Instant Pot Zucchini & Squash Spaghetti with Meatballs

Servings: 6
Author: Brittany Williams
  • 1 pound lean ground meat
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 large yellow squash/zucchini, julienned into noodles
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground meat, egg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme. Use 2 tablespoons of the mixture to form each meatball. This should make around 16 total. Sprinkle each with a pinch of pepper, set aside.
  2. Preheat the Instant Pot using the SAUTE function.
  3. In a separate bowl, add diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano, dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and red pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. When the display panel on the cooker reads HOT, add the meatballs and olive oil. Gently stir the meatballs to brown them on all sides, about 5 minutes. Layer the squash/zucchini noodles on top of the meatballs, followed by the sauce.

  5. Place the lid on your pressure cooker. Make sure the vent valve is in the SEALING position. Press the cancel button. Using the display panel select the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK function, high pressure. Use the +/- buttons until the display says 5 minutes.
  6. When the cooker beeps to let you know it’s finished switch the pressure knob from the SEALING to the VENTING position. Use caution while the steam escapes—it’s hot. Stir all ingredients together and serve!
Recipe Notes

If you like your sauce a little less chunky, use a food processor to chop the diced tomatoes into a smaller size before using. 

If your diced tomatoes are particularly watery, you may want to drain them a little prior to use.