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Instant Pot Meat Sauce Recipe: Simple & Savory Instant Pot Meat Sauce Recipe: Simple & Savory


Instant Pot Meat Sauce Recipe: Simple & Savory

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This meat sauce recipe is my secret weapon! It's hearty, flavorful, and so easy to whip up in the Instant Pot. Perfect for pasta nights or a comforting lasagna.

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I've been perfecting my meat sauce for years, and this Instant Pot version is a game-changer. Imagine rich, savory flavors melding together in just minutes, creating a sauce that tastes like it's been simmering all day. My secret? A blend of herbs and spices that elevate simple ingredients into something extraordinary. Whether you're a busy parent or just craving comfort food, this recipe will become your go-to for quick, delicious meals. Trust me, once you try it, you'll never look back.

Ingredients for Delicious Instant Pot Meat Sauce

  • Ground beef: Adds meaty flavor and protein to the sauce, creating a hearty and satisfying dish.
  • Onion: Provides a sweet and savory base flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the sauce.
  • Garlic: Infuses a rich and aromatic taste, adding depth and complexity to the sauce.
  • Crushed tomatoes: Forms the base of the sauce, offering a vibrant color and robust tomato flavor.
  • Tomato paste: Intensifies the tomato taste and thickens the sauce, giving it a concentrated and rich texture.
  • Dried oregano and basil: Enhance the Italian flavors of the sauce, providing a herbaceous and aromatic profile.

Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Meat Sauce

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking process and infuses flavors for a rich and hearty meat sauce.
  • Wooden Spoon: Helps in stirring and breaking up the ground beef while cooking in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Meat Sauce Recipe: Simple & Savory

This Instant Pot Meat Sauce Recipe is simple and savory, perfect for a quick and delicious meal. It combines ground beef, onions, garlic, and a blend of tomatoes and herbs to create a rich and flavorful sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people
Calories 250 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Spatula
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


Main Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and brown the ground beef.
  • Add the diced onion and minced garlic, sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.
  • Close the lid, set to manual high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Quick release the pressure and stir the sauce before serving.


This meat sauce pairs perfectly with pasta, rice, or even as a topping for baked potatoes. Feel free to add more vegetables like bell peppers or mushrooms for added flavor and nutrition.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 18gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 480mgPotassium: 600mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 500IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 4mg


Keyword Instant Pot, Meat Sauce, Quick Dinner
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Meal Prep and Storage Tips for Instant Pot Meat Sauce

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the meat sauce as directed and let it cool completely.
  • Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the sauce to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Adding a pinch of cinnamon to this meat sauce recipe can enhance the depth of flavor and add a subtle warmth to the dish.

Common Questions About Making Meat Sauce in an Instant Pot

Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef in this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef for a leaner option.
How long can I store the leftover meat sauce?
You can store the leftover meat sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Can I freeze this meat sauce?
Absolutely! This meat sauce freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe container.
Can I add other vegetables to this meat sauce?
Sure, feel free to add diced carrots, bell peppers, or mushrooms to sneak in extra veggies.
Can I double the recipe in the Instant Pot?
It's best not to double the recipe in the Instant Pot to avoid overfilling. If you need to make a larger batch, it's better to cook in batches.

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