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Instant Pot Meatball Pasta Dinner is a hearty pasta meal made with frozen pre-cooked meatballs. Easy weeknight meal in under an hour! simplyhappyfoodie.com #instantpotrecipes #instantpotpasta #instantpotmeatballspasta

Instant Pot Meatball Pasta Dinner

Get dinner on the table in under an hour! This Instant Pot Meatball Pasta Dinner uses pre-cooked frozen meatballs, jarred sauce, and spices to make it easy and delicious! A semi-homemade meal for a bust day!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 - 8
Author Sandy Clifton

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Frozen Cooked Meatballs
  • 1 lb Pasta I like penne or rotini best
  • 1 24oz Jar of Pasta Sauce (I use Marinara)
  • 1 14.5oz Can of Diced Tomatoes undrained
  • 1 1/4 24oz Jars of Broth or Water (use the jar from the sauce)

If you use Marinara, Season it with These Spices - Your Chosen Sauce May Not Need Seasoning

  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 tsp Dehydrated Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Optional Toppings

  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella Cheese grated (optional)

Instructions

Layer the Ingredients in the Pot - Do Not Stir!

  1. Put the meatballs in the pot.

  2. Pour pasta on top and spread out in an even layer.

  3. Pour the can of tomatoes over the pasta, evenly.
  4. Pour the jar of pasta sauce over, evenly, covering the pasta entirely.

  5. Pour the jar (1 1/4 jars) with the broth or water along the inside of the pot, making sure you don't pour it over the sauce and expose the pasta. Exposing the pasta may cause it to be undercooked in those areas.

  6. Sprinkle the spices over the contents.

Cooking

  1. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and set the knob to Sealing.

  2. Set to Manual (or Pressure Cook) mode, and use the + or - button to choose 5 minutes (or half of the cooking time on the pasta package directions).

  3. **The pot may take up to 20 minutes to get to pressure, due to the frozen meatballs!**
  4. When the cooking cycle has ended, do a Quick Release of the pressure until the pin drops.
  5. Carefully open the lid, facing it away from you.
  6. Stir contents and mix in the Parmesan cheese.
  7. Taste and add more salt & pepper if needed.
  8. Top with the Mozzarella cheese, if using, and cover the pot with a lid (or just use a plate) to help the cheese melt.
  9. Serve!

Recipe Notes

**The pot may take up to 20 minutes to get to pressure, Due to the frozen meatballs! But once it does, it's a quick cook time with a quick release of the pressure.**