Best-Ever Italian Meatballs
By :Party In An Instant Pot Cookbook
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Serving these meatballs with cute little cocktail skewers would be the classy thing to do, but we much prefer going the (insanely cheesy) slider route.
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Rating: 4.14
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Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb italian sausage
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 box panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
FOR THE SAUCE
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes 28 oz
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb italian sausage
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 box panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
FOR THE SAUCE
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes 28 oz
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
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Votes: 7
Rating: 4.14
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Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, sausage, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, and eggs gently with your hands until completely incorporated. Season with salt and pepper and form into 24 balls.
  2. Set Instant Pot to Sauté and heat oil. When oil is shimmering, add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, garlic, and oregano, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper, then add meatballs.
  5. Secure lid and set Instant Pot to Pressure Cook on High for 8 minutes. Follow manufacturer’s guide for quick release, making sure to wait until the cycle is complete before unlocking and removing the lid.
16 replies
  1. Helen in CA
    Helen in CA says:

    Had to add water….due to BURN notice. So then had to use SAUTE to reduce the sauce.

    Also, the 8 min wasn’t long enough to cook the meatballs. But the simmering I had to do to reduce the sauce, finished cooking the meatballs. I added Italian Seasoning and some fennel seeds to the sauce while simmering. All that said: think they’re pretty good and I’ll do this again (prepared by my experiences).

  2. krystal
    krystal says:

    It was a giant mess. The screen kept flashing burn because of the oil in the bottom of the pot from the saute function. After 45 minutes of having the burn screen on and off, we just gave up.

  3. Colleen
    Colleen says:

    Got the burn food notice twice. Added water to my sauce to thin it out. 8 minutes and the meatballs were not cooked through. Definitely add more time. I added 5 more minutes.

  4. Ric
    Ric says:

    Kept getting burn indicator and could not get the instant pot to pressure cook. Ended up slow cooking the meatballs and sauce. Would not recommend this recipe for Instant Pot.

  5. jp
    jp says:

    Just fyi…to avoid getting the burn indicator message, InstantPot recommends taking the inner pot out for 5-10 minutes when switching between the saute and pressure cook functions. Used to get the same burn alerts on recipes until I started doing this.

  6. Monica
    Monica says:

    Would not recommend this recipe! I had to make it into meat sauce in the top stove because it kept burning in the instant pot. 🙁 basically made Italian sloppy joe style.

  7. Marie
    Marie says:

    Really disappointing and unclear recipe. Is it two 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes, or a total of 28 oz? How much is half a box of breadcrumbs (which are sold in different sizes)? I also received a burn notice within about 1 min of pressure cooking so cancelled it and added 2 cups of beef stock and that seemed to solve the problem. Since I had to keep stirring liquid in, some of my meatballs fell apart though.

  8. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    I have made these twice now, both times having received the burn indicator. First time I simply added some water, second time I added water and still the burn indicator persisted. Finally removed all the meatballs and put the trivet it. Put all the meatballs back in piled on and around the trivet. Cooked for 11 minutes based on previous reviews. Is a delish meal but the recipe definitely needs adjustments for cooking time and use of a trivet.

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