Instant Pot Spaghetti

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Instant Pot Spaghetti is healthy one pot dinner ready in 20 minutes. Pasta, meat and sauce – all cook in one pot.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef, turkey or chicken
  • 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
  • 10 oz whole wheat spaghetti
  • 28 oz tomato sauce, low sodium


  1. On Instant Pot, press Saute and wait until display says Hot. Add meat and cook until brown in colour, breaking into pieces constantly. Instant Pot doesn’t really brown the meat and it doesn’t have to be cooked through.
  2. If cooking beef, I drain the fat in the middle of cooking. Up to you. Healthier.
  3. 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.
  4. Break noodles in half and add criss cross in about 6 layers. It helps to prevent noodles from sticking.
  5. Pour tomato sauce and maple syrup on top. Do not stir.
  6. Close the lid, turn pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 5 minutes.
  7. After Instant Pot has finished cooking, release pressure using Quick Release method by turning valve to Venting and open the lid.
  8. Spaghetti will look watery. Don’t worry. Stir gently and let sit for 3 minutes.
  9. Serve hot garnished with basil and Parmesan cheese. Or however you like spaghetti. Enjoy!

Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Do not freeze.


You can use white, whole wheat or gluten free spaghetti. Or even fettuccine like I did. Cook gluten free pasta for 3 minutes, others no change. Worst case scenario, if it’s a bit crunchy, you let it sit a few extra minutes after cooking. It’s pasta, it cooks fast and is better to undercook.

For more meat and sauce, use 8 oz of noodles. I liked 10 oz because feeds more and less meat.

Replace thyme, basil and oregano with 1 tbsp of Italian seasoning.

You can replace tomato sauce with a jar of your favorite sauce! If you do so, reduce dried herbs to only 1 tsp and salt to 1/2 tsp, and eliminate maple syrup. Jarred sauce contains sugar already.:)

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