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Big beautiful plate of spaghetti alla bolognese made in the Instant Pot
Instant Pot bolognese sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Whether cooked slow or fast, this easy and versatile Instant Pot bolognese sauce with your favorite pasta makes a great meal any day of the week.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bolognese sauce
Servings: 8 people
Author: Michelle Barsness
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion I usually use a sweet onion, such as Walla Walla sweet or white.
  • 1/2 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup celery (and leaves), minced
  • 1 lb ground beef extra lean organic
  • 1 lb ground pork organic
  • 1/2 cup dry red Italian wine
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups San Marzano whole plum tomatoes and liquid about 1 1/2 28 oz cans, crush the tomatoes with your hands
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 generous pinches sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Set the Instant Pot to the saute function for 20 minutes. Heat the olive oil and stir in the onion, carrots and celery. Cook this stirring frequently until the onion begins to go translucent. Season it with a slight pinch of sea salt and pepper. Crumble in the ground beef and pork and continue to saute it until the meat is lightly browned and the liquid begins to evaporate. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat during this process. It should take about 10 minutes.

  2. Add the wine, scrape up the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Cook for about 4 minutes. Next, add in the tomato paste, hand crushed San Marzano tomatoes, bay leaves, and oregano. Season lightly with a little sea salt and pepper. Once the sauce begins to simmer, cancel the saute function.

Follow either of the remaining instructions:
1) Cook it fast ~ pressure cooker setting
  1. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, carefully do a quick release of the steam. Remove the lid. If necessary, set the Instant Pot to saute function for 5 minutes. Reduce the sauce slightly or to your tastes. Taste and season accordingly. (Most Instant Pots have a pre-programmed chili/bean button. You can also choose to select this function if you prefer and set it for 30 minutes. The program is the same as the high pressure setting).

2) Cook it slow ~ slow cooker setting
  1. Set the Instant Pot to the slow cooker setting for 5 hours. After this time, carefully remove the lid. If necessary, set the Instant Pot to saute function for 5 minutes. Reduce the sauce slightly or to your tastes. Taste and season accordingly.

Recipe Notes

Optional: If you like garlic, add in 2 cloves minced garlic at the point where you add in the meat to change it up.

Sprinkle generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top of your pasta with bolognese prior to serving.

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