spaghetti with ricotta cheese balls aglio e olio sauce
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Meatless Cheese balls with Whole Grain Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

This makes a restaurant style meal at home under $10 for 4 servings. Delicious and easy 3 in 1 recipe. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: lunch/ dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Khushboo


Instant Pot Method

  • 8 oz Whole Grain Spaghetti
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Italian mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Handful of fresh parsley chopped optional
  • Chili Flakes optional
  • ½ cup Freshly grated Parmesan optional

For Ricotta cheese balls in marinara sauce

  • 1 recipe of Cheese balls link given in the notes.
  • 25 oz jar of preferred store-bought or home made pasta sauce.


  • Break the Spaghetti roughly in half to fit the pot.
  • Switch on the IP on saute mode.
  • Add 2 tablespoons oil.
  • Now add garlic and sautee until light brown .
  • Place the Spaghetti in crisscross layers as shown in the picture above.
  • Add in the water , salt , pepper.
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoon oil on the top.
  • Put on the IP lid and set it MANUAL HIGH 3 minutes.
  • Turn the knob to sealing.
  • After the IP beeps wait for a minute and then carefully do QUICK RELEASE towards venting.
  • When the pin drops carefully open the IP lid.
  • Separate the noodles with a fork or chopsticks.
  • You may see some water still in the pot. Don’t worry it will be soaked by the noodles in no time creating nice thick sauce.
  • Stir in Parmesan and chili flakes if desired.
  • Remove the inner pot and enjoy hot noodles immediately on its own or paired with meatless cheeseballs in marinara sauce.

For Ricotta cheese balls in marinara sauce.

  • Follow the recipe link here for the cheeseballs.
  • Warm up the sauce in a skillet while the pasta is cooking.
  • Dunk in the cheese balls.


Recipe for Ricotta Cheese Balls here. 
8 oz pasta used meaning half the package (16oz).
I have used Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti. This IP method works well with normal Spaghetti. I am not sure if gluten free pasta will turn out well in Instant Pot.
Use the back of a spoon and carefully perform quick release. The Steam coming out is very hot so just be very cautious.
Drop a dish cloth on the vent knob to collect any foam. Herbs and chili flakes are optional but recommended for good flavor.
Use VEGAN PARMESAN if you do not consume dairy or simply skip it.
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is VEGAN . However the Cheese Balls are NOT VEGAN.
If you are not eating immediately then take the noodles out of the steel pot and let it completely cool before storing. Stays well in the fridge without change in texture for 3 days.