Instant Pot Freekeh Marinara Meatballs

Freekeh Marinara Meatballs
Freekeh Marinara MeatballsCourtesy of Freekeh Foods

These Instant Pot freekeh meatballs make weeknight dinners a breeze.



Serve them over traditional pasta, or zucchini noodles, on a sandwich, or on their own. Aside from being incredibly versatile, they’re perfect for meal prep. Leftovers stay good in the fridge for up to 3 days, and you can freeze for 6 months. No food waste here.

Recipe courtesy of Freekeh Foods.

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Prep time

20 min.

Cook time

30 min.

  • 2 cups cooked freekeh
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup water or broth
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats or oatmeal flakes
  • 4 tablespoons almond flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/3 cup basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper or freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • A dash of sea salt of Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 (24 ounce) jarred marinara sauce (to use in the Instant Pot)
Large bowl, mix all meatball ingredients together using your clean hands.
Pinch off about a 4 tablespoon portion of meat mixture and gently roll between your hands to form a ball. Continue rolling meatballs placing them on a platter. Wash your hands thoroughly.
Pour the marinara sauce into the Instant Pot. Drop the meatballs in a clockwise direction so they are in an even layer, then fill the center and start again with a second layer if necessary until you run out of meatballs.
Place lid on Instant Pot and switch valve to "sealing". Press "Manual" and set to high pressure using the "adjust" button. This will take 10-12 minutes. Use the +/- to set the Instant Pot to 7 minutes.
When time is up, allow to slow release for 5 minutes. Then turn off the Instant Pot and do the quick release very carefully letting the steam release and open the lid. When removing the lid, lift it away from you to create a shield to block the steam.
Meatballs can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for 6 months.