• 1 - 2 lbs of frozen meat balls
  • 1 (24 oz) jar of sauce
  • 1 box of penne pasta
  • Italian seasoning


  1. Dump the meatballs into the Instant Pot. Level them out to try to create one layer.
  2. Put the noodles on top of the meatballs.
  3. Empty the jar of sauce onto the noodles.
  4. Fill the jar full of water and add that down the side of the container, so that the sauce isn’t washed to the bottom.
  5. Fill the jar roughly ¼th of the way again and add that too.
  6. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning onto the sauce.
  7. Put on the lid and set to high pressure for 7 minutes or half the time that it says to cook the box of noodles.
  8. Quick release when the timer goes off.


  • The frozen meatballs will increase the time it takes to come to pressure. I’d guess in total it is closer to 30 minutes to cook.
  • You could add an onion or other vegetables too, but 7 minutes on high will create really mushy vegetables in a lot of cases. Maybe saute them in a pan separately?