Over head picture of Instant Pot goulash to show off the ground beef, noodles, tomatoes and green peppers.
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Instant Pot Goulash

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Instant Pot Goulash is a one of my family’s favorite dinner recipes. Packed full of hearty ground beef, macaroni pasta and just the right amount of spaghetti sauce and spices. Made in a pressure cooker so it’s easy and ready to eat in 25 minutes.

Close up of Instant Pot goulash in a white bowl.

If you are anything like me. You love to use your Instant Pot for dinner on busy school nights. It makes it so easy to put everything in the pot then go about life. It can be hard to make a hearty and healthy meal. While trying to deal with homework and early bedtimes for the kids.

This version of classic goulash is mostly hands off after you cook the ground beef and veggies. Then you can dump everything else in and let the pressure cooker do its thing. After you will have a hearty meal that is packed full of protein.

If you are looking for some other great meals to cook in your pressure cooker. You definitely need to try our Instant Pot BBQ Chicken or our Instant Pot Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup. All these yummy recipes go great with our Garlic Knots.

Instant Pot Goulash Ingredients

  • Ground Beef: A lower fat content works best and can be substituted with turkey.
  • Olive Oil: Used to sautee the veggies.
  • Green Pepper: I like to chop into a little bit larger pieces.
  • Yellow Onion: I prefer the flavor of the yellow onion. But you can substitute it with a white or sweet onion.
  • Garlic: Fresh minced garlic is always best, but you can use this Minced Garlic in a jar.
  • Beef Broth: This adds so much flavor and I would not skip or replace this.
  • Pasta Sauce: I always use Prego, but you can use your favorite pasta sauce.
  • Tomatoes: Canned diced tomatoes work great. But you can substitute with 2 cups of fresh diced tomatoes.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Adds a unique flavor profile and you can adjust to your liking.
  • Italian Seasoning: Adds so much flavor and shouldn’t be skipped.
  • Salt & Black Pepper: You can adjust to your liking.
  • Elbow Macaroni: I have found that this is the best pasta for this recipe.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Used in the recipe and more can be added for a garnish.
All the ingredients to make American style Instant Pot goulash.

How To Make Instant Pot Goulash

If you have ever cooked pasta in the Instant Pot and it has come out crunch or mushy. So now you are a little hesitant to make another pasta dish in your Instant Pot. Don’t worry I have perfected this recipe. So that if you use elbow macaroni and cook it like the directions say. The pasta will come out perfect every time.

  • Turn the the Instant Pot to saute. Add olive oil, diced green pepper, garlic and diced onion. Stir often until onions become translucent. About 3-4 minutes.
  • Add ground beef, cook until completely browned. About 3-4 minutes. With a spoon remove any excess grease.
  • Add beef broth, water, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Scrap bottom of the pressure cooker to remove any stuck pieces of ground beef and incorporate spices.
  • Turn Instant Pot off and add elbow macaroni. Layer on top of ground beef evenly. Press macaroni lightly down into ground beef. Do not stir.
  • Pour pasta sauce over macaroni making sure to coat evenly. Then dump in diced tomatoes.
  • Put lid on Instant Pot and set valve to sealing. Select pressure cook high, high pressure. Set time to cook for 3 minutes.
  • When goulash is done cooking. Turn of the Instant Pot and open valve to release pressure. Remove move lid and gradually stir in cheddar cheese. Make sure to mix all ingredients well.
  • Serve immediately and garnish with more cheddar cheese. Enjoy!
Close up of American stylish goulash after being cooked in a pressure cooker.

What To Do With Leftover Pressure Cooker Goulash

  • Refrigerate: Goulash will stay good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. As long as it is stored in and airtight container.
  • Freezing: This is a recipe that I recommend not freezing. Cooked pasta dishes tend to be mushy after being frozen then reheated.
  • Reheating: Most leftovers I recommend to reheat them on the stove top or in the oven. But this is one of those recipes that reheat well in the microwave. Making it perfect for leftovers at work or on a busy night with the family.

What Is The Difference between Hungarian and American Goulash?

The two classic dishes may share a name, but the two recipes are very different from each other. Hungarian goulash is more of a stew or vegetable soup made with braised beef, Hungarian paprika and other spices. American goulash is more of a pasta based comfort food. It is typically made with ground beef, pasta, tomatoes and green peppers in a cheesy tomato sauce.

Pressure cooker goulash in a bowl with a side of cheese bread and more goulash in the pot.

Variations On Instant Pot Goulash

  • Use ground turkey to make it a bit more healthy
  • Add more veggies like mushrooms, carrots, zucchini or even more peppers. Anything that you think might go well with this pasta dish will work out great.
  • You different types of cheese like Monterey jack or Colby Jack cheese. You can also use a low fat version of cheese to make it a little lighter.
  • Use a different pasta like shells or rigatoni. For thinner pasta you made need to lower the cooking time to 2 minutes. As general rule most people say the the cook time is half of what is listed on the box. But I have found that most pasta only takes 2-3 minutes to cooked to al dente.
Over head picture of Instant Pot goulash to show off the ground beef, noodles, tomatoes and green peppers.

Instant Pot Goulash

Old Fashioned Instant Pot Goulash is a one of my family's favorite recipes. Packed full of hearty ground beef, macaroni pasta and just the right amount of spaghetti sauce and spices. Made in a pressure cooker so it's easy and ready to eat in 25 minutes.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, pasta
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 342 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium green pepper (diced)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 24 ounces pasta sauce (I used Prego traditional)
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes (1 can)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)
  • cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Turn the the Instant Pot to saute. Add olive oil, diced green pepper, garlic and diced onion. Stir often until onions become translucent. About 3-4 minutes.
  • Add ground beef, cook until completely browned. About 3-4 minutes. With a spoon remove any excess grease.
  • Add beef broth, water, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Scrap bottom of the pressure cooker to remove any stuck pieces of ground beef and incorporate spices.
  • Turn Instant Pot off and add elbow macaroni. Layer on top of ground beef evenly. Press macaroni lightly down into ground beef. Do not stir.
  • Pour pasta sauce over macaroni making sure to coat evenly. Then dump in diced tomatoes.
  • Put lid on Instant Pot and set valve to sealing. Select pressure cook high, high pressure. Set time to cook for 3 minutes.
  • When goulash is done cooking. Turn of the Instant Pot and open valve to release pressure. Remove move lid and gradually stir in cheddar cheese. Make sure to mix all ingredients well.
  • Serve immediately and garnish with more cheddar cheese. Enjoy!

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 31gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 651mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5g
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30 Comments

  1. Jessica Formicola

    5 stars
    I love goulash, but I’ve never made it in the Instant Pot! I can’t wait to make this for dinner this week!

  2. 5 stars
    I have never made Goulash but this sounds amazing..I will surely try it

  3. 5 stars
    We used to make something like this all the time when I was little, but haven’t had it in so long that I forgot how to make it. This recipe is so close to what I used to make and just as good! Thanks.

  4. 5 stars
    My family loves easy dinners like this for busy weeknights. Great recipe!

  5. Chris Collins

    5 stars
    I love Goulash so much and your version looks so delicious! Total comfort food! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    I am always looking for new ways to use my instant pot and this looks delicious. So comforting.

  7. 5 stars
    I love this instant pot goulash. It was the perfect, easy dinner last night! The flavors were wonderful and it was so filling. I will definitely be making this again very soon!

  8. Carrie Robinson

    5 stars
    My family would absolutely love this! 🙂 And I love that it is made in the instant pot.

  9. 5 stars
    Such an easy and flavorful dinner idea! Thanks for sharing!

  10. 5 stars
    Yummy! My husband is going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to give this a try! Looks so delicious and tasty!

  11. 5 stars
    This looks super delicious! I love how quick and easy it is to create recipes using your instant pot! I make a vegan version of goulash with lentils, and it’s always a favorite in my house! Great comfort food for the winter.

  12. 5 stars
    I have never made goulash before, but there is always that first time and I am ready for the challenge.

  13. 5 stars
    A fantastic comfort food recipe perfect for a cold night inside. Delicious!

  14. Genevieve | Fitty Foodlicious

    5 stars
    Goulash is a staple in our house! It’s super easy to make and wonderful for picky eaters. I love that you cooked this in an Instant pot. Easy and delicious!

  15. 5 stars
    Love how simple and easy this was to make! Definitely one of those meals that the whole family enjoys!

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