How to make Instant Pot Italian Meatballs. Our BEST homemade meatballs with easy sauce made faster than ever with the Instant Pot. You may also like our Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe!
Instant Pot Italian Meatballs Recipe
Spaghetti and meatballs are always a hit at our house. Although once you make the meatballs, waiting for them to bake in the oven isn’t “hard” (unless you can’t wait to dig into them), this method allows the meatballs to cook in only 10 minutes (plus additional time for the pot to come to pressure).
How to Make Meatballs in the Instant Pot
Making meatballs in the Instant Pot starts the same way. We used our homemade meatball recipe that we know and love.
Start with a lean ground beef. We prefer at 85% but don’t generally go higher than 90% lean. Because the meatballs and sauce cook together in the Instant Pot, you don’t want all of the extra grease.
Roll the meatballs larger than you normally would. We got about 24 meatballs which means they might be hard to fit on the bottom of the Instant Pot. We were ok with that, but if you’d like, you can make really big meatballs so they can all fit on the bottom.
An 8-quart Instant Pot works best for this recipe because there is more space for the meatballs to sit. You can use a 6-quart though!
Easy Spaghetti Sauce
This homemade sauce is easily made with tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Add spices to deepen the flavor. Add a touch of red pepper flakes if you like a little spice!
I like to mix the sauce in a separate bowl and then pour it over the meatballs, but if you’d like you can just add the sauce ingredients to the pot and toss the meatballs in it. Just be careful not to smoosh or tear the uncooked meatballs!
Mix together all ingredients for the meatballs in a mixer. Use a large scoop and then use hands to roll into packed meatballs. Make 24 large meatballs.
In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for the spaghetti sauce. Pour ⅓ of the sauce into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
Place meatballs on the bottom of the inner pot.
Pour the remaining sauce over the meatballs.
Gently stir together to coat the meatballs, being careful not to press together the uncooked meatballs.
Pour the ½ cup water overtop the sauce.
Close the lid on the pressure cooker and make sure the pressure valve is turned to Sealing.
Set a manual cook time for 10 minutes on high pressure.
Do a quick release when pressure cooking time has finished.
Serve over your choice of pasta noodles, or on an open-faced sandwich bun with melted cheese.
Serves 12 (2 meatballs each).
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 24 meatballs, with 1 serving being 2 meatballs. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.