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Instant Pot Meat Sauce

A no-fuss Instant Pot meat sauce prepared in your favorite pressure cooker. Enjoy all the flavors of a slow cooked pasta sauce in less than 20 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Come to Pressure and Release6 mins
Total Time19 mins
Course: Dinner, Instant Pot, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian Inspired
Keyword: Instant Pot meat sauce, Instant Pot pasta, Instant Pot recipes, meat sauce, spaghetti sauce
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 135kcal


  • 1 Lb. Ground Beef (we used 93/7 lean)
  • 1 Cup White Onion (diced)
  • 1 Cup Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms (fresh or canned)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder (or to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder (or to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning (or to taste)
  • 1 Cup Beef Broth (or chicken broth)
  • 28 Ounces Crushed Tomatoes (do not drain)


  • Turn on the Instant Pot using the saute function, and allow the steel liner to get hot.
  • Add the ground beef, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Cook and break up the ground beef into small pieces. Continue to saute until the ground beef is browned and cooked through. Turn off the saute function, and drain the grease if desired.
  • Pour in the broth and tomatoes, but do NOT stir. Close the machine, and ensure the valve is set to sealing. Press the manual (pressure cook) button, and adjust the time to 3 minutes. After the time is up, open the valve for a quick release.
  • Carefully remove the lid, and stir the contents. Serve over pasta noodles or store in the refrigerator for later use.



The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of half (1/2) a cup of the meat sauce. Actual calories will vary.


Serving: 0.5Cup | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 383mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 538IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
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