This classic Instant Pot Goulash is one of those one-pot meals that I will be making again and again! It’s hearty, easy, filling and delicious!! When trying to describe it – it falls somewhere along the lines of a little bit like chili and a little bit like spaghetti or maybe like a chili-mac? No matter what you call it, it’s just so, so good.
I’m gonna fess-up and tell you – I’ve never had goulash before. But when I saw a version of this on Pinterest, it called out to me. I love one-pot meals and casseroles. We’re big fans of anything that’s easy, fast, filling and good. And the “good” part is most important! So we made it…
Instant Pot Goulash
Also, my kids are not super picky eaters but they don’t mind calling out a bad dish when I make one either. This Instant Pot Goulash, they decided, is not a bad dish! As the weather starts to cool off, I know I’ll be making this again and again!
By the way, in my googling and researching to write this post, it came to my attention that this dish is also called Johnny Marzetti, or American Chop Suey. I’ve never heard of either in my 43 years, but that’s okay. I like to learn something new every day!
Oh – there’s also Hungarian Goulash. That’s not what this is… this is American Goulash I guess? Made even more American because it’s made in the Instant Pot.
Alrighty, so what’s in this Instant Pot Goulash (for those of you unfamiliar, like me)? It’s got ground beef, noodles, tomato products, spices, and cheese. I mean – these are staple ingredients in most of our kitchens, right?
I was so happy and surprised to see that I already had everything I needed the first time I decided to make this! Also – it only takes 1 minute of cook time once you have it all in the Instant Pot. You cannot beat that!Print
Instant Pot Goulash
- Total Time: 16 minutes
- Yield: 10 servings 1x
This classic Instant Pot Goulash is one of those one-pot meals that I will be making again and again! It’s hearty, easy, filling and delicious!!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 medium sweet onion, finely diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
- 3 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon, Beef Flavored*
- (2) 15-ounce cans tomato sauce
- (2) 15-ounce cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Set the Instant Pot to sauté. When hot, add the olive oil, onion, and garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Then add the ground beef and brown it. When it’s cooked, drain off the excess water/oil.
- Add the water, Better than Bouillon, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, bay leaves, soy sauce, and the remaining seasonings. Stir well. Then stir in the elbow pasta.
- Put on the lid, set to sealing position, and cook on high pressure for 1 minute.
- Quick release the pressure when the time is up.
- Carefully remove the lid, remove the bay leaves, and stir. Do not leave on the “Keep Warm” setting or the pasta will get mushy.
- Top with shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy!
* You could skip this ingredient if you like, or substitute 1 cup of beef broth for one of the cups of water.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 1
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Goulash, Soup, Stew, Beef, Pasta, American Goulash, American