Instant Pot Classic Spaghetti Sauce
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Delicious spaghetti sauce made quickly in the Instant Pot, but tastes like it\'s been simmering all day on the stove!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1/2 - small white onion(s)
  • 1 - 26 oz. jar(s) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 - whole carrots
  • 1 - small zucchini
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 1 - cup(s) hot water**
  • Side: - small shell pasta**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Cook pasta as directed.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion. Drain and add the browned ground beef to the pressure cooker insert.
  3. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, grated carrots and grated zucchini and hot water into the electric pressure cooker insert.
  4. Steam valve: Sealing.
  5. Cook on: Manual/High for 15 minutes.
  6. Release: Natural or Quick.
  7. Serve Instant Pot Classic Spaghetti Sauce with pasta and veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown and drain 2 lbs. ground beef.
  2. Chop 1 small white onion.
  3. Peel and shred 4 whole carrots
  4. Shred 2 zucchini.

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

  • Half of the ground beef, browned and cooled
  • Half of the chopped onions
  • 26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • Half of the peeled and grated carrots
  • Half of the grated zuchinni
  • Salt and pepper

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

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

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Use gluten-free noodles. Sauce is gluten-free.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Instant Pot Classic Spaghetti 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. Toss with cooked pasta noodles.
Serve with veggies.

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