Looking for pasta perfection in about 30 minutes? This instant pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe has got you covered! It’s one of the fastest spaghetti recipes with homemade meatballs around! I love pasta recipes for their quick prep and universal appeal.
My instant pot spaghetti and meatballs were an “Instant” hit at my house, and I loved that it was a one-pot meal. It’s perfect during midweek madness when you’ve got limited time to cook- not to mention clean!
Grab your Instant Pot and get ready to make some kitchen magic!
This instant pot spaghetti and meatballs have so many great things going for it! Here are my favorites:
- One-pot wonder
- On the table in about 30 minutes
- Flavorful sauce
- Super moist and tender meatballs
The key to successful Instant pot spaghetti is paying attention to the order the ingredients go in the pot, particularly when adding the pasta.
Also important for cooking your pasta with your Instant pot meatballs and sauce is the crisscross pattern of the spaghetti. It will clump together if you leave it in one big handful.
The Pot: Instant pots vary from model to model. I’ve found the sauté function can get quite hot on some, and there is no option for temperature control.
The easiest way I’ve found for controlling the heat in this type of pot is to simply turn it off for a few minutes if it is getting too hot. You can also flip over to the slow cooker or other functions to see what kind of heat boost they give you. Use a long-handled spatula or spoon when stirring on sauté, so you don’t have to stick your hand so far down in the pot.
Red wine: The wine brings added acidity and depth to the sauce, but you can either omit it or use a little extra beef broth instead.
Carrot: The carrot brings some sweetness to the sauce, so don’t skip it! When it is finely shredded, the carrot cooks down so you don’t notice it!
Pasta options: You can use other types of long pasta, like linguine or fettuccine. They might need an extra minute or two to cook completely.
Spaghetti Storing Tips
I suggest storing your spaghetti in a glass bowl with a tight-fitting lid. The tomato base can react with metal and stains plastic. Glass has the added bonus of just popping in the microwave to reheat!
Can You Freeze This?
You can freeze this instant pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but the texture of the noodles might not hold when you reheat it. Of course, it will still taste delicious!
Make Ahead Tips
You could make the meatballs up to a day ahead of time and store them in the fridge. Just make sure they are tightly wrapped, so they don’t dry out! Otherwise, this recipe is so quick that making ahead typically isn’t necessary.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
According to FDA guidelines, this instant pot spaghetti and meatballs will hold 3-4 days in the fridge.
I always say the best thing about pasta recipes is that you can’t do them wrong! There are lots of variations to consider with this instant pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe!
Can I Cook This In A Crockpot Instead?
To convert this instant pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe to a Crockpot version, you’ll need to make some adjustments. The pasta and extra beef broth should go in about an hour before serving. You might need to experiment with exactly how much beef broth to use as well. You can check out my crockpot spaghetti for some more ideas.
Can I Bake This Instead?
To achieve the texture of baked spaghetti with this instant pot spaghetti and meatballs, I suggest making the meatballs and sauce in the Instant Pot and cook for about 10 minutes on high pressure. Cook the noodles separate on the stove. Mix them all together, transfer to a baking dish, top with cheese, and bake.
It’ll be similar to my baked spaghetti with cream cheese. If you’re a baked spaghetti fan like me, you can also consider making a chicken spaghetti bake!
Can I Use Chicken Instead?
Chicken spaghetti if a fun way to change up your spaghetti routine. You can use cooked, shredded chicken instead of meatballs for this recipe.
Can This Be Made With A Mexican Twist?
Spaghetti probably makes you think Italian, but you’re missing out if you don’t try it with a Mexican twist! Leave the marinara on the shelf and try some Mexican spaghetti! For some more south of the border inspiration, check out my taco spaghetti.
What Other Spaghetti Recipes Can I Make?
This instant pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe is just the tip of the iceberg! Italian spaghetti can be made in so many different ways. From spaghetti and meatballs recipe to spaghetti pie, there are endless ways to make this classic pasta, and they’re all delish!
Instant Pot Spaghetti And Meatballs
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, -divided
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup carrot, finely shredded
- 1 1/2 cups onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 2 slices white bread
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, 80/20
- 1/2 pound loose Italian sausage
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 16 ounces spaghetti
- Turn Instant pot onto saute function. Add the olive oil when the display reads "hot". Add the onion, garlic, carrot, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and cook until soft and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in the crushed tomatoes and wine then cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. (lower the sauté function to low or briefly turn the machine off if the sauce splatters too much).
- Meanwhile, make the meatballs; in a medium bowl, add milk and bread and let sit for 10 minutes. Mash with a fork to form a paste. Add the rest of the meatball ingredients and use your fingers to knead and combine the mixture. Roll the meat mixture into 1--1 1/2 inch meatballs.
- Pour 1 cup of beef broth into the sauce, scraping up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan (do not skip or the burn light may turn on). Add meatballs to the pot directly into sauce.
- Break the spaghetti noodles in half and place in a 2 layer crisscross pattern over the sauce. Drizzle top with remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Pour the remaining 2 cups of beef broth over the pasta. Do not stir.
- Lock the lid and set the valve to seal. Set function to "manual mode-high pressure" for 8 minutes. The instant pot will start on its own.
- Switch the valve to the "venting" position to completely release steam before opening lid. If any sauce comes out in the jet of steam, close the vent and release the steam in bursts.
- Carefully remove the lid (there will likely still be remaining steam). Gently fold the noodles with the sauce. Allow to sit for 4-5 minutes to thicken and pasta is al dente, before serving.
- Chicken Spaghetti – A great way to change up spaghetti!
- Million Dollar Spaghetti – It tastes as good as it sounds!
- Spaghetti Casserole – All the yumminess of spaghetti in an easy casserole
This instant pot spaghetti and meatballs recipe has become a regular in my house. You just can’t beat the quick and easy prep, and of course, it’s absolutely delish! I know you and your family are going to love it!
Be sure to let me know how it goes for you!