Instant Pot Meatballs Recipe In Tomato Sauce

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These Instant Pot meatballs in tomato sauce are so tender and juicy and ready in 15 minutes! Yes, you heard it right – homemade meatballs from scratch in 15 minutes – amazing!

Instant Pot Meatballs Recipe

Making meatballs in the Instant Pot pressure cooker is truly life-changing! Normally it takes close to an hour simmering the meatballs on the stovetop, or baking them in the oven and simmering in sauce later.  With Instant Pot, homemade from-scratch meatballs are completely cooked in 15 minutes!

Pressure Cooker Meatballs Recipe

You can make these yummy meatballs with any type of ground meat – ground beef, chicken, turkey or pork.  Or you can do a mixture of several different types of meat! On my pictures, I made these meatballs with ground turkey.

Meatballs Recipe From Scratch Made In Instant Pot

Making meatballs in tomato sauce in the Instant Pot is really easy.  First follow your usual meatball recipe to make the meatball mixture, roll it into meatballs and put them in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Ground Turkey Meatballs

Next, pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot, followed by a large jar of pasta sauce.

Instant Pot Tomato Sauce

Pressure cook the meatballs in tomato sauce for 10 minutes, then do a Quick Release (QR) of the pressure.  Tender juicy meatballs are ready!

Homemade Meatballs In The Instant Pot

Your mouth will water when you open the Instant Pot and see these delicious homemade meatballs inside!

Easy Pressure Cooker Meatballs Recipe

My recipe makes 1 pound of meatballs, but feel free to double it! If you use 2 lbs of meatballs, use 2 jars of pasta sauce but only 1 cup of water (not 2 cups of water).  The cooking time will stay the same – 10 minutes on High Pressure.  If the meatballs overlap into several layers in a pot, that’s perfectly fine :)

Pasta And Meatballs

If you like these easy Instant Pot meatballs, you will also love these yummy simple recipes:

Gluten-Free Meatballs Recipe – this easy recipe makes classic meatballs gluten-free by substituting bread crumbs with oatmeal! Believe it or not, they taste the same and you won’t even know the difference!  You can cook them in Instant Pot too!

Turkey Spinach Meatballs – super healthy meatballs with spinach inside! You can make them in the Instant Pot with or without tomato sauce, they are so good for you and taste amazing!

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken – easy 2-ingredient Instant Pot chicken dinner ready in 15 minutes! Everyone loves this simple BBQ chicken!

Instant Pot Brown Rice – you’ll no longer need your rice cooker once you learn how to cook rice in the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Applesauce – if you never tried making homemade applesauce, you must try this recipe! It’s so delicious and Instant Pot makes it in 5 minutes!

How To Make Meatballs In Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

These Instant Pot meatballs are so tender and juicy! Made from scratch with ground beef or turkey and cooked to perfection in a tomato sauce - mouthwatering! This is the only Instant Pot meatballs recipe you'll ever need!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 jar 25 oz pasta sauce
  • 1 cup water


  • Put ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix until combined.
  • Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot.
  • Shape the meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs and put in the Instant Pot.
  • Pour the pasta sauce over the meatballs.
  • Close the Instant Pot and set the pressure valve to Seal.
  • Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 10 minutes.
  • After the meatballs finished cooking, do the quick release of the pressure.


To double the recipe, use 2 lbs of meatballs, 2 jars of pasta sauce and 1 cup of water (not 2 cups). Use the same cooking time of 10 minutes.
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  1. What size instant pot are you using for your meatball recipe. I only have a min. So I’m wondering about the jar of sauce you use and a cup of water , will it spill out of mine instant pot ? Thanks any input ‘is helpful.

  2. Why do you add water to your sauce? The other recipes I have seen don’t call for that. Just curious. I’m new to IP.

  3. Sounds like a great recipe. Once I release the pressure from the instant pot, can I leave the meatballs inside and the instant pot set at “keep warm” until we are ready to eat? Thanks.

  4. It was delicious and easy!
    It was quick & easy.
    It reminded me of high school cafeteria spaghetti, which I really liked. Sometimes depending what period you had lunch they might run out of meatballs and there would be cut up hot dogs in it instead.

  5. Hi Melanie! Thank you for your outstanding recipes. Everything I’ve tried so far was a delicious. How long should frozen meatballs be cooked using this recipe?

  6. 5 stars
    I have had this recipe bookmarked since you released it Melanie, yet last night was the first time I made it. My mixture was different than yours but as you said, that doesn’t matter. What I enjoyed was the result from using the instant pot. This is much better than simmering on the stove top! Thank you Melanie.

    oh btw, your Cobb salad video came up on the web page. fantastic!!! I am going to search that recipe video by you right now.

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