by Olena

Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce

by Olena

Bolognese Spaghetti Sauce

Instant Pot Bolognese

This Instant Pot bolognese sauce recipe has been in my back pocket to share with your for 2 years!!! I have been making it on a stovetop and recently have adapted for Instant Pot because it cooks twice faster in a pressure cooker. However, I have included both versions: stovetop and Instant Pot because I know many of you appreciate it. And I completely understand.

What makes this half meatless bolognese sauce recipe stand out from all recipes out there is one secret ingredient…

Black lentils for Bolognese Sauce

Black lentils a.k.a beluga lentils. They are tiny round lentils often found in a bulk section of larger grocery store. Mixed with small pieces of ground turkey they absorb the flavours beautifully reducing animal products consumption, adding fiber and cutting down on cost.

What a health benefit and money saver! And my kids love it just like any other pasta meat sauce. Lentils truly get lost in the texture of the spaghetti sauce.

Can I Use Brown or Green Lentils?

I do foresee this question because I have been posting recipes for a while.:) Yes, you can and I have cooked this healthy bolognese sauce with green lentils numerous times. They are larger than black lentils so texture comes out a tad different but not a big deal at all.

Also if you are in all things pressure cooking, check out my healthy Instant Pot recipes.

Bolognese Sauce with pasta served

How to Make Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce

I have tested this bolognese sauce both on a stove and Instant Pot. Instant Pot step by step with photos is shown below. Both versions are included in the recipe card below.:)

  1. On Instant Pot, press Sauté and preheat until display says Hot. Swirl oil to coat, add onion and garlic; sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add oregano and basil, cook for 30 seconds, stirring a few times. How to make Bolognese Sauce in Instant Pot step by step
  2. Add ground turkey and cook for 5 more minutes, breaking into small pieces with spatula and stirring often.
  3. Press Cancel and add other ingredients in this exact order: water, lentils, honey, salt, pepper, tomato paste, tomato sauce. Do not stir! Close the lid, turn release vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking for 25 minutes on High.
  4. After display says Off, turn the valve to Quick Release and release the pressure. Stir the bolognese sauce.
  5. Serve hot over whole wheat pasta or any greens like arugula, spring mix or kale.Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce with pasta served on the plate

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Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce

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Instant Pot Bolognese Spaghetti Sauce Recipe made with half ground turkey and half secret ingredient that will knock any nonna’s socks off. Flavorful, cheap and healthy!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 14 oz tomato sauce or diced tomatoes, low sodium
  • 6 oz tomato paste, low sodium
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup black lentils, uncooked (rinsed & drained)
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 2 tsp basil, dried
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Stovetop: Preheat large deep skillet or dutch oven on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and garlic, sauté for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Increase heat to medium – high, add ground turkey and cook for 10 more minutes, breaking into small pieces with spatula and stirring often. Add oregano and basil, cook for 30 seconds, stirring a few times.
  3. Reduce heat to low – medium, add tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, lentils, honey, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 50 – 60 minutes or until lentils are tender. Do not open!
  4. If at the end bolognese sauce is too thick add some water but first stir and see.
  5. Instant Pot: On Instant Pot, press Sauté and preheat until display says Hot. Swirl oil to coat, add onion and garlic; sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add oregano and basil, cook for 30 seconds, stirring a few times.
  6. Add ground turkey and cook for 5 more minutes, breaking into small pieces with spatula and stirring often.
  7. Press Cancel and add other ingredients in this exact order: water, lentils, honey, salt, pepper, tomato paste, tomato sauce. Do not stir! Close the lid, turn release vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking for 25 minutes on High.
  8. After display says Off, turn the valve to Quick Release and release the pressure. Stir the bolognese sauce.
  9. Serve hot over whole wheat pasta or any greens like arugula, spring mix or kale.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

Freeze: Freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Notes

Brown or green lentils will work great just the texture might be a tad different which is not a big deal.

You can use any canned tomato product like tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes or strained.

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Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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