Pressure Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Published: October 16, 2018 Last Updated: September 11, 2020 By Cindy 32 Comments Make Somebodys Day! Send Good Vibes. Everything you need over 50% OFF. Learn MorePressure Cooker Spaghetti is an easy dinner?  Keep the ingredients on hand for a last minute meal. Everything goes all at once into the Instant Pot and it all…

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Pressure Cooker Spaghetti is an easy dinner?  Keep the ingredients on hand for a last minute meal. Everything goes all at once into the Instant Pot and it all cooks together to make a yummy pasta dish. A perfect one-pot meal.

Easy Pressure Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

spaghetti and meatballs in the instant pot

Once again the Instant Pot comes to the rescue.  My family loves this Pressure Cooker Spaghetti.   Don’t worry about timing, in 8 minutes at high pressure the noodles had cooked perfectly in the sauce and the meatballs were nice and tender.

Tips For Making Instant Pot  / Pressure Cooker Spaghetti

  • Change this recipe up by browning a pound of hamburger or sausage in place of the meatballs.
  • If noodles are too al dente after 8 minutes on manual, replace the lid and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Be sure to use a good quality flavorful pasta sauce. We actually love the traditional sauce at Aldi’s.
  • Add 1/2 Teaspoon each of Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Italian Seasoning to make the sauce extra zesty
  • This recipe is perfect for busy families. Keep all the ingredients in the pantry and meatballs in the freezer and you can have dinner on the table in less time than it takes to run through a drive-through.
  • When I have more time I saute one onion and 2 -3 cloves garlic and add it to the pressure cooker.
  • If you like to cook your pasta and sauce separately we love this Instant Pot Spaghetti sauce. It makes a ton so I divide the recipe in half as I am making and place half the ingredients in a freezer ziplock bag and freeze for another meal. I get two for one!

How long does it take to cook pasta in the pressure cooker?

Not long!  For this recipe, we are making the whole complete dish spaghetti and meatballs in 8 minutes.

The higher temperature inside the pressure cooker allows foods to cook in about one-third less time than regular cooking times.  You can cook the pasta in less time, with less water, and still have tender delicious noodles.

To cook pasta place dry noodles into the Instant Pot insert Fill one jar completely full of water and pour into the pressure cooker.  Use just enough water to cover the noodles. Cook spaghetti, linguine or elbow macaroni for 6 minutes on high pressure. Pasta shells, egg noodles,  and bow pasta 5 minutes.  When only cooking pasta, a good rule of thumb is half the cooking time listed on the box.

I keep this handy Instant Pot Cooking times chart inside my cabinet as a handy reference guide.

So much to like about this pressure cooker spaghetti!

pressure cooker spaghetti and meatballs

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti

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pressure cooker spaghetti and meatballs

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Keep frozen meatballs, spaghetti and jarred sauce on hand to make a family-pleasing meal in minutes.

Prep Time 2 minutes

Cook Time 8 minutes

pressurizing 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Servings 8

Calories 508 kcal

Author Cindy Hopper

Ingredients

  • 2
    24 ounce
    Jarred pasta sauce
  • 1 1/2 – 2
    pounds
    Frozen meatballs
  • 16
    ounces
    spaghetti noodles
    uncooked

Instructions

  1. Place frozen meatballs in bottom of instant pot insert and add 1 jar sauce. Break spaghetti noodles in half and add to pot, pour in second jar of sauce. Fill one jar completely full of water and pour into the pressure cooker.  Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Quick Release. Remove lid and stir. Serve with a veggie loaded salad and dinner is complete!

Recipe Notes

  • Change this recipe up by browning a pound of hamburger or sausage in place of the meatballs.
  • If noodles are too al dente after 8 minutes on manual, replace the lid and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Be sure to use a good quality flavorful pasta sauce. We actually love the traditional sauce at Aldi’s. 
  • Add 1/2 Teaspoon each of Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Italian Seasoning to make the sauce extra zesty

Nutrition Facts

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 508
Calories from Fat 216

% Daily Value*

Fat 24g37%

Saturated Fat 9g56%

Cholesterol 81mg27%

Sodium 68mg3%

Potassium 451mg13%

Carbohydrates 42g14%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 26g52%

Vitamin A 10IU0%

Vitamin C 0.8mg1%

Calcium 28mg3%

Iron 1.7mg9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

We really like pasta pressure cooker recipes! This Gluten Free Pressure Cooker Pasta with Meat Sauce is also a regular on our meal rotation. It is nice when all the ingredients cook at one time! While the pasta is in the Instant Pot I make a salad so once the cooking is complete we are ready to eat!

pressure cooker instant pot pasta dinner

Don’t miss all the pressure cooker recipes we enjoy! It truly makes meal time a breeze. Don’t forget the dessert! This is why a second insert is a must for us. After dinner is done we can slip in a dessert like Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Bundt Cake and let it cook while we eat!

A note about pressure cookers

I have cooked extensively with both the Instant Pot and the Cuisinart Pressure Cookers. In head to head cooking, we have found they both cook about the same.  Some people feel that the Cuisinart is easier to use right out of the box, however, I feel the Instant Pot is easy to learn. For me, the main difference is the inner cooking pot. The Instant Pot has a heavy stainless steel pot that can even be used on the cooktop. The Cuisinart has a non-stick coating and I have noticed this starts coming off.  I also love that the Instant Pot counts down after cooking so you can time natural release easily.

I have this Instant Pot.

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