Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

This was a super delicious batch of spaghetti sauce I whipped up in the instant pot recently. Spaghetti is one of the few recipes my daughter will typically eat without issue. She generally prefers her food to come in small quantities and in pretty much single ingredients at a time. A piece of toast with butter, a cheese stick, grapes, strawberries, peanut butter on a spoon, steamed broccoli, green beans, or cauliflower (she doesn't even like butter or salt on them)! But she does like spaghetti (as long as you serve it on real spaghetti noodles, and don't try to tell her that angel hair pasta or fettuccine are acceptable substitutes).

I really loved this recipe! I actually ate a small bowl of it like a thick hearty soup! The flavors develop beautifully and in record time with the assistance of the Instant Pot - that red wine adds lovely depth of flavor to this dish. Use whatever canned tomatoes you have on hand, and mix and match the seasonings to your personal preference!

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

2 TBS olive oil
1 medium sized onion, diced
4 cloves garlic minced
2 lbs ground beef
3 TBS red wine vinegar
2 28-oz cans diced tomatoes
6-oz tomato paste
1 tsp salt, more to taste
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried oregano
Fresh basil to taste
1/4 - 1/2 cup water (if you get the burn notice)

  1. Heat the Instant Pot on sauté mode. Add in the oil, and sauté the ground beef with the diced onion and minced garlic for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When beef is browned, hit the cancel button. 
  2. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pot to help prevent a burn notice.
  3. Add in all remaining ingredients (except the water, and fresh basil). Stir to evenly combine and set the Instant Pot for 7 minutes. Quick release when cycle has completed.
  4. If you get a burn notice, add in some water and scrape the bottom again with a wooden spoon, then close lid and continue the pressure cooking cycle.
  5. Taste, and adjust seasonings as needed.
  6. Serve sauce over cooked noodles with a sprinkling of fresh basil.
Recipe from Wholesomelicious


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