Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce is the most hearty and delicious homemade pasta sauce that you can make in under one hour, with either fresh or canned tomatoes.

We lave making easy and delicious sauces that go on many dishes. You can also try our alfredo sauce, chipotle sauce, or enchilada sauce.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

What are the foods that you keep in your pantry for easy weeknight dinners? I usually have canned beans, wild caught canned tuna (which by the way is amazing with mashed fresh avocado) and some type of pasta sauce. When my husband brought home a huge box of ripe tomatoes, I instantly decided to make pressure cooker Spaghetti Sauce as we love a good pasta meal around here.

This Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce is made with mild ground sausage and fresh tomatoes. You can use hot sausage or skip it all together for a vegetarian version. The pasta sauce tastes amazing like it was simmered for hours.

The sauce will make your house smell fantastic and it tastes like it’s from a high-end Italian restaurant. It has been flavored with many dried herbs, and its such a time saver to have on hand. I like to make a large batch and freeze it to use on lazy nights for quick dinners.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce with fresh or canned tomatoes

What do you need to make the Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe?

How do you make Creamy Spaghetti Sauce?

After you have finished cooking the sauce on HP and released the pressure, set the IP on Sauté and add 1/2 cup cream and 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese. Stir until combined and simmer the sauce for 1-2 minutes. Add more cream if desired. Turn off Instant Pot and serve the sauce over pasta.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe Pressure Cooker

Can you make Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce with canned tomatoes?

Yes, you can make the sauce with either fresh or canned tomatoes. You can use about 12 medium fresh tomatoes or 28 ounces diced canned tomatoes.

Can you freeze Spaghetti Sauce?

Tomato-based sauces tend to freeze and thaw the best, but meat-based sauces can also stand up to freezing. Do not store spaghetti sauce in opened metal cans or containers. Let the sauce cool completely. Pour into to freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.

Label with the date, and freeze for up to 3-4 months, or longer if you use a deep freeze.

How do you thaw frozen Spaghetti Sauce?

Transfer the sauce to your refrigerator the night before you wish to use it to allow it to thaw. Add the sauce to a saucepan and reheat it to at least 165 F before you consume it.

Looking for Instant Pot Pasta Recipes? Check these out:

Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe Video:

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 2 lbs  hot or mild ground Italian sausage 
  • 4 tablespoons  tomato paste 
  • 2 tablespoons  minced garlic 
  • 1 tablespoon  brown sugar 
  • 30 oz  tomato sauce 
  • 3/4 cups  water 
  • 4 tablespoons  dried basil 
  • 1 tablespoon  dried parsley 
  • 1 tablespoon  dried oregano 
  • 1 tablespoon  dried thyme 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  fennel seeds 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1 tablespoon  onion powder 
  • 1 tablespoon  ground black pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon  kosher salt  (or to taste)
  • 10-12  medium fresh tomatoes  (diced (or 28 oz canned diced tomatoes))


  1. Set Instant Pot to Saute.
  2. Once the Instant Pot reads hot, add the olive oil.
  3. Once the olive oil is hot, add the ground Italian sausage, do not move it for 1 minute, to get a nice sear on it. Break it up using a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  4. Once the sausage is no longer pink, add minced garlic, tomato paste and brown sugar. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add tomato sauce and water. Stir to combine.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Adjust for salt and pepper.
  7. Cover and seal the lid. Make sure the valve points to Sealed. Change setting to manual and adjust time to 14 minutes on High Pressure. If you are using canned tomatoes, cook for 10 minutes on High Pressure.
  8. Once Instant Pot beeps to show that it's done, do a 15 minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR). Carefully release any remaining pressure.
  9. Turn off the Instant Pot. Remove the lid and using an immersion blender, puree the sauce until desired consistency, it depends how smooth you want it. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  10. Serve over pasta topped with cheese and fresh basil.
0 Calories: 491 Carbohydrates: 16 Protein: 19 Fat: 39 Saturated Fat: 13 Cholesterol: 86 Sodium: 2332 Potassium: 997 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 9 Vitamin A: 1290 Vitamin C: 23.4 Calcium: 124 Iron: 5.7
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Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen

Isn't the instant pot handy?!


Megan @ MegUnprocessed

   Love the idea of making your own sauce in the instant pot!! 



This is an amazing recipe! Instant pot recipes are the best!


Chrissy McCall

My second time using instant pot and I followed this recipe. It came out really good just like I used to simmered the sauce on stove top for hours. IP is so convenient and my kitchen doesn’t feel as hot. I boiled pasta while it is going thru its NPR. Timing is just right to have a nice hot meal.


Dorothy at Shockinglydelish

I have a BUNCH of green tomatoes that will be perfect in a few days. I wonder if I can wait that long to make this??



That looks so good and spaghetti is something I rarely get tired of!



I love adding fresh tomatoes to my homemade spaghetti sauce! The best!



So easy to make homemade spaghetti sauce at home! And even better that it can be done in the instant pot!



Time to dust of the instant pot and make this. No reason to buy the jarred stuff when it comes out better homemade.


Jacque Hastert

Love how this is made in the instant pot! Much easier than loading up the kids to go buy the jarred stuff.


Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Ooo! This looks amazing! I see this sauce in my future, and often! I'm definitely not skipping the hot sausage, either!



Can this recipe be doubled? I have an 8qt so it should fit


I haven't tried doubling it, sorry.



How would you adjust the recipe to fit in a Mini Instant Pot?   It sounds delish!


you can easily half it, just use the feature in the recipe card to adjust the serving size.



followed it exactly and it turned out GREAT! made it numerous times now. thank you


so happy that you liked it


Dawn Anderson

I found this recipe and made it tonight. I will probably never buy canned sauce again. I followed this recipe as written and it was excellent. The seasonings were spot on, the consistency was perfect, and the amount of time it took was amazing!Try this recipe, you will not be disappointed!It is going into my cookbook where only tried and true recipes get a spot!



This was so flavorful! We served it over spaghetti squash 😋 Thank you for the recipe.



Ton of flavor. Really enjoyed it. How do I thicken the sauce a bit 


I'd cut back water by half first off. Water, imo, in spaghetti sauce makes it to runny.


Kimberly Wise

What size instant pot is this recipe for?




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