Juicy Pressure Cooker Meatloaf
Make these Juicy Pressure Cooker Meatloaf soaked in homemade umami tomato sauce. Mouthful of smoky & cheesy meatloaf is satisfying, thrifty & delicious!
Servings Prep Time
2-4servings 20minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
2-4servings 20minutes
Cook Time
Meat Loaf
  • 1 1/2pounds ground beeflean
  • 6strips baconminced
  • 1medium onionroughly chopped
  • 6cloves garlicroughly minced
  • 2large eggsbeaten
  • 1 1/2teaspoons oreganodired
  • 1 1/2teaspoons fennel seedground
  • 3/4teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4cup milk
  • 3ounces cheesea combination of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and Mozzarella cheese taste great in this recipe!
Tomato Sauce
  • 2cups chicken stocklow sodium
  • 13.5ounces tomato sauce1 can
  • 1teaspoon basilfor tomato sauce
  • 2/3cup tomato pastefor tomato sauce
  • 1teaspoon oreganodried, for tomato sauce
  1. Combine all the meatloaf ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients and mix well with your hands. Do not overmix. Make sure the eggs are beaten before adding it to the meatloaf mixture
  2. Test the seasoning by cooking a small portion of the meat mixture on a skillet over medium high heat. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary.
  3. Gently pack the meat mixture together to form a meatloaf. Make sure the meatloaf can fit into your pressure cooker. The thickest part of our meatloaf was almost 4 inches thick.
  4. Fold a piece of aluminum foil into a long strip to form a sling. Make sure it is wide enough to hold the whole meatloaf. This will help you easily transport the meatloaf.
  5. Combine all the tomato sauce ingredients together in the Instant Pot. Mix well until the tomato paste dissolves into the tomato sauce mixture.
  6. Place a steamer rack into the pressure cooker. Place the aluminum foil sling on the rack and carefully place the meatloaf on top of it.
  7. Lock the pressure cooker lid and cook on Manual at High Pressure for 16 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it fully Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
  8. While the meatloaf and tomato sauce are cooking, preheat oven to 450°F.
  9. Remove the meatloaf by carrying the foil sling. Confirm the meatloaf’s internal temperature is at least 160°F with a food thermometer and set aside.
  10. Press Sauté and adjust button twice. Bring the tomato sauce to a simmer and reduce it until desired consistency (Roughly 5 – 8 minutes). Brush the thickened tomato sauce over the whole meatloaf with a silicone basting brush.
  11. Place the meatloaf in the oven on the top rack for 10 – 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes
  1. Tip for Serving Sauce: If you want to serve your favorite pasta or side dish with the easy tomato sauce, make sure to season the tomato sauce with kosher salt and ground black pepper first
  2. How long to cook meatloaf? Pressure cooking time is mostly dependent on the meat’s thickness. The meatloaf we made was almost 4 inches thick (see above picture). So, adjust the cooking time according to your meatloaf’s thickness.
  3. Foil Sling Method (see above picture): we folded a piece of aluminum foil and created a “foil sling”. We placed it on the steamer rack in the pressure cooker before placing the meatloaf in. This makes transporting the meatloaf so much easier!
  4. Mixing in the Tomato Paste: Mixing in 156 ml tomato paste to 898 ml of tomato sauce + chicken stock mixture should not cause scorching. If you are unsure, pour it in without mixing it into the tomato paste.
  5. Serving Sauce: If you’re serving your favorite pasta or side dish with the easy tomato sauce, make sure to first season it with kosher salt and ground black pepper.