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Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce Recipe

This Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce is deliciously rich in flavor, yet is much quicker and easier than the stovetop method. Pour this Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce over pasta, rice, or potatoes for a dish the entire family will love.

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Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce

Confession: up until recently, I owned 3 rice cookers and 4 crock pots.
Disclaimer: two of the rice cookers were unwittingly “inherited” and two of the crock pots were gifts.

I’m an impulsive throw-away-er who’s always getting rid of All the Stuff. The fam knows that any belongings left laying around too long are privy to being donated.

However, the aforementioned excess appliances managed to escape my notice while they rested in the basement storage. After my spring cleaning frenzy, we’re down to the essential appliances. Essential = Instant Pot. It’s earned a permanent space in the kitchen.

This Instant Pot brown rice and Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal have been total game changers. Now, this Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce is my favorite way to do bolognese, period.

I used to stand over the stove, stirring a slowly simmering bolognese sauce for hours until it reached perfection. While that’s the classic road, this Instant Pot Bolognese has majorly cut down on cook time and tastes awesome….

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Simple, Real Ingredients

  • We love a mix of lean ground beef and ground pork sausage; it creates the best flavors (bolognese is a classic Italian ragú using beef or pork, which creates rich flavors.)
  • Plenty of chopped onion and garlic for wonderful aromatics
  • Diced celery and carrots for plenty of flavor and a veggie boost
  • Fire roasted tomatoes and tomato paste; the combo provides perfect balance
  • Beef broth and  dry red wine; it’s the mixture of these liquids that give this bolognese its richness in flavor
  • Bay leaves, a bit of sugar, and fresh parmesan for amazing yum. Freshly torn basil is a definite!

Don’t forget your favorite pasta cooked to al dente, as the perfect vehicle for serving this amazing bolognese. For a gluten free option, use gluten-free pasta, rice, or potatoes. All are seriously delicious!

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Tips to extraordinary Instant Pot Bolognese?

  • Sauté the aromatics and veggies in the Instant Pot first, which gets all that fabulous flavor out. It’s my favorite thing about the IP – you can sauté right in the same pot as you’ll be pressure cooking in.
  • Include all the juices from your cans of fire-roasted tomatoes. All that goodness goes to delicious use.
  • Use a dry red wine you really enjoy and that you’d drink alongside the dish. You’ll want a decent bottle of wine, which is the rule of thumb when cooking with wine…use one you would like to drink with the dish.
  • This Instant Pot bolognese sauce can be made ahead. Pressure cook it earlier that day, let it release naturally so you don’t have to fuss with it, and have it set to automatically enter warm setting when done. You’ll have a hot meal ready to go by dinner time.

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Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce Recipe

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This Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce is deliciously rich in flavor, yet is much quicker and easier than the stovetop method. Pour this Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce over pasta, rice, or potatoes for a dish the entire family will love.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 cups
Author: Amy Dong


  • 3 TB butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, not fine/table salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 TB dried oregano
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 2 cans fire-roasted tomatoes , 14 oz, with juices
  • ½ cup regular beef broth
  • ½ cup good dry red wine
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese and freshly torn basil for serving
  • Other: pasta cooked to al dente for serving*


  • Set Instant Pot to Sauté setting. Heat butter until sizzling; add onion, garlic, celery, carrot, salt, pepper, and oregano. Stir for 5 min. Add ground beef and ground sausage, stirring and breaking up the meat as you cook. Cook 10 min or just until no longer pink.
  • Add fire roasted tomatoes and their juices, beef broth, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, and bay leaves. Stir well to combine. Seal lid of Instant Pot. Press Cancel to reset the pot, and set to Pressure Cook for 10 minutes on high pressure.
  • If serving immediately, carefully do Quick Release once the timer goes off. If not serving right away, allow Instant Pot to do its own Natural Release and elect “keep warm” (up to 6-7 hours) until ready to serve.
  • Taste finished bolognese sauce and add kosher salt or black pepper if needed. Pour sauce over individual bowls of cooked pasta, rice, or potatoes. Top generously with freshly grated parmesan cheese and freshly torn basil.


*Drain cooked pasta, but do not rinse. You don’t want to rinse away all the starch, which helps sauce to bind to pasta. Be sure to toss cooked pasta with some olive oil to prevent sticking, if there will be more than a couple of minutes before pouring Bolognese sauce over it.
You can use all beef or all pork sausage, but we’ve found a mixture of both creates the best results. Ground turkey can also work. Finished sauce can be kept airtight in freezer up to 2 weeks.
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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1044mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2620IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Italian
Method: pressure cooker

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    • Catherine

    Such a hearty and comforting recipe! This looks absolutely delicious…I love bolognese. I’ve never made it in an instant pot before but this is a great idea!

    • thevirginianymph

    Everything on this page has my stomach grumbling. I want two helpings of all of it! YUM!

    • Bree L.

    This looks so easy to make! I am going to change up next weeks menu and make this for the fam!

    • Eli, The Partying Traveler

    Yum this looks like a fantastic recipe! I need to spice up my pasta game a bit so I’ll have to whip this out next chance I get.

    • Yeah Lifestyle

    It is amazing just how much you can make in an Instant Pot. I love bolognese so I’ll definitely have to give this sauce a try

    • monidipa51

    Oh wow, I am making this one right now actually. Just my recipe is a bit different than yours. I would love try your recipe too.

    • Becca Wilson

    This looks like it would be absolutely delicious. I can not wait to give it a try!

    • Lyosha Varezhkina

    I love instant pot. It is so easy and never gives me issues. I am a bad cook so instant pot and air fryer are the only things securing my cooking

    • Owen G.

    I always hear about instant pot and recipes about it. And those recipes looks great. Including this recioe of course. I think I should have one.

    • Joanna

    I need to get myself an instant pot. Ragu is one of my favorite sauces for the pasta, but it always takes so long to make. I’d love to be able to make it faster.

    • Tina

    Oh my gosh, this recipe looks so good! As a busy mother who is self employed, quick and easy meals are a favourite in my house.

    • LavenderBee

    An “instant pot” is an electronic pressure cooker. I have a Kuhn Rikon manual pressure cooker that I freakin love – it allows you get get dinner on the table in a fraction of the time. These new pressure cookers are not scary like the old ones that Grandma used to own. Highly recommended.

      • chewoutloud

      So true! My dad’s was super scary, too 🙂

    • Gervin Khan

    My family loves eating instant pot dishes and this one look so easy to prepare and look so delicious!

    • Sharon Rolland

    I love pasta dishes and they are always so easy to make. Yours looks delicious. Can almost smell it 😉

    • Bindu Thomas

    That looks so delicious. And you make it look so easy to prepare.

    • Lyosha Varezhkina

    Looks delicious! Pots are a great way to cook things for me and bolognese is soo very delicious always!

    • Angela

    Looks like a great recipe. You give very clear instructions.

    • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I do NOT have an instant pot! Everyone loves theirs while I am over here loving my air fryer, LOL!

    • Jessa b

    OMGGGGG you made it look so simple and easy to make! I am def bringing this for our late mother’s day pot luck this weekend!

    • Chad

    I keep on hearing about instant pot, everyone is recommending it. I need to buy it asap.

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