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Instant Pot Bolognese

This Instant Pot Bolognese is a quick twist on a slow cooked classic. Only 15 minutes of prep for this flavorful meat sauce!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: instant pot pasta, quick meat sauce, spaghetti
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 715kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth




  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon roughly chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup red wine can replace with grape juice
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 (28 oz) can peeled and crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste (I did about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Cooked pasta for serving


  • Hit SAUTE on a 6 quart Instant Pot, then once it reads HOT, add in bacon and cook until crispy.
  • Remove, and set aside, leaving the grease in the Instant Pot.
  • Add in beef, sausage, onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and cook, breaking up the meat as you go, until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Hit CANCEL on the Instant Pot, remove the beef mixture, and drain any excess grease.
  • Deglaze the Instant Pot with the red wine scrapping up any brown bits from the bottom, then stir in the beef broth.
  • Place the beef mixture back into the Instant Pot (don't stir), then pour the tomatoes, sauce, paste, and seasoning on top - DO NOT MIX - this helps avoid a BURN reading.
  • Cover and lock the lid - make sure the pressure valve is pointed toward SEALING.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes before flipping the pressure valve to VENTING.
  • Stir in the crumbled bacon and balsamic, then taste and re-season, if necessary.
  • Serve over pasta and enjoy!
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 715kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 2009mg | Potassium: 1540mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 4986IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 7mg