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Spaghetti in a white bowl on plate with bread fork and green vegetable

Instant Pot Mini - Spaghetti

Instant Pot Mini - Spaghetti is a quick and tasty spaghetti made in your 3 quart electric pressure cooker. Makes 3 cups.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pressure cooker spaghetti and meat sauce recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 487 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef, lean (or lean ground turkey)
  • 1/2 small Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 oz Spaghetti Noodles, broken in thirds
  • 1 1/2 cups Spaghetti Sauce* (jarred, or homemade)
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste (will depend on how salty the sauce you use is)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated


  • 1/2 cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 5 Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped


  1. Turn on the Sauté function (Normal/Med heat). When the display reads “Hot” add the meat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until almost done. If using ground turkey you may need to add a little oil first.

  2. Add the onion, cook, stirring occasionally, until onion starts to turn translucent.

  3. Add garlic, stir. Cancel the Sauté setting.

  4. Add the water.

  5. Sprinkle on the noodles in a criss cross pattern, varying the placement so not all of them are laying side by side. This is to minimize them sticking together. Use a spoon to gently press them down, but do not stir it.

  6. Add spaghetti sauce over noodles, covering them completely. Do Not Stir.

  7. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock it into place. Set the steam release knob to Sealing.

  8. Press the Pressure Cook (Manual) button and then the + or - button to choose 9 minutes (or 7 minutes for firmer al dente).

  9. When the cook cycle is finished, let the pot sit and naturally release pressure for 2 minutes (I use a heartier pasta, if you don't, then do a Quick Release}. Then manually release the remaining pressure by turning the steam release knob to Venting.

  10. When the pin in the lid drops, it is safe to open the lid. Open and stir the spaghetti. Separate any noodles that may have stuck together. Taste and adjust salt, if needed.

  11. Stir in the parmesan cheese and serve with any garnish you like.

Recipe Notes

*Depending on how seasoned your spaghetti sauce is, you might want to consider adding extra spices. I use marinara sauce, so I have to add spices. I like Italian seasoning, oregano, and a bay leaf.