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Tender and juicy instant pot meatballs in marinara sauce packed with so many flavors. Serve meatballs with spaghetti for an Italian-inspired pasta dinner.

Combine these delicious and juicy meatballs with homemade breadsticks and a Caesar salad for a complete meal.


Learn how to make the BEST homemade juicy meatballs in a flavorful marinara sauce. All you have to do is shape and toss the meatballs into the Instant Pot and dinner is ready.

No need to sauté the meatballs, just shape them and add them to the marinara sauce and cook, it’s that easy.


  • meatballs– For the meatballs we use our homemade meatballs recipe for fresh meatballs. You can also use frozen meatballs for a heavy weeknight dinner.
  • marinara sauce– You can also use your favorite jar of canned marinara sauce or our homemade marinara sauce.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, use our classic homemade meatball recipe.


With just a few basic ingredients you can have this simple dinner ready.

  1. meatballs– Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl. Form 24 meatballs.
  2. marinara sauce– Turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode and sauté the onions.
  3. mashed potatoes– Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. With a hand blender, blend the sauce until you get a puree.
  4. cook the meatballs– Add the meatballs to the instant sauce, close the lid, close and cook on high pressure.
  5. To a good time– Serve to taste and enjoy your meal!


There are several ways to enjoy these juicy meatballs! These are our favorite ways:

  • pasta dinner– Serve on top of spaghetti for a hearty and delicious pasta dinner.
  • meatball subtitless- Add the meatballs in subs along with the mozzarella for subs!
  • cursors– Serve these as cheesy meatball sliders like our sliders recipe.
  • with side– Enjoy with mashed potatoes or a side of sweet potato fries.


What kind of meat do I use?

You want to use beef with a lean fat content of about 90% – 10%. You can use all of the beef in this recipe or mix the beef with other meat. One pound of ground beef can be combined with a half pound of ground pork, chicken, or turkey with excellent results.

Can I add pasta along with spaghetti and meatballs?

Yes, add about 8 ounces of raw pasta to the meatballs and continue with the directions.

Can I add raw meatballs?

Yes, the Instant Pot completely cooks meatballs!

Will the meatballs clump together and stick together?

No, the Instant Pot will cook instantly and the meatballs will cook through and the sauce will keep them from sticking.

How to reheat meatballs?

Reheat the meatballs and sauce in the microwave or on the stovetop in the skillet.


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Instant Pot Meatballs

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home made meat balls –

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, finely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley

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prepare the meatballs

  • Grate the onion on the side of the small holes that protrude from the grater.
  • In a bowl, combine ground beef, grated onion, minced garlic, eggs, mayonnaise, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, milk, salt, pepper, and chopped basil.
  • Form 24 meatballs evenly with the mixture.

cooking sauce and meatballs-

  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode and sauté the chopped onion in oil and butter until the onion is tender. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the diced tomatoes, water, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and parsley to the Instant Pot and bring to a boil.
  • With a hand mixer, blend the sauce until you get the desired consistency.
  • Add the shaped meatballs to the Instant Pot.
  • Seal and pressure cook for 9 minutes, release pressure and serve.

marinara sauce– If you want to omit the homemade sauce, use a 32-ounce jar of marinara sauce.

  • Add the sauce to the Instant Pot and add all the meatballs into shape and cook.

Calories: 590kcal | Carbs: 14g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated fat: 4g | Monounsaturated fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 1227mg | Potassium: 757mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 5 mg (Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary depending on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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