instant pot

 Pasta Sauce

Making instant pot pasta sauce at home just got a LOT easier. It’s a one pot recipe, that you can throw all of the ingredients in the pot, set it and walk away until it’s done!

You’re gonna wanna hug me after you try this AWESOME Instant Pot pasta sauce. It is slap-your-momma good. If you’ve been around me long enough, you know I don’t say that very often.

This hearty instant pot pasta sauce makes enough to serve a crowd or to stash some away in the freezer for another night. Use half for a spaghetti dinner and turn the other half into Baked Ziti with Kale and Olives. No matter how you serve it, this sauce will satisfy the hungriest crowd!

Spaghetti is one of the most popular “when all else fails” dinners. We’ve all had evenings where heating sauce and boiling water for pasta was the most we could handle. Thank goodness for meals like this on evenings like that! With this instant pot pasta sauce simple recipe, you’ll never need to turn to the jar again for great sauce. And I promise it’s just as easy. I’ve added variations to suit your mood and the contents of your pantry. This sauce fits the bill as a quick weeknight dinner, but you’ll feel comfortable serving it to company, especially if you add meatballs or pasta.

NOTE: The instant pot version is my favorite way to make pasta sauce, but the stove top works if you don’t own an instant pot.

My Special Ingredients  for Instant Pot pasta sauce

Instant Pot Homemade Pasta Sauce

Set your instant pot to the “Sauté” function, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and crushed garlic and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until the onion is soft. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, dried basil, dried thyme, sugar, and grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and black pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the sauce is bubbling and hot.



Ready In:




Good For:

Side Dish


About Pasta Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • 1 small onion, diced.
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed.
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes.
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano.
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil.
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme.
  • ⅛ teaspoon sugar.
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Salt and black pepper.
  • Cooked pasta, for serving

Nutrition Fact of Pasta Sauce

(Serving Size: 1 Cup “257g”)

Calories: 131.1

Total Fat: 3.8 g

Cholesterol: 5.1 mg

Sodium: 77.1 mg

Potassium: 819.8 mg

Carbohydrate: 20.7 g

Protein: 3.6 g

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Turn your instant pot to Sauté and allow it to preheat.

Step 2

Add the oil and heat it on medium heat.

Step 3

Add the onion, garlic, and cook for 6 minutes.

Step 4

After the onion is soft, stir in the tomatoes, oregano, basil, thyme, sugar, and parmesan.

Step 5

Seasoning with salt and pepper.

Step 6

Reduce the heat and cook until the sauce is bubbling and hot.

Step 7

Serve the sauce immediately over hot pasta.

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