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Spaghetti on a white plate with golden fork twisting noodles and gingham napkin on wooden board

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti is a one pot spaghetti that turns out delicious, and is easy and quick to make. A semi-homemade Pressure cooker spaghetti that the whole family will enjoy. Perfect on a busy day.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword pressure cooker spaghetti and meat sauce recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 - 6
Calories 489 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey (90% - 93% lean)
  • 1 Onion, chopped (or 1/2 tsp onion powder)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Basil, dried
  • 3 cloves Garlic, pressed or minced (or 2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 8 oz Spaghetti Noodles (broken in thirds)
  • 1 (14 oz) can Diced Tomatoes, with juice (optional)
  • 1 (24 oz) jar Spaghetti Sauce (I use marinara)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth or Water, low sodium
  • Parmesan Cheese (for garnish)


  1. Turn your pot on to the Sauté setting. When it is hot, add the ground beef (If using ground turkey, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and add the onions, then add the ground turkey). Stir to break apart the meat.

  2. Add the onions and the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and basil. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meat is mostly done, and the onions are turning translucent.

  3. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

  4. Scatter in the spaghetti noodles (broken in thirds) in a random fashion, so they are not al laying side-by-side. This keeps them from sticking together.

  5. Pour the diced tomatoes evenly over the noodles. Do not stir.

  6. Pour on the spaghetti sauce, evenly, completely covering all of the noodles (exposed noodles may not cook completely). Do not stir.

  7. Pour in the broth/water down the inner side of the stainless liner, so the sauce doesn't wash off of the noodles. Do not stir.

  8. Close the lid and lock in place. Set the steam release knob to the Sealing position. Cancel the Sauté setting.

  9. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial and use the + or - or dial to select 8 minutes (for softer noodles) or 6 minutes (for more al dente).

  10. When the cooking cycle is finished, turn off the pot and do a controlled Quick Release of the pressure/steam. When the pin in the lid drops down, you can open the lid.

  11. Stir the spaghetti well, and the sauce and noodles will blend nicely. If the noodles are not cooked enough for you, just put the lid back on (Venting. Or use a glass lid) and let it sit a few minutes while you get everything else for your meal ready. If a few noodles stick together, just use a fork to separate them (though this rarely happens to me)

  12. Garnish with parmesan cheese and serve with some French bread. 

Recipe Notes

The amount and type of seasonings you use will depend on the sauce you use, and your personal preference. I like to use marinara, and add lots of seasoning.