Instapot or Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Do you have an instapot? Do you enjoy using it? What about the slow cooker? Is the slow cooker your go to for busy nights?  If you do this recipe is for you!


I have only recently started using an instapot and most recipes I have tried have honestly not been all that great, but not this one! These Italian American meatballs take mere minutes to prepare when you use your pressure cooker. A normal very time consuming meal can become a weeknight dinner!

I truly enjoy making and baking Italian meatballs, but some nights when you need a quick yet family friendly meal this recipe will do the trick. I took my favorite meatballs and changed the breadcrumb and liquid proportion to make it fit for pressure cooking. I am sure if you try these meatballs they will become a favorite of yours too!


By the way if you do not have an instapot you can make these in the slow cooker too! Either way you will have a delicous homemade meal that takes some time to prepare ( forming the meatballs ) and hands off cooking time.

Instapot or Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Note: I have made these meatballs in the slow cooker and instapot. They both work great! Also, if you don’t want to broil the meatballs then skip that step and just gently place in the sauce.


1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/4 cup milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork

1/4 pound italian sausage

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup minced onion

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 cups of homemade or storebought marinara sauce


1. Combine the breadcrumbs, milk, and egg in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Add ground beef, pork, and italian sausage, garlic, parmesan,  parsley, dried basil, and dried oregano.

2 . Mix well and form into 12 large meatballs.

3 For the instapot. Broil the meatballs for3 to 4minutes on each side if you want a crust. Pour the sauce into the cooker and gently place the meatballs into the sauce. Set the cooker to cook 7 minutes at high pressure. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 to 15 minutes and serve with your choice of pasta or greens.

4. For the slowcooker. Pour the sauce into the slowcooker and broil the meatballs in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes on each side to form a crust. Then place the meatballs in the cooker and cook on high for 4 hours.



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