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instant pot spaghetti in a white bowl with fresh basil
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5 from 2 votes

Instant pot spaghetti [gluten free]

Learn how to make easy instant pot spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner in less than 30 minutes! It's all made in one pot and super simple from start to finish. Follow these steps for perfectly cooked noodles!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: gluten free, pasta, spaghetti squash
Servings: 4
Author: Molly


  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 cups water divided
  • 1-24 ounce jar marinara sauce no sugar added (I like Delallo)
  • 12 ounces spaghetti I like gluten free brown rice or chickpea spaghetti

Optional for serving:

  • Parmesan
  • Fresh chopped basil
  • Red pepper flakes


  • Turn the instant pot to saute mode. Add the olive oil and allow to heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the onion and cook for 1-2 minutes until transluscent then add the garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Add the ground beef and use a wooden spoon to break the beef up into small chunks. While it’s cooking, add the salt, garlic powder, onion powder and dried basil. Continue cooking the beef until completely brown and no pink remains, about 5 minutes total.
  • Turn saute mode off and add 1 cup of water, stirring with a wooden spoon to remove any brown chunks from the bottom of the instant pot. Add the pasta sauce and stir well.
  • Break the uncooked spaghetti in half so it fits in the instant pot and place on top of the pasta sauce, meat and water. Do not stir. Add the remaining cup of water on top of the uncooked pasta and do not stir.
  • Close the lid of the instant pot and make sure the knob is set to “sealing.” Set the pressure cooker to high (manual) for 8 minutes. It will take about 8-10 minutes to come to pressure then start counting down.
  • When the timer goes off, use a wooden spoon or towel to quick release the pressure valve. To do this, turn the valve from “sealing” to “venting.” Open the lid and serve immediately with parmesan, basil or red pepper flakes.


Notes: cooking may vary based on the brand of pasta you get, especially if you get a chickpea or brown rice gluten free spaghetti