Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Flavorful bolognese sauce, without the hours of simmering on the stove!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 4 - slices bacon
  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 28 oz. can(s) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 - Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 4 - whole carrots
  • 1 - celery stalk(s)
  • 1/2 - small white onion(s)
  • 1 - cup(s) hot water**
  • Garnish: - grated Parmesan cheese**
  • Side: - box(es) pasta**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Cook and crumble the bacon.
  2. Shred the carrots. Finely chop the celery and onion.
  3. In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef with the minced onion and garlic powder. Drain and add the browned ground beef to the pressure cooker insert.
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, shredded carrots, chopped celery, chopped onion, crumbled bacon and hot water into the electric pressure cooker insert.
  5. Steam valve: Sealing.
  6. Cook on: Manual/High for 15 minutes.
  7. Release: Natural or Quick.
  8. Cook the pasta, as directed.
  9. Prepare veggies.
  10. Serve Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce over pasta with grated Parmesan garnish and side of veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Cook and crumble 8 slices bacon.
  2. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with 2 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Let cool.
  3. Peel and shred 8 whole carrots. Finely chop 2 celery stalks and 1 small white onion.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie in a round bowl/dish, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned ground beef
  • 1 - 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Half of the shredded carrots
  • Half of the chopped celery
  • Half of the chopped onion
  • Half of the cooked and crumbled bacon

Remove as much air as you can and seal. Freeze up to 6 months in your fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to pressure cooker insert with hot water.

Special notes

Add 5-10 minutes of pressure cooking time, if cooking from completely frozen or partially frozen. Note that preheat time and release time may vary by appliance. See for more tips and tricks.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Omit the grated Parmesan cheese for dairy-free meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free pasta.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw, add hot water to Instant Pot and then add contents of baggie. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes with sealed valve; then natural release.
Serve with pasta and veggies.