Easy Instant Pot Meatballs & Marinara

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Easy Instant Pot Meatballs & Marinara

Enjoy super flavorful and tender Meatballs and Marinara in minutes in your Instant Pot! This version is easily adaptable for Keto eaters and delicious served over zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, or on their own for a filling main dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: instant pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 502kcal



  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion or 3 TB onion powder
  • 2 TB minced garlic or 1 TB granulated garlic
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1, 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup water


  • 1 lb 85% ground beef or meatloaf mix
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup fine grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 TB minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Optional additional basil shaved Parmesan, and shredded mozzarella for garnish


  • Set Instant Pot to Saute Low and add olive oil. Add onion and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until soft. (Note: if using onion powder instead of raw onion skip this step) Add garlic if using, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, basil, and salt and simmer 1 minute. Press Cancel to turn Instant Pot off while you make meatballs. Note: If you’re not using raw onions and garlic on the Keto plan, simply combine all sauce ingredients (using onion and garlic powder) in Instant Pot and continue with recipe from here.
  • To make meatballs, gently mix together all ingredients and shape into 16, 2” meatballs. Place meatballs into single layer in sauce in Instant Pot. Seal pot and set on High Pressure to cook for 9 minutes. Carefully quick release steam when done cooking and serve topped with optional basil, parmesan and shredded mozzarella.


Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1808mg | Potassium: 1048mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 835IU | Vitamin C: 24.4mg | Calcium: 238mg | Iron: 6.4mg

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