Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce (Instant Pot Bolognese)


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Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce. How to cook a quick homemade meat sauce in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. With just a few simple ingredients this homemade Bolognese meat sauce is a recipe keeper.

Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce (Instant Pot Bolognese)
Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce (Instant Pot Bolognese)

Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce

Whether you call it Bolognese or meat sauce, it is one of those delicious dishes that is just asking to be cooked FAST in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

I love making pressure cooker meat sauce. I can throw in all the ingredients into the pressure cooker and let the pressure cooker do the hard work.  

During the summer of 2018 we travelled around Europe with our Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. We stayed in 8 different European countries and most of our food came out of the Instant Pot.

We had also taken a BBQ with us but dumped it in Luxemburg because we found it took too long to cook dinner compared to the Instant Pot.

The Instant Pot food of choice when we travelled was Instant Pot Bolognese. That is because we can use our quick soak spaghetti trick and serve it over garlicky spaghetti.

As well as this we could always source some good beef wherever we visited, and we could also load it up with extra seasonal vegetables for a more filling meal.

Plus, no matter what age, you are, everyone loves that comforting meat sauce for dinner.

What Is Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce Made Of?

Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce (Instant Pot Bolognese)

We all have our different take on what ingredients go into pressure cooker meat sauce. I believe this is down to culture and where in the world we live.

We find that European food differs quite a lot to American. As a resident of Portugal, I find that our Italian food has more of a French influence.

To make our pressure cooker meat sauce you need:

You can use the ingredients above as your base for Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce and then add in some optional extras, depending on how you like your meat sauce.

Though most of the time when I make it, I add the red wine, the soft cheese and the parmesan cheese, as well as the veg I have leftover in the bottom of my fridge.

This also works well as a cheap family meals strategy because you can make the pressure cooker meat sauce feed a lot more people.

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What Is The Difference Between Bolognese & Meat Sauce?

It is simply a cultural thing. Some parts of the world call it Bolognese and some parts of the world call it meat sauce.

You’re more likely to hear the phrase pressure cooker Bolognese within Europe, compared to Instant Pot Meat Sauce in America & Canada.

What Is The Difference Between Marinara & Bolognese?

Marinara is often mentioned among American Italians and means a vegetarian version of a Bolognese. I first heard of marinara while watching Goodfellas.

It will be free of meat and is often served in a similar way to a ragu. Imagine all the ingredients above of our Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce and lose the meat. The Bolognese, however, is another word for meat sauce.

More Pressure Cooker Italian Recipes

I love my Italian food cooked in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. If you love Italian food, then here are some yummy treats for you:

Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce (Instant Pot Bolognese)

Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce

Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce. How to cook a quick homemade meat sauce in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. With just a few simple ingredients this homemade Bolognese meat sauce is a recipe keeper.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time9 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 529kcal

Ingredients

Kitchen Gadgets:

Recipe Ingredients:

Instructions

  • Peel and thinly slice your onion and garlic and place into the Instant Pot.
  • Remove the cores and cut into quarters the fresh tomatoes and add them to the Instant Pot.
  • Cook on the sauté setting for 2-3 minutes or until you can smell the garlic and the tomatoes have softened.
  • Season them well with salt and pepper.
  • Cancel the sauté, add in the tinned tomatoes and the mince and mix well.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 6 minutes on manual.
  • When it beeps use QPR (quick pressure release) to manually release pressure. Using a wooden spoon break down the mince and mix well. If you have a lot of excess liquid drain off the excess.
  • Season well and add any extras (see above) and serve.

Notes

I used minced pork in this recipe because it was cheaper and that’s what I had in the freezer. BUT you could use minced beef, minced veal, or a mixture of the three. I also recommend sourcing your mince from Butcher Box as it is much better quality and comes from grass fed cows.
 
Not all mince is equal. Some meats are a lot fattier than others. For example, a lean minced beef will hardly have any excess fat compared to a fatty pork. The fatty cuts will hold a lot of liquid and will need draining but a lean beef will not need draining.
 
Remember this when you inspect the meat sauce after the Instant Pot has finished. My ideal mince for Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce is mixed pork and beef mince. It gives a good variety of flavours and is not too fatty.

Nutrition

Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 128g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 977mg | Potassium: 668mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 110g | Vitamin A: 1315IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2.7mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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