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Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce

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Authentic Italian sauce. 
Bolognese sauce is one of those sauces you want to master and place in your recipe repertoire. 
As a culinary travel gal, I'll be truthful, it's hard to find. 
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 bitter, 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! 

I've Mastered 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 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 Sauce 

You 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. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Recipes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 Cups
Calories 279 kcal


  • 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.
  • Mix.
  • 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.
  • ENJOY.
  • Refrigerate or Freeze leftover sauce.