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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!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Diet GlutenFreeDiet
Keyword Instant Pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 268 kcal
Author Amy Rains


  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. Now add tomatoes, paste, salt, and spices. Secure the lid. Select the manual function and cook on high pressure for 7 minutes.
  4. Use a quick release, and make sure steam is completely released before removing lid.
  5. Serve over noodles and squash. Add crushed red pepper, additional salt to taste, and garnish with fresh basil.

Recipe Notes

*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.

Nutrition Facts
The BEST Instant Pot Spaghetti Meat Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 729mg32%
Potassium 506mg14%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.