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Instant Pot Meatballs

Instant Pot Meatballs. Savory, made from scratch meatballs in a delicious tomato sauce, cooked in an Instant Pot. No baking or simmering needed! The ultimate easy and delicious meatball recipe. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Instant Pot Meatballs
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 530kcal



  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2/ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg beaten


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 28 oz can tomato sauce
  • 12 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper



  • With Instant Pot on saute mode, heat olive oil. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Remove from heat and turn off Instant Pot. Clean bottom of pot the used to saute.
  • Spray bottom of pot with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Once well combined, stir in onion and garlic and transfer mixture to Instant Pot.


  • In a large bowl pour milk over breadcrumbs. Let sit for 3-4 minutes. Then, add beef, sausage, cheese, Italian seasoning, egg, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Mix together until well combined. I find it easiest to wear disposable gloves and do the mixing with my hands.
  • Form meat mixture into ~1 tbsp sized balls. I use a cookie scoop for this. As you make the balls, drop them into the sauce.
  • Cooking
  • Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Let natural release for 10 minutes. Serve over spaghetti noodles or on hoagie rolls.


Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1857mg | Potassium: 1426mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1445IU | Vitamin C: 27.1mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 6.6mg