Instant Pot Spaghetti

Homemade spaghetti made in the Instant Pot. Everything cooks in the Instant Pot for a one pot pasta dish that cooks in ten minutes once pressurized.

Did anyone buy an Instant Pot during Amazon’s Prime Day sale? I was so tempted to buy a second one!

I’ve discussed how much I love making macaroni and cheese in my Instant Pot. And now I’m sharing how to make other pasta dishes in the Instant Pot too. This is similar to the one pot spaghetti I often make, but it’s even easier with the Instant Pot.
With the one pot stove recipes, you still need to keep careful watch. But with the Instant Pot, you just program it and let it do the work. Dinner is served in less than 30 minutes!


New! Recipe updated with video. Please note, for the video I did a meatless version. You can find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.

Instant Pot Spaghetti

An easy, one pot pasta recipe that cooks in the Instant Pot!


  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 of an onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef or ground Italian sausage
  • 1 lb spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • basil, for garnish


  1. Set your Instant Pot to sauté function. Add ground beef/sausage, garlic and onions into your pot. Once the pot bottom is heated, begin to sauté your meat, garlic and onions. Cook until everything is completely cooked. Cancel sauté function and drain excess oil from pot.
  2. Add broken spaghetti, Italian seasoning crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and water to your pot. Stir spaghetti a few times so they are not all clumped together and make sure spaghetti is completely submerged in liquid. Seal your Instant Pot. Set it to manual mode, high pressure, 5 minutes cooking time.
  3. When Instant Pot beeps to indicate it is done, do a manual quick release. Open lid when it is safe to do so. At first, it may appear that your pasta sauce has too much liquid, but if you stir the spaghetti a few times with the lid open, the liquid will evaporate and your sauce will thicken. Scoop out spaghetti. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, parmesan cheese, fresh ground pepper or anything else you desire.

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10 comments on “Instant Pot Spaghetti”

  1. Can’t wait to try this recipe with my NEW Instant Pot (heh heh)!

  2. I’m going to try this recipe tonight.

  3. Can you guide me to using fresh tomatoes, howmuch amount of water, etc

  4. I’ve used this recipe at least 3 times and it’s been a hit each time. Thanks, Kirbie!

  5. The video looks like diced tomatoes are used vs the ingredient list of crushed tomatoes. The pictures also look like diced tomatoes. Is there a typo in the ingredient list?

    • This recipe actually works with either one. The crushed tomatoes gives the sauce a thicker, richer consistency. The diced tomatoes version will have a lighter sauce, but with a lot of small tomato pieces.

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