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The Instant Pot miracle: one pot spaghetti and meat sauce

The Instant Pot Miracle: One-Pan Pasta & Meat Sauce


  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5

Description

Adapted from Skinny Taste’s One and Done Cookbook, this Instant Pot one-pan pasta with meat sauce comes together very quickly. It has been a huge hit with the kids and a godsend on busy weeknights.

For video guidance, see this Instagram story.

Notes:

  • I have the 6-qt Instant Pot IP Duo. The timing may differ for you depending on the size/model of your Instant Pot. The recipe calls for high pressure for 9 minutes. I’ve been doing 6 minutes. It may take some trial and error to get right given your model/pasta shape. The recipe calls for spaghetti, broken in half. My children have trouble with spaghetti, so I use a short pasta.
  • Marinara Sauce: I’ve been liking a local-ish brand called It’s a Utica Thing. I’ve been using their Maa-Da-Nad marinara sauce.
  • 1 pound of ground meat makes for a very meaty sauce. You can use 3/4 a pound of meat with success. Recipe calls for 93% lean ground turkey; I use 85% lean ground beef.
  • Finally, the recipe does not call for any olive oil. I prefer sautéeing the onion (in the Instant Pot) in a little bit of olive oil first, then adding the ground meat, but know that you can skip the olive oil, brown the meat first, then add the onion and garlic.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced to yield about 1/2 cup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 to 1 pound ground beef, see notes above
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1 (25.25-ounce) jar marinara sauce, see notes above
  • 8 ounces dried short pasta, such as Campanelle or rotini, see notes above
  • Freshly grated Pamigiano Reggiano, for serving
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, for serving

Instructions

  1. Press the sauté button on an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker. Add the oil, onion and a pinch of salt. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until beginning to soften. Add the garlic and cook for a minute more. Add the ground beef and salt and brown the meat, using a wooden spoon to break it into small pieces as it cooks, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the marinara sauce, 2 cups water — I pour some of the water into the empty marinara jar and shake it to get every drop of sauce out — and the pasta to the Instant Pot. Give it a stir.
  3. Seal and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes (see notes above). Quick release, then open when the pressure subsides. Stir. Serve right away, topped with Parmesan and pepper, if desired.

  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cookier
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pasta, Instant Pot, one-pan, meat sauce, weeknight