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Instant Pot Easy Does It Spaghetti

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Easy, meaty spaghetti and sauce that turns out perfect in the Instant Pot or the Crockpot every time!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 1/2 cups V8 or tomato juice
  • 4 oz spaghetti (whole wheat is okay)
  • 1 Tbsp minced dry onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 8 oz chopped mushrooms
  • 1 (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • Parmesan cheese


Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting. When display says HOT add in the ground beef and break it up. Brown for about 5 minutes. Drain off excess grease. 
  2. Pour in the V8 and scrape the bottom of the pot so that nothing is sticking. Turn off Instant Pot.
  3. Add in the minced onion, garlic powder, mustard, allspice, pepper, bay leaf, salt, Italian seasoning.
  4. Break the spaghetti into 2 inch pieces and scatter them into the pot. Press down to submerge a little.
  5. Add the chopped mushrooms and tomato sauce evenly over the top of the spaghetti. Don’t stir.
  6. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 4 minutes. When time is up let the pot sit for 5-10 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid. Discard the bay leaf. 
  7. Stir in the vinegar. Stir well and serve topped with parmesan cheese. 

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. Brown beef and drain. Add to the slow cooker.
  2. Add in the V8, minced dry onion, garlic powder, dry mustard, allspice, pepper, bay leaf, salt, Italian seasoning, mushrooms and tomato sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 3-5 hours. Turn on high the last hour and stir in the dry spaghetti (break into 2 inch pieces). 
  4. Discard the bay leaf. Stir in the vinegar. Serve topped with parmesan cheese. 


Read the notes above for more tips and tricks.

  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker