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October 17, 2021 Inspiration

Recipe: Instant pot meatballs and spaghetti

Delicious Instant Pot Meatballs and Spaghetti on the table in 20 minutes?! This isn’t a drill. Up your weeknight dinner game with this delicious crowd pleasing favourite.

Around here, dinner prep time is at a premium. I love making recipes that taste like they’ve been simmering for hours but are on the table in less than 30 minutes.

The Instant Pot is the perfect appliance for quick delicious with loads of flavours.

Prep Time:

10 min

Cooking Time:

20 min

Total Time:

30 min




  • 1 jar (plain, basil added, or garlic added) passata (2 cups; about 500 ml.)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves; minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 10 good sized fresh basil leaves; chiffonade cut
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes; sliced in halves
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb minced beef
  • 1/4 onion; very finely diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic; minced
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • spaghetti prepared as per package directions


  1. Add first seven ingredients to an Instant Pot.
  2. Add next seven ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine well using a spoon.
  3. Form a large tablespoon full into a meatball and drop it into the sauce. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  4. Using the manual feature on the Instant Pot, add 15 minutes to the timer and make sure the pressure is set to high.
  5. Cook spaghetti in salted boiling water according to package directions.


You can find the full post for this recipe, including more great photography, on Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen.

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Bernice Hill
Bernice Hill is a Calgary-based foodblogger, writer, recipe developer, taster, and photographer. As a brand ambassador for Alberta Beef Producers, Bernice shares unique content with her community, to encourage and inspire anyone to cook with Alberta beef. Check out her blog, Dish 'n' the Kitchen, for great recipes, local food finds, and more!

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