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Creamy Spaghetti and Meatballs in the Instant Pot

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Make a dinnertime favorite even quick and easier! The instant pot is a great way to make creamy spaghetti and meatballs with minimal dishes and effort.

pile of spaghetti and meatballs on plate in front of instant pot

      Classic spaghetti and meatballs just got even easier to make! With only one pot to clean and just a few ingredients, this creamy version is sure to become a new favorite dinner for your family. The creamy cheese filled sauce only makes it that much better!

      As lives get busier, it gets harder and harder to get homecooked meals on the table. That definitely doesn’t mean it’s not important to do though.

dry pasta and sauce in instant pot

        We made it a priority when Little Dude was born that we would have dinner as a family as often as we could. That means pretty much every night unless one of us is working.

         It is so much more affordable to make those dinners than order them… plus you might be able to tell I kind of like making them!

serving of creamy spaghetti and meatballs on plate

         Previously I had a 3 quart version that was great for things like cooking frozen chicken breasts and making rice. It was also fabulous for boiling eggs or making side dishes like garlic soy green beans.

       That doesn’t mean there aren’t those nights when I get home from work with no dinner planned and things start to feel hectic. So that is where the instant pot comes in handy!

big spoonful of creamy spaghetti

         But we all have healthy appetites at our house and I love having leftovers to bring to work for lunch. So it wasn’t quite big enough to do full meals for us.

        I was really good to myself this Christmas and bought a few things I had been wanting. One of those was a 6 quart instant pot.

       So expect to see more one pot instant pot meals here in the coming months. I have some more ideas I’d like to try and I know I’m not the only one who can appreciate some fast and easy meal options.

spaghetti dinner with Parmesan cheese on top

      This recipe is great because you start with frozen meatballs. Then you just add dry spaghetti noodles (I like using the whole wheat but any would work), some water and a jar of sauce.

      Once that is cooked, you just stir in some cream and cheese to make it next level delicious. The residual heat melts the cheese and you are ready to go.

       Some warm garlic bread on the side will make everyone happy and don’t be surprised if they rush for seconds!

plate of spaghetti and meatballs

More instant pot dinners:

Curried Chicken and Vegetables in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy curry meal. You get that long simmered flavor in a fraction of the time. 

Salsa Chicken in the Instant Pot is perfect for making burrito bowls. You can use canned or dry beans and dinner is ready in no time at all!

Chicken and spinach risotto in the pressure cooker is my new favorite way to make risotto. There is no standing over the pot stirring and you still get all of the creamy comforting goodness.

More Great Spaghetti Recipes

For another great twist on this classic combination, try spaghetti and meatball casserole. It is a cheesy baked recipe that is a perfect family meal.

Turn leftover pulled pork into a completely different meal with creamy bbq pulled pork spaghetti.  It comes together quickly and is the perfect combination of textures and flavors.

Make copycat Spaghettios in your instant pot. This easy meal will make you relive your childhood in the tastiest kind of way!

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      Do you have a favorite easy instant pot dinner? Or maybe you have some ideas you’d like to see made into a  recipe. Either way, I’d love to hear about it!

Yield: 8 Servings

Creamy Spaghetti and Meatballs in the Instant Pot

plate of creamy spaghetti and meatballs in front of instant pot

Classic spaghetti and meatballs just got even easier to make! With only one pot to clean and just a few ingredients, this creamy version is sure to become a new favorite dinner for your family. The creamy cheese filled sauce only makes it that much better!

Cook Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen meatballs
  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles (dry)
  • 3 cups water
  • 24 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 cup cream or half and half
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

    1. Spray the (at least 6 qt) instant pot insert with cooking spray.
    2. Place frozen meatballs in the bottom of the pot.
    3. Break spaghetti into half or thirds so it fits in the insert. Layer on top of the meatballs, alternating directions so they don't clump together.
    4. Pour water over pasta, then spaghetti sauce... do not stir. Add garlic and oregano then put lid on with the vent closed.
    5. Pressure cook for 7 minutes, then quick release the steam.
    6. Stir in the cream and Parmesan cheese then serve.

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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1052mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 17g

    All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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    Make a dinnertime favorite even quick and easier! The instant pot is a great way to make creamy spaghetti and meatballs with minimal dishes and effort.

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    Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

    Tuesday 29th of October 2019

    I made this tonight with homemade meatballs, and it was delicious! Thank you!

    Carlee

    Monday 4th of November 2019

    YAY!!! I am so glad you liked it!

    [email protected] Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

    Friday 9th of August 2019

    I live cooking pasta in the Instant Pot, and your recipe sounds wonderful!

    Carlee

    Monday 4th of November 2019

    Doesn't the ip make it so easy? Thank you

    Unknown

    Wednesday 12th of June 2019

    This sounds yummy! I’m gonna have to give it a try next time the nieces are over for dinner :)

    Carlee

    Monday 4th of November 2019

    I am sure they'll love it!

    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    Monday 4th of March 2019

    I always have homemade sauce in the freezer, and sometimes homemade meatballs in there, too. So this would be great, Carlee. I'm so glad you have dinner as a family nearly every night--it's sooo important!

    Carlee

    Wednesday 12th of June 2019

    I really should be better about batch cooking and freezing things like meatballs. That really is a fabulous idea!

    Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

    Sunday 3rd of February 2019

    Oh this makes me happy! I have the Instant Pot now, but haven't begun using it as much as I could. I love this idea, and will be getting some meatballs to have on hand for Spaghetti and Meatball night! Looking forward to more Instant Pot inspiration from you!

    Carlee

    Wednesday 12th of June 2019

    This makes getting dinner on the table super quick and easy for sure!

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