Braised Italian Meatballs
By :The Instant Pot Bible by Bruce Weinstein
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For these tasty meatballs poached in a light tomato sauce, we use Italian sausage and seasoned breadcrumbs so we don’t have to empty a spice pantry to get the right flavors. You could even serve the meatballs on split Italian hero rolls with shredded mozzarella cheese and some of the sauce from the pot. For more classic flair, skip the dried herbs and add 1 tablespoon each of minced fresh basil and oregano, as well as 2 teaspoons stemmed fresh thyme leaves.
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Rating: 4.17
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Max Pressure Cook, Pressure Cook
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 28 ounce diced tomatoes one can
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 1 medium green or red bell pepper stemmed, cored, and chopped 
(1 cup)
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium carrot thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tsp dried basil or oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp table salt

  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb bulk sweet or mild Italian sausage (no casings)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup regular or low-fat milk
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Max Pressure Cook, Pressure Cook
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 28 ounce diced tomatoes one can
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 1 medium green or red bell pepper stemmed, cored, and chopped 
(1 cup)
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium carrot thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tsp dried basil or oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp table salt

  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb bulk sweet or mild Italian sausage (no casings)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup regular or low-fat milk
Votes: 6
Rating: 4.17
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Instructions
  1. Stir the tomatoes, broth, bell pepper, onion, carrot, basil or oregano, thyme, salt, and nutmeg in the cooker.
  2. Mix the ground beef, sausage meat, egg, breadcrumbs, and milk in a large bowl until uniform. With clean, dry hands, form the mixture into 12 balls, using a scant 1/4 cup of the mixture for each. Gently immerse these meatballs into the tomato mixture in the cooker. Lock the lid onto the pot.
  3. Optional 1 Max Pressure Cooker
    Press Pressure cook on Max pressure for 10 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.
  4. Optional 2 All Pressure Cookers
    Press Meat/Stew or Pressure cook (Manual) on High pressure for 12 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.
  5. When the machine has finished cooking, turn it off and let its pressure return to normal naturally, about 25 minutes. Unlatch the lid and open the pot. Serve the meatballs in bowls with lots of the sauce.
Recipe Notes

Beyond
• You must halve the recipe for a 3-quart cooker.
• The sauce is thin. If desired, transfer the meatballs to a serving platter, then stir 1/4 cup tomato paste into the sauce and use the SAUTÉ function at MEDIUM, NORMAL, or CUSTOM 300°F to reduce and thicken the sauce, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes.
• For more flavor, brown the meatballs before cooking them in the pot on a lipped baking sheet in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes, turning occasionally. (They are fragile—turn gently.)
• Grate lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano over the servings, and/or drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

4 replies
  1. Nancy331
    Nancy331 says:

    I kind of doubled the recipe except the meatballs.
    I wasn’t to sure about this because the comments seem to be no so positive. I made sauce on the side. These were the best meatballs i have ever made. The vegetables were just right. I served it over penne pasta.

  2. DedeGonzo
    DedeGonzo says:

    I sauteed the meatballs in the IP first. I ended up using a full 6 oz can of tomato paste at the end because the sauce was so runny. We liked it!

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