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Cheesy Ninja Foodi Spaghetti

Cheesy Ninja Foodi spaghetti will become your new favorite dinner using both your pressure cooker and air fryer functions! Baked spaghetti in a snap!! 

ninja foodi spaghettiHow do you make Ninja Foodi spaghetti you ask?? The BEST pasta you’ll ever try in your new fancy kitchen appliance! This is it! Our cheesy Ninja Foodi spaghetti recipe has it all. A one pot dinner with tender noodles and melted cheese on the top. If you’ve never had baked spaghetti before this is how you’ve gotta make it. Baking in the oven is so 2014. 😉 (affiliate links present)

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I made Instant Pot spaghetti years ago and it was a hit. Not only with my family but everyone else who tried it. But NOW there’s a new player in town and they can melt that ooey gooey cheese I love right on the top without having to transfer it into a dish and in the oven. 

  • I’m sure that’s how you used to make baked spaghetti but after you try it this way I guarantee it will be a game changer for y’all too!

These are the ingredients you will need:

  1. 1/2  lb. of hot ground sausage + 1/2 lb. regular – or ground beef
    1. the sausage combo is the bomb!!
  2. Onion
  3. Olive oil
  4. Jar of spaghetti sauce – we use this
  5. Water or broth
  6. Mozzarella cheese
  7. Parmesan
  8. Green onion is optional
  9. Garlic salt and table salt

Here’s a peek of how to cook pasta in Ninja Foodi step by step with pictures.

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How to cook spaghetti in a Ninja Foodi is no different than in any other pressure cooker. The difference comes at the end when you melt and lightly brown the cheese on top.

  • That is a game changer y’all!!

Yes I have other pots and yes I have been using them for years but in order to do this in prior years I had to dirty a baking dish. Transferring everything into a pan, preheating the oven, and waiting for the broil setting to do the work. Not anymore! I love one one pot spaghetti.

Some of you might ask can you cook noodles in tomato sauce vs. water?

  • Absolutely!
  • We actually prefer it now.
  • They soak up the flavors and you can adjust for how al dente you’d like them.
  • The 9 minute cook time I share here is perfect we say but if you like firmer noodles set to 7 or 8.

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If you’d rather make homemade spaghetti sauce you’re free to do so, just use 24 oz in total. I typically use jarred just because I don’t have the time to put it all together but either way is great.

Tips for cooking Ninja Foodi spaghetti and meat sauce.

  1. Saute the onions, salts, and ground meat together until the pink is almost all gone. If you’re using ground beef you can leave a touch of pink but if I’m using pork I cook it all the way through. It will continue to cook in the pressure cooking process too though so don’t stress about it too much.
  2. Turn your pot off when this is done. This gives the pot a chance to cool off a bit.
  3. Spread your meat on the bottom so it’s evenly spread across.
  4. Pour your sauce evenly across that.
  5. Then fill that spaghetti sauce bottle with your water or broth. Put your lid back on and shake. You’ll be able to get the rest of the sauce out this way, I hate to waste.
  6. This liquid will be poured into your pot now but do NOT stir anything.
  7. Grab 1/2 of your noodles out of a 16 oz. box (that is how I measure, seriously) and break them into thirds.
  8. SPRINKLE pasta in the pot. If you throw them in as one big chunk they will come out as one big chunk, not separated.
  9. Gently submerge noodles with a spoon. Do NOT stir.
  10. Then close your lid and steam valve and set to pressure high pressure for 9 minutes. Quick release at the end.

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Yes, you could serve it up right then……but it gets WAY better!!

  • Stir in 1 cup of mozzarella and let that melt.
  • Next you’ll want to sprinkle in 1 more cup of cheese on the top. I use a mix of mozzarella and parmesan but use whatever you love.
  • Use the air crisp lid for 4-5 minutes to melt that cheese and lightly brown it.
  • Voila!! Done to perfection.

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Looking for other air fryer recipes?

Our homemade bacon wrapped chicken tenders are the bomb too.


THEN you can make our Ninja Foodi macaroni and cheese or if you want low carb we have Ninja Foodi spaghetti squash spaghetti pasta too.

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Cheesy Ninja Foodi Spaghetti

Cheesy Ninja Foodi spaghetti will become your new favorite dinner using both your pressure cooker and air fryer functions! Baked spaghetti in a snap!!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword baked, cheesy, italian, ninja foodi, noodles, pasta, pressure cooker, spaghetti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 333kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Press saute on Foodi and add in your olive oil, diced onions, salts and ground sausage or beef. Cook until meat is no longer pink. Then turn off pot.
  • Spread cooked meat out on the bottom of your pot evenly so it covers it entirely.
  • Pour in your jar of spaghetti sauce. Then pour in 2 c. of water or broth into your jar. Put lid back on and shake to get out remaining sauce. Pour this liquid into your pot. Do NOT stir.
  • Break your noodles into thirds, equal size pieces. Sprinkle them into your pot on top of the liquid.
  • Use a spoon to gently submerge them into the liquid but do NOT stir.
  • Put pressure cooker lid on and close steam valve.
  • Set to pressure cook, high for 9 minutes.
  • Do a quick release and remove lid. Stir in 1 c. of mozzarella cheese so it melts.
  • Then sprinkle on the remaining 1/2 c. of mozzarella cheese + parmesan on to the top of your spaghetti. Can add diced green onions now.
  • Close your air fryer lid. Press air crisp 400 degrees for 5 minutes so it melts and gets golden brown on the top!
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Ninja Foodi Spaghetti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 1104mg48%
Potassium 515mg15%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 765IU15%
Vitamin C 9.7mg12%
Calcium 269mg27%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Friday 25th of August 2023

will it still do good to keep on warm when its done or heat it up later?

April Zucks

Thursday 22nd of February 2024

@heather, Yaaaaaaaaas girl!!! I’ve been making this recipe for over a year and it’s delicious the night of or the next day!

The Typical Mom

Friday 25th of August 2023

I will only keep it plugged in kept on warm for 20 minutes or so after serving. If you continue with that the sauce will dry out the noodles and start to stick to the pot. Instead I unplug the pot so it no longer heats period and just leave the top on.


Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Don’t you drain grease out after cooking meat?


Friday 10th of February 2023

@The Typical Mom, you can get pre cut noodles. I use that. Prevents noodles flying everywhere. You know i love noodles stuck together so good with cheese

The Typical Mom

Thursday 5th of January 2023

You can, many times mine is so lean that there is little to none so I don't bother

Laura B

Thursday 20th of October 2022

This is the only way I make my spaghetti now! But I do wonder, has anyone made this with meatballs instead of ground meat? I love the recipe as is, but hubby wanted to try meatballs next time.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 20th of October 2022

You can totally throw frozen meatballs into the bottom and then follow the rest of the instructions, it will be just fine.


Monday 15th of August 2022

I went in a 7 day family road trip, couldn’t stand the thought of eating out that much. Brought my ninja, ingredients, including for this recipe. Left out the meat and onions. It came out perfect on the dresser in a roadside motel. 😁


Wednesday 27th of April 2022

My ex wife comes over for dinner just for this meal. Hahaha. It's that good. Apparently.

April Zucks

Thursday 22nd of February 2024

@Felix, it’s that good! 🤤😂

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