Instant Pot Pasta with Meat Sauce

5 from 6 reviews

This Instant Pot Pasta with Meat Sauce is a simple, healthy dinner recipe the whole family will love!



  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1.5 pounds ground meat
  • 8 oz dried pasta (1/2 of a 16 oz box)
  • 24 oz jar pasta sauce
  • 12 oz water (refill pasta jar halfway with water)


  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute setting.
  2. Add garlic, onions, peppers and meat and cook until no longer pink. (optional – use ladle to remove some of the grease).
  3. Turn Instant Pot off.
  4. Add pasta, pasta sauce and water and stir well. Be sure to stir really well so the liquid gets all the way to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Set Instant Pot for 5 minutes using manual mode.
  6. Use quick release, stir well and serve. Top with cheese or fresh parsley if desired.


You can add extra vegetables. I often add carrot noodles and broccoli slaw. You can also omit the ground beef and use fully cooked chicken sausage.