Super Easy Six-Minute Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

Are you ready for the world’s easiest instant pot spaghetti recipe for a quick, cheap dinner? This instant pot spaghetti cooks in just minutes, and you don’t have to boil noodles over a hot stove! Get spaghetti and meatballs from the instant pot in just minutes!

Hey y’all, Tiffany here with an easy instant pot spaghetti recipe.

This is one of our kids’ favorite instant pot recipe dinners – we probably make it at least once a week!

If you haven’t bought an instant pot yet, then you’re missing out! If you’re unsure of how it works or what you can do with it, check out our post on the ten easiest instant post recipes. 

How to Make Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

If you’ve been following the blog for some time, you’re probably aware that cooking isn’t exactly my forte. The thought of spending endless hours in the kitchen, especially over a hot stove, is something I try to avoid whenever possible.

One of my biggest gripes with traditional pasta dishes is the tedious process of cooking spaghetti pasta itself. The constant stirring over a hot stove and the inevitable mess from the pot boiling over is enough to discourage even the most enthusiastic home cook.

However, similar to other instant pot recipes, instant pot spaghetti has been a game-changer for me. It’s incredibly straightforward and hassle-free, offering a solution to my pasta-cooking woes.

But spaghetti in an Instant Pot is simple!

You’ll use frozen meatballs, but if you prefer, you can give these Oven Baked Mini Meatballs a try instead.

To make Instant Pot spaghetti, start by pouring 1/2 cup of water into the pot. Next, add a bag of frozen meatballs or lean ground beef for added flavor. Then, carefully layer 16 oz of spaghetti noodles, breaking them in half and arranging them flat to ensure even cooking. And top with a 24 oz jar of spaghetti sauce (like Ragu).

However, if you want to make things fancy, try out this Homemade Spaghetti Sauce!

After layering all the ingredients in the Instant Pot, take the empty spaghetti sauce jar and fill it with water, chicken broth, or beef broth, using every last drop of the spaghetti sauce. Pour this water into the pot, ensuring that no flavor goes to waste. With everything neatly layered and the water added, it’s time to set the Instant Pot.

If you don’t want to use frozen meatballs, you can give these Honey Garlic Meatballs a try! Just add them in after the noodles and sauce are done.

Simply select the manual setting and adjust the timer to 6 minutes in cook mode. Once set, give the instant pot spaghetti a gentle stir with a wooden spoon to ensure that the pasta cooks evenly in the instant pot and will not burn the bottom of the pot. Then, you can relax and walk away, knowing that dinner is well on its way to being ready. Instant pot spaghetti is an easy dinner idea that requires minimal effort for maximum flavor.

  • 1 cup water on the bottom
  • Add a bag of frozen meatballs
  • Layer 16 oz spaghetti noodles
  • Top 24 oz pasta sauce
  • Fill the pasta sauce jar with water and add
  • “Manual” for 6 minutes, then quick release.

If you find yourself facing difficulties with cooking pasta thoroughly, which can occur due to varying elevations or sometimes for no reason at all other than your kitchen hates you, there’s a simple workaround. Consider cooking the noodles separately using 4 cups of water, while placing the meatballs on top for added convenience. This ensures that both components are cooked to perfection without any compromise in texture or flavor.

This method ensures that the noodles cook evenly and prevents them from clumping together or becoming overcooked. Simply follow the same process for layering the ingredients in the Instant Pot, but cook the noodles and meatballs separately for optimal results.

After the 6 minutes are done, then add the flavorful spaghetti sauce and stir around. It will warm up pretty quickly. Once the homemade sauce is thoroughly mixed in with the pasta and meatballs, you may add freshly grated Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, or chopped fresh basil. Then serve this easy instant pot spaghetti recipe immediately for a satisfying meal that’s ready in no time. This instant pot spaghetti is best when served with garlic bread.

And if the Instant Pot spaghetti in the instant feels a bit overwhelming, give these easy Air Fryer recipes for beginners a try!

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Super Easy Six Minute Instant Pot Spaghetti

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Are you ready for the world's easiest spaghetti recipe for a quick, cheap dinner? This spaghetti recipe cooks in just minutes, and you don't have to boil noodles on a hot stove! Get spaghetti and meatballs from the instant pot in just minutes!


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12-16 oz frozen meatballs
  • 16 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 24 oz pasta sauce


  1. Pour water into an instant pot
  2. Break spaghetti noodles into halves or thirds and place in pot
  3. Pour in pasta sauce
  4. Dump in meatballs
  5. Cook at high pressure for 6 minutes with quick-release

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  1. Something is going on here… I tried this recipe and it failed big time!
    After the 6 minutes, I did the quick release but it didn’t have any steam which means there was no pressure built up. I just made chili a week prior and my Instant Pot was working fine so it wasn’t due to that. I even tried cooking another 6 minutes and stirred the ingredients, but when it was done (no pressure built up again), the pasta was still undercooked and now burning on the bottom of the pot.
    So disappointing since I thought this recipe sounded promising, but it just was not.

    1. You need to let the pressure build in the instant pot first and THEN time for 6 minutes once the pressure has built.
      Manually release after 6 minutes.

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