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Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese

Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese is the perfect fast and easy weeknight meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 589kcal


  • Food Processor
  • Instant Pot
  • Large spoon


  • 1 small onion quartered
  • 2 large carrots cut into chunks
  • 2 stalks celery cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound Italian sausage mild or hot, your choice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large dried bay leaf
  • 1 parmesan rind optional
  • ½ cup heavy cream


  • Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the vegetables are finely minced.
  • Heat the Instant Pot using the Saute-Normal function. Add the ground beef and Italian sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat has browned-- about 7 minutes. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon-- don’t remove the liquid!
  • Next, add the olive oil followed by the minced vegetables and saute until the vegetables have browned and reduced in size-- about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Deglaze the Instant Pot with the red wine, making sure to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. (I recommend using a wooden spoon so you don’t scratch the insert).
  • Tie the rosemary and thyme stems together using kitchen twine. Set aside.
  • When the wine has reduced slightly, add the water, herbs, bay leaf, and parmesan rind, if using. Return meat to pot.
  • Attach the Instant Pot lid and ensure the valve is in the “sealing position.” Set the timer for 25 minutes. When the Instant Pot is finished, release the pressure manually by switching the valve to the “venting” position. Be careful, the valve will steam and may splatter!
  • Heat the Instant Pot using the Saute-Normal function. Stir in the heavy cream. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often until the Bolognese has thickened slightly and the cream has cooked into the sauce.
  • Serve with pasta or polenta and extra parmesan shaved on top!


This recipe can also be made with ground turkey or pork instead of beef.
I recommend a Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon in this recipe-- try to avoid lighter wines like Pinot Noirs.
Make sure to use heavy cream in this recipe as milk will thin the sauce too much.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5787IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3mg