Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese

Instant Pot spaghetti bolognese dinner ideas

Why mess up the whole kitchen when you can make a dinner for the whole family using only the Instant Pot?

This Instant Pot spaghetti bolognese recipe is a one-pot meal you can be make in your pressure cooker in less than 30 minutes! A highly nutritious and equally delicious meal to add to the menu of the dinner table.

The spaghetti Bolognese is a pasta dish coming from Italy and the city of Bologna. The meal is characterized by its meat sauce – a truly delicious mix of ground meat, chopped tomatoes, and simple seasoning.

The Bolognese sauce can be made with spaghetti, tagliatelle, or penne pasta (like I used for the Instant Pot chicken alfredo). You can choose any type of pasta you like, and you can also prepare it alone if you are in the mood!

You can serve this Instant Pot spaghetti bolognese as is or over some grilled veggies, to create a nice mix, something like a veggie lasagna.

But, back to the Bolognese… This dish is something you must try. Everyone likes simple yet tasty  meals, and this one is perfect. It really takes so little of your time, and tastes amazing, although it is a quite simple recipe.

You can enrich it with some chopped veggies, like celery or carrots, or toss in few chopped olives. It is really up to your personal preferences.

Which spaghetti to use?

For this recipe, I’m using the thin spaghetti.

Andrew’s tip – if you are using regular spaghetti (not thin), just add 3 minutes to the cooking time (high pressure for 10 minutes).

How To Make Spaghetti Bolognese

Gather your ingredients:

Heat Instant pot to Saute. Add 1 tbsp of oil and cook beef until no longer pink.

Once the beef is cooked remove it and place aside. Cook the onions and garlic until soft.

Place back the beef and add crashed tomatoes and oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add broken spaghetti and pour in the broth.

Close the lid and select High-pressure. Set the timer to 7 minutes. Perform a quick pressure release. Stir the spaghetti.

Serve warm.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese
4.4 from 23 votes
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Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: beef, spaghetti, Spaghetti Bolognese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 4
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cup beef broth
  • 12 ounce spagheti
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 28 oz
  • Turn on the Instant Pot, select "saute" and add some oil.
  • Add beef and cook until it's browned . Remove the beef and place it aside.
  • Add onion and cook on "saute" for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Place back in the beef, and add the crushed tomatoes.
  • Break spaghetti in half and place inside the Instant Pot over the tomatoes and beef. Pour over the stock and make sure the spaghetti are nicely covered.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 7 minutes.
  • Once done, do a quick pressure release (move the steam valve to "venting").
  • Open the lid and separate pasta by stirring for 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy! Feel free to garnish with cheese and basil.
Calories: 396kcal Carbohydrates: 16g Protein: 24g Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 9g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 81mg Sodium: 952mg Potassium: 801mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 8g Vitamin A: 231IU Vitamin C: 16mg Calcium: 92mg Iron: 4mg

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28 thoughts on “Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese

  1. This recipe is a big WOW! The flavor is exquisite. I followed this recipe without any amendments and me and my wife were astonished as it tastes the same as the Bolognese at our favourite dine in place. I will be definitely making it again.

  2. This recipe is absolutely delicious! It is not the usual and normal spaghetti Bolognese taste, it is awesome! Instead of normal salt and pepper, I used sea salt with chili and garlic by Halen Mon. It turned out great. This recipe is now bookmarked!

    1. I don’t mind people making changes in the recipe to their desire. Instead, I also try the recipe with these changes. I would definitely try it with sea salt with chili and garlic!

  3. This recipe is super incredible, flavorful and very convenient to make. I pressure cooked it for 5 minutes instead of 7 as I wanted it more al dente, and then allow it to release naturally. It came out just perfect. The pasta doesn’t get gooey in the fridge. This is on my list to make again and again.

    1. I’m glad that you like the recipe. In my opinion, 7 minutes are perfect for this recipe, but if you like it more al dente, 5 minutes are okay too!

  4. Came out great!!! This is a keeper! 2 Suggestions- You need to use a 28 oz can of the tomatoes (recipe did not specify) and to use Thin Spaghetti. If using regular spaghetti add 3 minutes to cook time.

    1. This recipe should work in a 5 quart Instant Pot, although it will be a little tight. It was meant for a 6-quart or larger. The 3 quart mini is too small– if this is the model you have, you will have to make a half batch.

    1. You could warm it up a number of ways– stovetop, microwave, or using the warm setting of your Instant Pot if you have a lot of leftovers to heat up. These are all good options.

  5. Yummy. I added spaghetti and more liquid to accommodate it. Cooked it for the extra 3 minutes for regular spaghetti. Turned out awesome just not real saucy.

  6. Just made the spaghetti Bolognese! It was fantastic! Thanks for sharing your expertise to someone like me – a total amateur to this kind of cooking!

  7. I love Spaghetti Bolognese, but I only have a Electric 2 Qt. Pressure Cooker. If I cut the recipe in half will it work in my cooker?

  8. I just got my instant pot and this is the first time I used it. This recipe is awesome! So easy and so delicious! Looking forward to using your other recipes!

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