Instant pot goulash is a beautiful medley of pasta, meat, and veggies that originated in medieval Hungary. This wholesome rustic stew has been adapted over time and it’s one of my favorite one-pot meals. Nothing picks me up on a cold blustery day like a big bowl of goulash!
This is one of the heartiest pasta recipes ever and there are many different variations of the dish. This particular instant pot goulash recipe blends a metropolis of herbs and spices to infuse robust flavor deep into the sauce. It practically begs to be eaten!
This instant pot goulash recipe is absolutely awesome – plain and simple! It’s hearty, nutritious and easy to make. There are so many great things about this dish it’s almost hard to list them all so I’ll just touch on some of the most solid qualities.
- Wholesome and nutritious
- Ready fast
- Easy prep
- Great make-ahead meal
- Hearty and satisfying
- Totally customizable
Making goulash soup is really easy. It only takes a few minutes to throw together and it tastes fantastic! Success is all in the technique and I’m gonna’ show you what you need.
Ground Beef – This particular recipe is designed for ground beef. I use 80/20 but 85/15 or 90/10 would work too. Technically you could make it with ground turkey also, but it may not be quite as savory.
Sweet Hungarian Paprika – This noble paprika is often labeled édesnemes and it’s the most commonly exported paprika. You should be able to find this bright red variety of sweet paprika on most grocery store shelves.
Onion, Pepper & Garlic – Sautéing your veggies while you’re cooking your beef is super important because it coaxes out those sweeter mellow flavors that give your instant pot goulash recipe depth.
You’ll also notice that you need to briefly sauté your herbs and spices until they become fragrant. This only takes about a minute, but it perks them up and brings out their complex flavors.
Diced Tomatoes – It’s important that you don’t ‘drain’ your diced tomatoes because you’ll want to add the juice to the instant pot goulash recipe. The diced tomato juice blends with the tomato sauce, broth, and spices to create an intense saucy base for your goulash.
Elbow Pasta – I like to use elbow pasta in this recipe, but you can use any pasta you prefer. It’s best not to use anything too big but you do want a good vehicle for transporting all that yumminess.
Now that you’ve made enough to feed a small village, you’ll want to store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Be sure it cools completely before being prepared for storage.
You can also put it in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag if your fridge is packed and you need the space.
Can You Freeze This?
Yes and no. The sauce freezes great in a food-grade container or freezer bag but the pasta – not so much. If you’re planning to freeze your instant pot goulash recipe, you may want to wait to add the noodles just before serving.
Make Ahead Tips
This instant pot goulash recipe is one of those meals that continue to develop flavor even after it’s cooked. It seems to be even more delicious the next day if that’s possible! I like to make a double batch of this goulash and freeze half of it before I put the noodles in.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
When stored properly, your instant pot goulash will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days. This stuff is so good it probably won’t last that long. It disappears quickly!
One of the best things about beef goulash is that it’s so customizable. Add the veggies you love and leave out the ones you don’t! Here are a few ways you can change things up a bit.
Can I Turn This Recipe Into A Crockpot Goulash?
Making crockpot goulash is one variation but the recipe is a little different from instant pot goulash. I do love that I can ‘set it and forget it.’
How Do Other Countries Make Their Goulash?
This instant pot goulash recipe is adapted from my grandmother’s recipe that has been passed down through the generations.
For something different, you can also make a traditional Hungarian goulash with tender beef and plenty of onions. You can also take things in another direction and make American goulash or even German goulash served over potatoes.
What Other Goulash Recipe I Can Make With Ground Beef?
This instant pot goulash has some intense flavor and its just so satisfying. If you have some extra ground beef, you can also make some hamburger goulash to toss in the freezer for next time.
Instant Pot Goulash
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 pound ground beef, 80/20
- 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons sweet Hungarian paprika
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 3 cups beef broth
- 2 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, juices included
- 2 (15-ounce) canned tomato sauce
- 2 cups elbow pasta (dry)
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- Turn 6.5-quart Instant pot onto saute function. Add the vegetable oil. When display reads "hot". Add the ground beef, onion, red pepper, and garlic and brown and crumble the beef.
- Stir in the paprika, bay leaves, Italian seasoning, oregano, caraway seeds, salt, pepper and soy sauce. Continue to saute, stirring constantly so spices don't burn, until spices become fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Stir in beef broth, diced tomatoes with there liquid, tomato sauce, and pasta.
- Place the lid on and set the "steam release" knob to "sealing". Press the "Manual" button and set to pressure cook on high for 3 minutes.
- When the pressure cooking cycle has completed, do a quick release by switching the valve to the "venting" position to completely release steam before opening lid.
- After the pin drops, carefully open lid away from you (there will likely still be remaining steam). Stir the goulash. Test the pasta. If the pasta is underdone, place the lid back on the pot and let the goulash sit a minute or so until desired doneness is achieved. If goulash becomes too thick, stir in water to thin.
- Ladle into individual bowls, sprinkle with parsley and cheddar cheese then serve.
Instant pot goulash is a warm hearty dish full of wholesome ingredients and robust flavors. It comes together in the blink of an eye making it doable even on a busy weeknight. I often reach for this instant pot goulash recipe to feed a crowd during the holidays or to take to a friendly potluck.
This instant pot goulash is a staple in my kitchen during the cold weather months and I just know you’re gonna’ love it too!
Instant pot goulash is a hearty dish full of wholesome ingredients and robust spices that build layers of yummy flavor to warm you from the inside out.