Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs – everyone’s favorite comfort food gets a quick and easy makeover!

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs - everyone's favorite comfort food gets a quick and easy makeover with just 3 main ingredients and less than 30 minutes!pinterestRaise your hand if spaghetti and meatballs are your favorite comfort food.

Hands down, it’s my favorite comfort food of all time! I’ve made this recipe in just one skillet, but of course, I had to make it in my Instant Pot too.

Today, I’ll be sharing with you my lazy-day spaghetti and meatballs that you can whip up without any planning. You know, those nights when you don’t know what to make, but you have hungry people asking what’s for dinner.

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs – only 3 main ingredients!

  • Meatballs – fresh or frozen. This’s my go-to meatballs recipe. I make a whole bunch at a time and freeze them uncooked for lazy days. But you can use store-bought cooked frozen meatballs too.
  • Your favorite pasta sauce. You can use any kind of pasta sauce here. I like mushroom and basil pasta sauce, more flavor with less effort.
  • And finally, spaghetti. Any kind you like, whole wheat, regular, anything. I even use penne pasta sometimes, and it works just fine.

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs - everyone's favorite comfort food gets a quick and easy makeover with just 3 main ingredients and less than 30 minutes!

Now that you’ve gathered all the ingredients, you just layer everything in your Instant Pot, and set it to cook on high for 10 minutes.

Fair warning here! This doesn’t mean you’ll be serving dinner in 10 minutes. Instant Pot takes some time to build pressure inside, and only then it starts counting the cook time. It could take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Not to worry though, delicious dinner will be on the table in no time. Just kick back and relax with a good magazine.

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs - everyone's favorite comfort food gets a quick and easy makeover with just 3 main ingredients and less than 30 minutes!

When that timer goes off, do a quick release, so that the pasta won’t overcook. And using a pair of tong, toss everything together and serve!

Yep, it’s that easy. And delicious!!

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs - everyone's favorite comfort food gets a quick and easy makeover with just 3 main ingredients and less than 30 minutes!

Sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese and/or fresh basil would be a nice touch too.

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs - everyone's favorite comfort food gets a quick and easy makeover with just 3 main ingredients and less than 30 minutes!

Enjoy!

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Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs - everyone's favorite comfort food gets a quick and easy makeover with just 3 main ingredients and less than 30 minutes!
  • Author: Shawn Syphus | I Wash You Dry
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1lb frozen meatballs (I use homemade frozen meatballs, but frozen cooked meatballs will work too.)
  • 8oz uncooked spaghetti
  • 24oz pasta sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese, fresh basil for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. Arrange the meatballs in Instant Pot in one layer. Break the spaghetti in half and arrange them over the meatballs.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil over spaghetti. Pour the pasta sauce and water, making sure spaghetti is completely covered.
  3. Cover and set the Instant Pot to manual. Set the timer to 10 minutes. Quick release the pressure and carefully open the lid. Stir in cheese and basil, if using. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

Total time includes the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
About the author

Born and raised in Mongolia, Shinee (Shin-eh) now lives in rural North Dakota with her rancher husband and a very active toddler son. She believes delicious homemade meals don't have to take hours to cook. Her mission is to inspire busy cooks with simple, quick and tested recipes and avoid a dinner rut at all costs.
71 Responses
  1. Simone

    Can u use. Angel hair pasta with this recipe. I have had gastric bypass and can’t tolerate large or thin spaghetti.
    By using the the angel hair I don’t fill up as fast.
    Also do I adjust the cooking time when using the angel hair pasta.

  2. Ann

    Hello! So glad I found this, thanks for sharing 🙂 I’ve made it with gluten free noodles (added 5 minutes) and very yummy, convenient, and worth a repeat, which I’m doing tonight!

  3. Marsha

    hi shawn,
    sonia commented that in your photo, the meatballs look raw. she asked if this was right but you didn’t answer. that’s my question too and your recipe doesn’t state.
    are they raw? you might want to clarify the different choices (like raw, cooked, pre-made bagged, etc.) in your recipe.
    thank you, can you please answer?

    1. Hi Marsha,

      Yes, those meatballs are raw. You can use any kind of meatballs, homemade raw frozen, homemade cooked frozen, fresh meatballs, store-bought. I’ve tested with all of them, and they come out perfect each time. Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any more questions.

  4. Hope Schabel

    This is my second time making this recipe. I add onion and green peppers under the meatballs, add mushrooms and it is excellent! So quick and easy! This recipe is keeper!

  5. Meredith

    So much easier than making everything separately. I used Barilla GF spaghetti and Simply Balanced frozen gf beef meatballs and it worked perfectly. I do think I could have put the entire 12oz box of spaghetti in as there was a lot of sauce in proportion to the pasta. I ended up cooking up the last 4 oz of spaghetti on the stove and adding them to the sauce.

  6. Madison

    I followed the recipe for every step other than I used cooked ground beef instead of the frozen meatballs. The meat shouldn’t have added any additional liquid since it was cooked. The final product was like soup, and the noodles were stuck in clumps together.

  7. Morgan

    Came out too watery. I’ll cut it to 1.5c water next time. I went if it’s cuz I used brown rice pasta? Not sure.

  8. Liz

    Next time I’ll add less meatballs and more pasta. The proportions seemed weird. It was also really “soupy.” So less water i think.

  9. My kids adore this recipe! We only use 2 cups of water. It’s pretty much the only thing I regularly use my Instant Pot for! Included this recipe in my recent post about easy kid-friendly family dinner ideas.

  10. Mike

    Just made this for my family. They said it was perfect. We didn’t use spaghetti we used penne. We used frozen meetballs. Everything was gluten free. Thanks going to try more receipes to.

  11. Michael

    Came out too thick. I added water after the fact and it seemed to help. Not how I would serve to company, but ok for a weeknight meal.

  12. Lisa W

    Brilliant! Few mods – saute garlic & onion, layer frozen turkey meatballs, 12 oz gluten free penne pasta, mushrooms, peppers, red pepper flakes, 24 oz sauce, 4 c water. Manual high pressure cook 12 min, quick release, enjoy!

  13. Sonia

    By the picture, it looks like your homemade meatballs are placed into the Instant Pot raw, is that right? Or, do the meatballs need to be cooked?

  14. Marie A Thorpe

    I made the pasta and used Alfredo sauce because both my son and I have severe tomato allergies. The pasta was delicious and it was such an easy recipe to use. Thank you!!!

  15. jess

    I’m not sure if I missed it but I don’t see any indication of how big your instant pot is for this recipe. I have the 3qt and I can’t tell if this is too much or perfect for my instant pot. I advise you should include that in your future recipes so we can portion our ingredients better.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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