Looking for a fast way to make meaty spaghetti sauce? Is your ground beef frozen? Let the Instant Pot do the work for you - no thawing or browning required!

Stemming back to my childhood, Wednesday night has always been spaghetti night in our house. My mom started this tradition as a way to survive the hectic, busy Wednesday rush between school and evening activities. And when you throw in my Italian heritage, a meaty marinara sauce over a steaming bowl of noodles was simply perfect.

But, believe it or not, spaghetti night needed an upgrade.

We buy our ground beef in bulk from a local farmer (or sometimes Costco) and store it in the freezer. While this saves us incredibly money, it does require remembering to thaw my meat.

Which is something I’m TERRIBLE at.

When I learned that the Instant Pot could cook FROZEN ground beef, I was absolutely floored. This was the answer to my prayers!

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

So I adapted my method for cooking frozen ground beef in the IP to streamline making my spaghetti sauce. The result? Pure awesomeness.

I simply put my frozen ground beef into the base of my Instant Pot liner. Then I add in my sauce and cook.

No thawing. No standing over the stove, making sure the meat doesn’t burn. No watching or stirring.

Once the Instant Pot has worked its magic, I take the temperature using an instant read meat thermometer to ensure that it has fully cooked (internal temperature of 160F).

If the meat still needs cooked more, you have two options: lock the lid, close the valve, and set MANUAL pressure for another 5 minutes OR select SAUTE and finish cooking. (However, I almost never have to do this.)

Instant Pot Accessories

Simply use a large spoon or this super awesome tool to break the meat into meatball-like chunks.

Paleo or Whole30? No problem.

If you’re eating Paleo and don’t do wheat or rice noodles, don’t give up on spaghetti night! I encourage you to try zucchini noodles using the Oxo Spiralizer. I’ve tried out several different brands, and this vegetable spiralizer is most DEFINITELY my favorite thanks to its ease of use, storage, and ease of cleaning.

And now we’ve just taken Spaghetti Night to a whole new level. 🙂

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce (with Frozen Ground Beef)
Looking for a fast way to make meaty spaghetti sauce? Is your ground beef frozen? Let the Instant Pot do the work for you - no thawing or browning required!
Cuisine Italian
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Italian
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add meat and spaghetti sauce to the Instant Pot bowl.
  2. Check sealing ring, secure lid, and close steam valve.
  3. Select MANUAL for 10 minutes (if using fresh beef) or 25 minutes (if using frozen beef).
  4. Once program has finished, allow pressure to release naturally.
  5. Using a sturdy spoon or meat chopper, break meat apart into chunks. Stir and serve.
Recipe Notes

TIPS:

  • Once the Instant Pot has worked its magic, I take the temperature using an instant read meat thermometer to ensure that it has fully cooked (internal temperature of 160F).
  • Making your spaghetti sauce from scratch? Make sure you use at least 2 cups of sauce so the Instant Pot can come to pressure.

Low FODMAP Diet Note:  Use gluten-free rice, quinoa, or corn noodles. Also make sure your sauce is low FODMAP friendly -- watch out for onions and garlic. If you are in need of a quick sauce, use:

  • 2  16oz cans of tomato sauce (again, check label ingredients)
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic infused olive oil (stir in after Instant Pot has finished cooking)

As always, check the Monash FODMAP app for recommended serving/portion size.

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Looking for a fast way to make meaty spaghetti sauce? Is your ground beef frozen? Let the Instant Pot do the work for you - no thawing or browning required!