Instant Pot Spaghetti (with or without meat!) | How to Cook Spaghetti in the Pressure Cooker

You’ve probably heard of the Instant Pot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!


Instant Pot Spaghetti isn’t faster than stove-top cooking, but it’s totally hands-off for busy folks! No need to wait for a pot of water to come to a boil first.

*Update: Readers have reported a 3-minute cooking cycle working well for this, so try that to avoid mushy pasta.* The pasta, water, and sauce cook in the pot, all at the same time! Most recipes online show you how to make it with a meat sauce, but I’m showing you a second vegetarian version (with lentils for plant based protein) if you want to try it that way, too.

FYI— make sure you NEVER “fast release” pasta. Skip to the 2:55 mark in this video to see what happens if you do. (Spoiler: it makes a MESS on your kitchen counters!) The Instant Pot is supposed to make your life easier, so make sure you follow this tried-and-accurate cooking method for a mess-free, fast dinner!

This one-pot meal works best with regular or whole wheat noodles, but I include tips for using gluten-free spaghetti, too! Just keep in mind that the cooking time and method are different, so read the directions closely before you make substitutions.

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