Pressure-Cooker Sicilian Meat Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min. + releasing


12 servings

Updated: Oct. 15, 2022
People have told me this is better than the gravy their Sicilian grandmothers used to make. But don't tell the older generation that! —Emory Doty, Jasper, Georgia
Pressure-Cooker Sicilian Meat Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each ) crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) Italian tomato paste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped capers, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or additional beef broth
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Select saute setting on a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker and adjust for high heat; add 2 Tbsp. olive oil. In batches, brown the pork on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add remaining oil to pressure cooker; saute onion for 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more. Add next 11 ingredients. Transfer meat to pressure cooker. Pour in broth and red wine; bring to a light boil. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust pressure to high and set time for 35 minutes. When finished cooking, allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes and then quick-release any remaining pressure.
  3. Discard bay leaves. Remove meat from pressure cooker; shred or pull apart, discarding bones. Return meat to sauce. Serve over pasta; if desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 214 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 822mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.

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