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top down view of the completed bolognese sauce inside theinstant pot

Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce

All the flavor of traditional bolognese cooked in under an hour.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 366kcal


  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 pounds (900g) ground beef
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups (350ml) chicken stock
  • 28 ounces (800g) diced tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • See the Instant Pot to sauté and add in the oil. When hot, add in the onions and carrot and cook for about 4 minutes until the onion starts to soften.
  • Then mix in the ground beef, making sure to break up any lumps, and cooked until browned.
  • Mix in the garlic, tomato paste, Italian Seasoning, bay leaves, balsamic vinegar, followed by the chicken stock, at which point you will want to deglaze the pot using a wooden spoon.
  • Add in the diced tomatoes but DO NOT MIX in (leave on top).
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the valve to sealing, and set to pressure cook (or manual) for 20 minutes at high pressure.
  • When done, quickly release the pressure, discard bay leaves, adjust seasonings, and serve.


  • Be sure to deglaze the pan with a wooden spoon after adding the chicken stock. This removes cooked bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • To avoid getting a burn notice, do not stir in the tomatoes. 
  • Don’t forget to remove the bay leaves before serving.
  • Instructions do not account for the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure.
  • Storage: keep in airtight container inside the fridge for  5 days, or freeze for 3-6 months.
  • There are 10 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2737IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 4mg