Instant Pot Spaghetti


This easy Instant Pot Spaghetti is one of the best ways to start using in your Instant Pot! You know that pressure cooker you’ve had sitting in your pantry for 6 months but you’ve been nervous to try? We all love spaghetti and this may just become your new favorite way to make it!

Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

I don’t know maybe that was just me but I got an Instant Pot from my mother-law for Christmas a year ago then I didn’t start using it until the summer because I thought there would be this learning curve or something.

They really are so easy to use and they’re pretty much idiot-proof. I love how they cut cooking time, especially with meat. (If you’re interested in getting one btw you can purchase on Amazon HERE).


Instant One Pot Spaghetti

Last year I mostly made french dip, shredded beef tacos or shredded chicken tacos in my Instant Pot. I’ve also made “baked” potatoes and rice and a few other things.

I want to use it more this year so I thought I’d try out one of my go-to weeknight dinners – classic All-American spaghetti in it.

You know the cheater shortcut kind that’s made from a jar of marinara sauce and ground beef, the easy spaghetti.

Instant Pot Spaghetti

This isn’t the made from scratch marinara or bolognese spaghetti but no one will care because it’s so delicious!

The past few years one of my go-to spaghetti sauces is Classico’s Four Cheese but you can swap that for your personal favorite.

I do however think they don’t add enough basil and garlic to any jar of spaghetti sauce I’ve tried so I always add more. If you don’t want to pay for the fresh basil then just add some dried basil, maybe 1 tsp.

And finish it off with lots of parmesan. And more basil. Because you can never have too much basil on your spaghetti.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

And I highly recommend pairing this spaghetti with a basic green salad topped with Copycat Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Dressing. It’s a family fav and it only takes minutes to make!

Fresh sourdough bread is always a good side too, if you aren’t counting carbs.


Instant Pot Spaghetti

4.92 from 25 votes

Super easy and super fast classic spaghetti with meat sauce. A great way to use your Instant Pot and clean up is a breeze! It may just become a family favorite!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. 92% - 96% lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 oz. dry spaghetti noodles*
  • 3 sprigs fresh basil, plus more for serving
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar four cheese marinara sauce, such as Classico
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 2/3 cups warm water
  • Shredded or grated parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. Set instant pot to "saute". Once it reads "hot" add 1 tsp olive oil then break beef into large chunks and add to instant pot along with garlic and a few pinches of salt.

  2. Let beef brown, stirring and breaking up beef occasionally, until cooked through, about 6 minutes. Press the "cancel" button to turn instant pot off. 

  3. Break spaghetti noodles in half. Add about 1/6 into an even layer over beef, then add another 1/6 going the opposite direction into an even layer. Repeat this pattern with remaining noodles four times (this doesn't need to be perfect! It's just to reduce sticking).  

  4. Add in marinara sauce, basil, tomatoes and water and season lightly with salt and pepper (don't stir). 

  5. Seal the lid of the Instant Pot, making sure the valve is set to "sealing." Press the "manual mode" button (or high pressure on other pressure cookers) and set to 7 minutes.

  6. Once time is up, use the quick release method according to manufactures instructions (basically just stand back and flick the valve). Once sputtering stops open lid, remove basil and toss spaghetti with a fork.   

  7. Let rest two minutes (this will allow some of that extra liquid to soak in and the noodles to cook through). Sere warm with parmesan and basil leaves or chopped basil ribbons. 

  8. *Use spaghetti that lists 9 - 11 minutes to al dente.

  9. Recipe source: inspired by The Salty Marshmallow

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  • Carolyn: I have an 11 qt electric pressure cooker and need to make this for a large crowd. If I triple the recipe will I have to adjust the cooking time? January 26, 2018 at 7:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I can’t say for sure because I’ve never used a pressure cooker that large so your guess is probably better than mine, sorry! (My guess is that yes you’d have to add some time but I couldn’t guess how much). January 30, 2018 at 9:09pm Reply

  • Rachel: Thank you for this. I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and have been entirely too intimidated by it. Your easy step by step instructions are exactly what I needed. January 23, 2018 at 11:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! January 23, 2018 at 2:55pm Reply

  • Barbara Williams: This is amazing! My husband said it is the best spaghetti & meat sauce he’s ever had. ( I have been cooking for him for over 65 years). I did add 1 cup of chopped onions when I sautéed the garlic. January 19, 2018 at 10:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for the tip too Barbara! January 20, 2018 at 11:41am Reply

  • Paula: So being Italian I would never use Jar sauce but I have some already made and frozen. How can I do that ?? Do you think the time would be the same. Its sauce that simmered for over 3 hours.. January 17, 2018 at 2:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would work out great as well, should be even better. Just use equal parts homemade for the amount of jarred called for and thaw before using. January 17, 2018 at 4:29pm Reply

  • Erin: I am a new Instant Pot user – made this recipe last night and it turned out perfectly! I used whole wheat pasta and also added in a jar of mushrooms, but otherwise followed the recipe to a tee. This is a great one for beginners or anyone looking for an easy and filling IP meal! January 10, 2018 at 10:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! Thanks Erin! January 10, 2018 at 12:07pm Reply

  • Deb Bennett: I am one of those people who have been nervous about using my Instant Pot. I decided to give this recipe a go because I had all the ingredients, especially some really good spaghetti I bought at Costco.
    My only change was that I used ground turkey instead of beef, we are not much into red meat in our house! The spaghetti come out perfectly! We were very happy with the texture- I followed the recipe exactly as far as the spaghetti went! I had not made spaghetti of any kind in a very long time and I was really happy that this tasted so good and was so easy to make! January 8, 2018 at 10:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Deb! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! January 9, 2018 at 12:07am Reply

      • Deb Bennett: I cooked it using the times in the recipe and the pasta came out perfect. We had some leftovers, but the pasta did not get soggy. February 7, 2018 at 7:07pm Reply

    • Rachel: Thanks for the review using ground turkey. I am allergic to red meat and I so miss spaghetti! Going to make this week. January 23, 2018 at 11:37am Reply

  • Lily: This looks great but I’m wondering if the pasta will be mushy over time. It’s just my husband and I so we will definitely have leftovers. Thanks! January 7, 2018 at 6:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes the pasta will get mushy the longer it sits so I’d probably try halving the recipe. January 8, 2018 at 11:34am Reply

  • Ellen: Do you
    Think this could work with gluten free pasta?? January 5, 2018 at 8:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: My guess is that it would but I haven’t tested so I can’t say for sure. My favorite is Barilla’s gluten-free btw. January 5, 2018 at 2:57pm Reply

    • Sarah: I did a Goloush recipe in the instant pot with gluten free noodles and used the cook time on the package and it turned out! February 8, 2018 at 5:15pm Reply

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