Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is an easy-to-make weeknight meal that’s made entirely in the Instant Pot. It’s a flavor-packed meal that the entire family will love.

instant pot spaghetti topped with fresh basil and shredded parmesan

you will love this instant pot spaghetti and meat sauce

One dish, less than 30 minutes, and only 6 smart points. WINNER WINNER spaghetti? dinner!

This Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is a triple threat! I have friends ask me frequently how I use my Instant Pot and what my favorite things to make are.

I figured I’d start sharing some recipes here so that y’all can see just how much I love this gadget.

I’m the queen of forgetting to thaw, so admittedly it gets a lot of use making chicken. I throw the chicken in there for all sorts of dishes and it will cook them from frozen in less than 30 minutes without me having to thaw them.

spaghetti instant pot ingredients

  • ground turkey
  • onion
  • salt
  • celery
  • carrots
  • garlic
  • beef stock
  • spaghetti noodles
  • crushed tomatoes
  • dried parsley
  • Italian seasoning
  • black pepper
  • fennel seed
  • paprika
  • red pepper flakes
ingredients to make instant pot spaghetti recipe

how to make spaghetti in instant pot

  1. Brown your ground turkey and saute your onion
  2. Quite literally just add in the rest of your ingredients in the right order as indicated in the recipe below
  3. Let your Instant Pot cook the spaghetti for 7 minutes
  4. You’re done! Serve it up to your family!

instant pot spaghetti recipe tips

  • I have ground turkey listed in this recipe because it is 0 smart points on WW. You can swap it out for ground beef or I opt for ground elk.
  • You could add additional veggies to this recipe to bulk it up if you’d like. Some suggestions would be bell pepper and zucchini.
  • The spice list seems long, but trust me. It adds a depth of flavor that keeps this dish yummy!
spaghetti being pulled from instant pot with tongs

how to store instant pot spaghetti with meat sauce

Instant Pot spaghetti with meat sauce should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

This recipe freezes really well. I like to make a batch and then divide it out into individual servings. I freeze the individual servings in Souper Cubes and place them in a freezer-safe ziploc bag.

To reheat, place it in the oven or microwave with some additional beef stock.

Spaghetti in Instant Pot FAQ

How do you keep spaghetti noodles from sticking together in the Instant Pot?

I find that the best method to prevent spaghetti noodles from sticking together in the Instant Pot is to lay them in a “birds nest” style way. Instead of placing them against each other in the pot, place them apart a little haphazardly as shown in the process shots above.

Does spaghetti sauce count as liquid in Instant Pot?

This depends entirely on the consistency of the spaghetti sauce you are using. If it’s a thicker style sauce, it won’t count towards the liquid. If it’s thinner, you can let it count towards some of the liquid.

Do you cook the meat before putting it in spaghetti sauce?

It’s best to brown the meat before adding the remaining ingredients of the spaghetti sauce.

Does pasta have to be submerged in Instant Pot?

The pasta needs to be submerged in the sauce and liquid of the Instant Pot in order to cook properly. If it is not, it may be crunchy and gummy rather than cooked through.

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Spaghetti with Turkey Meat Sauce

5 from 3 votes
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 7 minutes
Total 17 minutes
Servings: 6 (2 cup servings)
Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is an easy-to-make weeknight meal that's made entirely in the Instant Pot. It's a flavor-packed meal that the entire family will love.



  • On Instant Pot, press Saute.
  • Add ground turkey, onion, salt, parsley, italian seasoning, black pepper, fennel seed, paprika, and red pepper flakes.
  • Cook about 8 minutes, until turkey is cooked through and onions are softened.
  • Add garlic and cook an additional minute, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  • Add celery and carrot and stir to combine.
  • Press cancel on Instant Pot.
  • Add beef stock to Instant Pot.
  • Break spaghetti noodles in half and spread them evenly over the turkey mixture. You don’t want them laying perfectly next to each other in line because they will stick together. Spread them out, but put them in an even layer.
  • Pour crushed tomatoes over noodles, covering completely.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and turn valve to Sealing.
  • Select Manual, High Pressure, 7 minutes. Allow Instant Pot to come to pressure and cook for 7 minutes.
  • Once timer goes off, press Cancel and quick-release pressure (turning valve to venting).
  • Open Instant Pot and stir pasta. The noodles may be slightly stuck to each other, but just keep stirring and they will break apart.
  • Serve up hot!


WW Freestyle Points: 6 for approximately 2 cup serving


Serving: 1/6th (about 2 cups), Calories: 367kcal, Carbohydrates: 57g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 444mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 10g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Hi! I’m Kara!

Kara loves all things food and spending time with her family and dogs. She has a passion for cooking and loves making yummy, family-friendly recipes.

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