Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs is one of the easiest weeknight meals! You'll love the flavor and the easy cleanup with this classic recipe!!


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 ½ lb (approximately 24) frozen meatballs
  • 8 oz thin spaghetti noodles, broken in half
  • 24 oz jar marinara sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Fresh parsley and shredded parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. Turn on Instant Pot and select "SAUTE." Add 1 tbsp olive oil and garlic to Instant Pot and cook for about 2 minutes.
  2. Select "CANCEL." Add frozen meatballs in a single layer to the bottom of the Instant Pot. I actually added a couple extra on top of the single layer and it turned out great.
  3. Add thin spaghetti noodles (that are broken in half so they fit) on top of the meatballs. Drizzle with extra olive oil (about 2 Tbsp) to prevent sticking.
  4. Pour one jar of marinara sauce over the top of the noodles, then add water. Finally, sprinkle in extra seasoning...salt, Italian Seasoning, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Lock lid in place, turn knob to "SEALING", select HIGH PRESSURE and cook time of 9 minutes. When cook time ends, do a quick pressure release.
  6. Stir gently to combine sauce with noodles and meatballs. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. ENJOY


  • Homemade Meatballs or store bought frozen meatballs both work great! I prefer having them frozen so they don't fall apart.
  • I've used several kinds of pasta in this recipe, and they all turn out wonderful. Don't skip the extra olive oil.
  • Choosing a flavorful marinara sauce is a must. We love Rao's Marinara as it's sugar free yet packed with flavor!
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce (24oz) is also 3 cups of water...just fill your empty jar with water and dump it in!
  • When you open the lid after pressure cooking, it may appear watery. NOW you stir and let it sit for a minute, it will come together nicely.
  • Time does not include the amount of time it takes to come to pressure. This recipe was tested in a 6qt Instant Pot.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 839mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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