Easy Instant Pot Meatballs & Marinara

Enjoy super flavorful and tender Meatballs and Marinara in minutes in your Instant Pot! This version is easily adaptable for Keto eaters and delicious served over zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, or on their own for a filling main dish.

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1/4cup cup olive oil
1/2cup minced onion or 3 TB onion powder
2Tablespoons minced garlic 1 TB granulated garlic
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
2teaspoons Italian seasoning
128 oz can crushed tomatoes
1/4cup chopped basil
1 1/4teaspoons kosher salt more to taste
1/4teaspoon black pepper
1/4cup water
1lb 85% ground beef or meatloaf mix
1 egg lightly beaten
1/3cup fine grated Parmesan cheese
2tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2teaspoons granulated garlic
2teaspoons Italian seasoning
1teaspoon kosher salt
Optional additional basil shaved Parmesan, and shredded mozzarella for garnish
Nutritional Information
502kcal Calories
21g Carbohydrates
29g Protein
34g Fat
10g Saturated Fat
123mg Cholesterol
1808mg Sodium
1048mg Potassium
5g Fiber
10g Sugar
835IU Vitamin A
24.4mg Vitamin C
238mg Calcium
6.4mg Iron


Set Instant Pot to Saute Low and add olive oil. Add onion and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until soft. (Note: if using onion powder instead of raw onion skip this step)
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Add garlic if using, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning and cook for 1 minute.
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Add tomatoes, basil, and salt and simmer 1 minute. Press Cancel to turn Instant Pot off while you make meatballs. Note: If you’re not using raw onions and garlic on the Keto plan, simply combine all sauce ingredients (using onion and garlic powder) in Instant Pot and continue with recipe from here.
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To make meatballs, gently mix together all ingredients and shape into 16, 2” meatballs.
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Place meatballs into single layer in sauce in Instant Pot. Seal pot and set on High Pressure to cook for 9 minutes.
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Carefully quick release steam when done cooking and serve topped with optional basil, parmesan and shredded mozzarella.
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