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!

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

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian
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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 in 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.

Keywords: Instant Pot, spaghetti, meatballs, tomato, quick

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.
94 Responses
  1. Mike

    Shawn-I halved the recipe since I’m cooking for two. In order to keep the spaghetti covered with water/sauce, I had to add the full 3 cups of water even though everything else was half. The result was a soupy watery mess…I had to strain the spaghetti and heated up more sauce in the microwave to make it palatable.

    So, if I halve the water my spaghetti isn’t covered…any advice? Should I place the spaghetti underneath the meatballs instead of on top?

    Thanks.

    1. Oh bummer! I’m sorry halving the recipe didn’t work out. I would refrain from putting the noodles underneath the meatballs because they would most likely stick to the bottom and cause a burn notice. I’m thinking if you did try and half the liquid it MIGHT still work… reason being is that the water and pressure would boil up a bit and possibly still cook the noodles. It would take some testing to be sure… next time I make this I’ll try that and see what happens. Or if you get around to it before me, let us know how it goes!

    1. Hi Kirk, I have not tested doubling this recipe. This is a good question because doubling a recipe in an Instant Pot does not mean increasing the cooking time like you would think. More items in a pressure cooker will make it fuller which means it will take longer for the cooker to reach pressure. For time-sensitive recipes that are undesirable when over-cooked (like veggies, risotto or pasta) you might actually need to decrease pressure cooking time. That’s because even while the cooker is reaching pressure the food is already cooking. I would probably keep the cooking time the same as a single batch. Just be aware that the pasta might be more cooked than in a single batch. Hope this helps!

  2. Pat

    If i were making this meal for a non vegetarian and a vegetarian, would the vegetarian get a bad effect or meat taste from being in the same pot? What do you think?

    1. My guess is that it would depend on how stringent the vegetarian’s standards are. Some can tolerate a meat flavor, while others can not. If you cook the meatballs in the sauce there will be some juices and flavor transfer in to the sauce. Hope this helps!

  3. Kayla

    Love this with spaghetti! Interested in your thoughts/adjustments of using angel hair?! My husband wants angel hair… I’m nervous to try it and would think I wouldn’t cook as long?! But will my meatballs still cook?

    1. I’m happy to hear your family enjoyed this recipe! I have not tested this recipe with the angel hair pasta. The shortened cooking time needed for the pasta would not be enough to cook the meatballs.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; 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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