Instant Pot Goulash

Instant Pot Goulash is a pressure cooked American style beef goulash. Made in an instant with Italian spices, elbow macaroni noodles, a tomato sauce and ground beef. This classic comfort food is a quick, delicious, and inexpensive home cooked meal!

Instant Pot Goulash in Blue and White Bowl

This week has started out a little bit rough. We had an air conditioning leak and it made it’s way into our laundry, kitchen, and dining room. So our house is currently under construction as they say. I think I may lose my hearing with all these drying contraptions they have running.

So cooking has been a little derailed while they have been in and out and working around the house. It seems this may go on for a while. The process of waiting for the next step or person to come, well let’s just say they are not in as big of a hurry as I am to get this finished.

Enough of my whining about that, I promise. But one thing I am so thankful for is my Instant Pot! It really is a miracle pot!!

Pressure cooking this classic comfort food is just what I needed tonight. No matter what reason for needing a quick one pot meal or what day of the week it is, this meal is fast, flavorful, and done in minutes in your Instant Pot!

Stove Top Instructions in Recipe Notes!

What you need for Pressure Cooked Goulash made in an Instant Pot

  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Beef Broth
  • Water
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Italian Spices
  • Large Elbow Noodles

How to make Home Cooked Goulash in a Pressure Cooker

Step 1.  Set your Instant Pot  (I use a 6 qt Pot) to saute. Once hot, add in ground beef, onion, garlic and salt and pepper (to taste). Cook until meat is browned. Drain off fat on papers towels or your favorite way. I use a trusty paper plate with paper towels on top.

Step 2.  Add meat back in to Instant Pot and add tomato sauces, diced tomatoes, beef broth, water, soy sauce, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper (if desired) and noodles. Give it a good stir. Throw in bay leaves.

Step 3.  Put lid on Instant Pot. Turn pressure valve to closed. Set on High Pressure for 4 minutes.

Step 4.  Once time is up turn valve to release (this is called manual or quick release). Remove lid and take out bay leaves. Mix and add additional salt and pepper to taste as needed (if you didn’t salt before cooking)

Step 5.  Top with parmesan or your favorite cheese and parsley!

Pressure Cooked American Goulash in an Instant Pot served in a blue dish

 

How American Goulash Began

I always find a little history behind a dish interesting. In doing a little research, aka wikipedia, tells me that is started showing up in cookbooks as early as 1914. The dish contains some form of meat, spices, and often noodles and cheese. Well doesn’t that just make the best dish! What more do you need??

Goulash was Hungarian in its origins and came from very humble beginnings. Where cowherds would pull together their food items to create a stew like meal that they would cook for themselves over an open fire.

American Goulash is also a very humble, simple, and budget friendly dish! I believe every family needs inexpensive comfort food  recipe in their recipe box to whip up at one time or another!

I hope you enjoy this Instant Pot version, as this delicious money saving meal is made in minutes! And that equals a BIG WIN in my kitchen!

Here are a few Simple Family Meals to add to your menu!

A few things you might find useful when making Pressure Cooker Goulash

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Instant Pot Goulash – American Style Goulash Made in a Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Goulash in Blue and White Bowl

Instant Pot Goulash

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Nikki - Soulfully Made
Instant Pot Goulash is a pressure cooked American style beef goulash. Made in an instant with Italian spices, elbow macaroni noodles, a tomato sauce and ground beef. This classic comfort food is a quick, delicious, and inexpensive home cooked meal!
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 29 ounce can tomato sauce (or two 14.5 ounce cans)
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning (I like to use 1 tbsp oregano and 1/2 tbsp each of basil and parsley, but you can stick with Italian Blend)
  • 3 cups large elbow noodles (about 1 lb)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste (I use 1/2 tsp of each)

Instructions

  1. Turn on 6 quart Instant Pot to saute. Once hot add in ground beef, onion, garlic and salt and pepper (to taste). Cook until meat is browned. Drain off fat.
  2. Add meat back in to Instant Pot and add tomato sauces, diced tomatoes, beef broth, water, soy sauce, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper (optional - you can wait until after cooking if preferred) and noodles. Give it a good stir. Throw in bay leaves. 
  3. Put lid on Instant Pot. Turn pressure valve to closed. Set on High Pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. Once time is up turn valve to release (this is called manual or quick release). Remove lid and take out bay leaves. Mix and add additional salt and pepper to taste if needed. 
  5. Top with parmesan or your favorite cheese and parsley and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can make this on the Stove Top too: Cook pasta according to box instructions and drain. In a deep skillet or sauce pan cook meat over medium high heat until done. Drain. Return to pot and add in ingredients. Stir in cooked pasta and serve.

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    • I am so sorry they didn’t turn out for you! I have made this many times and never had that issue. I would suggest decreasing the water to 1 cup, decrease to 3 minutes, and make sure you quick release, if you make it again, and see if that works better for you. You can also turn on saute when done to let thicken up.

  • Just a suggestion – how about listing the size of the pan, in this case instant pot, you are using? It would mke things easier for people, like me. That way if I don’t have the correct size I can either buy that size or tweak the recipe to fit the size I have.
    Thanks!

  • Silly question, but do you cook the elbow macaroni before putting it into the Instant Pot? I have made this many, many times on the stovetop, but not in my Instant Pot and I am anxious to try this.
    Thank you.

    • No questions are silly. No do not cook the noodles. They will cook in the Instant Pot! I love to make pasta in this. I have a Creamy Mac N Cheese recipes that is so delicious! Good luck and I hope you enjoy!

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