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What is better than a rib-sticking, hearty, complexly flavored bolognese? How about when it’s an Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce Recipe that will take literally 45 minutes from start to finish? And most of that time is spend cooking in the Instant Pot, so you don’t have to do anything.
Too good to be true? Nope. You’ve got to give this Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce Recipe a try. It’s meaty (as a bolognese should be) and just coats the pasta so well. And whether you use a slow cooker or the Instant Pot, the meat cooks to the point where the sauce is almost velvety.
The cool thing is that while these directions will tell you to saute the vegetables, you don’t really have to. This recipe could be a great dump recipe. You can just put all the ingredients in together either the Instant Pot, a Slow Cooker, or a freezer bag to be used for later.
The hardest part of this entire recipe is chopping the vegetables. You’re gonna want them pretty small… no one like big chunks of carrot in their sauce, right?
Turn the Instant Pot to saute, add some oil. Once it’s hot, toss in the chopped vegetables. Saute them for 5 minutes or so.
Then add the tomato paste and spices. Mix it up until well blended.
Then add everything else. Yup – just put the ground beef in completely raw – no pre-cooking necessary. However, you don’t want to end up with big hunks of cooked hamburger in your sauce, so it’s very important to mix up everything really well at this step. Break up all the hamburger until you have a pretty homogenous mixture.
Then turn the Instant Pot to the Meat/Stew setting and cook for 30-40 minutes.
Once it’s done and it depressurizes, you will notice that there will be fat from the hamburger boiling on top. But don’t scrape it off. You want this fat in the sauce! It’s part of what makes bolognese so good. So mix it all in. Take a few minutes and stir the sauce while it’s still bubbling a bit. The fat will mix back in the sauce nicely.
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