Make this Ninja Foodi spaghetti bolognese recipe for a hearty, flavorful and delicious dinner. With just a few simple ingredients, you can put together a tasty and family-friendly meal in no time.
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ninja foodi spaghetti
Can you cook spaghetti bolognese in the Ninja Foodi? The answer is an absolute yes! The pasta cooks in a rich tomato sauce that infuses every noodle to give you a simple yet flavorful meal!
Here are a few reasons why you will love this recipe!
- this recipe can be made using the Instant Pot, and other pressure cookers! All you need to do is set the timing right!
- easy and quick: it keeps things fast and simple by using canned tomatoes or jar sauce.
- simple one-pot meal!
- a great recipe for meal-prep!
This is a summary of the ingredients needed to make Ninja Foodi spaghetti bolognese, as well as possible options for substitution. See the full measurements in the recipe card provided below.
- cooking oil - you will require some olive oil or your favorite cooking oil.
- minced meat - here, you can use ground beef, pork, veal, lamb, or even a combination of all or some of these meats.
- seasoning - salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning, thyme, dried basil – or a handful of fresh leaves, rolled and sliced
- vegetables - an onion, cloves of garlic, and a carrot.
- other kitchen staples - dry spaghetti, tomato paste, jar diced tomatoes, brown sugar (optional), and beef stock or water.
how to cook spaghetti in the ninja foodi
This is a summary of how to make spaghetti in the ninja foodi. See the detailed steps in the recipe card provided below.
- First, heat olive oil in the Ninja Foodi, fry the onion, and allow the garlic to sizzle.
- Add the carrots, and minced meat (ground beef) and allow the meat to brown. Use your cooking spoon to break the meat into smaller pieces.
- Next, add the tomato paste, salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning, basil, and thyme and cook for a few minutes. Add the brown sugar and beef stock (or water) then combine.
- Break the spaghetti into halves or thirds and add them to the Ninja Foodi. Top with canned tomatoes or jar sauce, and do not stir. Pressure cook.
- Once done, do a quick pressure release, and allow the spaghetti to sit for a few minutes. Carefully stir to combine.
- Garnish with some basil if preferred, serve, and enjoy!
what is the cooking time for spaghetti in the ninja foodi?
As a general rule, you require 7-10 minutes to cook spaghetti using the high pressure cooking setting, in the Ninja Foodi. This excludes the time you will need to saute the meat or cook the sauce. Also, note that the time may differ, depending on the type of noodles you are using, the specific brand of Ninja foodi you are using, and sometimes even the altitude of your location, as all these tend to affect the pressure cooking.
This dish is a meal by itself which means you can just enjoy it as it is, if you like to keep things simple. I like to serve mine with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh herbs, such as basil. Here are a few other suggestions for what to serve your spaghetti with:-
- It is no secret that garlic bread goes well with any pasta dish. Try serving them with some air fryer frozen garlic bread!
- Your favorite salads! Jamaican coleslaw, shrimp and beet salad, or some German celeriac salad are just a few tasty examples to try!
- Vegetables: such as this Jamaican steamed cabbage or Wirsing (German Savoy cabbage).
- Alternatively, simply enjoy it with a simple glass of water, fruit juice, or your favorite wine!
tips to nailing this recipe
- Start with quality ingredients: Use good quality pasta, ground beef, canned tomatoes, and other vegetables.
- Use your favorite vegetables such as chopped celery, in addition to the carrot.
- Make ninja foodi spaghetti with no meat by leaving out the ground beef (minced meat) and following the rest of the steps in this recipe.
- Make this recipe vegan and vegetarian by using vegan ground beef alternatives or soya chunks.
- The brown sugar is optional so feel free to leave it out if watching your sugar intake.
refregerating and freezing instructions
Use leftover spaghetti or allow to cool and keep in airtight fridge, and freezer-friendly containers. It will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days and in the freezer for 2-3 months. Bear in mind that the quality of the spaghetti may deteriorate over time, especially if it's stored for longer than the recommended time.
Additionally, when reheating the cooked spaghetti, make sure to heat it thoroughly to an internal temperature of at least 165°F (73.8°C) to ensure that it's safe to eat.
frequently asked questions
1. Use enough liquid: To prevent the noodles from clumping together, make sure to use enough liquid. This can be anything from broth, wine, to water.
2. Ensure that you use enough oil. The oil coats the spaghetti strands which helps prevent the noodles from clumping together.
3. Use high quality noodles such as those made from durum wheat, which has a rough surface that helps prevent the noodles from sticking together.
4. Break spaghetti in half: Breaking spaghetti in half before cooking will not only make it easier to fit the spaghetti in the Ninja foodi, but it will also help ensure the noodles get covered by the liquid so they cook properly.
5. Quick release pressure: Once the cooking time is up, do a quick pressure release to immediately release pressure, and prevent the spaghetti from overcooking.
The brown sugar helps cut down the acidity in the tomatoes. This is totally optional so feel free to skip it if you prefer. You can also substitute the brown sugar for honey. Alternatively, stir in some cream, a pinch of baking soda, or some butter. Here is a good resource about how to cut down acidity in tomato dishes.
Yes, you can use this recipe for other types of pasta. Just make sure that you are using dried and not fresh pasta. Use the same cooking time you use for pasta, linguine, and tagliatelle. For shorter, thicker pasta shapes like bows or penne, add 2 minutes to the cooking time. With this said, bear in mind that different pasta varieties may require a shorter or longer time to cook.
more ninja foodi recipes
Don't miss out on other flavorful Ninja Foodi recipes! For breakfast, make some Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Toast, Air Fryer Scrambled Eggs or Air Fryer Baked Oats. Our Ninja Foodi Dehydrated Apples make the perfect snack!
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Ninja Foodi Spaghetti
- 1-2 tablespoon olive oil (depending on how lean your minced meat is)
- 1 medium-sized onion chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic (see notes) finely minced or crushed
- 500 g minced meat (ground beef, pork, veal, or lamb) (17 oz)
- 1 carrot diced
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper (use more or less, to taste)
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp dried basil or a handful of fresh leaves, rolled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon thyme (fresh or dried)
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
- 1000 ml beef stock (4 ¼ cups) (or water)
- 500 g dried spaghetti (17 oz)
- 2 cans diced tomatoes or jar sauce (400g or 14.5oz each)
- Set your Ninja Foodi to the Saute function, under the medium-high heat setting.
- Add olive oil, chopped onion, and garlic, and fry for 2-5 minutes, or until fragrant.
- Add the minced meat and carrot, and allow the meat to brown. Use a spatula or a wooden spoon to break the meat into smaller pieces.
- Add tomato paste, salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning, basil, and thyme. Stir and cook for a further 5 minutes. Useful Tip: taste and adjust the seasoning at this point as it will be difficult to season once the sauce gets absorbed into the spaghetti.
- Add the brown sugar and beef stock (or water) then combine. Break the spaghetti into thirds or half and add them on top of the meat sauce.
- Top with the canned tomatoes or jar sauce, but do not stir.
- Using the pressure cooker lid, close your Ninja Foodi and turn the nozzle to the SEAL setting. Pressure cook on high for 7 minutes.
- Once the cooking time is up, do a quick pressure release to release the pressure. Remove the lid and allow it to rest for 3 minutes so any remaining liquid gets absorbed into the noodles.
- Carefully stir to combine, garnish if preferred, then serve and enjoy.
- Use a teaspoon of garlic powder in place of fresh garlic.
- The brown sugar helps cut out the acidity in the tomatoes. This is optional so feel free to leave it out if you prefer.
- Garnish your spaghetti bolognese with chopped herbs, or grated Parmesan cheese.