Crockpots and Casseroles: Spaghetti Sauce (an InstantPot instant win!)

Welcome back to another go round of the Crockpots and Casseroles linkup! when you get done here, be sure to check out my co-host Darrian from Made in Mom Jeans then drop a link to your favorite crockpot or casserole recipe so we can see what you are cooking!

With the holiday season in full swing (and running over me like a freight train) every recipe I see is for something holiday related. All the ham. All the turkey.

So I decided to change it up. This is not a holiday dinner recipe, it’s a recipe for all the nights when you are slammed with activities and just want a hot dinner that’s simple and delicious and doesn’t require a lot of effort.

Hello spaghetti sauce.

Because I, like pretty much every mom I know, am running around like a complete crazy person, I made this sauce in the Instant Pot. It’s just as good (maybe even better?) in the crockpot. But I just didn’t have time for that. Big surprise right?

Now if you are going to yell that this isn’t authentic or whatever, feel free to skip reading. If you are looking for a totally delicious spaghetti sauce you can make quickly, keep reading!

Last side note. You can probably tell from my picture that my onions aren’t finely chopped. They are closer to roughly chopped. Confession: I am impatient and suck at cutting onions 臘‍♀️

Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

1 lb. Italian sausage (I can get this in the foam tray at HEB but could only find tubes here. Both work just fine)

15ish oz can diced tomatoes

15ish oz can tomato sauce

12ish oz can tomato paste

1 medium yellow onion finely chopped

2-3 cloves garlic or to taste

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning


Brown the ground beef and Italian sausage, add in onions and cook until they start to get soft.

Add the rest of your ingredients

If you use the crockpot, cook on low for 8 hours

If you use the InstantPot, use the “Manual” button to cook for 12 minutes. Release the steam carefully.

That’s all there is to it! I love using the Instant Pot because I can brown the meat right in the pot…because fewer dishes are always a good thing!

I also cheat and don’t use spaghetti noodles. Because toddler mom. Given the choice I would rather skip having to cut his noodles so I use pretty much any pasta that isn’t long and skinny.

If you give this recipe a try, I’d love to hear what you think! I’m pretty in love with how it turned out so it’s going to be a staple in our house.

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