Instant Pot Spaghetti + VIDEO

Family favorite Instant Pot Spaghetti is an easy and delicious meal for busy weeknights! Made with jarred or homemade marinara sauce, this comforting, classic spaghetti recipe is ready in 30 minutes and the whole family will love it!

Instant Pot spaghetti:

Spaghetti has always been on my weeknight meal rotation. Kids love it, adults love it, and it’s so easy to make this comfort food meal on busy nights. Sometimes, though, you wish things took just a little bit less time, so I decided to create a simple recipe for making spaghetti in the Instant Pot. It’s the easiest way to cook spaghetti with the perfect al dente texture and it has SO MUCH flavor!

I love using my quick and easy marinara sauce for this recipe, but you can use any jar of sauce that you have on hand.

This spaghetti recipe makes enough for 4-6 people, but it’s also great for leftovers! Reheating is simple and the spaghetti continues to taste delicious for 2-3 days when refrigerated in an air-tight container.

What noodles to use:

I used regular spaghetti noodles for this recipe. However, any noodle shape will work! Just adjust the cook time to half the time of the package cooking directions. For example, thin spaghetti will cook in less time.

top shot of spaghetti cooking in pressure cooker

How to make Instant Pot spaghetti:

Cook the beef:

Set the Instant Pot to SAUTÉ and add olive oil. Once hot, add the ground beef, and season with salt, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. Break the beef into small pieces and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the beef is cooked through and no longer pink.

Add the noodles:

When the beef is cooked, hit CANCEL, add 1 cup of chicken broth, and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot using a wooden spoon. Then, break the uncooked spaghetti noodles in half and arrange them in the pot in alternating directions. Finally, add the marinara sauce, but do not stir.

Pour in liquids:

Rinse the pasta sauce jar with 1 cup of the remaining broth (pour the broth into the jar and swirl), then pour over the pasta with the additional 1 ½ cups of broth. Again, do not stir, but gently press the noodles down with a spoon to ensure that they are submerged in the liquid.

Cook in Instant Pot:

Now, place the lid on the pot and set to seal. Cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes cooking time (or half the time of the package cooking directions). It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build, then a countdown timer will begin.

Garnish and serve:

When the time is up, quick release the pressure and remove the lid. Give it a good stir to break up the noodles, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and/or fresh basil.

top shot of spaghetti noodles and tomato sauce in white bowl

Tips for the best instant pot spaghetti:

  • If your noodles aren’t fully cooked, use the sauté function for an additional few minutes to further cook.
  • If you get a burn message, you may need to add more liquid. Also, be sure that the sealing ring is on properly.
  • Try swapping in ground turkey or italian sausage for the ground beef.
  • If you don’t like meat, you can opt for Instant Pot spaghetti without meat and substitute your favorite tofu or vegetable.
  • You can also use whole wheat spaghetti in this recipe. Simply adjust the cook time to half the time of the package cooking directions.

Wine pairings for Instant Pot spaghetti:

  • I generally prefer a lighter red wine with my spaghetti dinner, usually choosing a Pinot Noir or Grenache. These lighter-bodied wines are a delicious companion to the heavier, tomato-based spaghetti.
top shot of person holding fork and white bowl filled with Instant Pot spaghetti

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What to serve with Instant Pot spaghetti:

I always like to pair spaghetti with something light and fresh to balance out the heavier sauce and pasta. Here are some of my favorite, quick and easy sides that pair perfectly with your Instant Pot spaghetti.

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

top shot of spaghetti noodles and tomato sauce in white bowl

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti is an easy and delicious weeknight meal the whole family will love! Made with simple ingredients, this comfortingly classic spaghetti recipe is ready in 30 minutes!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Time for pressure to build: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (Can substitute Italian sausage, ground turkey or ground chicken)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 ½ cups bone broth (can substitute low-sodium chicken broth (or water), divided)
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce (homemade or jarred)
  • 1 pound dry spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese (grated)

Instructions

  • Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the ground beef, and season with salt, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. Cook, breaking the beef into small pieces, until cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  • Hit CANCEL and add 1 cup broth. Scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Break the noodles in half and arrange them in the pot in alternating directions. Add the sauce. Do not stir.
  • Rinse the pasta sauce jar with 1 cup of the remaining broth (pour the broth into the jar and swirl), then pour over the pasta with the additional 1 ½ cups broth. Again, do not stir, but gently press the noodles down with a spoon to ensure that they are submerged in the liquid.
  • Place the lid on the pot and set to seal. Cook on manual HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build, then a countdown timer will begin.
  • When the time is up, quick release the pressure and remove the lid.
  • Stir to break up the noodles. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.

Notes

  • Any type of dry noodles will work for this recipe. Simply adjust the amount of cook time to half the cook time shown on the package directions. 
  • If your noodles aren’t fully cooked, use the sauté function for an additional few minutes to further cook.
  • If you don’t like meat, you can opt for Instant Pot spaghetti without meat and substitute your favorite tofu or vegetable. 
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Equipment

Instant Pot

Nutrition

Calories: 681kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1924mg | Potassium: 1226mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 6mg

2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Spaghetti + VIDEO”

  1. This looks so yummy! I’d love to make it. Did you cook this in a 6 or 8quart IP? I’m trying to decide if my 6quart is okay to use. Thanks!!

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