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

4.91 from 22 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Damian: Do you have to drain the meat after its browned before you add the rest? January 29, 2018 at 10:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I didn’t that’s why I recommend using a really lean ground beef so you can skip that step. January 30, 2018 at 9:09pm Reply

      • Jennifer: I always use ground turkey so there’s no draining March 7, 2018 at 7:46am Reply

  • Venece Parrish: I’m trying to figure out for sure on cook time after browning hamburger? The cook time shows 25 min but it’s stating 6 min and then 7 min so I wanted to verify the time? January 29, 2018 at 10:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry for the confusion, in the cook time I included the time for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure and release pressure. Hope you enjoy! January 30, 2018 at 9:08pm Reply

  • Julie: Definitely pleasantly surprised! This was really good! Pasta maybe a tiny bit on the soft side. Followed recipe closely. Would 6 minutes undercook it? January 29, 2018 at 1:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can try for 6 minutes and if it’s not done just let it sit covered for a few minutes longer than listed. Glad you liked it! January 30, 2018 at 9:04pm Reply

  • Amanda: Sounds delicious! Do you have recommendations for how to freeze this prior to cooking? Thank you! January 30, 2018 at 8:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d cook the meat in advance then add the sauce and freeze that portion, then thaw and add the water and noodles and cook as directed. Hope that helps! January 30, 2018 at 9:06pm Reply

  • Virginia Goranson: I just got finished making this. It was so easy, not to mention I love using only 1 pot to make a meal. This recipe is perfect! It also seems like it can be very versatile if you wanted to change it up a little. I actually used vodka sauce and ground Italian sausage. When I first opened the lid, there was a lot of liquid, but I let it rest, like the recipe suggested and in just a few minutes, it had thickened up perfectly. Thank you! January 30, 2018 at 6:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Love your substitutions! Thanks for your review Virginia! January 30, 2018 at 9:07pm Reply

    • Barbara Hoffman: I’m having the same problem lots of liquid. Letting it rest! Glad I saw your post thought I had done something wrong! Sure smells good. February 6, 2018 at 3:35pm Reply

  • Clarissa Lee: When did you add the water? Sorry if I missed it. Thank tou! January 30, 2018 at 7:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No worries, it’s there in the fourth step to be added along with the marinara sauce. Hope you enjoy! January 30, 2018 at 9:12pm Reply

      • Clarissa Lee: I tried it tonight!! It was perfect! Thank you!! January 30, 2018 at 10:22pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it :)! Thanks for the review! January 31, 2018 at 9:31am Reply

  • Cheri: I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and have been trying Instant Pot versions of many standard recipes so I was excited to try spaghetti. I was really skeptical because it sounded like way too much liquid but after letting everything stand for 2 minutes, it was perfect! I used meatballs on the bottom instead of browning ground beef. I will definitely make spaghetti this way from now on. Just one pot! January 30, 2018 at 9:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Cheri! So happy you enjoyed it! February 5, 2018 at 10:12am Reply

  • Bobbi: Could I use rigatoni instead?
    Bobbi February 1, 2018 at 7:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t think the liquid would fully cover it so then I don’t know that you’d want to. February 1, 2018 at 11:53pm Reply

  • Christina: I made this recipe for dinner tonight and loved it! It is so fast and easy and tastes like it took all say to prepare. Thank you for the recipe! February 1, 2018 at 7:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Thanks for the great feedback! February 5, 2018 at 12:51pm Reply

  • Sue: Made this tonight for dinner…fast…easy and delicious! Will make it again. February 6, 2018 at 5:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Sue! February 9, 2018 at 11:57am Reply

  • Deb Bennett: I’ve had my Instant Pot for a while and didn’t use it for for quite sometime. The first thing I made in it was just vegetables, corn, green beans and squash – and they were delicious. But the second thing I made was this spaghetti. It was terrific!! I had some really good pasta and a jar of marinara from Costco. I used ground turkey with Italian seasoning and it worked out great! My husband and I each had two servings and that’s unheard of in our house!! February 7, 2018 at 7:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed! Thanks Deb! February 9, 2018 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Kathy: This is delicious! Our kitchen is being remodeled so I made spaghetti in the Instant Pot in our bonus room!! I first sautéed some onion, green pepper, a few mushrooms and Italian seasoning with ground turkey. Then followed your recipe exactly. It came out perfectly!! So Good!! It really tastes like you cooked it all day!
    Thank you! February 9, 2018 at 10:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re additions sound delicious. Thanks for your comment Kathy! February 10, 2018 at 10:20am Reply

  • Angela: Just made it and it is delicious. It did come out pretty soupy though. Was I suppose to drain the tomatoes? February 20, 2018 at 7:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No not recommend to drain tomatoes, you can however just cut back on the amount of water a little thats listed to suite your personal preference. Glad you enjoyed it though! March 1, 2018 at 11:34am Reply

  • spagetti lover: You say “add water”, but you don’t say how much (ratio to pasta sauce). If your instant pot doesn’t have enough water to evaporate, it won’t come to pressure and seal and everything in the pot will burn. So this is a critical step. February 27, 2018 at 7:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s the 2 2/3 cup listed there in the recipe :). March 1, 2018 at 11:34am Reply

  • Ruth Everett: This is cooking right now! I am thrilled with the ease of the recipe and hoping that all of the cross-crossed pasta and moisture keep them the spaghetti from sticking. I tried a similar recipe, but I think I’ll like this one better. Thanks! March 1, 2018 at 4:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you like it better too! March 2, 2018 at 2:13pm Reply

  • Tracey Hurd: Delicious! Im making it again Tuesday for dinner. The first time I cooked this dish I used elbow pasta because I was put of spaghetti noodles. It turned out perfect. My family loves this dish. Thank you for sharing! March 4, 2018 at 12:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to know your family had enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for leaving a review Tracey! March 4, 2018 at 3:22pm Reply

  • Chery: OMG this was delicious! I sautéed onion, garlic & green pepper with my hamburger & then added mushrooms before it was done sautéing! Layered the spaghetti noodles like it said & absolutely no sticking! Will never make spaghetti in multiple pans again! March 11, 2018 at 11:09am Reply

  • Suzanne: Is there anything I could sub for the tomatoes? My hubby won’t eat spaghetti with tomato pieces in it. Would I add extra sauce or water maybe? March 11, 2018 at 12:49pm Reply

  • Bev Dory: This was beyond delicious! I used ground turkey and Ronzoni Super Greens pasta made with spinach,zucchini, broccoli, parsley & kale. After browning the onion & meat, I added garlic, oregano, fennel seed, the diced tomatoes, sauce & water and cooked it for 10 minutes. The noodles were perfectly done. Thanks so much, March 12, 2018 at 3:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you were able to flavor it how you like Bev :). I like a hint of fennel in Italian recipes sometimes too. I’ll have to try that pasta, I’m always looking for healthier alternatives! March 12, 2018 at 9:19pm Reply

  • Chantelle: I have been slow to use my instant pot I received for Christmas but this was easy and excellent. I added a little more garlic, and some chopped onion with the meat then chopped up zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms on top of the meat before the noodles and sauce and it was wonderful!! March 15, 2018 at 4:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it! March 15, 2018 at 9:52pm Reply

  • David: Hi, I made the sauce in the instant pot, can I just throw in the pasta on the top? We’re not using any meat. Do I have to put the pasta in first, then the sauce or doesn’t it matter? March 29, 2018 at 1:07pm Reply

  • Geri: Every tine I use my instant pot for spaghetti I follow your recipe . It’s so yummy, my whole family devoures it! March 30, 2018 at 6:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Geri! Thanks for letting me know! March 31, 2018 at 10:58am Reply

  • Kamala: I made this tonight. It was a HIT in our house. I used Farfalle pasta and used Ikea chicken meatballs, as that’s all I had in the freezer. I also threw in some frozen edamame for some additional nutrition.
    The result was outstanding.Thank you for this wonderful recipe. April 2, 2018 at 8:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! So glad you liked it! April 4, 2018 at 10:00am Reply

  • Scott: If I’m going to add onion and mushrooms do I put those in with the ground beef? Or do they go in later? April 3, 2018 at 10:53am Reply

  • Jamie: All of my pasta is 16 oz. Would I just add more water to cover it? Or would it not work with that much? I just keep wasting that last little bit so I would rather use the whole box if possible. April 9, 2018 at 9:42am Reply

  • Elaine: Just tried this but tweaked just a bit…didn’t have canned tomatoes, so I used another 1/2 jar of sauce, and we’re trying to avoid wheat so I used organic quinoa/rice pasta (Andean Dream brand), and I let it sit for 5 minutes before releasing pressure. Added some cayenne and oregano before serving and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe! It was the first one I tried that wasn’t to saucy/liquid-y, although I could probably add 1/2-1 more pound of meat and still love it! lol :) April 10, 2018 at 4:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Elaine! April 12, 2018 at 11:58am Reply

  • Julie lueck: 😕 I did 11/2 recipe. I forgot to put the noodles in before sauce. I pushed the noodles into the sauce added water and diced tomatoes. My instant pot kept getting the “burn” on the display and never got to pressure. I opened scrapped the bottom ( nothing was sticking) and added more liquid. This time when it came up” burn” there was stuff sticking to bottom. I’m very sad. April 10, 2018 at 9:14pm Reply

  • Tara Burroughs: Loved this recipe! I did cut back the water slightly on recommendation from a friend and seasoned the beef with oregano and basil while browning. I also added a bay leaf on top of the browned beef before adding the spaghetti. Thanks for the great one-pot meal idea! April 13, 2018 at 4:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback! April 16, 2018 at 4:39pm Reply

  • Janelle: Omg I just made this with gluten free fettuccine noodles and it came out perfect! Love that cleanup is so easy! April 21, 2018 at 5:37pm Reply

  • Janet: I made this last night. The only thing I didn’t have was the basil. The sauce I used had it in it though.

    It was so good! My husband came home late and didn’t know I cooked it in the instant pot. He thought I ordered it from a restaurant! I’m not making spaghetti any other way from now on. Thank you for sharing this recipe! April 23, 2018 at 6:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Janet! April 24, 2018 at 11:39am Reply

  • Ki-Som: I made this with honey garlic Italian sausage, removed the casing and cooked the meat. I also diced two bell peppers and used my own home made pasta sauce. Everything else I used this recipes instructions, turned out great, the pasta did not turn out gummy, which has happen in the past when I used the IP. This is a keeper for sure. May 2, 2018 at 12:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it – thanks for your feedback! May 2, 2018 at 2:55pm Reply

  • S.M.: Hi, can I use meatballs in addition to the ground beef to this recipe? I like spaghetti with meatballs and meat sauce together.
    Thanks May 23, 2018 at 5:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you are adding meatballs I would add cooked meatballs at the very end after the spaghetti has cooked. June 9, 2018 at 12:14pm Reply

  • Sarah: I made this tonight and my family LOVED it. Used ground bison and added onion and red chili flakes. I also browned tomato paste after the meat cooked and deglazed with some red wine. Delicious! We like our pasta a little more al dente than most folks so I reduce the cook time to 6 mins. It came out perfect. Thanks for the recipe. May 26, 2018 at 9:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed! May 29, 2018 at 11:37am Reply

  • Meredith: BEST SPAGHETTI EVER!! I will never make spaghetti any other way. I used dried basil but followed the recipe exactly other than that. I only with there was more sauce! June 4, 2018 at 7:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Meredith! June 8, 2018 at 11:23am Reply

  • Jo Ann Schmersahl: I made this recipe last night. It turned out great. Easy and quick to make. Thanks for the recipe. June 5, 2018 at 4:13am Reply

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