Every Valentine's Day, I make homemade spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. It is a little love note in a bowl. The tradition started when my boys were really little and we were watching "Lady and the Tramp." The romantic spaghetti scene is where it all started, and even though they refuse to watch the movie with my anymore, they are always excited for our Valentine's Day dinner.
I realize that this post is about a month post-Valentine's Day, but I recently tried my favorite go-to recipe in the Instant Pot® pressure cooker, and I am forever sold on making them this way. Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs is what I consider a slow food, because it takes a long time to prepare. I love making my own tomato sauce from scratch and using it as the base for this dish. Typically spaghetti and meatballs involves me making the sauce and cooking it down, then preparing the meatballs and dropping them into the sauce to simmer for about an hour.
My recipe isn't fussy. I don't fry or brown my meatballs. I followed the same techniques I always do, except I made the entire basic pasta sauce in the Instant Pot® and while it simmered, I prepped my meatballs. By the time, the meatballs were ready, the sauce had simmered and I simply dropped the meatballs into the pot. I boiled my spaghetti while I waited for the pressure cooker to finish and a weekend or special-occasion dinner turned into an easy weeknight meal.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
16 ounces ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used panko - but use what you have on hand)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
8 cups prepared tomato sauce (I used made this basic tomato sauce)
1. Add tomato sauce to Instant Pot, set to saute. Simmer while you make the meatballs - about 5 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs and milk. Allow to sit for a minute so the milk can absorb. Add in remaining ingredients, and gently mix together.
3. Using a tablespoon to measure, drop rounded meatballs into the simmering sauce. Set the pot to manual - high pressure, adjusting the time to 8 minutes. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. When finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then adjust the valve to venting and release the remaining pressure.
4. Serve over your favorite pasta.
Hi, I am Julie and welcome to Instantly Delicious. I am so glad you are here to share in my adventures with using an Instant Pot ® to make easy, nutritious, and Instantly Delicious food.
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