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How to make Pasta and Meatballs in the Ninja Foodi

The most exciting part of this meal was being able to Air crisp my meatballs using the Air crisp lid and the crisping basket the Ninja Foodi comes with. That was a complete game changer for me. I don’t know about you, but I am not into rubber ball meatballs. That is how they would come out in the Instant Pot. Not to mention, sometimes they would blow up like big balloons and shrivel back down again. That was odd!

Even though I cheated and used frozen meatballs, and a jarred sauce, a bit doctored up, my family really, really loved this meal! I also loved that I could add shredded cheese on top, then bake that at the end. So cool!

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How to make Pasta and Meatballs in the Ninja Foodi

How to make Pasta and Meatballs in the Ninja Foodi

Servings 6


  • 25 Frozen meatballs
  • 1 lb. Pasta elbow, ziti, etc.
  • 32 oz. Favorite jarred sauce
  • 1 jar Water
  • 1 cup Shredded cheese


  • First, using the crisper basket your Ninja Foodi comes with. Add meatballs in single section. Enough to cover the entire bottom of the crisper basket. 20-25 small ones. Pull down Crisping lid and set to Air Crisper, 350 for 18 minutes. Check midway to see if you need to turn them. Remove basket and set aside. Add jarred sauce, fill the jar with water and add to the pot. Add in additional seasoning if you prefer. As mentioned I added a little bit of Rosemary and Italian seasoning. You may add a splash of red wine to the mix if you like as well. Add pasta, and lightly submerge and be sure the pasta is covered. Set pressure cooker to High Pressure 6 minutes and allow to naturally release for 3 minutes, then do a quick release. Be sure the pin has dropped and carefully remove lid away from face. Add meatballs back in and stir gently. Top with shredded cheese and set Air crisp lid down and set on 375 for 5 minutes. Serve with Italian bread, hot pepper flakes, and fresh parmigiana cheese on top. ENJOY!!~

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