Italian Instant Pot Bolognese sauce is a meat-laden ragu sauce that is best friends with pasta and your belly!
Once you make this hearty sauce you may never roll another meatball!
What Is Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce?
Authentic Italian sauce & super savory.
Done right, it’s loaded with meat, like crumbled-up meatballs by the dozen.
Thick, rich, and almost but not the predominant feature of the entree rather than the pasta below.
Bolognese sauce is one of those sauces you want to master and place in your recipe repertoire.
Hard To Find Fabulous Meat-laden ragu sauce until now
As a culinary travel gal, I’ll be truthful, it’s hard to find a rich meat-laden ragu sauce that is not puddled in grease.
When I did eat meat, 12 years ago, I could never find a dish that was thick, rich, and free of brown sugar.
I don’t like brown-sugar-tasting sauces, and I’ve tasted plenty of those.
Brown sugar is the satan of sauce prep, end of story!
Instead of brown sugar in the sauce, to counter the bitterness, I’ll share a different path to savory.
Fresh ingredients make the difference in this particular recipe.
For those that love pasta with a thick, rich sauce, Instant Pot Bolognese sauce is what you definitely want to try.
Bolognese sauce has many different variations but if you are seeking a sumptuous you’ve found it.
Get ready for a sensational sauce that will be well-received atop a bed of pasta or a good chunk of bread!
Master the Art of Savory Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce
In reality, I’ve attempted several different sauces in the Instant Pot.
Not all sauces turn out well, nor do all the sauces make their way onto my website.
A good sauce needs to maintain its smell, and taste as well as be thick enough to cling to pasta!
When a sauce does not meet those items, it’s nixed off my list of reputable.
But my Instant Pot bolognese sauce is a true-to-life meat-laden ragu sauce that is thick and clingy!
Creating Thick Enough Sauce for Bolognese Sauce
You might think that sauce is made with just puree.
The reality of thick meat-laden ragu sauce is not just puree, it’s a bit more involved because I use a paste.
Some of the best and most rich-tasting sauces are created with paste.
However, the paste is a beastie to tame if you don’t understand how to break it down and use it.
The paste is bitter if you just use it alone, but if you can break it out of its natural state by one simple step, well, you’ll be on the road to a fabulous red ragu sauce!
Therefore, breaking the bitter out of the paste without over saturating it is crucial.
Using paste helps thicken the puree and sauce.
Done correctly, the pasta will cradle the bolognese sauce you are about to create.
Conversely, done wrong, you will have a watery spatter that will need to be ‘spooned’ up, rather than forked.
You Won’t Be Able To Resist Doing This And It’s Ok!
Initially, when you take the lid off the Instant Pot and then see the sauce, odds are you are going to want to dive in.
I always want to, it smells so good!
You’ll have a piece of bread and probably a spoon of sauce and that’s all good.
Tasting your bolognese sauce out of the Instant Pot is a pleasure.
Packed with flavor, the Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce won’t disappoint.
That said, you’ll have to taste it to believe it.
Describe Bolognese Sauce
Bolognese sauce is a meat-based sauce.
Generally, Bolognese sauce consists of ground beef.
Some may use very tiny chopped cubes of beef and still reach the same results.
This means there is versatility in preparation and ingredients.
For those not able to find ground beef of some sort, buy small beef cubes or chop beef into tiny cubes, minced.
I’ve even seen meat-laden ragu sauce contain pieces of thinly sliced pepperoni ( I know it’s used for its flavor more than consumption).
The sauce will be thick, not runny.
Bolognese sauce is best served atop pasta.
You can use bow ties, or linguine, and rigatoni are our favorites for they all seem to best latch the sauce.
My Sauce Is Different because
Brilliantly created without the use of onion is the starting point.
Sometimes onion can overpower what is supposed to be happening with favor.
However, if you want a fabulous hearty, plant-based bolognese, be sure to try my mushroom and tomato bolognese with onion!
A sauce that is hearty can stand on its own and I don’t feel that onion has a place in my sauce.
Ingredient-focused bolognese sauce includes the basics, meat, olive oil, and garlic.
Keep reading, I’m sharing the whole recipe, not pieces.
I am trying to explain why the sauce is savory and hearty, this way you know to follow the process and not skimp.
Serving Suggestions for Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce
You might want to bake a loaf of my Italian Sesame Mini loaves of bread.
Or, perhaps you want to make a loaf of crusty French baguettes?
Add an appetizer of my Caprese Skewers and a fabulous Italian Salad, and you’ve got a complete meal!
Recipe For Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce
Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce
I've Mastered the Art of Savory Instant Pot Bolognese SauceIn reality, I've attempted several different sauces in the Instant Pot. Not all sauces turn out well, nor do all the sauces make their way onto my website. A good sauce needs to maintain its smell, and taste as well as being thick enough to cling to pasta! When a sauce does not meet those items, it's nixed off my list of reputable.
Creating Thick Enough Sauce for Bolognese SauceYou might think that sauce is made with just puree. In that case, you are wrong. Some of the best and most rich-tasting sauces are created with paste. However, the paste is a beastie to tame if you don't understand how to break it down and use it.
- 2 Large Peeled Garlic Cloves
- 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 2 – 6 oz Cans of Paste
- 9 – Cans of Water
- 2 Teaspoons of Salt
- 2 Tsp of Sugar white
- 4 Basil Leaves – rinsed cut
- 1 A pound of Pasta boiled
- Program Instant Pot To Saute
- Add Oil, Garlic, and Meat.
- Begin to crumble the beef as it browns.
- Mix and break it down into crumbles.
- While meat is browning, continue to move it around to evenly saute.
- Add in fresh basil.
- In a bowl, take 2 cans of paste and combine with 9 cans of water. (using paste cans)
- Whisk to combine.
- Once finished, drain meat (as long it is all evenly browned.
- Return meat to Instant Pot Liner.
- Add in paste mixture.
- Next salt and sugar.
- Turn Off Saute Mode.
- Place Lid on.
- Lock and close the pressure valve.
- Program Meat/Stew to 30 minutes.
- Upon completion of the meat/stew cycle, allow the bolognese to natural release to open.
- Stir upon opening to mix top and bottom of bolognese.
- Scoop or ladle onto a bed of pasta to cradle.
- Refrigerate or Freeze leftover sauce.