bowl of meat sauce with instant pot behind

Instant Pot Meat Sauce

This rich and flavorful meat sauce is easy in the Instant Pot. Serve it over pasta, polenta, or just alongside a loaf of crusty French bread for dipping!

Course Main Course
Cuisine homemade marinara, homemade meat sauce, italian meat sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 388 kcal
Author Kris Bordessa


  • 2 pounds ground Italian Sausage mild
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped
  • 2 cups tomato sauce 15 ½ ounce can
  • 1 3/4 cups diced tomatoes 14 ounce can
  • 3 3/4 cups tomato puree 29 ounce can
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup red wine optional


  1. Turn the pressure cooker on to saute mode. Add in the ground beef, sausage and onion. Brown meat and drain any excess grease.
    browned meat in a silver pot
  2. Add remaining ingredients and close the lid on the pressure cooker. Turn the pressure valve to sealing.

    browned meat with tomatoes on top
  3. Set for a manual high-pressure time of 12 minutes, allowing for a quick pressure release at the end of the cooking time.

Recipe Notes

Serves 12

If you prefer a different kind of ground meat, that’s perfectly fine. Ground chicken or ground turkey will make a little bit lighter red sauce. 

This recipe calls for canned tomatoes. If you’re a home canner, feel free to substitute your homemade version in equal amounts.