Instant Pot Spaghetti is easy one pot meal and ready in 30 minutes! Brown the meat, add sauce, uncooked spaghetti to the Instant Pot and dinner is ready!

Other Italian inspired dinners we love to make in the pressure cooker include Instant Pot lasagna and Instant Pot chicken pasta.

Instant pot spaghetti on plate with fork and garnished with parsley.

Instant Pot spaghetti with meat sauce is a go-to meal on a busy weeknight. Like our one pot spaghetti, it’s budget-friendly, comforting, and an easy dinner recipe!

This pasta recipe is a cross between two reader favorites spaghetti in tomato sauce and homemade meat sauce.

We’re not trying to replicate an authentic Italian pasta dish because we all know any true Italian recipe requires old-fashioned time and effort.

What we are trying to do with spaghetti in Instant Pot recipe is give the essence of Italian-inspired flavors a modern twist with the magic of the Instant Pot!

Why You’ll Love Instant Pot Spaghetti

Familiar mouth watering taste is just one reason you will love Instant Pot spaghetti that can be enjoyed year round!

  • Family favorite: Kids and adults alike will love this pasta dish.
  • It’s quick and easy: 10 minute cook time plus more hands off than any other method, even my slow cooker crockpot chicken spaghetti!
  • Double the recipe to serve a larger crowd. The best part is, the cook time remains the same.
  • Leftovers are just as good the next day and the day after that.
  • A one pot spaghetti recipe: Make for easy clean up!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Spaghetti

What I love about this Instant Pot spaghetti recipe is that you can use 5 simple ingredients you have on hand! It’s convenient and flexible with any ground meat, pasta, or sauce.

Ground beef, tomato sauce, spaghetti, parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, thyme, salt, pepper and maple syrup.
  • Pasta: You can use white spaghetti, whole wheat spaghetti or gluten free spaghetti noodles.
  • Ground meat: Ground turkey or lean ground beef are usually what I have on hand. Poultry will make Instant Pot spaghetti leaner and therefore a healthier choice.
  • Tomato sauce: Plain canned tomato sauce to which we’ll add simple spices. Salt and a bit of sugar to reduce acidity. You could opt for jarred spaghetti sauce or marinara sauce that already has spices, salt, and sugar added to it.
  • Spices: Dried oregano, basil and thyme or try my homemade Italian seasoning. You can skip them with jarred pasta sauce.

How to Make Spaghetti In Instant Pot

There’s no waiting for the water to boil and no sauce splattering all over the place.

This Instapot spaghetti recipe comes out perfectly cooked and not mushy and the entire dish is super flavorful.

Browned ground beef and wooden spatula in Instant Pot.

Brown meat in Instant Pot: Press Saute and cook ground beef until it’s in small pieces. If it is ground beef or ground lamb, I would drain it mid way to reduce the fat and speed up sauteing.

Then, add 2 cups water and seasonings, and scrape the bottom of the pot.

Broken spaghetti on top of browned ground meat in Instant Pot.

Add spaghetti to Instant Pot: Break pasta noodles in half and lay them in criss-cross pattern in 6 layers.

Tomato sauce on top of spaghetti in the pot.

Add sauce to Instant Pot: Pour tomato sauce on top and do not stir. Do not worry about water and sauce not covering the noodles. There is enough steam inside the Instant Pot to soften them under pressure.

Cooked spaghetti with meat sauce closeup.

Cook Instant Pot spaghetti on high pressure for 5 minutes: Then do Quick Release to release the pressure after it is done.

Stir spaghetti in Instant Pot and let sit for 3 minutes to soak up the juices. If the pasta is too firm for your liking, let it sit about 10 minutes longer.

Tips for Best Results

Using a pressure cooker to make this Instant Pot spaghetti recipe will transform your idea of cooking pasta. Here are my top tips to make it perfect!

  • If pasta is “crunchy”: Close the lid and let it sit an extra 10 minutes after cooking. Pasta cooks fast, so it’s always better to undercook and allow it to sit. You can’t reverse overcooked pasta.
  • Too much liquid: When you first open the Instant Pot, spaghetti might look very watery. Give it a stir and a few minutes to absorb more of the surrounding liquid.
  • Clumping spaghetti: Criss crossing pasta resolves most of the clumping issue. Even if there is some clumping, that’s completely OK. Just use a fork to separate them.
  • Gluten free spaghetti: I would reduce cooking time from 5 minutes to 3 minutes.

Do I Stir Everything Before Turning on Instant Pot?

No. You do not stir spaghetti in Instant Pot until after cooking is done. This is to prevent burn which can happen if tomato sauce is at the bottom of the pot.

Can I Double Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe?

If you have 8 quart Instant Pot, you can double the ingredients for Instant Pot spaghetti but keep the same cook time.

For a 6 quart Instant Pot, you can only add 1.5 times ingredients and the cook time remains the same.

For a 3 quart Instant Pot, cut all Instant Pot spaghetti recipe ingredients in half (even the water) but keep the same cook time.

What to Serve With Instant Pot Spaghetti?

  • Salad: Tomato mozzarella avocado salad would pair well as a side or starter to a delicious pressure cooker spaghetti meal.
  • Bread: A basket of Ukrainian garlic bread or any crusty bread is a welcome addition. Dip in olive oil bread dip for a true restaurant style experience right at home.
  • Wine: You know what they say “I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to my food”.

How to Store and Freeze

Storing and reheating: Refrigerate spaghetti leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Best way to reheat it is in the microwave.

Freezing: Cooked pasta is one of those foods that doesn’t thaw well, too mushy.

However, if you are meal prepping the entire recipe, cook Instant Pot spaghetti for 3 minutes, cool (pasta will keep cooking with residual heat) and freeze in portions.

Then thaw and reheat in the microwave or bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. This will help with the overcooked pasta issue.

More FAQs

How do you keep pasta from sticking together?

Using the criss-cross method when layering spaghetti in Instant Pot. This means taking some of your noodles and layering them flat across the Instant Pot in one direction. Then taking another handful and layering them across in the opposite direction. Continue doing this for all the layers.

This should help, although there may still be clumps after cooking. Just stir with tongs and use a fork to separate them.

What if my Instant Pot spaghetti is still undercooked?

Close the lid and let Instant Pot spaghetti sit for 10 minutes. The hot sauce and steam inside the pot will “cook” it to your desired texture.

Can I use jarred pasta sauce or my own meat sauce recipe?

Yes! Just follow the recipe and skip spices.

Can I make spaghetti in Instant Pot without meat?

Yes. Add water in first, then seasonings, spaghetti and sauce to the Instant Pot. Do not stir. Enjoy a meatless spaghetti!

Can I make it with frozen ground meat?

Yes, but you need to thaw it first using my Instant Pot frozen ground beef method then proceed with the Instant Pot spaghetti recipe.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe is easy one pot meal and ready in 30 minutes! Brown the meat, add sauce, uncooked spaghetti to the Instant Pot and dinner is ready!
4.94 from 98 votes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 320
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Pressure Up & Down 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • 1 tsp basil dried
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or sugar
  • 10 oz whole wheat spaghetti or white spaghetti
  • 28 oz tomato sauce low sodium
  • Grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley or basil for serving

Instructions 

  • On 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, press Saute and wait until display says Hot. Add meat and cook until brown in color, breaking into pieces constantly. Instant Pot doesn't really brown the meat and it doesn't have to be cooked through. If cooking beef, I drain the fat in the middle of cooking.
  • Add water, oregano, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Scrape the bits off of the bottom of the pot with spatula while stirring everything. Helps to avoid Burn message. Press Cancel.
  • Break noodles in half and add criss cross in about 6 layers. It helps to prevent noodles from sticking. Pour tomato sauce and maple syrup on top. Do not stir.
  • Close the lid, turn pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High or Manual for 5 minutes.
  • After Instant Pot has finished cooking, release pressure using Quick Release method by turning valve to Venting and open the lid. Spaghetti will look watery. Don't worry. Stir gently and let sit for 3 minutes.
  • Serve hot garnished with parsley or basil and grated Parmesan cheese. Or however you like spaghetti. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Best way to reheat is in a microwave.
  • Freeze: Do not freeze leftovers. For meal prepping entire recipe, cook spaghetti for 3 minutes, cool (pasta will keep cooking with residual heat) and freeze in portions. Then thaw and reheat in microwave or bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. This will help with overcooked pasta issue.
  • To double the recipe: If you have 8 quart Instant Pot, you can double the ingredients but keep same cook time. For 6 quart, you can only add 1.5 times ingredients but not double – same cook time.
  • 3 quart Instant Pot: Cut all ingredients in half (even water) but keep same cook time.

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 679mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The perfect Spaghetti! It turns jarred sauce into a much thicker, creamier texture that coatsevery noodle. I make this all the time, and it’s so much tastier and easier than cooking noodles and sauce separately. No need to add the seasonings with a jar of sauce either. A new family favourite… Thank you for this one!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi again,I did get a burn notice but when I opened the pot and mixed it it was cooked so we had it with the shrimp.It was yummy! There was only a little stuck so no biggie.Just don’t know why I got the notice I never get it with the sausage.Maybe you can figure it out again it was yummy.

    1. Oh good that it turned out! Thanks for updating. The layer of meat on the bottom creates a better barrier from sauce touching.

  3. 5 stars
    Hi there,
    This is our favorite recipe and we always make it with sausage.I was wondering if I could make it with shrimp instead.The hubby has a hankering for shrimp and spaghetti with a red sauce.So what do you think?Thanks in advance for the advice!

    1. I think that would work, just add your uncooked shrimp on top of pasta. If you are using cooked shrimp, you probably don’t need to stir it in until the end. Note the recipe has not been tested, so I am not sure exactly how it will turn out but do let us know 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    omg Olena ive beeb wanting to try it forever but nervous wow its so good and quick in 5 min
    have been following your blogs for over a year now Thank you

    From Carol Ann

    Happy Holidays

  5. 5 stars
    Tried your recipe this week with ground turkey and it was delicious! I used spaghettini noodles, kept the same cook time and the noodles were perfect! My husband and son loved it! I’d like to try with veggies next time. How do you recommend adding red peppers and carrots to the recipe? Should I include when browning the meat, as you’ve mentioned for onions, celery and mushrooms?

  6. 5 stars
    I did mine with frozen meatballs and used the saute to brown and followed the rest of the direction and it was amazing

  7. 5 stars
    Questions- still working on being friendly with my IP. No problems yet but intimidated from PC explosions in the ’50’s!

    Can I use black bean pasta? What modifications needed?

    Can I use prepared (store bought!) marinara or spaghetti sauce? Already have some & want to use it up.

    Your a gem! The detailed explanations, videos , substitutions etc. for each record are good sends to us rookies!

    Nsmaste

    1. Black bean pasta – yes, reduce cook time to 3 minutes. Black bean pasta is quite strong taste, I would recommend a chickpea or red lentil pasta with this pasta. If using your favorite jarred pasta sauce: Reduce dried herbs to only 1 tsp and salt to 1/2 tsp, and eliminate maple syrup. Jarred sauce is already seasoned.

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