Instant Pot Bolognese

instant pot bolognese

5 from 3 reviews

Instant Pot Bolognese is Italian meat sauce made in 40 minutes instead of simmering for 3 hours. Same hearty and flavorful sauce that will knock your nonna’s socks off.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 lbs ground beef, turkey or mix of both (I did)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large celery stalks, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 28 oz tomato sauce, low sodium
  • 6 oz tomato paste, low sodium
  • Parmesan cheese and parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. On Instant Pot, press Sauté and preheat until display says Hot.
  2. Add ground meat and cook for 10 minutes, breaking into small pieces with spatula and stirring often.
  3. Press Cancel and add other ingredients in this order: onion, celery, carrots, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce and paste. Do not stir.
  4. Close the lid, turn valve to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High or Manual for 15 minutes.
  5. After, turn valve to Venting (Quick Release) and release the pressure.
  6. Sauce might appear watery. Give it a few stirs and it will be awesome.
  7. Serve hot over pasta, rice or quinoa. 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.


  • I like to use a combo of ground beef and more lean turkey for balanced flavor and health. You can do either or.
  • If you use beef only, I recommend to drain the fat.
  • Diced tomatoes will work but sauce will be more chunky and more watery.
  • Crushed or strained tomatoes will work as well.

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