Instant Pot Spaghetti

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How to Cook Quick & Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti! Delicious al dente pasta soaked in flavorful marinara sauce. Minimal prep, ingredients & cleanup. A family favorite weeknight one pot meal!

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Our readers have long been obsessed with our super flavorful spaghetti bolognese & umami spaghetti sauce – jam-packed with deliciously umami ingredients. ohh yaaasss!

And we’ve been working to develop an even faster & easier shortcut to cooking spaghetti in Instant Pot. So, this Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe is developed with busy moms, chaotic weeknights, long work days, or “few ingredients left in the fridge” days in mind.

Minimal ingredients, minimal prep work, minimal hands-on cooking, minimal clean-up (only one pot to clean!), yet still deliciously BIG on flavors and healthy. Oh, it’s kid-friendly too! 😉

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Tips for Making Spaghetti in Instant Pot

  1. Dump and Start One Pot Spaghetti:

    • We’ve developed this Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe with an option for those who want the quickest & easiest “dump-it-all-in meal”. You can get this spaghetti meal on the table (including getting up to pressure time) in 30 minutes! 😀

    • *Note: Simply remember to break the seasoned ground beef into smaller chunks, then layer the ground beef, onions, garlic, dried herbs at the bottom of the pot before pressure cooking.

  2. Deglaze Instant Pot:

    • It’s super important to fully deglaze the bottom of the inner pot after browning or sauteing ingredients in the Instant Pot. This will prevent the dreaded “BURN” notice. Don’t worry! These are not burnt food debris. These caramelized brown bits will add flavor to your Instapot spaghetti.
  3. Spaghetti Tips:

    • Fully Submerge Spaghetti into Sauce: inevitably we need to break the dried spaghetti in half for them to fit in the Instant Pot. Try to spread out the spaghetti so they won’t clump together as they cook. Plus, it’s critical to fully soak all the spaghetti into the cooking liquid to cook them evenly.

    • Don’t Mix the Spaghetti: Resist the urge to stir the spaghetti with the peeled tomatoes or marinara sauce because this may warrant the sensitive “BURN” notice.

    • Spaghetti Texture: we like al dente spaghetti, so the cooking time in this recipe is intended to cook the spaghetti till approximately 85% – 90% cooked. The spaghetti will continue to cook during the “sauce thickening” step, as well as by the residual heat. So, keep tasting and cooking (with the lid open) until the spaghetti reaches your preferred texture.

  4. Layer Ingredients

    • To prevent triggering Instant Pot’s sensitive “BURN” notice, it’s important to layer the ingredients in Instant Pot as directed in the recipe:
      • Ground Beef + Onion + Garlic at the bottom -> Chicken Stock -> Spaghetti -> Canned Tomatoes or Marinara Sauce on top (don’t mix after layering!)
  5. Thicken & Season Spaghetti Sauce:

    • Don’t panic when you open the lid to a liquidy spaghetti sauce right after pressure cooking. That’s perfectly normal!
    • Thicken the spaghetti sauce by using the “Saute More” function, and bring the sauce back to a simmer. Use a few minutes to thicken, taste, and season the spaghetti and sauce to your preferences. These extra few minutes (plus extra few pinches of salt) will make a big difference to the spaghetti’s flavor & texture! 🙂

Time to learn how to cook spaghetti in Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Spaghetti

How to Cook Quick & Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti (Pressure Cooker Spaghetti)! Yummy al dente pasta soaked in flavorful marinara sauce. Minimal prep, ingredients & clean up. A family favorite weeknight one pot meal!
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Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 542
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (454g) ground beef (we used regular ground beef for more fat, lean ground beef will also work)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 pound (454g) spaghetti
  • 4 cups (1L) unsalted chicken stock (or water)
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Simple Marinara Sauce

  • 1 large can (28oz) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 (180g) onion , diced (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 3 cloves (15g) garlic , minced (or ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1.5 teaspoon (1.8g) dried basil
  • 1.5 teaspoon (1.2g) dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) regular soy sauce

Instructions

  • *For Dump-and-Go-Meal: skip the browning, sauteing, and deglazing steps below. Make sure to break the ground beef into smaller chunks, then layer the seasoned ground beef chunks, onions, garlic, dried herbs at the bottom of the pot.
  • Brown Ground Beef in Instant Pot (Flavor Booster): Heat up Instant Pot using "Sauté More" function. Wait until it says "HOT" (~8 mins). Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot (ensure the oil is coated over the whole bottom).
    Add 1lb (454g) ground beef in Instant Pot, then season generously with salt & ground black pepper. After browning for 5 minutes, discard the ground beef juice. Allow the ground beef to brown. Stir occasionally until they are slightly crisped (~5 – 7 mins). Taste then adjust with more salt & black pepper.
  • Saute Onion & Herbs: Add diced onions, minced garlic, 1.5 tsp (1.8g) dried basil, and 1.5 tsp (1.2g) dried oregano to the browned beef, then saute for another 2 minutes.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
  • Pressure Cook Spaghetti: Add 3 tbsp (45ml) regular soy sauce, 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot. Break the 1 lb (454g) spaghetti in half, then add spaghetti in Instant Pot.
    *Pro Tip: Ensure all spaghetti are soaked into the liquid (not clumped together).
    Then, layer 1 large can (28oz) whole peeled tomatoes or Marinara sauce on top. Do not mix.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure 3 minutes + Natural Release 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, release remaining pressure, then open the lid.
  • Thicken & Season Spaghetti: The spaghetti sauce will look liquidy, and the spaghetti are about 85% - 90% cooked. Use the "Saute More" function (press "Cancel" and "Saute") to bring the content back to a simmer. With a wooden spoon, break down the tomatoes, then stir a few minutes to cook the spaghetti and thicken the sauce. Taste and season with roughly 3 - 4 large pinches of salt. Turn off the heat.
  • Serve Spaghetti: Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, then serve yummy spaghetti. Enjoy!~
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Recipe Notes:

*Layer Ingredients: To prevent triggering Instant Pot's sensitive "BURN" notice, it's important to layer the ingredients in Instant Pot as directed in the recipe.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3.5mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, American-Italian
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Instant Pot Spaghetti Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

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Prepare Ingredients for Instant Pot Spaghetti.

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If you just want a super easy meal and don’t want to prep, you can substitute the onions and garlic with 1 tsp onion powder and ½ tsp garlic powder.

Canned Whole Peeled Tomatoes for making Instant Pot Spaghetti  #AmyJacky #InstantPot #PressureCooker #recipes

You can make this Instapot Spaghetti Recipe with a large can of whole peeled tomatoes or you can make things even easier and use a jar of your favorite Marinara Sauce.

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1

Optional Step – Brown Ground Beef in Instant Pot


*For Dump-and-Go Meal: skip the browning, sauteing, and deglazing steps below. Make sure to break the ground beef into smaller chunks, then layer the seasoned ground beef chunks, onions, garlic, dried herbs at the bottom of the pot.

*Pro Tip: This is an optional flavor-boosting step. If you have time, this step will greatly enhance the flavors of the Instant Pot Spaghetti.

Heat up Instant Pot using “Sauté More” function.

*Tip: For older versions – press “Saute” button, then “Adjust” button. For newer versions – press “Saute” button twice.

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Wait until it says “HOT” (takes roughly 8 minutes). This prevents the ground beef from sticking to the pot.

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot.

Swirl your pot around to make sure the oil is coated over the whole bottom of the pot.

Add 1lb (454g) ground beef in Instant Pot, then season generously with salt & black pepper.

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The ground beef will start to release moisture. At the 5-minute mark, discard the ground beef juice.

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

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

2

Saute Onion & Herbs


Add in diced onions, minced garlic, 1.5 tsp (1.8g) dried basil, and 1.5 tsp (1.2g) dried oregano to the browned beef, then saute for another two minutes.

*Note: you can substitute the onions and garlic with 1 tsp onion powder and ½ tsp garlic powder if you wish to minimize prep work.

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3

Deglaze Instant Pot


Pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon (as shown below).

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Give it a quick mix.

4

Pressure Cook Spaghetti


Add 3 tbsp (45ml) regular soy sauce, 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot.

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First, break the 1 lb (454g) spaghetti in half, then add spaghetti in Instant Pot.

*Pro Tip: It’s critical to make sure they are all soaked into the chicken stock.

Instant Pot Spaghetti: add spaghetti in Instant Pot. Ensure all spaghetti are soaked into the liquid  #AmyJacky #InstantPot #PressureCooker #recipe #easy

Then, layer 1 large can (28oz) whole peeled tomatoes or your favorite Marinara sauce on top. Do not mix.

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With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

  • Pressure Cooking Methods: Pressure cook at High Pressure 3 minutes + Natural Release 5 minutes

After 5 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.

When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

5

Thicken & Season Spaghetti in Instant Pot


The Instant Pot Spaghetti will look liquidy & thin when you open the lid.

Also, take note that the noodles are only about 85% – 90% cooked at this point.

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Use the “Saute More” function (press “Cancel” and “Saute”) to bring the content back to a simmer.

With a wooden spoon, break down the tomatoes, then stir to cook the spaghetti and thicken the sauce. It will take a few minutes to thicken the sauce as the spaghetti releases its starch.

Don’t forget to taste and season with more salt. You will need roughly 3 – 4 large pinches of salt to bring out all the flavors.

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Turn off the heat.

6

Serve Instant Pot Spaghetti


Garnish deliciously al dente spaghetti with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, then serve!

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Enjoy your Yummy Quick & Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti!~ 🙂


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  1. This is the first one-pot IP pasta I’ve tried that has worked exactly like the recipe describes – A+J, you never disappoint!

    I used Italian sausage (because there’s no such thing as too much flavor) and threw in some extra veggies – sauteed peppers and mushrooms along with the onion and garlic, and spread zucchini in a layer between spaghetti and tomatoes so it wouldn’t turn to mush.

    1. Thanks for being so sweet Rheyn! Glad you enjoyed the spaghetti in Instant Pot, along with the yummy additions. 🙂
      Have fun cooking & have a wonderful weekend!
      Take care,
      Amy

  2. Made this recipe last night and it was delicious!! Super easy – I used crushed tomatoes instead of whole tomatoes and it turned out great. Pasta was perfectly cooked!

  3. I have never made spaghetti before, and when I saw this recipe I was like ‘why not give it a try!’😬 and I cant believe how great it turned out 😲😍🤯

    Instead of buying pre-made tomato sauce, I made the tomato sauce with fresh tomamtoes in the instant pot. Its really easy to make and so goooood😋 (but I heard the pre-made one tastes better, will try it next time!) The spaghetti is just so creamy and flavorful, no way back to the frozen meal one lol

    Thank you so much for all of your one-pot recipe, it makes my life so much easier 💙

  4. I havent tried but wanted to ask anout texture. Im always worried that pasta made in IP tends to be too soft for my liking.

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      The texture will come out fine as you will be cooking the pasta to 80 – 90% done with the pressure cooking cycle.

      Please take care
      Jacky

    2. Hi,

      I made it and taste very nice. Texture is still a bit too soft for me. I’m thinking to cook less than 5min?

      Thanks

    1. Either way is fine Jacky. Let me know which way works better. Is it possible to use the IP to make the spaghetti squash first and then ise it to make the sauce?

  5. Wondering if crushed tomatoes could be substituted for the whole tomatoes or if the whole tomatoes could be squished before adding?
    Thanks

  6. It’s delicious! My girls love it! One pot feed all so I don’t have to cook 4-dishes dinner all the time. Save me a lot of time. I am gonna try other instant pot dishes for sure. Thanks!

  7. I made this for dinner tonight! My husband loved it! I can never cook spaghetti, not enough sauce, very dry. This was not and the taste was great! Thank you so much!💐

    1. Yay!! *high five* Glad your husband enjoyed your spaghetti, Jeanette! 🙂
      I’m sure there will be lots more yummy meals to come!
      Have fun cooking & have a wonderful summer!
      Take care,
      Amy

    1. Hi Kermit,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      If your spaghetti sauce is very acidity, you can add some sugar to balance it out.

      Please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Alexander,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Penne Pasta and rigatoni will take 1 minute longer.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  8. Can I use salted chicken stock instead? If so, can I cut down on the kosher salt used to season the ground beef? Thank you.

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