Instant Pot Meatballs

Instant Pot Meatballs

by | Jun 5, 2017

Instant Pot Meatballs

by | Jun 5, 2017

So you want one of the most outrageous, flavorful and tender meatballs around that are CRAZY EASY to make, eh?  And what’s that?  You want to do it in half the time it would take on the stove by doing it in your Instant Pot instead? Well, LOOK NO FURTHER.

I am KNOWN for these babies and always make them at any gathering (always by popular demand).  Meatballs serve so much more purpose than just being paired with its lover, spaghetti.

They also taste amazing on their own with some Marninara sauce (or gravy), or as I love them most, as a MEATBALL HERO PARMIGIANA!  This thing is on another level and will rival those you’d find at an Italian street food festival.

Yeah, you’re going to be singing some Bonnie Tyler after you eat these.

Here’s How I Made It:

We’ve gotta start by creating the perfect meat mixture for some tender meatballs that pack some seriously delicious flavor.  One that Nonna would approve of!

So let’s start with a ground chuck beef that’s not TOO lean (with meatballs, the less lean the meat, the better!)

And add some ground pork as well!  These two meats doe wonders when they work together!

Follow that with some grated parmesan…

…some breadcrumbs…


…seasoned salt (USE SEASONED SALT!)…

…black pepper…

…parsley flakes…


…and an egg!

Now mix that all up together by hand REAL good.  I’m talking so good it feels like your smushing the face of someone you love (or hate).  Just make sure it’s all mixed together and totally combined into a giant meatball.

Now from the giant meatball, we’re going to pinch off some of the meat of a typical meatball size…

…and roll it in our hands…

…so that it looks like a perfect meatball when done!

Pour some really good marinara sauce into your Instant Pot (you can make your own or use a really good jarred one!  Everyone knows how much I love Victoria White Linen!)

Carefully place the meatballs in the sauce… (You may also rest the meatballs on top of the trivet in the pot if you don’t want some slightly charred meatballs from the ones resting on the bottom!)

…add a little water for pressure cooking purposes (don’t worry!  It won’t water it down at all!) and cook on high pressure.

Once done, transfer the meatballs to a serving bowl.

If you wish to make it a meatball hero parmigiana, grab a long loaf of Ttalian bread (WITH sesame seeds of course!)…

…slice it in half…

…and sideways, leaving the bottom in tact to hold the cheese, meatballs and sauce.

Line the inside of the bread with a few slices of provolone cheese…

…add in the meatballs and sauce…

…and top off with a few sprinkles of shredded mozzarella and some parmesan.  Broil in an oven or toaster for a few minutes until melted (but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!)

Take em out when done an enjoy the best meatball hero/sub/grinder/hoagie/sandwich you’ve EVER had!

  • For the Meatballs:
  • 1 lb of ground beef (85%-90% lean – the less lean, the better for meatballs!)
  • 1/2 lb of ground pork
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp of crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp of seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp of dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup of whole milk
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 48 oz of Victoria White Linen Marinara Sauce (Costco sells these jars in 40oz pairs and you’d use one of those jars plus some of another.  If you aren’t a Costco member, most supermarkets have it in smaller size jars or I linked where you can get it on Amazon.  BELIEVE ME – THIS IS THE BEST JARRED MARINARA SAUCE THERE IS!)
  • 1 cup of water (use 2 cups if using an 8qt)
  • For the Hero:
  • A few 12” hero rolls (like semolina or Italian bread)
  • Provolone cheese slices, for the hero
  • Shredded Mozzarella, for the hero

You may also rest the meatballs on top of the trivet in the pot if you don’t want some slightly charred meatballs from the ones resting on the bottom!

So you wanna make it with spaghetti instead of a hero and cook the noodles IN the pot with the meatballs?  I got you covered.  😏  After you add the meatballs to the pot and cover with sauce, add 1 box of spaghetti with noodles broken in half and cover with additional sauce and another cup of water.  Add an additional 5 minutes so it’s a 15 minute cook time and allow a 5 minutes natural release followed by a quick release.

Or, if you’d rather leave the meatballs to cook on their own in the pot (which I suggest), just boil the spaghetti separately and add to the sauce and meatballs once it’s all done.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, take ALL of the ingredients (except the sauce, water, hero bread, Provolone and Mozzarella) and mix together well by hand. Everything should form together into a nice, large lump
  2. From the meat mixture, take a meatball-sized amount and roll into a ball. For reference, this should make about 12 when all’s said and done
  3. Pour one 40 oz jar of the sauce into the Instant Pot and carefully place each meatball (as they are uncooked and still impressionable) in the sauce so they are all on layer on the bottom of the pot. Take the other jar of sauce and pour just enough to cover the tops of the meatballs and then pour in the cup of water (no – the water will not make the sauce too thin nor will it “water it down.” It is essential for the proper pressure to build and you’ll have no idea you ever added it in the first place). Note: You may also rest the meatballs on top of the trivet in the pot if you don’t want some slightly charred meatballs from the ones resting on the bottom!
  4. Secure the lid and hit “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” High Pressure for 10 minutes. When done, perform a quick release
  5. After removing the lid, transfer the meatballs and sauce to a serving bowl and serve however you wish! They’re so superb, eating them as is with some sauce and parmesan cheese will be more than satisfying. BUT since I’m in the mood for a meatball parm hero, that’s what we’re gonna do so read on!
  6. Cut one 12” hero bread in half and then cut each half sideways, being careful not to cut all the way through so we can leave one end in tact to support the cheese and meatballs and allow for easy resting once in the broiler. Layer each half of bread with 2 slices of Provolone each, 2 meatballs each with sauce spooned over it and finished with as much shredded Mozzarella you desire. Pop into the toaster oven (or regular oven) and set to broil.  Keeping on eye on it so it doesn’t burn, let cool for 5 minutes until the cheese is all melted/slightly browned and the bread is slightly toasted
  7. Enjoy!

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