Spaghetti in the Instant Pot is a super quick and easy meal that allows you to make one of your family’s favorite dinners fast. As a true one-pot meal, clean-up will be a breeze!
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Like most families, everyone in our house enjoys having spaghetti for dinner. It’s inexpensive, easy to throw together, and it fills us up and leaves us satisfied.
After making pressure cooker chicken fettucine alfredo, I started wondering if I could make another standby pasta dish in the pressure cooker.
It’s not that spaghetti is hard to make, by any means, but it does require dirtying a couple of dishes–one for boiling pasta and one for cooking sauce and then a colander for draining the pasta.
That’s one great thing about making spaghetti in the Instant Pot–everything cooks together. So you only have one pot to clean when all is said and done.
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How to Make Spaghetti in the Instant Pot
You start by using the Saute function to cook the ground beef (or turkey, if you prefer) and onions in the insert pot of the Instant Pot.
Once beef is browned and onions are translucent, drain any excess grease if necessary and return contents to pot (if you use lean beef, you can skip this step). Add in the sauce and the optional seasonings, stirring well.
Next, you’ll take the uncooked spaghetti noodles and break them in half. Then layer the noodles in a crisscross pattern on top of the sauce. This pattern helps to minimize noodles sticking together during cooking. Don’t stir at this point!
Last, you’ll pour some water on top of everything. You want just enough water to fully cover the spaghetti noodles–for me, this was about 2.5 cups.
And that’s it! Lock the lid into place and set the vent to the Sealed position, then select a 4 minute cook time at high pressure using the Manual setting.
Once the cook time is complete, perform a quick release of pressure and carefully open the lid. Stir everything together, breaking apart any noodles that may have stuck together. I like to allow everything to sit for a couple of minutes, because the noodles absorb a little more liquid as they cool.
Top it off with some grated Parmesan or some fresh basil and serve alongside a salad and some bread. Dinner is done!
- Instant Pot (I have the DUO60 model, but there are many options) or another electric pressure cooker
- Pasta Server
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