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Instant Pot Meatballs and Pasta Recipe

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posted: 10/31/18

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This Instant Pot Meatballs and Pasta Recipe is one that has been asked for by so many people since I posted my Creamy Instant Pot Spaghetti and also my Honey BBQ Instant Pot Cocktail Meatballs. This is such a great easy dinner recipe that can be made with as few as FOUR ingredients! And one of them is my easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe, so you know it’s extra good! There are two different ways to make this delicious recipe, should we dive in??

bowl of instant pot meatballs and pasta garnished with parsley and shredded cheese.

So since I posted my Creamy Instant Pot Spaghetti – which, is SO insanely good!! – I have had people tell me, Ummm, but what if I want meatballs. And then I’ve just randomly had readers tell me that they want more instant pot recipes, and at the top of their list is Instant Pot Meatballs and Spaghetti.

So here you have it my friends!

instant pot meatball recipe in a pressure cooker

HOW DO YOU MAKE MEATBALLS IN THE INSTANT POT?

I made this recipe going off of my recipe for healthy meatballs, but you could also use frozen meatballs, and then this recipe would only be FOUR ingredients.

overhead view of pasta and spaghetti sauce in a pressure cooker

INGREDIENTS FOR PRESSURE COOKER MEATBALLS

  • Chicken Stock. It is key that you add this first.
  • Pasta. Add this after the chicken stock.
  • Spaghetti Sauce. You want to add this after the first two ingredients because if it goes in first, or is too close the bottom it can scorch and prevent your pressure cooker from coming to pressure.
  • Meatballs! I have a few different meatball recipes that you could use here.

meatball recipe in an instant pot

Different Meatball Recipes that Would Work in this Recipe

overhead view of two bowls of pasta and meatballs made in the instant pot

HOW LONG DO YOU COOK MEATBALLS IN INSTANT POT?

The total time for this recipe is about 45 minutes if you make your own meatballs, or 30 minutes if you use frozen ones. That’s right my friends! You could use frozen meatballs in this recipe. Just like in my Honey BBQ Instant Pot Cocktail Meatballs I give the options of both frozen or fresh meatballs, and they both cook for the same amount of time.

HOW DO YOU MAKE PRESSURE COOKER MEATBALLS

  1. Add chicken stock to the instant pot.
  2. Add in the noodles.
  3. Pour the spaghetti sauce on top.
  4. Add the meatballs on top.
  5. Close the lid, set the pressure to manual, high, and 5 minutes, making sure the instant pot is set to sealing.
  6. When the time comes to an end, vent the instant pot, and wait for the float valve to drop.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

two bowls of instant pot meatballs and pasta garnished with parsley and cheese

close up of a white bowl of pressure cooker meatballs and pasta garnished with parsley
5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Meatballs and Pasta Recipe

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
This Instant Pot Meatballs and Pasta Recipe is one that has been asked for by so many people.  This is such a great easy dinner recipe that can be made with as few as FOUR ingredients!  And one of them is my easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe, so you know it's extra good! There are two different ways to make this delicious and easy recipe!

Ingredients

Meatballs (or use frozen ones)

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound Italian seasoned meat

Instructions

  • Mix all of the meatball ingredients together and form into uniform one inch meatballs.
  • Pour the chicken stock into the instant pot.  Add the noodles.  Pour the spaghetti sauce on top.  Set the meatballs on top of the sauce.
  •  Lock the lid in place and select Manual, High Pressure and 5 minutes cook time.
  • When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Use the quick pressure please. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Calories: 599kcal (30%) Carbohydrates: 73g (24%) Protein: 35g (70%) Fat: 17g (26%) Saturated Fat: 7g (44%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 88mg (29%) Sodium: 1945mg (85%) Potassium: 736mg (21%) Fiber: 8g (33%) Sugar: 14g (16%) Vitamin A: 650IU (13%) Vitamin C: 38mg (46%) Calcium: 280mg (28%) Iron: 9.5mg (53%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
close up of a white bowl of pressure cooker meatballs and pasta garnished with parsley

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bowl of instant pot meatballs and pasta

bowl of instant pot meatballs and pasta

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Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Angie says

    So what do you mean by 5 minutes. I thought this takes 45 minutes

    • Lisa Longley says

      Instant Pot recipes are so challenging to write, because the time I’m telling you is the time you program your IP for. But it takes the Instant Pot time to come to pressure, so that’s where all the added time comes in. Does that make sense?

  2. Tracy Benjamin says

    5 stars
    We absolutely LOVE this recipe and it is my “go to” when I don’t have anything planned or I am rushed for time. My family loves it!! I use the store-bought Carando Spicy Italian Meatballs! Yum!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you like it Tracy!

  3. Mark Hollinger says

    why chicken stock and not just water?

    • Lisa Longley says

      The chicken stock deepens the flavor of the recipe. It’s not absolutely necessary, but adds a lot to the recipe.

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