Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

In this post, I want to share with you an easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce. You will love having extra for the freezer too!

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hubby surprised me

My hubby bought me a gift.

An Instant Pot.

I was thrilled! The day after receiving it from Amazon, I knew exactly what I would make first.

Instant Pot sitting on kitchen countertop with lid off

Instant Pot spaghetti sauce

This spaghetti sauce has been made many times over my years of marriage and cooking for our family.

It’s not a fancy recipe by any means. But it is soooo good.

The best part is that I make a ton of it at once and freeze the rest.

ingredients for Intstant Pot spaghetti sauce gathered on a countertop

Let me get back to the Instant Pot pressure cooker. I have cooked with a pressure cooker for years. The one I own works on the stovetop and belonged to my mom. She owned it for well over 50 years. It’s stainless steel and I will keep it for as long as I can.

But this electric one is so convenient!

list of supplies:

  • ground beef
  • ground sausage
  • onion
  • garlic
  • carrots
  • Italian seasoning
  • granulated garlic
  • onion powder
  • Tomato paste (optional)

You will also need a couple of tools for this recipe too. Maybe you already have an Instant Pot. If you don’t, you can also use a crockpot. That’s what I have used for years with this recipe.

how to saute meat in Instant Pot

The first thing I will tell you about owning a new Instant Pot pressure cooker is to read the instructions. That sounds like a no-brainer I know. Because I didn’t read the instructions, I didn’t even know there was a saute feature!

I threw in the ground meats and decided I would saute the chopped onions in a separate pan on the stove.

Instant Pot filled with ground beef and ground sausage

I still wasn’t sure about how to use the Instant Pot for this spaghetti sauce so before I started sauteing the onions in that separate pan, I pulled out the instruction manual.

A bit backward, but I did get around to reading the instructions! The instructions didn’t make much sense to me so I turned to YouTube.

Everything is on YouTube!

chopped onions and other ingredients sitting on counter for the Instant Pot spaghetti sauce recipe

beginner tutorial for the Instant Pot

The video I found was so helpful. Here is a link – I highly recommend watching the beginner tutorial on the Instant Pot before starting this spaghetti sauce recipe!

How to Use an Instant Pot

chopped garlic, garlic skins, chef's knife, cutting board on counter top with Instant Pot in background

After watching the video tutorial, I realized I had the Saute feature on my Instant Pot! That saved washing another pan.

So, I took the meat out of the Instant Pot so that I could saute the onions.

the correct way to saute in an Instant Pot

The onions took minutes – only about 2-3 minutes – and then it was time to add the chopped garlic.

Instant Pot with onions browning on the inside of the pot

I dumped all of the ground meat back into the Instant Pot and chopped it with this meat chopper/masher while still sauteing.

We like the meat chopped up fine so I really chopped the meat while it cooked. It seriously cooked in minutes! I had to continually chop to keep the consistency fine.

lady chopping up the meat in the Instant Pot for the spaghetti sauce recipe

can you use carrots in spaghetti sauce?

Yes!! The carrots add a bit of sweetness that cuts the acidity of the tomatoes.

I grated the carrots with the coarse Microplane while the meat cooked. I added the carrots to the cooked meat and turned the Instant Pot off.

shredded carrots on a cutting board with Microplan shredder

how to drain grease from meat

Before adding the spices, I drained the meat.

You’ve probably seen this foil trick before. It’s a good way to keep the fat from the meats going down the drain and causing problems later.

copper colander sitting in a kitchen sink with foil in drain to catch dripping grease from Instant Pot

does the Instant Pot really cook fast?

After the meat drained, I added it back to the Instant Pot. That whole process only took about ten minutes. The Instant Pot cooks sooooo fast!!

Then it was time to add the rest of the ingredients – the tomato sauce, the spices, the seasonings, and the water.

**Only add the tomato paste if you want to add some thickness to the sauce.

close up view of Italian Seasoning bottle for the Instant Pot spaghetti sauce

how long to Instant Pot spaghetti sauce?

I gave everything a good stir and put the lid on.

I had to do some guesswork for the time but I settled on 30 minutes using the Pressure Cooking setting.

If the sauce wasn’t finished, I could always pressure cook the sauce for additional minutes.

Instant Pot spagehetti sauce still in the Instant Pot with wooden spoon for stirring

Once the Instant Pot vented (release the steam pressure) long enough that the little tab on the top went down (watch the beginner Instant Pot video that I linked to above for more details!) and the steam stopped, I knew I could safely remove the lid.

The sauce looked amazing! If you have cooked with crushed tomatoes before, then you know that they come out of the can bright red. When they are cooked in a sauce or in chili, they turn a deep red color.

And the sauce smelled so good. I knew it was done just by looking at it!

And it only took 30 minutes! The Instant Pot cooks so fast!

small dish of prepared spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, napkins, silverware and sliced bread with Instant Pot in the background

Instant Pot vs Crock Pot

When I have cooked this spaghetti sauce in the crockpot, as I have done for years and years, it has taken up to six hours of cooking time! The Instant Pot took 30 minutes for the same results!!

I cooked up some spaghetti noodles and served myself a little dish of deliciousness for lunch!

close up view of prepared spaghetti sauce with noodles and parmesan cheese on top

I added some shaved Parmesan on top and a slice of artisan-baked bread and had a feast for lunch!

Ok, that little bowl is not exactly a feast but it was oh, so delicious!

prepared spaghetti with sauce, parmesan cheese, bread, napkins, silverware, and Intant Pot in the background

can I freeze spaghetti sauce?

I kept aside just enough for our dinner and then dished out the rest of it in two-cup Pyrex freezer bowls. The two-cup size is perfect for just the two of us.

This makes dinner so easy on nights that I don’t have time to cook because I have spent the full day in my workshop. All I need to do is cook the noodles and heat the sauce. Boom! Dinner is on the table in minutes!

top view of prepared spaghetti sauce with bread and silverware in the background

It’s also nice to have easy meals in the freezer to take to someone who is under the weather or maybe an elderly person who needs a little home-cooked love.

dishes of prepared spaghetti sauce ready for the freezer

easy Instant Pot spaghetti sauce

Wasn’t that such an easy recipe?? The Instant Pot spaghetti sauce not only made dinner for the night, but it also made dinner for future nights! I just love that!

Do you have an Instant Pot? What is your favorite recipe or it? I would love to know – share your thoughts in the comments below!

top view of prepared spaghetti dinner with bread, silverware, napkins and a dish of spaghetti

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spaghetti sauce printable recipe

I’ve made this recipe card for you if you would rather print it! I hope you enjoy this family favorite spaghetti sauce recipe that I made in the Instant Pot!

close up view of prepared spaghetti sauce with noodles and parmesan cheese on top
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5 from 1 vote

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Full of veggies, this spaghetti sauce will fill your family and still have enough left over for your freezer!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Cindy Rust


  • Instant Pot
  • Chef's knife
  • cutting board
  • Microplane zester


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 3 cans 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 5 oz tomatoe paste (optional)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp granualted garlic
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Brown the chopped onion using the Saute feature on the Instant Pot. Add chopped garlic when onion is almost finished browning.
  • Add ground meats using chopper to chopped into small pieces while sauteing in the Instant Pot.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, shredded carrots, seasonings and water.
  • Put the lid on and set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook for 30 minutes.
  • Release steam according to the instructions.
  • Serve with cooked pasta of choice, warmed bread and parmesan cheese!
  • Freeze the remaining sauce in increments that suits your family!


Read your Instant Pot instruction manual carefully. Be very careful when cooking foods under pressure. Remove the lid carefully to prevent being burned by the steam! Use caution with an Instant Pot!

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  1. Yum! This sounds amazing and so perfect for fall. Hugs to you.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Hugs back to you Renae! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. 5 stars
    Great recipe, Cindy! I love the concept of cooking once and using multiple times-I’ve done this practice for years. Busy families can really benefit home pre-cooked food in the freezer for quick meals. I think the insta-pot maybe the way to go to help busy families!
    Thanks for sharing🍽❤️

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Yes, remember the once-a-month cooking plans?? Those recipes and ideas stick with me even today! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Great recipe Cindy. I have to be honest, I still make mine the old fashioned way. I think I do it because it reminds me of times with my grandmother and mother.

    If it wasn’t for the memories every time I make it I’d buy one but I can’t let go yet.

    Pinned your recipe.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      I completely undestand. It’s amazing how we can connect to memories and family through the food we cook! Happy cooking and thanks for pinning!