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Instant Pot Goulash

  • Author: Rose Atwater
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Put on the lid, set to sealing position, and cook on high pressure for 1 minute.
  4. Quick release the pressure when the time is up.
  5. Carefully remove the lid, remove the bay leaves, and stir. Do not leave on the “Keep Warm” setting or the pasta will get mushy.
  6. 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