Instant Pot Spaghetti

My one pot meal, Instant Pot Spaghetti, is a super easy meal to make any time of the week for your family! I’m love my Instant Pot. With the daunting summer days coming our way, I can cook Instant Pot meals without worry about heating up my kitchen from using the stove top or the oven.

instant pot spaghetti

What’s to Love about This Instant Pot Pasta Recipe?

One of the biggest perks is that it’s one pot pasta dish! No draining required, and it’s a simple dump and go recipe. It’s NO FUSS. Hello! My fave.

My family loves it when I make my Instant Pot spaghetti. My nephews are in the horrible “eat everything in the house” nerve wracking stage in life, so filling them up with one of their favorite foods, makes me a hero in their eyes.

My Instant Pot Spaghetti is a HUGE Time Saver

Making Instant Pot Spaghetti not only makes the whole clean up process easier because it’s a one pot meal, but it also helps you save time in the kitchen.

You no longer have to go through different steps to ground the beef, boil water for the pasta, and then have to heat up the season.

You do everything in your Instant Pot, and that leaves you only one thing to clean up. That’s my type of cooking. I have a busy and active family, so I don’t have the time to clean up everything from making spaghetti.

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What Else Can I add To the Spaghetti Recipe?

My Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe is SUPER flexible. Meaning that you can add whatever sauces and seasonings to it that you want to.

Some people like adding in extra basil, oregano, and even a hint of sugar to their spaghetti sauces. I love being able to add in mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions to the recipe! You can just add them into your Instant Pot, and not have to worry about stirring until it’s done!

You can STILL do that! We all have our favorite jar of spaghetti sauce, unless you love making your own sauce – then I don’t blame you for putting the jarred stuff down!

If you want, you can even this other types of pasta, including linguini, elbows, farfalle, and a few others. Just don’t use Angela Hair pasta, your Instant Pot Spaghetti will turn into a huge clump and you will be heart broken that it turned out so horrible.

Then you’re gonna cry and throw your Instant Pot in the trash our on the ground, and then I’m gonna cry that you got rid of it.

instant pot spaghetti

I Burned My Instant Pot Spaghetti! What Did I do Wrong?

We all hate getting the dreaded BURN message on our Instant Pots when making recipes. You put all of the ingredients in the pot, and you pressure your buttons on it to get it going…then BURN.

You let out a small yell, and want to come back yelling and screaming at me.

Let me stop that from happening right now! I get yelled enough from Angela and my nephews all day long, so the good Lord knows that I don’t need to add anyone else to that list!

Here’s why your Instant Pot Spaghetti burned: You didn’t put the ingredients into your pot in the correct order. It’s that simple. You don’t want to stir the ingredients around before cooking! Leave it layered.

When cooking dishes like pasta in your pressure cooker, you have to place the ingredients in a certain order. With this, it’s the ground meat, then the pasta, then the sauce on top…and then add broth (or water if you prefer).

If you put the sauce at the bottom or pour it over the meat, and then add the layers of pasta, you’re going to burn it. Pasta sauce and other sauces like it are just to thick for the Instant Pot to bring it up to pressure, so it burns the sauce will trying to get it pressure.

Cooking in your Instant Pot is sort of an art form. Once you start truly using your Instant Pot, everything just makes more sense in how to use ingredients in it. You will learn that cooking in your Instant Pot is all about layering your ingredients in the right order to get what you want out of it.

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You can use the above photo as a point of reference of what the texture of everything will look like. Of course, I did stir it up to evenly distribute the sauce and pasta around. I can seriously only make it look but so pretty for you lol. However, that’s the consistency you’re going to end with.

More Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Love:

Yield: 5-6 servings

Instant Pot Spaghetti

instant pot spaghetti

Such an easy Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe that you can make without getting the burn message!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 TBS fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles, halved
  • 1 (24 Ounce) Jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 (14.5 Ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Press sauté
  2. Add onions and garlic, cook until fragrant
  3. Add the ground beef, salt, basil and parsley
  4. Cook till no longer pink, chopping to break the meat up as you go.
  5. Turn off sauté and drain off grease (optional)
  6. Add in halved spaghetti noodles
  7. Pour in the sauce, tomatoes, and beef broth. 
  8. Make sure your noodles are completely covered. 
  9. Place on and lock the lid and press manual high pressure for 8 minutes. 
  10. When the time is up, turn off warming and QR - remove lid.
  11. Add parmesan cheese and Stir well. 

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