Overhead shot of two bowls of Instant Pot Sunday Gravy served over spaghetti.

Instant Pot Authentic Italian Sunday Gravy

Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: instant pot sunday gravy, pressure cooker sunday gravy, sunday gravy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 347 kcal
Author: Erin

This Instant Pot Sunday Gravy recipe is the perfect shortcut for making my Nana Lamancuso's authentic Italian meat sauce using your electric pressure cooker.

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Ingredients

  • Tablespoons  olive oil
  • lb. meaty pork neck bones or 1 lb pork spareribs
  • lb.  beef stew meat
  • lb.  Italian sausage  spicy or mild, based on personal preference
  • cloves  garlic peeled and left whole
  • ¼  cup  tomato paste
  • 3 28-oz. cans peeled Italian tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup  water
  • leaves  fresh basil torn into small pieces
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Tablespoon  sugar  more or less based on the flavor of your tomatoes
  • Parmesan shaved for topping
  • Pasta

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to Instant Pot and hit "saute" button. Pat the pork dry with paper towels and add to the pot in a single layer. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer pork to a plate.
  2. Next, add the beef to the Instant Pot in a single layer. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer beef to the plate with the pork.

  3. Next, add the sausages. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to the plate with the pork and beef, leaving the fat behind in the Instant Pot.
  4. Add the garlic to the Instant Pot and cook until golden, 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to let it burn. Remove and discard the garlic.

  5. Add the tomato paste to the Instant Pot and cook for 1 minute. Pour in water and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the Instant Pot.

  6. Puree the tomatoes in your blender and add them to the Instant Pot. Or for a chunkier sauce, just mash up the tomatoes with your hands and add them to the pot. Add salt, pepper and sugar to taste.

  7. Return the pork, beef, and sausages to the Instant Pot with any accumulated juices.

  8. Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure the release valve is in the "sealing" position. Hit cancel to stop the "sautee" function and then press "manual" button and set timer for 30 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for the pressure to build, then the countdown timer will begin.
  9. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 15-minutes then do a quick-release by flipping the release valve to “venting." Meanwhile, cook your pasta. Remove the lid and adjust your seasonings one more time, add basil leaves and serve over your favorite pasta, topped with shaved Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Authentic Italian Sunday Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 494mg21%
Potassium 344mg10%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.