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Instant Pot Spaghetti can be ready in just minutes for a one pot meal loaded with flavor. Your family will love this easy spaghetti casserole that makes dinner time a breeze.

Spaghetti in the instant pot with a wooden spoon
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Since you are only using the instant pot, there is hardly any clean up at all. Everything you need for a great meal is in this quick and easy Instant Pot Recipe.

The tangy sauce is perfect and there is lots of ground beef to make this meal hearty. Bring back family dinner with this simple meal. You may also love this Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe.

Can you Cook Spaghetti Noodles in an Instant Pot?

Yes you can and it makes this easy beef recipe even easier. I absolutely love that there is only one pan to clean. Everything literally goes in the instant pot making this one of the easiest one pot meals ever.  Yes, even the pasta.

This recipe really cuts down on multiple pans for the meat, the sauce and another to boil the noodles. None of that is necessary when you make this recipe.

Everything is cooked in one pot. Talk about a win for Mom and a game changer for busy weeknights.

Ingredients

Instant pot spaghetti ingredients - olive oil, onion, minced garlic, ground beef, salt, pepper, italian seasoning, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, spaghetti noodles
  • Olive Oil 
  • Onion 
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Ground Beef 
  • Salt 
  • Black Pepper 
  • Italian Seasoning 
  • Crushed Tomatoes 
  • Tomato Sauce 
  • Water 
  • Spaghetti Noodles

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Variations Ideas

  • Change Meat – We used ground beef for this recipe, but you can also use ground turkey or a mixture of both.
  • Sauce – We combined the sauce ingredients together in the instant pot. But you can also use a jar marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce. There are many flavors to choose from.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer. You can easily add in fresh herbs or add in red pepper flakes for a kick of spice. Garlic powder can be used as well as adding in fresh basil.
  • Noodles – This recipe works great with spaghetti noodles, but you can use what you prefer. You may need to change the cooking time.

Step by Step Instructions

Placing the chopped onions and garlic in the instant pot

Step 1 – Turn the Instant Pot on the sauté setting and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent. 

Adding in the ground beef with the seasoning

Step 2 – Add the ground beef to the Instant Pot to saute. Season with salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Sauté until the meat is browned. Turn off the sauté function. 

Adding in the sauce with water into the instant pot

Step 3 – Add the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce to the pot, stirring to combine with the meat. Add the water to the Instant Pot.

Add in the spaghetti noodles into the instant pot

Step 4 – Lay the broken spaghetti noodles on top of the liquid, spread out as much as possible to avoid clumping. Do not stir them into the liquid; just gently press the noodles down into the liquid to ensure they are adequately submerged. 

  • Step 5 – Seal the Instant Pot lid, making sure the vent is set to sealing. Select the Manual or Pressure Cook setting and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. 
  • Step 6 – Once the cooking time is up, perform a quick release by moving the vent to venting. Wait until all the pressure has released before opening the lid. 
  • Step 7 – Stir the cook pasta well, making sure to separate any noodles that may have stuck together. Serve warm and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Cooking Ground Beef – Cook the ground beef in the instant pot for an easy one pot meal.
  • Adding Spaghetti Noodles – Add the spaghetti noodles uncooked to the instant pot. We recommend breaking the noodles to they fit evenly in the instant pot. Do not stir in the sauce, the noodles will lay right on top of the sauce to cook.
  • Combining Ingredients – Once you do the quick release, stir all the ingredients together with the noodles. Then it is ready to serve with your favorite side dishes.
Close up image of Spaghetti on a spoon

Serving Suggestions

We like to serve it with a simple side salad or Easy Grilled Broccoli.  Also, we love Garlic Bread Cheese Sticks Recipe so you can get every last drop of that delicious sauce.

Cooking our favorite go-to recipe in the instant pot makes for the perfect busy weeknight meal.

Close up image image of spaghetti in a bowl topped with shredded parmesan cheese

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store instant pot spaghetti recipe leftovers in the airtight container in the refrigerator. This spaghetti recipe will last about 4 days if stored properly. This is a perfect recipe to meal prep for a quick lunch for the week.

How to Reheat

This spaghetti reheats easily in the microwave or the stovetop depending on how much you have leftover.

Can I Freeze?

We recommend freezing the spaghetti sauce as the spaghetti noodles will not hold up when thawing. If you plan on freezing this recipe, keep the spaghetti noodles separately and cook them when you are ready to serve this recipe again.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti

5 from 7 votes
Instant Pot Spaghetti can be ready in minutes for a one pot meal loaded with flavor. Your family will love this easy spaghetti casserole.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Italian
Course Main Course
Calories 414

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Turn the Instant Pot on the sauté setting and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent. 
  • Add the ground beef to the Instant Pot. Season with salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Sauté until the meat is browned. Turn off the sauté function. 
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce to the pot, stirring to combine with the meat. 
  • Add the water to the Instant Pot. 
  • Lay the broken spaghetti noodles on top of the liquid, spread out as much as possible to avoid clumping. Do not stir them into the liquid; just gently press the noodles down into the liquid to ensure they are adequately submerged. 
  • Seal the Instant Pot lid, making sure the vent is set to sealing. Select the Manual or Pressure Cook setting and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. 
  • Once the cooking time is up, perform a quick release by moving the vent to venting. Wait until all the pressure has released before opening the lid. 
  • Stir the spaghetti well, making sure to separate any noodles that may have stuck together. 
  • Serve warm and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Pasta: Ensure that the spaghetti noodles are broken in half and laid on top of the liquid as evenly as possible to avoid clumping. 
Instant Pot Size: This recipe is designed for a 6-quart Instant Pot. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 414kcal, Carbohydrates 42g, Protein 21g, Fat 19g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 54mg, Sodium 1075mg, Potassium 869mg, Fiber 5g, Sugar 9g, Vitamin A 651IU, Vitamin C 16mg, Calcium 83mg, Iron 4mg

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  1. I’m not sure. Make sure that the noodles are completely covered and mine usually only take 4 minutes and I don’t like to cook them any longer as they could turn to mush. I would just cook them 2 minutes longer next time. Thanks!