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Instant Pot Spaghetti

Just as good as your favorite classic recipe, this easy Instant Pot spaghetti cooks in under 20 minutes and makes for delicious leftovers.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword instant pot, instant pot spaghetti, spaghetti
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 752kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Onion powder
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 lb Spaghetti noodles
  • 24 oz Spaghetti sauce 1 jar
  • 36 oz Water 1½ jars

Instructions

  • First, set the Instant Pot to sauté and add the ground beef and the seasonings -  salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • Allow the meat to cook until it's completely browned, breaking up with a wooden spoon for about 5-7 minutes. When the beef is cooked, turn the Instant Pot off and drain any excess grease from the meat.
  • Break the spaghetti in half and place on top of meat in the Instant Pot.
  • Pour over the spaghetti sauce and water.
  • Push the spaghetti down with a spoon to make sure it is completely covered in liquid.
  • Seal the Instant Pot and set it to manual mode, high pressure, for 8 mintures.
  • When the time is up, use the manual quick release to open the Instant Pot. Stir the spaghetti well and serve immediately with a light side salad!

Notes

  • Sauce does not count as a liquid – Contrary to (somewhat) popular belief, the spaghetti sauce in this recipe does not "count" as your "liquid" ingredient. Whenever you're cooking anything in the Instant Pot, liquid -- like water or broth -- is key.
  • Use dry pasta – You do not have to pre-soak or boil your spaghetti noodles before cooking. Just be sure to stir it into the liquid mixture well so it's not sticking out while cooking.
  • Avoid burned spaghetti – If your spaghetti is burning, that means that you did not include enough liquid (remember, water or broth -- not sauce) before cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1278mg | Potassium: 1132mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 741IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 6mg