberry
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Judy Mayberry

Have you considered moving the “Rate this recipe” to a space ABOVE “Leave a Reply”? It’s too late to leave a rating as my finger goes down to Submit before my brain catches up!

Judy Mayberry
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Judy Mayberry

This is a question about cooking other things along with the the sauce, like pasta or spaghetti squash. Do you fully cook the sauce under pressure and then add then add the other ingredients till they’re cooked, or do you put them in for the whole 10 minutes of pressure? Wouldn’t those two items have very different cooking times?

Every recipe of yours I’ve made has been a smashing success! We love the Mississippi Pot Roast with peperoncinis.

Pamela
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Pamela

Meat sauce was great but slightly spicy for kids. Couldn’t figure out which ingredient caused the spiciness. Could it be cause I used food processor for the onion? My can of crushed tomatoes did not indicate it is spicy. Puzzled.

Leslie
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Leslie

Hi! I love your chili, so I’m sure this will be equally fantastic. I have an old family pasta dish I’d like sub this in. Any idea of how much finished sauce this makes?

Wan
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Wan

Hi may I know how long should I cook it on the stovetop if I do not have a pressure cooker?

Thanks.

Peggy
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Peggy

I am anxiously awaiting pasta night so I can try this recipe. However, the recipe clearly states using crushed tomatoes but all of the photographs show the tomatoes as a puree or paste type consistency. One comment even mentions pureed tomatoes. Could you clear this up for me? Thanks so much for your step-by-step instructions as I am still a bit afraid of my Instant Pot.

Cindy
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Cindy

Love your site. I am new to the instant pot and would like to make this recipe tomorrow. I don’t have unsalted chicken stock and was wondering if I can just use regular chicken stock as a substitute? Will this substitute cause the recipe to be too salty? If so, what do I need to change to get the saltiness level right?

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