Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce

Published on May 11, 2017 by Lauren

What is better than a rib-sticking, hearty, complexly flavored bolognese? How about when it’s an Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce Recipe that will take literally 45 minutes from start to finish? And most of that time is spend cooking in the Instant Pot, so you don’t have to do anything.

Too good to be true? Nope. You’ve got to give this Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce Recipe a try. It’s meaty (as a bolognese should be) and just coats the pasta so well. And whether you use a slow cooker or the Instant Pot, the meat cooks to the point where the sauce is almost velvety.

bolognese sauce recipe

The cool thing is that while these directions will tell you to saute the vegetables, you don’t really have to. This recipe could be a great dump recipe. You can just put all the ingredients in together either the Instant Pot, a Slow Cooker, or a freezer bag to be used for later.

bolognese sauce recipe

The hardest part of this entire recipe is chopping the vegetables. You’re gonna want them pretty small… no one like big chunks of carrot in their sauce, right?

Turn the Instant Pot to saute, add some oil. Once it’s hot, toss in the chopped vegetables. Saute them for 5 minutes or so.

bolognese sauce recipe

Then add the tomato paste and spices. Mix it up until well blended.

bolognese sauce recipe

Then add everything else. Yup – just put the ground beef in completely raw – no pre-cooking necessary. However, you don’t want to end up with big hunks of cooked hamburger in your sauce, so it’s very important to mix up everything really well at this step. Break up all the hamburger until you have a pretty homogenous mixture.

Then turn the Instant Pot to the Meat/Stew setting and cook for 30-40 minutes.

bolognese sauce recipe

Once it’s done and it depressurizes, you will notice that there will be fat from the hamburger boiling on top. But don’t scrape it off. You want this fat in the sauce! It’s part of what makes bolognese so good. So mix it all in. Take a few minutes and stir the sauce while it’s still bubbling a bit. The fat will mix back in the sauce nicely.

bolognese sauce recipe

bolognese sauce recipe

Instant Pot Bolognese

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Lauren Greutman


  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz.
  • 2 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 28 oz.
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup dry red wine or low sodium beef broth


  • Turn the Instant Pot to saute.
  • After the vegetables are chopped, add olive oil to the instant pot and toss in the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic.
  • Saute, stirring often for 5-10 minutes (make sure not to caramelize them)
  • Add the tomato paste and all the spices. Blend well.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients.
  • Mix everything really well, making sure to completely break up the ground beef.
  • Set to Meat/Stew setting for 35 minutes. Close the lid.
  • After it's done, let it naturally depressurize for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and stir well for about 5 minutes.

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