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spaghetti and meatballs with a serving spoon in a white bowl with crushed red pepper, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil on the side.

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Make a classic and easy dish even easier when you make this Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs. No need to make the juicy meatballs separately, or even the noodles. Prep, then toss it all in the pot and have dinner ready in a snap of the fingers.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Italian American
Servings 6


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese fresh
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp parsley fresh
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red crushed pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef 80%
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 32 ounces marinara sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 ounces spaghetti


  • Soak the Italian bread in the ¼ cup of water for 3 minutes. After soaking, break the bread into small pieces.
  • Beat the egg in a large bowl. Add in the bread crumbs, soaked Italian bread pieces, chopped onion, parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp. water, olive oil, parsley, garlic, black pepper, red pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir well.
  • Mix in the ground beef and ground pork. You can use your electric mixer for this or a hand potato masher also works well.
  • Shape meat into balls. I made mine about the size of a golf ball.
  • Add 2 tbsp. olive oil to your instant pot. Set to saute and brown the meatballs on each side. Remove from pot and wipe grease out of the bottom of the pot.
  • Pour ½ jar of spaghetti sauce into the pot. Lay meatballs on top of sauce.
  • Break the spaghetti noodles in half. Lay them on top of the meatballs in different directions. This helps to prevent sticking.
  • Pour remaining ½ jar of sauce over top of noodles.
  • Fill the sauce jar half full of water. Shake to mix in any sauce that is left in jar. Add this water to the top of noodles.
  • Seal Instant Pot according to pot directions.
  • Cook at high pressure for 7 minutes.
  • Do a manual fast release. Remove lid, stir carefully to avoid breaking up meatballs and ready to serve.


Please read the instant pot manufactures guide before using it. 
Keyword Instant Pot Spaghetti, Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spaghetti and Meatballs
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