Spaghetti and meatballs is already a super easy meal to make. But in the Instant Pot, it’s even easier! Recently, I taught my kids how to make spaghetti and meatballs in the Instant Pot and now they’re ready to make this family-favorite comfort food anytime they want.
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I always enjoyed learning to cook when I was a kid. And as most kids do, I started out with simple meals like spaghetti. Now that I have kids of my own who enjoy learning to cook as much as I did, I’m teaching them how to make their favorite comfort foods too. Spaghetti and meatballs is a family favorite and thanks to the Instant Pot, a simple meal like this has become even easier.
- 2, 12 oz. bags of frozen (or thawed) meatballs
- 3 cups of water
- 1, 16 oz. box of dry spaghetti
- 2, 24 oz. jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
- Optional: fresh basil and parmesan cheese
This ingredient list is for family-sized portions. I have 7 people in my house right now and this is what it takes to feed everyone. If you think this may be too much for you and your family, or you’re not a big fan of leftovers, you can easily cut the ingredients in half. Still use the same cooking directions and your meal will be equally delicious!
- Pour both bags of meatballs in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Then pour all 3 cups of water over the meatballs.
- Break the spaghetti in half, layering it in different directions over the meatballs. Layering in different directions will help prevent a lot of the pasta from clumping together during the cooking process.
- Pour both jars of pasta sauce over the spaghetti. Without stirring anything, put the lid in the sealing position and set the Instant Pot on manual, high pressure for 7 minutes.
- When the Instant Pot is done cooking, manually quick-release the pressure. Once the pressure has been released, stir everything up. You may need to separate some spaghetti noodles if any clumped together while cooking.
- Serve immediately, and if preferred, top with fresh basil or parmesan.
Super simple, right? And the best part for me, isn’t that it’s a one pot dish, although that’s a huge plus. The best part is that my kids really enjoy participating in the 5 minutes it takes to prep this dish. The longest part of the whole process is waiting for the Instant Pot to build up pressure for cooking.
After getting our Instant Pot, it took me a while to warm up to cooking pasta dishes in it. I hate mushy, overcooked pasta and that was my biggest concern with the Instant Pot. If I put the pasta in with all that liquid, isn’t it going to turn out mushy? Not in this case!
Accounting for the moisture that the frozen meatballs release when cooked, combined with the additional water I added to the recipe, the spaghetti noodles turn out just how we like them. The pasta is not at all mushy and it’s just an overall perfectly tasty dish. I don’t want to cook spaghetti and meatballs any other way now.
That said, I will admit I have an uncomfortable relationship with spaghetti and meatballs. Heartburn always comes between us. It doesn’t matter what sauce we use, when I eat spaghetti and meatballs, I know it’s only a matter of time before the heartburn starts. The acidity of tomato sauces just doesn’t work well with me even though I still love the taste.
Comfort food is supposed to be comforting! Until recently, I just dealt with the discomfort. I’ve tried heartburn remedies in the past, but just wasn’t a fan. Then I heard about Acidil, the #1 best-selling homeopathic, plant-based heartburn medicine. What the heck? I’ve tried everything else, why not try this one too. I’m so glad I gave it a go because thanks to Acidil, I don’t have to worry about that dreaded heartburn anymore when eating my favorite comfort foods!
I just take two meltaway tablets before eating to prevent the heartburn from starting. Acidil can also be taken after acid indigestion starts, but if I know what I’m eating is going to bring an onset of heartburn, I stop it before it even starts.
The meltaway tablets are truly tasteless and melt in your mouth. No food or drink is needed, making them perfect when on the go too. Enjoying a day out with family or friends, only for lunch to result in heartburn, ruining the rest of my day, is just no way to enjoy life. That’s why I’ve started keeping a sleeve of Acidil in my purse.
Do any of your favorite comfort foods cause acid indigestion? With Acidil in my arsenal, I’m ready for the next time my kids want to make spaghetti and meatballs for dinner!
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