Instant Pot Pasta with Meatballs

This simple Instant Pot Pasta with meatballs is the type of easy, all-in-one instant pot meal that we all love!  It includes uncooked penne pasta, frozen meatballs and a simple homemade red sauce.

Instant Pot Pasta with Meatballs

Hey everyone, this is Lauren visiting again from Tastes Better from Scratch. I’m a huge fan of easy Instant Pot dinners and this simple pasta dish is exactly that. It’s perfect for busy weeknights when you only have a few minutes to throw dinner together, but you still want something homemade. I’m confidant your family will love it!

How to make Instant Pot Pasta with meatballs:

  1. Add frozen meatballs to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  2. Add the uncooked penne pasta and water.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, seasonings, and tomato sauce, making sure to cover the noodles completely.
  4. Cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes, followed by a quick release of the pressure when the timer beeps.

It’s as easy as that! You can use frozen meatballs or uncooked homemade meatballs. If using uncooked meatballs, brown them in the bottom of the instant pot first, on the sauté setting. You don’t need to cook them all the way through.

I like to add fresh shredded parmesan and crushed red pepper as garnish.

More ways to adapt this recipe:

  • Substitute crushed fire roasted tomatoes to add some spice.
  • Stir in spinach at the end
  • Add cheese at the end

Serve it with a green salad and breadsticks, for a complete meal!


More easy Instant Pot meals from Tastes Better from Scratch:

Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

Instant Pot Jambalaya

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta


Instant Pot Pasta with Meatballs
  • 2 lbs frozen cooked meatballs
  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 3 cups water
  • 24 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried minced Onion
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves , chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried basil)
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese, for garnish
  1. Add meatballs to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add uncooked pasta on top, spreading into an even layer. Pour water over pasta.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, seasonings and tomato sauce and gently stir with a spoon. Smooth the sauce to completely cover the noodles.
  3. Cook on High Pressure (Manual) for 5 minutes. When the timer beeps, do a controlled quick release until pressure has released. Stir. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
To substitute uncooked homemade meatballs, brown them in the bottom of the instant pot first, on the sauté setting. You don't need to cook them all the way through. Then make the recipe as directed.




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    1. I use an 8 qt instant pot and love the size of that just to be on the safe side. I do believe this recipe does work in a 6 qt instant pot though. If it is seeming a little full you are welcome to half the recipe or narrow it down for what you are wanting to add to your instant pot. Hope that helps and you can enjoy your meatballs soon! XOXO

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