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Homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Here is a really easy homemade Instant Pot spaghetti sauce recipe! All you need are a few cans of this and a roll of that to make the most flavorful pressure cooker sauce ever. I literally threw this together in 10 minutes and 20 minutes later it was done. Way better than any jarred sauce.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

This homemade Instant Pot spaghetti sauce is probably the easiest thing I’ve made. It happened kind of by accident. Of course I planned to make this in my pressure cooker so I could add it to my collection of Instant Pot recipes, and it went from there. (originally published 3/18)

Ok so if you follow The Typical Mom at all you know I am all about easy. Of course you can make slow cooker spaghetti sauce too but this is done in just a fraction of the time.

I assure you that when you make this just once you’ll wonder where this recipe has been all your life. 😉 You can make this with or without meat, but we always add it in.

Instant Pot Meat Sauce

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Here’s the story. I was at the grocery store when I noticed the rolls of spicy sausage in the meat department were just $.99. 

It’s seriously the best, and use it a multitude of recipes so I took one and thought “I’m going to figure out something to make with this today.”

  • My initial thought was an easy homemade pasta sauce!
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Of course one of the many reasons I love this fancy pressure cooker is you only dirty one pot to make the whole thing. Browning the sausage and onions together on saute, and then adding all the other ingredients make it super simple.

For years my husband simmered and babied his sauce in a huge pot on the stove top, and he even had to admit this one was so good there wasn’t much difference. HAH…..I win. 😉

I simmered it on the soup setting for 20 minutes. If you were in a hurry you could set it for 10 minutes and I think it would still be great too. You are just warming everything together at that point because the meat is already cooked.

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One of my earliest Instant Pot recipes was homemade Instant Pot spaghetti. It’s one of my most popular pressure cooker recipes on my site. For that one I used jarred sauce and it’s a great no fail dinner to try for sure.

If you prefer homemade sauce though, you can start with this recipe. Then follow the pressure cooker spaghetti recipe above where you submerge the noodles into the sauce. Then follow timing to cook for a bit longer in order to cook your noodles and homemade sauce all together.

For a lower carb option, make air fryer zoodles and serve this sauce on the top.

instant pot spaghetti

Some people prefer to boil the noodles separately so it’s totally your choice. Either way making homemade spaghetti sauce is now so easy!

Homemade Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

  1. Whole peeled tomatoes will give it more texture than just sauce being used.
  2. Spicy sausage – seriously way better than using ground beef, I like this one
    1. or make Instant Pot porcupine meatballs and add that into the sauce once this is done
  3. Tomato sauce we used is listed below, use more or less depending on how thick you want it to be.
  4. Can of tomato paste will help to thicken all of it together.
  5. Diced tomatoes can be bought Italian style, spicy, or plain.
  6. Onion I add to everything, diced finely for flavor.
  7. Spices

Want to make cheesy pressure cooker baked spaghetti too? NO problem, just add a layer of cheese on top and let it melt. If you have the CrispLid or Ninja Foodi you can brown the top too.

pressure cooker spaghetti and meatballs

Here is a quick step by step but I also have a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post as well.

Time needed: 20 minutes.

Instant Pot pasta sauce

  1. Saute

    Set pot to saute and add olive oil and sausage (or ground beef) and diced onions. Cook until meat is no longer pink, then turn pot off. Move meat to side and scrape bottom with wooden spoon to avoid burn notice.

  2. Add ingredients

    Spread meat on to the bottom of the pot. Add diced or crushed tomatoes would work too (or finely diced fresh tomatoes). Then add rest of ingredients. (some like a bit of red wine in the mix too)

  3. Cook

    Close lid and steam valve. Push soup button for 20 minutes. If you just have high pressure button then use that for 12 minutes. Do a quick release when done.

  4. Serve

    After pressure cook time is up, remove the lid. If you want it really smooth you could use an immersion blender, we don’t. Pour over cooked noodles or use to make Instant Pot spaghetti.

How do you thicken spaghetti sauce in Instant Pot?

You could put it in on saute. In a small dish whisk together a few tbsp of cornstarch with cold water until smooth. Pour in and stir.

Print recipe below. You can use this to make Ninja Foodi spaghetti squash pizza pasta or our crockpot spaghetti and meatballs recipes too.

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Here is a really easy homemade Instant Pot spaghetti sauce recipe! All you need are a few cans of this and a roll of that to make the most flavorful sauce ever. I literally threw this together in 10 minutes and 20 minutes later it was done. Way better than any jarred sauce.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword easy, healthy, homemade, instant pot, pressure cooker, spaghetti sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 46kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Put Instant Pot on saute, medium. Spray inside of pot with non stick spray. Add onions and sausage. 
  • Cook until sausage is completely cooked.
  • Turn Instant Pot off by pushing cancel. Deglaze your pot by scraping stuck on meat off bottom with a bit of your water, if not you may get the burn notice.
  • Add all other ingredients into your pot and stir. (I cut up the whole peeled tomatoes into smaller chunks).
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to soup function, medium setting, for 20 minutes.
  • Quick release, stir and put on top of noodles….or add about 8 oz of spaghetti noodles broken in half, submerge in liquid and set to manual, high, for 8 minutes to cook everything together.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 46
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1259mg55%
Potassium 480mg14%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 575IU12%
Vitamin C 12.4mg15%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Rick Mychajlonka

Thursday 20th of May 2021

I also added red wine 8oz. Into your ingredients to kick it up a notch! Awesome. Your the BEST!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 23rd of May 2021

OH good!!


Sunday 28th of March 2021

Sadly i followed directions to a T but got the dreaded burn notice. Bottom part was so badly burned I had to transfer but I could salvage to the stove top.

The Typical Mom

Monday 29th of March 2021

Only way you could possibly have that occur is if you didn't deglaze the pan after sauteeing the meat. There is tons of liquid so it clearly wouldn't burn from lack of liquid.


Friday 8th of January 2021

I'm excited to make this recipe, having just discovered it. I've been thinking about making my own sauce because my blood pressure precludes me from salt. Making my own allows me to omit salt and substitute additional spices. Here is my question; I have an 8qt Foodi and when you say use the soup setting what is the comparable function on the Foodi? Thank you in advance for your answer, and all of your fabulous recipes!!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Just use the pressure cook function on the Foodi


Friday 13th of November 2020

I made this last night in my 6 qt. Ip. My wife raved how good it was and agreed that the sauce was as good as my all day sauce, and it only took 12 min for the sauce. I added more garlic, fennel, basil, than recipe called for, EXCELLENT recipe And leftovers for tonight. Tyvm for the recipe.


Friday 10th of April 2020

A great recipe! I won’t be buying sauce in a jar ever again. Super easy, too! I did add 2 tablespoons of sugar for a little sweetness and used extra virgin olive oil for sautéing the onion. Thanks for an easy sauce!

The Typical Mom

Friday 10th of April 2020

Yay for a yummy dinner!

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