This easy Instant Pot Pasta and Meatballs recipe is so easy and only requires 4 ingredients! You’ll love this easy pressure cooker noodle and frozen meatball recipe on busy weeknights.

Meatballs and red sauce with pasta in the instant pot

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Do I need an Instant Pot to make this Instant Pot Pasta and Meatballs?

Short answer, no. You can use any brand pressure cooker to make this Instant Pot Pasta and Meatballs. I prefer Instant Pot personally.

This Instant Pot is super affordable from Amazon! It’s a must have kitchen appliance and I honestly use it more than my oven and stovetop. You will be hooked once you start using it. Make sure you check out all the Instant Pot Facebook groups too! They were a huge help when I first started out. I still check them out when I need dinner inspiration.

Ingredients list for 4 ingredient Instant Pot pasta meal
How do I make this Instant Pot Pasta and Meatballs?

I’ve never written this down, but have shared it with so many other mamas before, so I knew I had to share it here too! Ready for the easiest Instant Pot recipe EVER?! I know you’re going to love this simple pressure cooker Pasta and Meatballs recipe.


Layer- meatballs, pasta, sauce, water in jar to top of label, cream cheese on top.


Close lid. Manual for 10 minutes.


Play with your kids, scroll your phone, read a good book, hide in the hall closet with some chocolate… I’m not judging!


Natural release for 2 minutes once it’s done cooking. After that, let it release and open it. It usually takes about 2 minutes to release all the steam for mine.


Mix it up REALLY well!



Couldn’t be any easier right?! I like to throw some fresh spinach in it right before I mix it up as it wilts from the heat rather quickly. I’ve served this as is, with garlic bread and salad or with steamed broccoli. This makes a huge amount, so unless you’re feeding 6+, you’ll definitely have leftovers! Win, win!

What do I serve with this Instant Pot Pasta and Meatballs?

Since it’s such a full dish, it doesn’t really need anything else! I like to mix in fresh spinach at the end, but serving it with a fabulous salad like this Kale &’Chickpea one or this Spinach Salad is always a good idea. These yummy Baked Avocado Fries make for a delicious appetizer. If you’re planning an easy dessert, whip up these Lemon Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies or try this Lemon Ginger Bundt Cake!

Four ingredient instant pot meatballs and red sauce pasta recipe

Instant Pot Creamy Pasta & Meatballs

Meatballs and red sauce with pasta in the instant pot

Instant Pot Creamy Pasta & Meatballs

Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1 box Pasta
  • 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 spaghetti jar Water
  • 1 block Cream Cheese
  • 1 bag Frozen Meatballs


  • Layer ingredients in your pressure cooker. Meatballs, pasta, sauce, (empty sauce, then fill jar with water) water, cream cheese.
  • Close lid and set for 10 minutes.
  • Once it’s done cooking, let it naturally release for 2 minutes & then quick release.
  • Mix well and enjoy!


**Calories in this creamy pasta recipe depends on the brands used! I typically use turkey meatballs, a lower sugar spaghetti sauce & low fat cream cheese. It’s good regardless of what brand you use though!**

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