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Bolognese Sauce Recipe (Instant Pot)

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This is the best Bolognese sauce recipe, a staple in my home. It's so easy to make, I always make a big batch for dinner and freeze the rest to use throughout the month – a huge time saver! Making it in the pressure cooker makes this Sunday sauce a dish you can whip up any night of the week! #bolognese #instantpotbolognese #instantpot

I love using my Instant Pot to make Bolognese sauce, it’s a staple in my house and great over spaghetti, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.

I love using my Instant Pot to make Bolognese sauce, it's a staple in my house and great over spaghetti, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.

I’ve been slowly going through my older recipes and converting a few of my favorite recipes for the Instant Pot. I also have a Slow Cooker Bolognese recipe and stove top here if you prefer. I’ve had my Instant Pot which is basically an electric pressure cooker way before it became so popular and have tons of recipes, to see more Instant Pot Recipes, click here. If there are any new recipes you would like to see in the Instant Pot, let me know! And if you need more ground beef ideas you can see all my ground beef recipes in the archives.

This is the best, easy Bolognese sauce recipe, a staple in my home. I always make a big batch for dinner and freeze the rest to use throughout the month – a huge time saver! Making it in the pressure cooker makes this Sunday sauce a dish you can whip up any night of the week!

It’s so easy to make, I always make a big batch for dinner and freeze the rest to use throughout the month – a huge time saver!  Making it in the pressure cooker makes this Sunday sauce a dish you can whip up any night of the week!

How To Make Bolognese Sauce

This is the best Bolognese sauce recipe, a staple in my home. It's so easy to make, I always make a big batch for dinner and freeze the rest to use throughout the month – a huge time saver! Making it in the pressure cooker makes this Sunday sauce a dish you can whip up any night of the week!

This is the best Bolognese sauce recipe, a staple in my home. It's so easy to make, I always make a big batch for dinner and freeze the rest to use throughout the month – a huge time saver! Making it in the pressure cooker makes this Sunday sauce a dish you can whip up any night of the week!

This is the best Bolognese sauce recipe, a staple in my home. It's so easy to make, I always make a big batch for dinner and freeze the rest to use throughout the month – a huge time saver! Making it in the pressure cooker makes this Sunday sauce a dish you can whip up any night of the week!

This is the best Bolognese sauce recipe, a staple in my home. It's so easy to make, I always make a big batch for dinner and freeze the rest to use throughout the month – a huge time saver! Making it in the pressure cooker makes this Sunday sauce a dish you can whip up any night of the week!This is the best Bolognese sauce recipe, a staple in my home. It's so easy to make, I always make a big batch for dinner and freeze the rest to use throughout the month – a huge time saver! Making it in the pressure cooker makes this Sunday sauce a dish you can whip up any night of the week!

You can serve this over pasta, or swap the carbs for veggies and serve it over roasted spaghetti squash, butternut squash noodles (so good!) or zoodles.

Instant Pot Bolognese

4.74 from 57 votes
8
Cals:191
Protein:12
Carbs:12.5
Fat:8.5
This is the best Bolognese sauce recipe, a staple in my home. It's so easy to make, I always make a big batch for dinner and freeze the rest to use throughout the month – a huge time saver!  Making it in the pressure cooker makes this Sunday sauce a dish you can whip up any night of the week!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
I love using my Instant Pot to make Bolognese sauce, it's a staple in my house and great over spaghetti, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr
Yield: 10 servings
Serving Size: 1 /2 generous cup

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces pancetta or center cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large white onion minced
  • 2 celery stalks about 3/4 cup, minced
  • 2 carrots about 3/4 cup, minced
  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine such as Pinot Grigio
  • 2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes (I love Tuttorosso)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup half & half cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Press saute on the Instant Pot, sauté the pancetta over low heat until the fat melts, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the butter, onion, celery and carrots and cook until soft, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the meat and season it with 3/4 teaspoons salt and black pepper to taste and sauté until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes, breaking the meat up into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  • Add the wine and cook until it reduces down, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, 3/4 teaspoon salt and fresh cracked black pepper; cover and cook high pressure 15 minutes.
  • Natural release, stir in the half & half and garnish with parsley; serve over your favorite pasta, zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 /2 generous cup, Calories: 191 kcal, Carbohydrates: 12.5 g, Protein: 12 g, Fat: 8.5 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 124 mg, Sodium: 568 mg, Fiber: 0.5 g, Sugar: 6.5 g

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248 comments on “Bolognese Sauce Recipe (Instant Pot)”

  1. This recipe looks so good, but I don’t eat pork.  What can I substitute for the pancetta/bacon?  

  2. Delicious. I halved the recipe and used a jar of RAO’s marinara (that’s what I had on hand). I can’t wait for leftovers tonight!

  3. The amount of salt in the ingredients list is not matching up with the salt in the instructiobe in steps 3 and 5??? Any help would be appreciated.

  4. The amount of salt in the ingredients list is not matching up with the salt in the instruction a in steps 3 and 5??? Any help would be appreciated.

  5. I saw Bao making this recipe on ‘Married at First Sight’, and I just wanted to add that I use an immersion blender at the end to make the sauce smooth (hers was chunky and watery!).

    This recipe is delicious!

  6. This sounds delicious! If I wanted to cut in half (using 1lb beef) should I halve the other ingredients? Also, would it be ok to use red wine instead of white wine? Thank you!

  7. Holy cow was this delicious.  My VERY picky 9 yr old daughter said it was amazing, and she hates red sauce!  I saw the different salt & pepper measurements between the ingredients list and the directions; I followed the directions and it tasted great. I did forget to put in the 1/2 & 1/2 and I don’t feel like it was missing anything.  It makes a ton, so I can’t wait to freeze the leftovers to have again later. 

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    Jennifer Huggard

    I love this but I pulse the oats to make finer and adda tsp of vanilla and a dash of salt and cinnamon!

  9. This was my first time making Bolognese and it was AMAZING! We ate it over cheese ravioli and have already decided on gnocchi next time. I didn’t want to buy a bottle of white wine just for this so I substituted with broth. I also used ground turkey and ground beef since thats what I had on hand. I can’t imagine either change altered the flavor too much, because even my picky husband loved it!
    I know other reviewers have mentioned this, but the green points value shown on the recipe is not correct. Without the wine and with my half beef half lean turkey change, the recipe builder on the WW app came out to 6 green points.