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The Best Instant Pot Simple Bolognese Sauce

  • Author: Mia Swinehart
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner


The most delicious Instant Pot Bolognese Pasta Sauce!



*Makes enough for about 1 lb of pasta

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 23 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes (be sure to use one like this or this, not the watery kind)
  • 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup whole milk (skip for dairy free)

For serving

  • Fresh parsley
  • Shaved parmesan


  1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté on HIGH. Add the olive oil, onion, carrot, and celery. Allow to cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef, ground pork, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Continue to sauté while breaking up the meat for 3-4 minutes, until mostly no longer pink.
  3. Stir in tomato paste and garlic. Cook for 1 minute, the add the red wine and deglaze the bottom of the pan. Allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, beef broth, parsley, and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer, the secure the Instant Pot lid and set to PRESSURE cook on HIGH for 20 minutes.
  5. Quick release the steam, remove the lid and discard the bay leaves. Set back to sauté on LOW for 5- 10 minutes to thicken the sauce to your liking. Remove from heat and stir in the whole milk. Serve with pasta of choice, fresh parmesan, and more parsley.