We made sloppy joe pasta and now we’re hooked. There’s no turning back! We’re always craving sloppy joes and our Instant Pot sloppy joe recipe is a great go-to recipe that’s quick, easy and super flavorful. With a big batch left over from sloppy joe recipe testing, we decided to add it to a bowl of fettuccine and everyone was blown away at how delicious it was! Sure, we could have used a regular meat pasta sauce, but the sloppy joe mixture was outstanding.

Instant Pot Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe on a plate with fork

Sloppy Joe Spaghetti or Pasta Recipe

Sloppy joe pasta is different from meat sauce pasta because the sloppy joe mixture is way more flavorful. With a mix of sweet and tang, the flavorful sloppy joe meat over pasta (or even rice) was a perfect combination. It’s a great dinner to have sloppy joe pasta when you’re not into a sandwich, but are craving something more hearty with your sloppy joe. And when it’s made in the instant pot, it’s even so much easier to get dinner ready on the table in less than 30 minutes. Add a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad and you have a fantastic sloppy joe dinner for the whole family. Kids especially LOVE this sloppy joe pasta because what kid doesn’t love noodles and sauce? Give this a try and now you’ll have more options to satisfy your sloppy joe craving beyond the sandwich! Click Here for our –> Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe Recipe.

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Instant Pot Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe on a plate with fork

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Recipe in Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker on cutting board

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Pasta with Instant Pot Sloppy Joe Sauce (Or Slow Cooker)

Add extra seasonings if you want for a burst of extra flavor! When the meat cools down a bit it’ll be less saucy. So if you like saucy sloppy joes, then eat it while it’s still warm!
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For the Sloppy Joe Sauce:

  • 2 pounds (907 g) ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic , minced
  • 1 cup (240 g) Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup (123 g) tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) yellow mustard or dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) chili powder
  • Kosher salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste

For the Pasta:

  • 1 pound (454 g) Pasta of choice (linguini, spaghetti, rotini, etc.) - Cooked to al dente according to package instructions
  • 1 cup (100 g) freshly grated parmesan cheese , optional
  • chopped Italian Parsley , optional for garnish


For Instant Pot

  • Turn Instant Pot on "Sauté”.  Add oil. Sauté onions and garlic until soft and fragrant. Add beef. Cook beef mixture for about 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  • Add ketchup, tomato sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper. Give the mixture a good stir.
  • Close the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. (These are the steps we did for our Instant Pot: Close lid and close pressure release valve. Press "Cancel" to stop the "Sauté" setting.  Press the "Manual" button. Set the time to 10 minutes.)
  • After the cooking time is complete, press "Cancel" and carefully release the pressure.
  • Serve the sloppy joe mixture on top of the cooked pasta and garnished with the optional parmesan and/or parsley.

For Slow Cooker

  • In slow cooker add all the sloppy joe ingredients except for the olive oil (ground beef, onion, garlic, ketchup, tomato sauce, mustard, worcestershire, salt and pepper). Gently mix together all the ingredients to make everything combine well.
  • Cover and cook the mixture on low for 7 hours or about 4 hours on high. After cooked, give the sloppy joe mixture a good stir. 
  • Serve the sloppy joe mixture on top of the cooked pasta and garnished with the optional parmesan and/or parsley.


Recipe was tested in a 4-quart slow cooker and a 6-quart Instant Pot.


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 618kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 91mg, Sodium: 711mg, Potassium: 662mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 400IU, Vitamin C: 4.2mg, Calcium: 190mg, Iron: 3.7mg

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Here’s a beautiful homemade pasta recipe if you want to give it a try!

Our Favorite Cookers:

Whether you prefer a slow cooker, pressure cooker, or a multi-cooker, these kitchen counter appliances help make dinner a little easier for the busy household:

The Crockpot 6qt. Slow Cooker – The original slow cooker. On this on the lid locks down which is great for transporting to potlucks and such. Simple, inexpensive and reliable.
Instant Pot Multi-use Pressure Cooker – It has cult-like following for a reason. It’s a pressure cooker and so much more. Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, & Yogurt Maker. It’s awesome! If  you want a pressure cooker that has a few more bells and whistles (like hands free steam release), this Breville Pressure Cooker is also great.
Cuisinart Multi-Cooker – If pressure cooking is a not your thing but want a bit more than just a slow cooker, this multi-cooker is perfect for you. It can Sauté, Steam, and Slow Cook. Perfect to create those one pot meals.