Yellow Onion: Onion gives great flavor to our store bought sauce.
Ground Beef: You can also use ground turkey or sausage if you’d prefer.
Italian Seasoning: Gives great flavor to our store bought sauce.
Salt, Garlic Powder, and Black Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes: Add more (or leave it out) depending on how much spice you prefer.
Spaghetti: Other pasta like macaroni, cavatappi, or rigatoni would also be yummy.
Marinara Sauce: Use your favorite!
How to Make Spaghetti In the Instant Pot
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, turn your Instant Pot to saute. When it reads “Hot”, add the olive oil and onion. Cook the onions until they are soft, then add the meat and seasonings.
Continue to cook until beef is browned.
Once the beef is done, push “Cancel”. Add a small amount of water to deglaze the bottom of the pot (about a quarter to a half-cup).
Next, break spaghetti in half, and layer on top of the cooked meat in a crisscross pattern. Pour the jar of marinara sauce over the pasta, then pour the diced tomatoes on top.
After that, pour the remaining water around the sides and on top of the ingredients. Push down lightly with a spatula to make sure the pasta is completely covered).
Cover the Instant Pot with the lid, and seal the pressure valve. Cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes. All pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Release any remaining pressure, and stir. This Instant Pot spaghetti recipe makes 4 large servings.
How Long To Cook Spaghetti In The Instant Pot
Spaghetti takes 5 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot. Please note, this does not include the natural release or the time it takes to come to pressure.
If you like your pasta even more al dente, you can shorten the pressure cook time to 4 minutes.
Do not cook it any longer or you may end up with overcooked noodles.
What to Serve With Spaghetti
A crispy Caesar salad is a great side dish to serve with spaghetti. Hot garlic bread or breadsticks are always a winner too. Finally, spaghetti also makes a great side dish for dishes like chicken or Veal Parmesan.
How Much Spaghetti Per Person
Generally, 4 ounces of dry spaghetti will make enough for one person. (this makes approximately two cups of cooked spaghetti).
If you’re unsure what four ounces of spaghetti looks like, there’s two easy ways to tell. 2 ounces of spaghetti together is about the size of an American quarter.
**Life Hack**: Many pasta serving spoons have a hole in the middle. If you thread spaghetti through it, the amount of pasta that fits is one serving!
Can You Freeze Spaghetti?
While you can freeze spaghetti as a whole dish, the noodles can get mushy. If you want to prepare your spaghetti in advance, I would cook the meat and spices and freeze that. Cook the meat and spices together, then place in an airtight container or ziplock bag. The cooked meat mixture can be stored in the freezer up to two months.
When you’re ready to serve, let the meat completely thaw in the fridge overnight. When ready to cook add beef to your Instant Pot, and follow the recipe from the step where you add the noodles.
Instant Pot spaghetti is a hit for any weeknight or a group potluck. Because of its short cooking time and common ingredients Instant Pot spaghetti has earned a place in my dinner rotation!
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