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posted: 04/08/21

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This Creamy Instant Pot Spaghetti is a super easy dinner recipe done in a pressure cooker in about 30 minutes! My kids love this recipe, and will even gobble up cold left overs.

side view of a platter of instant pot spaghetti

This Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe has been on Simple Joy for some time and has gotten great reviews. It is very easy to make, and full of delicious flavor. It is the definition of comfort food, and exactly what you want at the end of a long day.

Recently, Nathan was out of town and I was a single mom for a week. How do all the single parents out there do it? This simple Instant Pot dinner recipe definitely came to the rescue. It was fast to make while the kids were doing homework with enough for left overs the next day too. It was a total win.

ground beef cooked in the bottom of an instant pot

How to Cook Spaghetti in the Instant Pot

  1. Turn on the Instant Pot: We are going to sauté the ground beef in the base of the pressure cooker before we add everything else. It takes a bit to get hot, so this is a great time to measure out the rest of your ingredients.
  2. Sauté the ground beef: Once the Instant Pot says “Hot” add the ground beef, breaking it up and stirring it well to ensure that none of it sticks to the bottom. Once it is broken up and mostly browned, remove the inner pot (carefully, it will be hot), and drain the excess grease.
  3. Add ingredients in this order: It is important that you add the ingredients in the correct order, otherwise they could scorch during cooking. Add spices, chicken stock, tomato sauce, and then uncooked spaghetti (broken in half).
  4. Cover spaghetti: Do not stir the ingredients. Rather, gently push down the spaghetti to ensure that it is completely covered with liquid.
  5. Close the Instant Pot and cook: Make sure that the release valve is set to sealing and then set the pressure cooker to high for 5 minutes. It will take some time for it to come to pressure. Once it is done cooking, release the valve and allow the steam to release before opening the instant pot.
  6. Add the cream cheese and parmesan: Now stir in a brick of cream cheese and some freshly grated Parmesan. (It is essential that you wait until it is done cooking to add the cream cheese.)
overhead of an instant pot with chicken stock, spaghetti sauce, and uncooked spaghetti

Creamy Spaghetti Sauce

It is the cream cheese that makes this recipe rich and creamy. It is a simple trick that you just throw in at the end that put this recipe over the top.

That being said, you could absolutely skip the cream cheese and just add the Parmesan. The recipe will still work great, and it will still be delicious. If you are watching fat and calorie content, you could also substitute the cream cheese with a low fat version.

overhead of an instant pot filled with spaghetti sauce, a brick fo cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese

Substitutions and Variations for Instant Pot Spaghetti

  • Change the pasta: If you have little ones in your house, the spaghetti might be difficult for them to eat. You can use any pasta in this recipe and it will work just fine.
  • Use ground turkey: If your family prefers ground turkey (or chicken) to beef, you can substitute with that. You will need to add a little oil to your pressure cooker before sautéing it.
  • Make it vegetarian: You can skip the meat all together and make this a vegetarian dish. Swap the chicken stock for vegetable stock. Be sure to be aware of the order you add the ingredients. Make sure that the tomato sauce is added after the stock.
  • Use reduced fat cream cheese: As mentioned above, if you are looking to cut calories or fat, you can use reduced fat cream cheese. I don’t normally recommend that swap in baking recipes, but in a recipe like this it will work great.
  • Leave out the cream cheese: You can also make this just plain Instant Pot Spaghetti by leaving out the cream cheese and Parmesan at the end.
overhead of an instant pot full of creamy spaghetti

FAQ

What size Instant Pot do you have?

I have this 6 quart Instant Pot.

What spaghetti sauce should I use?

I recommend using your family’s favorite jarred spaghetti sauce. You could also use this Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. It makes 6 cups, which will be more than enough for this recipe.

Can I make this recipe gluten free?

Yes, you can replace the noodles with gluten free noodles.

Can I leave out the cream cheese and Parmesan?

Yes. This recipe is delicious without the dairy.

Can I make this creamy spaghetti in the crockpot?

Yes! You will need to add 2 more cups of spaghetti sauce. Cook on high for 4 hours.

tongs lifting creamy spaghetti out of an instant pot

If you make this Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

side view of a platter of instant pot spaghetti
5 from 9 votes

Creamy Instant Pot Spaghetti

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
This Creamy Instant Pot Spaghetti is the amazing creamy spaghetti you love made super simple in a pressure cooker in about 30 minutes! A dinner win for sure!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups chicken stock (or beef stock)
  • 4 cups spaghetti sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 pound spaghetti broken in half
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese

Instructions

  • Turn your pressure cooker on sauté. When it says "Hot" add the ground beef and sauté until broken up and beginning to brown stirring to ensure that none of it is sticking to the bottom. Very carefully remove the inner pot from the Instant Pot, and drain the excess grease.
  • Return the pot to the Instant Pot and stir in the spices. Then add in the chicken stock and then the tomato sauce. Add the dry spaghetti. Do not stir, but just gently press down so that the liquid is covering the spaghetti.
  • Put the top on your Instant Pot and make sure the valve is set to sealing.  Set to High Pressure for 5 minutes.  (It took about four minutes to come to pressure for me and begin counting down the 5 minutes.)  Once the Instant Pot has counted down the 5 minutes, use a manual pressure release, turning it to venting. Once the valve has fallen, remove the lid.  
  • Give the spaghetti a good stir.  Then stir in the cream cheese and parmesan until melted.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian

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  1. Barbara Schieving says

    This looks so flavorful and delicious! I definitely need to give it a try. Thanks for the shout out!

  2. Elle says

    Can this be made in a regular crockpot? I don’t own an Instant Pot and am loathe to buy yet another appliance…

    • Lisa Longley says

      For sure, but I haven’t tried it that way. You would have to experiment a little.

    • Sara Jensen says

      5 stars
      I regularly make this in the crockpot and our family loves it!

  3. KalynsKitchen says

    Oh yes, that looks delicious! Thanks for the shout-out for my Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup.

  4. Lindsey says

    I’m not a fan of hamburger, could meatballs be used instead of ground hamburger so that I can pick around them but everyone else can still enjoy it? If so, when would you add the meatballs?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried it with meatballs! If you do, let me know how it goes!

  5. Hazel says

    When did you add the parmesan cheese that’s listed on the ingredients list?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you for catching that, Hazel! It goes in with the cream cheese!

  6. Laurie Frederick says

    The link for the amazing Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Casserole is wrong, jsyk. Took me to the meatballs

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you for letting me know!

  7. Reba says

    5 stars
    My kids love this recipe!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad to hear that Reba!

  8. Marie-France says

    5 stars
    Wow the best creamy spag. We have had so far thank you its the perfect diner when its the grocery day at my house

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked this!

  9. Megan says

    Can I use jarred pasta sauce from the store?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes, absolutely!

  10. Garnetbw says

    5 stars
    Omg wonderful 15 minutes dinner love 💗.

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you like it!

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