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
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?
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.
- Make it richer by adding 100ml red wine
- Make it creamier by adding 150g soft cheese
- Make it cheesier by adding 200g parmesan cheese
- Make it healthier by adding 300g leftover vegetables
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.
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:
- Instant Pot Ragu
- Instant Pot Spaghetti
- Instant Pot Macaroni Cheese
- Instant Pot Cheese Burger Macaroni Cheese
- Instant Pot Chicken Rigatoni Bake
Pressure Cooker Meat Sauce
- 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.