Instant Pot Oxtail Spaghetti Sauce

  • Author: Amy
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Ragu, sauce, meat sauce, red sauce, gravy, spaghetti sauce…whatever you call it in your house; this braised beef oxtail is swimming in the best ever homemade sauce. Use your favorite noodles (we used long fusili) to make this Sunday-best Instant Pot oxtail spaghetti sauce.



1 lb beef oxtail

1/2 tsp salt 

1/8 tsp black pepper

28 oz diced or crushed tomatoes

6 cloves garlic

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1/4 cup red wine

16 oz pasta, prepared according to package directions


  1. In a food processor, process tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, and salt for 1 minute on high
  2. Using the saute setting on the Instant Pot, brown the oxtail in olive oil on all sides (about 5 minutes)
  3. Remove the oxtail and add onions, saute until translucent (about 2 minutes)
  4. Deglaze the bottom of the Instant Pot with red wine, scraping the brown bits off the bottom
  5. Add oxtail back into the pot, cover in tomato sauce, give the Instant Pot a shake to get sauce under the oxtail
  6. Close the lid on the Instant Pot and push toggle to “sealing”.  Press Manual and adjust the time to 30 minutes.
  7. Cook your pasta of choice according to package directions or stop just short of done and drain.
  8. When finished, carefully* push the toggle to “venting” and vent the steam.
  9.  Combine sauce with noodles and serve or (best) combine with nearly done noodles and allow noodles to cook with sauce for 5 minutes.


* I use a long-handled wooden spoon to switch the toggle to “venting”, keeping my hands away from the steam.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: oxtail, meat sauce, spaghetti sauce, red sauce, pasta sauce, beef pasta sauce, braised oxtail recipe, instant pot oxtail recipe, instant pot spaghetti sauce, oxtail recipes, spaghetti sauce recipe, spaghetti sauce homemade

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