Instant Pot Italian Meat Sauce

instant pot italian meat sauce

My recipe for Italian Meat Sauce in the Instant Pot will be a game changer for meal planning. Luckily, my mom and I are both obsessed with our Instant Pot, and when I was visiting over the holidays, we made some amazing pasta sauce, in a crazy short amount of time. There are short ribs, carrots, onions, Italian sausage, and other delicious spices that made this a hit with the whole family. Pour it over spaghetti squash or zoodles to make it paleo, or freeze it for later. I definitely plan on making this regularly, since most restaurants have dairy in their Italian food, and dairy is the one thing I’m still very careful to avoid in my diet. Although I’ve relaxed my standards this past year, the new year is a great time to get back to my favorite paleo foods, and work on eating healthier, exercising more, and stepping up my meal planning game.

Instant Pot Italian Meat Sauce
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Serves: 8-10
  • 1 lb pork spare ribs
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cans (28oz) tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tbsp or ice cube of red wine
  • 1 pkg sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1 cup of chopped onions
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • a couple grinds of fresh ground black pepper
  1. In a large pan, sear short ribs and Italian sausage in olive oil, 2-3 minutes per side, then add to instant pot.
  2. Then, in a large pan, cook ground beef, ground pork, chopped carrots and onions, until meat is no longer pink.
  3. Add cooked ground beef, pork, carrots, and onions to the instant pot, with honey, tomato paste, tomato puree, chopped rosemary, thyme, dried basil, and red wine.
  4. Then, add to instant pot some sea salt to taste approximately 1 tsp and add a few grinds of fresh ground black pepper.
  5. Close lid of the instant pot and make sure pressured release valve is sealed. Cook on high pressure manual for 60 minutes, then let it release naturally.

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