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Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

The best spaghetti with ground beef, cooked in the pressure cooker. It won't burn and is ready in 20 minutes, from start to finish.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time7 mins
coming to pressure10 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Instant Pot pasta, Instant Pot spaghetti
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 476kcal
Author: Anna


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 lb ground beef I used lean
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 oz. spaghetti noodles
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 24 oz. crushed tomatoes or pasta sauce


  • Start by heating up oil on the saute setting. Add garlic and stir. Add onion powder and Italian seasoning. Stir and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add ground beef and cook, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon, until browned. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon out and discard any grease (this depends on the type of beef you use).
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and scrape any bits from the bottom of the pot. This step is important as it will prevent the dish from burning during pressure cooking.
  • Grab a handful of spaghetti noodles at a time, break in half and arrange in a criss-cross pattern on top of the meat. (see photo in post for visual reference). Add remaining water to the pot.
  • Pour diced tomatoes (with liquid) and crushed tomatoes (or pasta sauce) over noodles. Do your best to keep it in the center, away from the edges of the pot. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing.
  • Set timer to 7 minutes and make sure the IP is set to cook on HIGH pressure. It will take about 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, then it will start the countdown.
  • Once the timer is done, wait 1 minute, then switch the valve to venting to release pressure.
  • Open the lid away from your face, as there will be leftover steam in the pot. The dish will look like it has too much liquid, but all you need to do is stir well several time and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. It will thicken up.



You can use ground turkey or Italian sausage to make this spaghetti. When using Italian sausage, reduce the seasoning by half.
You can use fresh onion (about half of a medium) in place of onion powder. Saute the onion with garlic.


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 700mg | Potassium: 810mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 17.5mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 4.6mg