Instant Pot Italian Meatballs and Garden Marinara Sauce

Instant Pot Italian Meatballs and Garden Marinara Sauce

We are shamelessly riding this Instant Pot bandwagon and so should you. It’s safer than the avocado green stove top model you’ve had since the 70’s and does so much more. Time to embrace technology, people.

Come to the dark side. We have meatballs.

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Instant Pot Italian Meatballs and Garden Marinara Sauce

Instant Pot Italian Meatballs and Garden Marinara Sauce

  • Author: Fresh. Out.
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, appetizer
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


Instant Pot Italian Meatballs and Garden Marinara Sauce



For the Meatballs

  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey (we used a 1.2 lb package from Aldi)
  • 1/4 of a small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg white
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 12 tsp avocado or extra-virgin olive oil, for browning

For the Sauce

  • 2 14.5-oz cans petite diced tomatoes (with liquid), no salt or sugar added
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 of a small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, quartered and chopped
  • 810 cremini (baby bella) mushroom caps, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers (any colors)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt, more to taste after cooking
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley


  1. Set up your Instant Pot and spritz the bottom of the inner pot with oil to prevent sticking.
  2. You’ll need four large dinner plates. Line two with paper towels (for draining the meatballs after browning). Set aside.
  3. Prep vegetables and set aside.

For the Sauce

  1. In a blender or food processor (we use an inexpensive Ninja pitcher), combine one can of the tomatoes (with liquid), 1/3 cup water, onions, red wine vinegar, monk fruit sweetener, and spices. Pulse until pureed. Add second can of tomatoes and the chopped mushrooms, carrot, and peppers. Stir with a spoon and set aside.

For the Meatballs

  1. In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, parmesan cheese, and dry spices. Add the turkey, egg and onion and mix well with your hands. It will be a bit sticky since there are no breadcrumbs, and the meatballs won’t stay perfectly round.
  2. Use a dough scoop to measure out equal meatball portions. Roll into balls and place on the plates without the paper towels.
  3. Heat a large sauté pan on medium-high heat and add a teaspoon of oil once the pan is hot. Transfer one plate of the meatballs to the pan. Once one side has browned, gently flip the meatballs to brown other side. When both sides are browned, transfer to one of the prepared plates to drain. Repeat with the remaining meatballs until all are browned on both sides. They will not be fully cooked at this point.
  4. Once the meatballs have drained, transfer to the Instant Pot, one plateful per layer. Cover the first layer of meatballs with the sauce and make a second layer with the remaining meatballs. Pour the rest of the sauce over the meatballs.
  5. You may be tempted to add water at this point. Don’t. This will be a thin sauce since the vegetables will break down and release water during the pressure cooking.
  6. Lock the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure the steam release handle is on sealing.
  7. Set the cook time to 10 minutes, and pressure to high. After cooking cycle has completed, wait for natural release. We know you’re hungry now, but this is critical.
  8. After the float valve drops, open and serve. Note: cook time does not include preheating and venting.

Keywords: Instant Pot, keto, meatballs, turkey meatballs, marinara sauce

Serve over zoodles, Miracle Noodles, or as a standalone dish. This epic bread we made is perfect for dipping into the sauce, which can also be made on its own.


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