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Ragu Meat Sauce (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

This naturally gluten free and dairy free Instant Pot Meat Sauce Ragu will be your go-to for your spaghetti noodles and lasagna. It is extremely easy to make in the Instant Pot and makes enough for 2 spaghetti dinners or one lasagna.

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As a young girl my Ex-Step Dad made homemade Spaghetti Meat Sauce, I loved eating it. I remember sneaking in the kitchen while it cooked. (It would slow cook all day) I would dip bread in it and I thought it was sooo amazing.

I made this in the Instant Pot and in 30 minutes I had homemade Meat Sauce for our pasta that tasted like it had been slow cooking all day. You can absolutely slow cook it but the instant pot gives you slow cooked results in a half hour or less!

Instant Pot Meat Sauce


I had always wanted to make my own Meat Sauce and I was finally up for the task this week. Let me tell you… I will be using this sauce from now on, exclusively. It made enough for 2 meals so I stuck half of it in the freezer.


The coconut sugar is totally optional and I prefer it without. For a more traditional type Meat Sauce you might want to include it. I would recommend trying it with it the first time and then without the next time to decide.


This will be your go-to for Gluten Free Meat Sauce for pasta and lasagna. If you are freezing the leftover pasta you simply need to pull it out and thaw it. Reheat it and serve it over your noodles.

5 from 1 vote

Meat Sauce

The perfect sauce to top your noodles, or use in a lasagna. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Homemade Sauce, Meat Sauce
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 267 kcal


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 TBSP. Avocado Oil
  • 3 TBSP. Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 2 Carrots (diced)
  • 1 TBSP. Dried Parsley
  • 1 TBSP. Dried Oregano
  • 1 TBSP. Dried Basil
  • ½ tsp. Thyme
  • ½ tsp. Marjoram
  • 1 tsp. Rosemary
  • 1 ½ tsp. Granulated Garlic
  • ½ tsp. Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
  • 6 oz. Tomato Paste
  • 14.5 oz. Can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz. Can of Stewed Tomatoes
  • 15 oz. Tomato Sauce
  • 1 TBSP. Coconut Sugar


  1. In your Instant Pot (on sauté mode) or Stock Pot, heat the oil.
  2. Add the onion, carrots and garlic. Cook for 1 minute then add the beef.
  3. Brown the beef and add all of the seasonings. Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Turn off the sauté mode and add all of the tomato ingredients and sugar. Stir well.
  5. Put on manual low setting for 25 minutes and cook.
  6. To slow cook this you will add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Break up the meat and mix well. Cook on high for 6 hours stirring every hour or so.
Nutrition Facts
Meat Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 812mg35%
Potassium 1035mg30%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 3440IU69%
Vitamin C 24.2mg29%
Calcium 184mg18%
Iron 7.1mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. Diana Slater says:

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delish! So easy in the instant pot too. The only change I made was to add 1/2 tsp of Worcestershire. I don’t think I’ll be buying the jar stuff any more.

    1. livingfreelygf says:

      Thank you Diana! I am so happy that you enjoyed it. I love freezing it too for easy meals.