Toss all your ingredients into the Instant Pot to make this quick and easy spaghetti meat sauce. A weekend night dinner win, ready in 20 minutes!
Beloved spaghetti: hearty, delicious, healthy and always met with enthusiasm whenever I make it! Homemade spaghetti is also a bonus with it’s ability to stretch a few days with leftovers. But one of my absolute favorite parts of this recipe: 20 minutes in the Instant Pot!!!
As a nutritionist, I am consistently trying to create more ideas for easy and healthy Instant Pot recipes. These recipes are perfect for our hectic schedule, and allow me to be present doing my other mom duties! I love being able to throw together a handful of simple ingredients in the Instant Pot, walking away, and having dinner ready in no time.
This is exactly what we are doing with Instant Pot Spaghetti Meat Sauce. Let’s get started!
How to make Instant Pot Spaghetti Meat Sauce
If I am being a little biased, I have never in my life tasted a better spaghetti recipe. I am IN LOVE with my version! It’s the addition of both ground beef, sausage (can use turkey or chicken sausage), herbs, red wine vinegar, and San Marzano Tomatoes. That is what we need to make this amazing sauce. Here are the simple steps:
- Set the Instant Pot to saute, and add oil to coat the pot. Once hot, saute the onion, garlic, and ground beef and sausage. Using a wooden spoon, cook for 5-6 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink (or close to it). Select cancel.
- Pour in the vinegar and scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to be sure nothing is sticking (this helps to prevent the burn function!) Side not here: IF your Instant Pot is particularly sensitive to the burn function, add in 1/4-1/2 cup of water.
- Stir in the San Marzano tomatoes, tomato paste, spices and salt. Secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 7 minutes. Walk away!
- Use a quick release and remove all steam before removing the lid.
I am really loving that the Instant Pot can make the process so much easier. I don’t have to wait for 2 hours of cooking, it’s honestly less than 20 minutes total!
So what to serve? My two favorites are spaghetti squash and acorn squash for their buttery nutty flavors. I also like over zucchini noodles in the summer. Plain pasta for the kids and everyone is happy! Optional toppings include fresh basil, crushed red pepper, and fresh parmesan.
Is this recipe Paleo, Keto, and Whole30 compliant?
As written, this recipe is Paleo, Keto and Whole30 compliant. If you serve over zucchini noodles, it satisfies the requirements for all 3. If you serve over spaghetti squash or acorn squash, the recipe will not be Keto but still Paleo and Whole30.
The BEST Instant Pot Spaghetti Meat Sauce
Toss all of your ingredients into the Instant Pot to make this quick and easy spaghetti meat sauce. A weeknight dinner win, ready in 20 minutes!
- 2 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 medium sized white/yellow onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb ground sausage
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 28 oz cans San Marzano Tomatoes*
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 tsp sea salt + more to taste
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- Crushed red pepper optional
- Fresh basil to taste
- 1/4-1/2 cup water** (see note)
Set your instant pot to saute. Once hot, add oil. Coat the pot, then add both meats, onion, and garlic. Mix around until beef is almost cooked (a little pink is fine). Now select cancel.
Pour vinegar over meat mixture. Using a wooden spoon, be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to prevent any of the onion/garlic sticking. This will help prevent the burn signal! See the note below, as some IP's are sensitive to the burn signal and this sauce may require a bit of water.
Now add tomatoes, paste, salt, and spices. Secure the lid. Select the manual function and cook on high pressure for 7 minutes.
Use a quick release, and make sure steam is completely released before removing lid.
Serve over noodles and squash. Add crushed red pepper, additional salt to taste, and garnish with fresh basil.
*San Marzano tomatoes are the highest quality canned tomatoes and make a difference in taste! I have a hard time using anything else as they taste so good.
**About 1/4 cup water may be needed for this recipe if you get the burn signal. Not all IP’s are the same, and some are more sensitive (the newer models). I don’t have a problem with mine showing the burn signal, but if you do, you may need to add in a bit of water and scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.