Last Updated on January 25, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt
This delicious Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is a secret weapon to get a kid-friendly dinner on the table quickly and easily. It’s among the easiest of my Instant Pot recipes, which is saying something since I ALWAYS strive for easy dinners!
For this recipe, I use store-bought spaghetti sauce and frozen meatballs. That’s because I can keep these ingredients on hand at all times so when life gets busy and I’m tempted to hit a drive through, I can fall back on this instead.
You can just as easily use your own homemade sauce if you prefer. If you prefer homemade meatballs, you can also make your own and freeze them. Or, make them fresh but cook them separately and add them to the spaghetti at the end.
Can I cook spaghetti in a pressure cooker?
Yes, you can pressure cook spaghetti in a pressure cooker in less time than regular cooking and with less water.
Pressure cookers can cook just about anything, and since an Instant Pot is simply an electric pressure cooker, the same is true for your Instant Pot.
What are the ingredients to make Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs?
Since the goal for this dish is to make a kid-friendly dinner quickly and easily, I’ve kept the ingredient list simple. Here’s all you’ll need:
- spaghetti sauce
- can of diced tomatoes
- frozen meatballs
- olive oil
How to Make Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
To make spaghetti and meatball using an Instant Pot just follow the steps below.
Step 1 – Add the Frozen Meatballs
Place the meatballs inside your Instant Pot liner and make sure they are not jammed in. The reason you don’t want to place your frozen meatballs in tight is that you want to leave space for the liquid and avoid burning.
Step 2 – Add the Spaghetti
For this step, you need to make sure you break the spaghetti in half and place it over the meatballs.
Step 3 – Add Remaining Ingredients
To finish this Instant Pot Spaghetti and Frozen Meatballs recipe we need to add the olive oil, diced tomatoes, sauce, and water.
Step 4 – Pressure Cook
Close your Instant Pot lid and turn the nob to “Sealing.”
Press the Manual button on your Instant Pot and make sure it is on high and set your timer to 7 minutes for al dente pasta or 9 minutes if you like it softer.
Once the Instant Pot is done, turn it off and release and turn the knob to “Venting.”
Once the pressure has fully released, carefully open the Instant Pot. It should look like this:
Stir the spaghetti and meatballs.
Your Instant Pot Spaghetti and frozen Meatballs is ready to be served! Top with grated parmesan, if you like.
Instant Pot Spaghetti and Frozen Meatballs Recipe
Now that you know how to make a quick and delicious Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs meal it is time to print the recipe with the exact measurements.
Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
- 1 16 oz box spaghetti
- 1 16 oz jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 1 lb package frozen meatballs
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups water
- Place the meatballs at the bottom, but do not cram together.
- Break the spaghetti noodles in half and place on top of the meatballs.
- Add the diced tomatoes, sauce, water and oil.
- Close the Instant Pot and turn the knob to sealing.
- Hit manual, high, 9 minutes (or 7 minutes for al dente).
- When cook time is done, turn off the Instant Pot.
- Quick release.
- Open the Instant Pot, stir the spaghetti and serve!
Once you’ve made this and realize how easy it is, you’re definitely going to want to save the recipe to use again and again. Don’t forget to pin it so you can find it later!
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