First time using Instant Pot: Spaghetti and meatballs

My First time using Instant Pot or IP making spaghetti and meatballs. I have to confess, I have had an IP for over three months and it has been sitting in my cabinet staring (and laughing) at me every time I open the door. The evil pot scared me terribly and I just would close the door and tell myself tomorrow.  Well, tomorrow finally came and we decided to take the plunge and cook our first recipe.

img_3326This is the easiest and fastest meal you will ever make. My husband and kids thought I was nuts (shh don’t tell them I am) but you literary throw everything into the pot and cook. Including frozen meatballs, dry pasta and cook it right in the sauce. Yep, that’s right no need to thaw anything just throw them into the pot and cook.

Instant Pot: Spaghetti and meatballs

First time using Instant Pot making Spaghetti and meatballs

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Serves: 4-6

IP (Instant Pot) Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Instant Pot
  • dry pasta (not cooked) half box
  • frozen meatballs (do not thaw them)
  • Jar spaghetti sauce
  • water - enough to cover pasta
  • ricotta cheese - garnish
  1. Take lid off instant pot and plug into outlet
  2. Add frozen meatballs - enough to cover the bottom of a pot
  3. Half box pasta (we used pinwheels)
  4. add jar spaghetti
  5. Fill jar with water - put in enough water to cover pasta
  6. Put the lid on Instant Pot - make sure the vent is closed
  7. click the manual button - set time to 8 minutes
  8. It will take anywhere from 8- 20 minutes to cook
  9. When done cooking, the IP will beep - click clear - and turn seal to vent (fast release)
  10. *** let cool for at least 5 minutes - turn lid carefully off so the lid guards you from hot air - not for kids - will be VERY hot - you can always wait to let lid

Watch the video the kids did:

Amazon links to products we used:

Instant Pot:
Cooked Perfect Italian Meatballs:
Pinwheel Pasta:
Pasta Sauce:

About Chrissie

Follow our crazy journey across America as we visit roadside oddities, historical land marks and beautiful landscapes. I have ton of ideas and review educational products that will help you get the most on your home school adventure. We are an Unschool family that believes the world is our classroom and is teaching our children to self direct their education to a better future.

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