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Instant Pot Meatballs Recipe: Simple & Savory

Written by: Emily Smith

These Instant Pot meatballs are my go-to comfort food. Juicy beef, aromatic herbs, and tangy marinara, all cooked to perfection in minutes. It's a hearty dish that never fails to impress!

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Ever fancy an Italian night at home? I got you covered with my Instant Pot Meatballs Recipe. Simple ingredients, minimal prep, and the Instant Pot does the heavy lifting. These succulent meatballs, infused with savory garlic, onion, and parmesan, simmer in rich marinara sauce. They're perfect over pasta or snuggled in crusty bread. Hmm! It's home cooking at its finest. You’ll love making them. Give it a whirl. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you. Ready to cook some magic in your kitchen? Let's dive in!

Ingredients for Delicious Instant Pot Meatballs

  • Ground beef: Essential for meatballs, provides savory flavor and juicy texture when cooked, a staple in classic meatball recipes.
  • Breadcrumbs: Bind the meatball mixture together, adding texture and absorbing moisture to keep the meatballs tender and flavorful.
  • Parmesan cheese: Adds a rich, salty flavor to the meatballs, enhancing the overall taste and providing a hint of umami.
  • Parsley: Fresh herb that brightens the flavor of the meatballs, adding a pop of color and freshness to the dish.
  • Egg: Acts as a binder, holding the meatball mixture together and contributing to the texture and structure of the meatballs.
  • Garlic powder: Infuses the meatballs with a robust garlic flavor, adding depth and complexity to the dish.
  • Onion powder: Enhances the savory profile of the meatballs, providing a subtle onion flavor without the texture of fresh onions.
  • Marinara sauce: Serves as the base for the dish, providing a rich, tomato flavor that coats the meatballs and adds moisture.
  • Water: Helps create steam in the Instant Pot, allowing the meatballs to cook under pressure and infusing them with flavor.

Essential Tools for Making Meatballs in the Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the meatballs quickly and efficiently.
  • Mixing Bowl: Used to combine all the ingredients for the meatballs thoroughly.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  2. Form the mixture into meatballs, about 1 inch in size.
  3. Pour marinara sauce and water into the Instant Pot. Place the meatballs in the sauce.
  4. Close the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  5. Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then do a quick release.
  6. Serve the meatballs with sauce over pasta or with crusty bread.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 380 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 25 g | Total Fat: 25 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 120 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 5 g | Calcium: 150 mg | Potassium: 500 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Can You Make Instant Pot Meatballs Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the meatballs as per the recipe.
  • Instead of cooking them in the instant pot, place the meatballs on a baking sheet and freeze until solid.
  • Transfer the frozen meatballs to a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • When ready to eat, cook the meatballs from frozen in the instant pot with marinara sauce, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the cooked meatballs to cool completely.
  • Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid.
  • Transfer the frozen meatballs to a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • To reheat, cook the meatballs in marinara sauce in the instant pot until heated through.

Did you know that adding a splash of balsamic vinegar to the marinara sauce can enhance the flavor of the meatballs in this instant pot meatballs recipe? It adds a subtle tanginess that complements the dish beautifully.

Common Questions About Making Meatballs in the Instant Pot

Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef in this recipe for a lighter option.
How long does it take to cook the meatballs in the Instant Pot?
The meatballs cook in the Instant Pot on high pressure for 8 minutes, with additional time for pressure release.
Can I freeze the cooked meatballs for later use?
Yes, you can freeze the cooked meatballs in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
What can I serve with these meatballs?
These meatballs are delicious served over pasta, with crusty bread, or even on their own as an appetizer.
Can I use store-bought meatballs instead of making them from scratch?
Yes, you can use store-bought meatballs if you're short on time, but making them from scratch is simple and adds a personal touch to the dish.

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