Any guesses on how many times it takes to perfect your instant pot million dollar spaghetti recipe? Three. Or four. Perhaps five. I lost count.
The Best Instant Pot Million Dollar Spaghetti
As always, experimentation is key. Learning the right liquid portion. The perfect amount of cheese. We did all the heavy lifting on this one so you don’t have to. Let me tell you, I have three little taste testers that made this extra hard. Two of those taste testers are under the age of 4 and at the top of their “pickiness”. My other taste tester, my wife, less picky. However, she does know more words to tell me exactly what she doesn’t like in a recipe.
When this recipe was done and ready, I had ZERO comments. Everyone was too busy chowing down. In case you missed the YouTube video of this one, you can see footage of me chowing down as well. It was just SO good.
I also didn’t get a burn notice on this one. The burn notice is the Instant Pot cook’s worst nightmare. I swear I hear ghost “burn beeps” even when I’m not cooking.
Instant Pot One Million Dollar Spaghetti and Meatballs
How to make the most perfect, cheesy, meaty, spaghetti in your Instant Pot that tastes like one million dollars.
Keyword: Instant Pot, one million dollar spaghetti
Prep Time: 12minutes
Cook Time: 8minutes
Sitting time after adding the final cheese mixture: 10minutes
Total Time: 30minutes
Author: David Wayne
Large Mixing Bowl
1lbSpicy Italian SausageMild Italian Sausage could be substituted
14ozFrozen Italian MeatballsThawed
24ozJar of Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce We use an Olive Oil and Garlic Marinara from Costco
14oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
3 + 1/4cupsChicken Broth
15ozRicotta CheeseOne Container
2cupsMozzarella CheeseFresh Shredded Preferred
1cup Mild Cheddar CheeseFresh Shredded Preferred
1/2 cup Parmesan CheeseFresh Shredded Preferred
1/4 tspBlack PepperFreshly Ground Preferred
Add and mix 15 oz ricotta cheese, 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, salt, pepper, oregano and parsley in a medium large mixing bowl and let sit on the counter
Dice 4 garlic cloves
Julian slice 1 onion
Press sauté on the instant pot
Once the instant pot displays "Hot", add the olive oil to the pot
Add the Italian sausage to the pot and break it up with a flat wooden spatula
Add sliced onions to the sausage and stir every few minutes until sausage is just about completely browned (about 8 minutes)
Drain any fat, add diced garlic, stir and let the garlic sit with the browned Italian sausage for a minute
Add the chicken broth and stir, making sure the pot bottom is scraped clean
Break the spaghetti in half and layer a handful at a time in different directions to prevent spaghetti from sticking together
Use a spatula to even out the spaghetti and get it all under the chicken broth as best as possible
Add one can of diced tomatoes evenly across the spaghetti, do not stir
Pour a jar of your favorite marinara or spaghetti sauce evenly across the top of the diced tomatoes, do not stir
Add the thawed Italian meatballs evenly onto the sauce and push them into the sauce
Put the instant pot lid on, seal the pressure release valve, and pressure cook for 8 minutes
Shred 1 cup cheddar and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
After 8 minutes are complete, open the pressure valve to release the steam
Once the pin drops, remove the lid and stir the spaghetti
Add the cheese mixture to the top of the spaghetti in the instant pot, stir cheese into the spaghetti, and put the lid back on
Let sit for ~10 minutes, remove the lid, and stir the warmed cheese into the spaghetti
Using long tongs, plate the spaghetti and top with meatballs
Top with ~2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese and ~1 Tbsp of shredded parmesan cheese
I use a kitchen torch to melt the cheese, you could also place the plate under the broiler for a minute or dig in as it is
Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 536kcal
A few notes before you go
I have tried this recipe with cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese but I believe the ricotta produces the best mellow cheesy flavor that does not take away from the spaghetti taste and leaves a silky smooth cheesy texture. This is by far my favorite instant pot spaghetti recipe. You will not get a “Burn” notice on your instant pot with these instructions. Enjoy your spaghetti dinner!
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