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. Check out the short video tutorial below and see how simple this recipe is!

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

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Easy 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 altogether 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 it’s 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.

Image of instant pot spaghetti sauce made 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.

Photo of spaghetti sauce made in the pressure cooker over pasta and garnished with fresh basil.

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.

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5 from 15 reviews
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?





Did you attempt this with less water? I was so nervous about a burn notice So I’d be nervous to adjust the water.


Gisele Shelley

Can you sub sausage for one or two pounds of ground meat? If so what is better amount?


sure you can, you can use ONLY ground sausage, or 50/50!



I made this for my kids, and they really liked it. That is high praise coming from some picky eaters, particularly Mr Hot Dogs and Kraft Dinner (he's 10). I did have to use the blender trick at the end to smooth it out, I used diced tomatoes but they remained somewhat chunky when it was ready. Knowing my audience very well, I spooned most of the tomato chunks into the blender, pureed them, and then poured them back in. Absolutely delicious! When I make it again, the tomatoes will go directly into the blender out of the can. Thanks!


Thanks for your review! Glad you loved the sauce!


Joanne Monette

You can freeze and thaw it when you cook/reheat it in a saucepan. Run some water over your container of frozen sauce until it loosens. Drop carefully into your saucepan. Add a couple of tablespoons of water so nothing will scortch while it starts to thaw. Cook on medium, covered. Stir occasionally and after alot has thawed, you can start gradually lowering the heat to lie or simmer. Put your pasta water on to boil. I find a 1 quart freezer safe Chinese food container of frozen sauce takes about the same time to thaw and reheat as it takes to boil pasta water and cook your pasta. So you don't have to take it out the night before if you don't want to! You can cook without cover or cover partially off at the end on a low simmer if you want to thicken your sauce.


Kerry Lucich-Pedigo

This was fantastic! It was a little thinner then I like, so I'll maybe drain the diced tomatoes first then add less of the liquid. I did add a little cornstarch and tomato paste to thicken it up. Got the thumbs up from the hubs (he LOVES the sauce I've been making for years) so that was my seal of approval. Will make this my go to sauce from here on out. Side note: I didn't have dried parsley or fennel seeds so I substituted a bay leaf and 1/4 tsp cumin.



This looks yummy. Making it now. I won’t be obnoxious and leave stars based on just reading the recipe. Wish others would follow suit.


Diane Paull

Can I add a bag of frozen turkey meatballs to this recipe? If so, would I add them in the beginning or at the end? If I add them in the beginning, would I defrost them first? This recipe just made me order an instant pot for the first time. I used to cook my spaghetti sauce all day long. As I get older, I am always looking for shortcuts. Your recipe sounds delicious.


you add them before pressure cooking and don't adjust the time if they are defrosted.



This is by far the best meatsauce recipe ever! I have only used ground beef so far. So tasty!!


Thank you for your review!


Celeste Seguin

Would this spaghetti sauce be good for making lasagna?


Yes, absolutely!


Celeste Seguin

Awesome! Thanks for the reply :) definitely going to try this out for having family over!


Brenda T.

I have tried this twice now and both times receive a burn notice. Do I need to deglaze before adding the tomato products? Both times I have just finished by simmering in the IP instead of pressure cooking, and it’s still delicious and my favorite sauce!


Hi Brenda, unfortunately, this happens from time to time. Yes, Deglazing is highly recommended when you get the burn notice.


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