Spaghetti Bolognese is one of my favorite pastas. It’s easier the spaghetti and meatballs but has the same, delicious flavors. My bolognese sauce is simple: canned tomatoes, ground beef, carrots, onions, spices, and butter. That’s it. And yes, I put butter in my sauce. You should too. For the past few years, I’ve put butter into my tomato sauces because once I tried Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce, I knew there was no going back: http://www.thekitchn.com/marcella-hazans-amazing-4ingre-144538.
My normal bolognese is easy but it can take a while to cook on the stove, so I decided to adapt it to the instant pot. In an instant pot, spaghetti bolognese becomes easy and fast weeknight fair. So here’s my recipe for the world’s easiest instant pot spaghetti bolognese sauce. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already so get in the kitchen and give this a try!
Step one: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the instant pot on the saute setting. Chop up one medium or two small carrots and one onion into fairly small pieces and saute in the olive oil for five minutes, until softened. You can add a clove of garlic, minced for the last couple of minutes if you want. I chose to skip the garlic.
Step two: Add one pound of ground beef. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon and brown for a bit in the instant pot. Add 1 tsp of dried basil, 1 tsp of salt, 4 tablespoons of butter, and one 28 oz can of whole tomatoes.
Step 3: Set the instant pot onto the pressure cook setting (I used the meat/stew setting) for 20 minutes. Once cooked, let stand for five minutes and then release heat and open the instant pot.
Step 4: While your sauce cooks, cook a package of spaghetti on the stove in salted water. Slightly undercook the spaghetti so you can finish up cooking it in the sauce. It will absorb more flavor and sauce that way.
***I’ve seen lots of recipes for cooking the pasta in the same pot as the sauce, but I can’t bring myself to try it. I really hate mushy spaghetti. If you find that it works to cook your pasta in the instant pot, go ahead and do it that way***
Step 5: Put the instant pot back onto the saute setting. Using a wooden spoon, break up any chunks of tomato. Add your pasta into the sauce and mix it up in the sauce, coating all the noodles. Let the spaghetti cook for a few minutes in the sauce until it absorbs some of the sauce and is well-coated. Turn off the instant pot. Serve spaghetti in bowls with grated parmesan over the top.
That’s all there is to it. You can dress it up more if you want to, but this basic recipe is pretty good by itself. If you have tomato paste on hand, put some in. You can add other veggies if you like as well. I hope your family likes it as much as mine!
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