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Instant Pot Meat Sauce and Pasta

  • Author: Rachael White
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons freeze dried shallots or onion (optional but adds a nice kick of flavor)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb whole wheat pasta (farfalle and rotini)
  • 26 oz jarred pasta sauce (Rao’s Homemade is my favorite choice because there is no added sugar!)
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil


  1. Turn the sauté setting on on your Instant Pot. Add the olive oil and, when heated, add the ground beef, shallots, and a sprinkle of salt. Break up the meat and brown for about 3-4 minutes until no longer pink.
  2. Add the entire jar of marinara sauce. Fill the jar with water and pour into the instant pot.
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce and dried basil to the sauce, followed by the pasta. If the pasta is not almost completely covered, add a touch more water. Add a generous pinch of salt, turn off the sauté setting, and lock the lid in place with vent on seal.
  4. Press the Manual button on your Instant Pot and set for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, put on an oven mit and release the valve.
  5. Remove the lid and taste for seasoning. Add additional salt if desired. Also delicious topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
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