Instant Pot Cream Cheese Spaghetti

Instant Pot Cream Cheese Spaghetti – so creamy and delicious! Better than any Italian restaurant!! I wanted to lick the bowl this was so good!! Italian sausage, garlic, Italian seasoning, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, beef broth, cream cheese and parmesan cheese.  Cooks for 9 minutes! Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite!!! #instantpot #spaghetti #pasta #instantpotrecipe #italian

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Easy Spaghetti Made in the Instant Pot

This Instant Pot Cream Cheese Spaghetti is hands-down the BEST spaghetti I’ve ever eaten! It is ridiculously good. Absolutely better than anything I’ve eaten in an Italian restaurant. It is super creamy and has tons of great flavor. I can’t stop thinking about how delicious this Cream Cheese Spaghetti tasted.

I am really starting to LOVE my Instant Pot. The more I use it, the more I love it. I really like that everything cooks in the same pot, and I didn’t have to cook the pasta separately. The Instant Pot is great for when you want a delicious meal and you are short on time.

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How to Make Instant Pot Cream Cheese Spaghetti

This pasta is SUPER easy to make in the electric pressure cooker. Turn Instant Pot on Sauté setting. Remove sausage from casings and cook until no longer pink. Add garlic and Italian seasoning. Cook 1 minute. Turn off Instant Pot. Add spaghetti sauce, and scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot insert to avoid getting a BURN notice. Stir to combine. Break spaghetti in half and place it into the beef mixture. Add beef broth. Stir and make sure pasta is fully covered. Close lid, lock, and seal. Select Manual setting or High Pressure and cook. Quick-release pressure. Open the lid and stir pasta, breaking up any clumps. Stir in cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

  • I used Italian sausage in this recipe. If you aren’t a sausage fan, feel free to swap it out for ground beef or ground turkey.
  • For the jarred spaghetti sauce, I used a jar of Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara. It is the one with the green label. It is my absolute favorite jarred spaghetti sauce. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s close by, I also love Rao’s and La Famiglia Del Grosso sauces. Both are available in the grocery store.
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What to Serve with Spaghetti

This spaghetti is a favorite at our house. It is effortless to make in the electric pressure cooker and tastes AMAZING!! We like to serve the pasta with a salad and some garlic bread. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with the creamy pasta dish:

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Instant Pot Cream Cheese Spaghetti

Yield: 6 people
Instant Pot Cream Cheese Spaghetti – so creamy and delicious! Better than any Italian restaurant!! I wanted to lick the bowl this was so good!! Italian sausage, garlic, Italian seasoning, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, beef broth, cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Cooks for 9 minutes! Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite!!

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (19-oz) package Italian sausage
  • tsp minced garlic
  • tsp italian seasoning
  • 12- oz spaghetti, uncooked
  • 1 (26-oz) jar spaghetti sauce
  • cups beef broth
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • Turn Instant Pot on Sauté setting. Remove sausage from casings and cook until no longer pink. Add garlic and Italian seasoning. Cook 1 minute. Turn off Instant Pot.
  • Add spaghetti sauce, and scrape bottom of Instant Pot insert to avoid getting a BURN notice. Stir to combine.
  • Break spaghetti in half and place onto of beef mixture.
  • Add beef broth. Stir and make sure pasta is fully covered
  • Close Instant Pot lid, lock and seal. Select Manual setting or High Pressure for 9 minutes.
  • Quick release pressure. Open lid and stir pasta, breaking up any clumps.
  • Stir in cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes:

  • I used Italian sausage in this recipe. If you aren’t a sausage fan, feel free to swap it out for ground beef or ground turkey.
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  • For the jarred spaghetti sauce, I used a jar of Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara. It is the one with the green label. It is my absolute favorite jarred spaghetti sauce. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s close by, I also love Rao’s and La Famiglia Del Grosso sauces. Both are available in the grocery store.

Steph

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  1. Hello! I have a Ninja Foodie is there any difference in using it do you know.

    Thank you, have tried so many of your recipes

    1. Used gluten free pasta and increased time to 12 minutes as rice pasta takes longer. It turned out fantastic!

  2. This is the best! I use hamburger instead of sausage or mixture of the two. I also use buccatini to make it very hearty. I have used bowtie and spirals and sauce sticks to them so nicely. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. SO glad you enjoyed it! It is one of our favorites! I love how easy it is to make in the Instant Pot. I’ll have to try bucatini next time. LOVE it!

  3. I used a 1 lb. Box of penne, a 24 Oz. Can of spaghetti sauce, and the same can full of beef broth (since my sauce was smaller I thought it might need a little more liquid). I also just used some left over cooked Italian sausage that I tossed in cold. It came out really well. I think next time I’ll only use half a package of cream cheese and add a bit of salt for our tastes. I served 2, had plenty left for a freezer meal and a lunch, too.

  4. I found this recipe so decided to try it. I am used egg noodles and added more of the beef broth. We loved it. The only thing I would do differently is add twice the amount of italian sausage….

  5. I’m making this recipe for the 4th time this week. Me and my boyfriend just love it. I use a little less Italian sausage than the recipe calls for, and I use hot Italian sausage. Other than that I follow the recipe as directed. Love that I can make it all in one pot! Thanks!

  6. This turned out great!

    I used a mix of Italian Sweet Sausage and Breakfast Sausage.
    Because I didn’t have spaghetti noodles I used linguine noodles.

    Note:
    A-If you use linguine noodles, you’ll need to cook them a bit longer.
    My noodles were Al dente but when I went back for seconds they where good.
    B-Next time I will use only 4 oz of cream cheese.
    C-Add 2-3 more ounces of sauce.

    Hint: To get all of the spaghetti sauce out of the jar/can…pour some of the beef broth into it and shake/stir around and pour in when you add the broth.
    Noodles: Make sure they are scattered and not just plopped in (if so you will have clumps of noodles)

    Leftovers: Freezes up well and reheats well too.

  7. Have made this a couple of times. This time I substituted frozen meatballs and added 2 minutes.

  8. This was my first dinner I made in my new Instant Pot I got for Christmas. It was DELICIOUS! I did change the way I layered the ingredients to avoid the "Burn" notice that sometimes happens with tomato sauces. Basically, I waited to add the spaghetti sauce to the very top of the layer of ground beef/spices, dry spaghetti, and beef broth. I did NOT stir the spaghetti sauce into the bottom layers.

    Also, because I live at 5,000 feet, I added an extra minute to the cook time to accommodate the high altitude. It turned out perfectly! I fed 3 of us and have enough for 3 more lunches.

    Thanks for a great & easy recipe to start off my Instant Potting with!

  9. I noticed when making this that my Italian sausage was sticking to the bottom when I was sautéing it and it made me worry that I might get a burn warning as well. I poured in a few splashes of red wine to deglaze the bottom and that seemed to help.

      1. This looks great! I think after mine is done, I might spoon it into a baking dish, too with a bit of cheese and broil it briefly to make more of a casserole! ☺️

  10. I am just learning to cook with my IP. I have had success every time….3 recipes. Pork, chicken potatoes! I am excited to get more involved and will make this recipe SOON.
    Thanks!

    1. I am sure that you could, but I haven't made it with any other pasta than spaghetti. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  11. Hi amil8, drain if needed as you would any meat that needs the fat drained. the pot comes right out. If cooked in skillet can't help because this is an instant pot recipe,good luck.

  12. Hi ! Others above asked the question about cooking on stove top so I just might give that a try. What I started wondering about was the grease from browning the meat. If you have an instant pot how do you drain the grease? If you don’t, it doesn’t become greasy? Not asking to sound like I’m criticizing, I’m asking cause I’m downright nosy

  13. Hi there! I had actually been thinking about getting an instant pot and decided to go ahead and do it after seeing this recipe! I was a little nervous about cooking the sausage in the pot and using uncooked pasta, but it turned out fabulous! It was a bit too creamy for my family's taste, so I might half the cream cheese next time, but we enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing the recipe and for giving such great instant pot directions.

  14. I love your IP recipes, they sound so delish – unfortunately I don't own an IP but am seriously considering buying one, is there a specific one you can recommend?

  15. This looks fantastic, except I haven't joined the IP revolution as of yet….could I still make on stovetop? I imagine skip the beef broth, and cook spaghetti separately?

    1. What a great idea! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

    2. Hi. I make a very similar recipe on the stove top, almost following the exact same method as Steph does-even cooking the spaghetti in the same pot WITH the broth or water (almost like a homemade Hamburger Helper)-and I bet it would work out wonderfully for you if you tried it that way! I don't have an Instapot either, and this is the technique that I'm going to use! I hope this helps ☺

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