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Instant Pot Meatballs

These Instant Pot meatballs come out so juicy and delicious! Infused with flavor from simple seasonings and marinara sauce, they are ready in under 30 minutes and keep your oven off. Works great with ground beef or turkey.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Time to pressurize + natural pressure release10 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Diabetic
Servings: 4
Calories: 297kcal


  • 12 oz ground beef 350 g/ ¾ lb; see note 1
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • 22 oz marinara sauce 650 mL/ 1 jar


  • 1. Mix- In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt, egg, worcestershire, basil and oregano. When completely combined, stir in the breadcrumbs until just mixed in.
    Roll 1.5 tablespoon meatballs- if you do smaller, 1 tablespoon meatballs, you may want to reduce the cook time to prevent them from overcooking.
    ground beef mixed up with meatball ingredients in silver bowl
  • Prepare Instant Pot- Place 1.5 cups in the stainless steel insert of the Instant Pot. Place a trivet over the water, and a cake pan on top of that. Pour in half a jar of marinara sauce, then arrange the meatballs in the sauce. Pour the rest of the marinara on top of the meatballs.
    meatballs in marinara sauce inside a cake pan in the instant pot
  • Cook- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and set the valve to the 'sealing' position. Pressure cook on high pressure for 12 minutes, then allow 5 minutes for a natural pressure release. After the 5 minutes are up, release any remaining pressure.
    instant pot with 12 minutes on timer
  • Serve- Spread the sauce and meatballs over pasta or zucchini noodles, sprinkle with fresh basil or parmesan cheese, and enjoy!
    bowl of spaghetti and meatballs with one meatball broken open and spaghetti wound around a fork



1- you can use lean ground beef or ground turkey in this recipe
2- nutritional information is for ¼ of the batch and does not include pasta
  • fridge- cool completely, then either cover the cake pan and store away, or portion out into individual portions with pasta. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • freezer- portion out into individual portions with pasta in freezer-friendly containers. Cool completely, then freeze for up to 3 months.
Thaw overnight in the fridge if necessary; heat in the microwave or a covered pan over medium heat until steaming hot.


Serving: 0.25batch; see note 2 | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1092mg | Potassium: 783mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 4mg