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Instant Pot Italian Tomato Meatballs (Whole30, Paleo, Gluten-Free)

Instant Pot Meatballs In Tomato Sauce (Paleo, Whole30, GF)

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


Homemade Instant Pot meatballs in Italian tomato sauce made from scratch. This is a healthy meatball recipe with no added sugar or breadcrumbs. It is gluten-free, paleo and Whole30 friendly.



For the meatballs

  • 1.5 lb / 700 g ground beef (beef mince)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt (optional, if not using, add 1/2 tsp regular salt)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 long fresh red chili, chopped (or 1/2 tsp red chili flakes or powder)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1 can diced tinned tomatoes (400 ml)


  1. Combine the ground beef with the spices and salt in a bowl and mix through well using clean hands. Roll the mixture into small 2-inch balls and set aside.
  2. Press the Sauté key on the Instant Pot (it should say Normal, 30 mins). Add the olive oil, onions, chill and salt and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring a few times. Then press Keep Warm/Cancel.
  3. Add the meatballs, sprinkle with garlic and pour over the tinned tomatoes. Stir through and spread the meatballs evenly in the sauce.
  4. Place and lock the lid, making sure the steam releasing handle is pointing to Sealing. Press Manual, High pressure and set to 5 minutes. After 3 beeps the pressure cooker will start going.
  5. Release the pressure naturally, for about 10 minutes, which will finish cooking the meatballs. Follow by a quick release to let out any remaining pressure.
  6. Serve over spaghetti, rice, sliced baguettes or with a side of cauliflower rice or steamed vegetables for a Whole30/Paleo friendly meal.


  • Serving Size: 3-4 meatballs and sauce
  • Calories: 302
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 1285.6 mg
  • Fat: 12.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.2 g
  • Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 39.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 105 mg

Keywords: Italian, Ground Beef, Tomatoes