Instant Pot spaghetti sauce has a slow-cooked flavor but it’s ready in under an hour!

This tomato based sauce has a gourmet Italian vibe created by ingredients like minced beef, red wine, and plenty of garlic!

No need to slow cook this sauce on the stovetop for hours, the Instant Pot makes “slow food” in a flash!

Instant Pot Hearty Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

  • Instant Pot meat sauce delivers gourmet flavor in under an hour!
  • Minced beef gives it that authentic Italian flair, but it’s simple to sub ground beef, too!
  • This recipe makes a big batch, perfect for make-ahead meals, and it can be frozen, too!
Instant Pot Hearty Meat Sauce

Ingredients and Variations

Beef – Use any kind of beef roast or steak, or feel free to substitute ground meat or even air fryer meatballs to save some cash. Or use a mixture of ground pork and ground beef for amazing flavor! (Diced chicken will give a completely different flavor profile to the sauce!)

Tomatoes – Canned whole tomatoes will cook down into a delicious sauce with the aid of tomato paste, for real homemade flavor! But feel free to use a jar of sauce, or even to add in a fresh tomato from the garden or refrigerator- just dice and cook in step 5.

Garlic – Plenty of garlic makes this dish shine! To mince, smash the garlic with the side of a knife, remove the peel, then chop finely.

Wine- Red wine adds depth of flavor and the alcohol cooks off, but feel free to leave it out or substitute beef broth, unsweetened cranberry juice, or even pomegranate juice.

Instant Pot Hearty Meat Sauce

How to Make Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

An Instant Pot and a few simple ingredients are all it takes:

  1. Put the Instant Pot on the “saute setting” and cook onions in oil, then add the minced garlic. Saute, stirring constantly.
  2. Add the beef and brown it, then turn off the “saute” setting.
  3. Add the whole garlic cloves and the remainder of the ingredients.
  4. Secure the lid, set the Instant Pot to the “meat/stew” setting, and cook (per recipe below).
Instant Pot Hearty Meat Sauce

Storing Spaghetti Sauce

  • Keep meat sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator and use within 3-4 days.
  • To extend the shelf life, add sauce to containers and freeze. Use within 3-4 months to prevent freezer burn.
  • To reheat, defrost in the refrigerator overnight and warm slowly on the stovetop, or use it right from frozen in any of your favorite recipes that call for a delicious meat sauce!

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

This Instant Pot spaghetti sauce recipe makes a hearty sauce that tastes great on pasta.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Pressure Build And Release Time 28 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Author I Don’t Have Time For That


6 qt Instant Pot


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 8 cloves garlic 2 minced, 6 whole
  • 1 pound beef minced
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 28 ounces whole tomatoes (2 cans)
  • ½ cup red wine optional


  • Place the olive oil in the Instant Pot and set to "saute" setting.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the onions and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir constantly.
  • Add the minced beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the saute setting.
  • Add the whole garlic cloves, seasoning, tomato paste, whole tomatoes and red wine (if using).
  • Secure the lid on the instant pot and set to "meat/stew" setting for 10 minutes. Natural release.


This sauce will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and in the freezer for 3-4 months. 
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 569mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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