Quick & Easy Meatballs in the Instant Pot

This is so simple, In fact it was so simple there is not much to say about it!

I had some left-over store-bought spaghetti sauce in the fridge & 1 lb of ground beef, so what to do? Combine them…meatballs in spaghetti sauce. My favourite store bought  spaghetti sauce is Perego..the original one but I am sure there are many good store bought sauces out there…so you can use what ever you want!  I am trying to use my Instant Pot more since I have had it for a while ..& I am finding that I enjoy it.. What I like is that there is not watching involved…. whatever you are making in the Instant Pot, goes in..the pot is turned on & then you just walk away & in very little time the food is ready.

Here is the recipe

This recipe makes approx 20 meatballs … 2 tbsp size


1 lb hamburger

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1  tbsp dried minced onion

2 cups store-bought spaghetti sauce…. I like Perego

1/2 cup water


  1. Mix the hamburger with the egg, garlic powder, minced onion & bread crumbs   Set aside
  2. Put the spaghetti sauce & water into the Instant Pot & stir it to combine
  3. Make meatballs, mine were small, the size of maybe 2 tbsp scoop….
  4. Put the meatballs in a single layer into the sauce in the Pot
  5. Close the lid as per manufacturers instructions…
  6. Turn the Instant Pot on manual, high pressure, 15 minutes
  7. When it is done, use the Natural Pressure Release for 20 minutes…be careful opening the lid….so it according to manufactures instructions…
  8. And there you go… done

I served these as a side dish but you can put this over spaghettie,…rice  etc

Note: the meatballs were soft…some of them fell apart..if that is going to bother you, you can brown them first in a skillet & then add them to the sauce. Also, one of them kind of browned a lot on the bottom, didn’t burn but close….it was ok though & it was not burnt to the bottom of the pot



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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!