Instant Pot Bolognese is next level amazing, and ready in no time!
The Instant Pot has revolutionized cooking, hasn’t it? Especially for the recipes that require long, slow cooking and extensive prep. But the Instant Pot makes everything easy, especially Bolognese!
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What’s the Difference between Ragu and Bolognese Sauce?
Ragu and Bolognese are both hearty red sauces that have rich flavors and are often used interchangeably in recipes. While Bolognese has red wine added to it and Ragu uses white wine, either will do!
Bolognese is a variation of Ragu, a bit thinner but still packed with flavorful components like meat (beef, turkey, or sausage), sometimes mushrooms, or even lentils for a vegetarian version.
Just be sure to serve this Instant Pot Beef Bolognese with a heavy pasta like spaghetti, rotini, or penne so it has something to stick to.
How Do You Make Bolognese Sauce From Scratch?
No more tending the stove and endless stirring with this one-pot Bolognese sauce. It’s really that easy!
Pressure cooking the sauce in the Instant Pot takes out all the guesswork, while cooking in all the flavor in less than 30 minutes from start to finish! You will always want to make your Bolognese sauce this way. One pot, entire entrée, sounds like a winner!
To Make Instant Pot Bolognese:
- Saute beef, onion, and garlic in the instant pot, drain the fat. NOTE: Frozen beef can be used but it will take longer to cook, be sure to break up the meat with a meat chopper or wooden spoon as it is sautéeing.
- Add sauce and 1 cup of water. Stir in wine.
- Add spaghetti or other pasta. Cook for 8 minutes then quick or manual release.
- Add milk and pepper, then let sauce rest to thicken up. Garnish with parmesan cheese.
Instant Pot spaghetti Bolognese is easily doubled too, so share some with a friend or freeze portions for future dinners!
Additions to the Recipe
For best results use fresh ingredients, this means anything you want to add to the recipe as well.
VEGGIES Fresh mushrooms, diced fresh zucchini, sliced black olives or bell peppers would all taste great in this dish!
SPICES Fresh herbs like basil, oregano, rosemary, even a couple dashes of red pepper flakes will punch up the flavor of Bolognese.
Don’t forget, Bolognese isn’t just a sauce for pasta, why not add some extra meat and make a batch of sloppy joes? And don’t forget that hunk of bread for dipping!
What To Do With Leftovers
Instant Pot spaghetti Bolognese makes the best leftovers ever! It actually tastes better as it ages. It’s amazing for lunch the next day at work or school! Just reheat and eat!
To Refrigerate: Keep Bolognese sauce in an airtight container or Stasher Bag in the refrigerator and it should last about a week. To refresh it, simply give it a stir and add a little salt and pepper before serving!
To Freeze: Just ladle the sauce into Stasher Bags or zip top bags and write the date on the outside. Lay them flat in the freezer and once they are frozen, they can be stored upright (like books), to save freezer space.
Another option is to freeze some Bolognese in an ice cube tray and use a cube or two to saute veggies in or to use as a base for a sauce or soup in future recipes.
Instant Pot Bolognese
- Select Saute setting on Instant Pot. Add beef, onion, and garlic and cook for 8 minutes, until beef is browned. Use meat chopper or wooden spoon to break up meat as it is browning. Once complete, press Cancel.
- Add sauce, water, and wine, stir until combined, then add spaghetti and stir.
- Using Manual setting, set for 8 minutes, then quick release.
- Stir In milk and pepper, cover, and allow to rest for 5 minutes to thicken. Serve and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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Recipe very slightly adapted from Campbells