Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

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Make this pressure cooker spaghetti sauce tonight! You will have the taste of homemade spaghetti sauce that has been simmering on the stove all day without spending your day in the kitchen. Simply pair it with one of these yummy instant pot pasta recipes.

My husband is the king of spaghetti night around here. He is not really into cooking – which means I am usually the one making dinner.

A bowl of cooked spaghetti topped in pressure cooker spaghetti sauce.

If he is in charge of our family meal, he will often opt for take-out over cooking dinner (not that I’m complaining, I love take-out Chinese). Unless we have the ingredients for homemade spaghetti. Then he is game to make dinner and I know we are going to have a hearty and flavorful meal.

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But we live in the real world and it’s not always realistic to spend a couple of hours in the kitchen making homemade spaghetti sauce.

I wanted something that could be ready quickly with little hands-on time. I also wanted a big batch so I could toss half of it in the freezer for another night.

The easiest way to make homemade pressure cooker spaghetti sauce!

Enter the Recipe for Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

This spaghetti sauce is so good. It uses a handful of ingredients I usually have on hand in my pantry. It can be made with or without meat. The best part? It’s ready after pressure cooking for just 10 minutes. If that doesn’t sell you on the Instant Pot, I don’t know what will! Also, if you like spicy sauce, try our recipe for Instant Pot Spicy Spaghetti.

This recipe is a total game changer. You can set up a pound of pasta to boil on the stove at the same time, or use it to make one of our favorite instant pot pasta meals.

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Customizing this Recipe for Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

What’s great about making spaghetti sauce in your electric pressure cooker is that you can customize it to use your favorite recipe and add meat.

Start by heating up some oil using the saute function of your pot. Mix in chopped yellow onion and meat (if you’re using it). We love using Italian sausage in our spaghetti sauce.

Once your onions are soft and your meat is browned, you can add in your tomatoes and spices. I have included all of my favorite spices in the recipe below, but you can customize the spices to fit your tastes.

Cook it on high pressure for 10 minutes. Natural pressure release (NPR) and you’re done. Use your pressure cooker spaghetti sauce within a few days or freeze it for longer term storage.

Can you cook raw sausage in spaghetti sauce?

Yes! Sausage is a great addition to homemade pasta sauce! Simply brown it as you would ground beef and cook the instant pot spaghetti sauce as directed below in the recipe.

A mason jar filled with pressure cooker spaghetti sauce next to a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs and a bowl of plain spaghetti.

How do you store canned spaghetti sauce?

The best way to store canned spaghetti sauce is to transfer it to an air-tight glass or plastic container and refrigerate the spaghetti sauce. The same goes for any leftover tomatoes you may have from making this recipe. 

How to Freeze Spaghetti Sauce?

If you want to freeze part or all of this recipe, there are a few different methods. I used these Ball mason jars. (affiliate link) If using glass jars, make sure you leave a good amount of headspace for expansion. If the jar is too full, it can crack in your freezer.

You can also freeze spaghetti sauce in any freezer safe plastic or glass containers.

If you are limited on space, pour your pressure cooker pasta sauce into a gallon sized zip top bag. Get as much air out as you can and flatten it. Once frozen, you can stand the bags of frozen spaghetti sauce standing up.

Close up of instant pot spaghetti sauce with a fresh batch of spaghetti.

How do you reheat spaghetti sauce in the instant pot?

Reheating spaghetti sauce in the instant pot is easy to do! Simply pour the sauce into the instant pot and press the sautte button. Stir until heated through, about 5 minutes.

What to serve with instant pot spaghetti sauce?

We love serving instant pot spaghetti sauce with pasta, of course! You can also serve it with a simple green salad, cheesy garlic bread, crusty french bread, or Parmesan & Garlic Crisps

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Close up of instant pot spaghetti sauce with a fresh batch of spaghetti.

Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Aileen Clark
Do you want the taste of homemade spaghetti sauce that has been simmering on the stove all day, but don't want to spend your day camped out in the kitchen? You need this pressure cooker spaghetti sauce in your life!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 249 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound ground meat optional
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 6 ounce cans tomato paste
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Set your instant pot to saute and heat olive oil.
  • Add in chopped onion and ground meat (if using).
  • Mix and cook until onion is soft.
  • Mix in minced garlic and cook another 30 seconds. 
  • Turn your pressure cooker off. 
  • Mix in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, sugar, and spices. 
  • Close lid and set to sealing.
  • Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. 
  • Natural Pressure Release (NPR).


Calorie count is for pressure cooker spaghetti sauce with no meat.


Serving: 1gCalories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 18gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 861mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10g
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