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?

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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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I must confess, I hadn’t tried this because I thought it had to taste like canned spaghetti. Surely tasty spaghetti could not be this easy. Wrong! This needs to be in every parent’s arsenal. Everyone at the table gave it two thumbs up and the hungry crew was so happy to have something so delicious and filling on the table in less than 30 minutes.

  2. 5 stars
    I have tried this recipe and it was one I will use frequently.
    Tried it with gluten free small elbow and it came out perfect.
    Great recipe

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is simple but one of the best I have tried .I added onions and chopped peppers
    in the beginning, I went with Ground Beef and Ground Pork, I had a 14 oz can of tomato
    sauce then added 14 oz of marinara & Basil sauce. added garlic and parsley, and for the
    pasta I only had Angel Hair.It came out perfect. This will be my go to recipe.
    Thanks Olena, your recipes a great.

  4. 5 stars
    Is it possible to use my own already made spaghetti sauce for this recipe? Do I have to add water or tomato juice to dilute my sauce?

  5. 5 stars
    Olena,
    I made this last night and it was so good! I didn’t have tomato sauce so I used 32 oz. of Kirkland marinara instead and kept everything else the same. Probably ended up being a little too high in sodium and will use the low sodium tomato sauce next time. Super low fat ground beef that I did drain. This is a keeper that will be in our regular rotation. Thanks!!!

  6. 5 stars
    Hi Olena,
    I am making this wonderful recipe today. I find that I have a 16 oz package of rice pasta. Would you know what alterations I would need to make to your recipe so that I can use the whole package?
    Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Jane. You would need to multiply water by 1.6, keep same cook time and adjust seasoning to taste after, if necessary. Or adjust seasonings by 1.6 right away. Enjoy!

  7. 5 stars
    If I don’t have spaghetti and use (GF) penne pasta how many minutes would you suggest for the Instant Pot setting? Also, can this recipe be doubled in a 6 qt. IP? I have a large family or when everyone is not home we still like to have leftovers. Thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    Great pasta recipe. I make this often and now made it my own by adding peppers,onions and mushrooms. I have a bumper crop of tomatoes, any chance you would provide a recipe for tomato sauce cooked in the instant pot (please) ? Thks Olena

  9. 5 stars
    SO, SO, SOOO GOOD!!! I am a picky spaghetti person, and I feel that it often tastes best the traditional way (a gazillion pots, and long cooking time for the sauce), but that is not the case this time!! I have found my soul-mate spaghetti recipe here, especially since I am a busy mom and need something quick but delicious. I think it will be awhile, if ever, before I get out a gazillion pots and do it the old way. Thank you!!

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