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Instant Pot Goulash is a 4-minute meal

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Instant Pot Goulash is a 4-minute meal that will change your dinner time routine! Hearty, loaded with vegetables and meat, and perfect for those busy nights you need something fast! 

Back to school time is always so busy. I am always looking for a quick weeknight one-pot meal that does not include going through a drive-thru.  Using my Instant pot has really been a savior.

Instant Pot Goulash


Instant Pot Goulash 

I have found my family eats a lot healthier since I have started using it.  Better than take-out Beef and Broccoli is one of my favorite dishes in the instant pot. My husband raves about it. Tonight I wanted to share with you Instant Pot Goulash 4 Minute Meal. 


What is Goulash

American Goulash should not be mixed up with other Goulash recipes around the world. American Goulash, which is what this recipe is, consists of sauce, meat, and pasta and vegetables. A hearty one-pot dinner that many households know and love. 


Goulashes from around the world are all so different. Some use Lang, stew meat and other ingredients in the dish. They are more stew-like. 


What Type of Vegetables Can Go In Goulash


This dish is great you can add any veggies you like. I used zucchini and mushrooms tonight but I have used peppers and mushrooms before. Load up on veggies and sneak them in, where your kids won’t notice! 


Substituting Ground Beef In Instant Pot Goulash is a 4-minute meal

Also, you can substitute the hamburger meat for sausage or ground turkey. I just love all the Instant Pot One-Pot Meals using ground beef.  Instant Pot Homemade Lasagna Helper is another one of my best meals.



Freezer Prep Instant Pot Goulash

I wanted to point out that you can freeze your Instant Pot Goulash for meal prepping. Then toss all the items you prepped earlier into the Instant Pot set and forget. It makes this Pressure Cooker Goulash a dump and go recipe! 

Then for anyone who struggles to get dinner on the table will find this recipe will simplify your life in so many ways! 


Best Pasta To Use For Goulash

I really enjoy the pairing of elbow macaroni. I find it is the right size so when you fork up some you are able to get a mix of items on your spoon. 


But you can reach for other smaller kinds of pasta like shells, bow tie, etc. you can improvise if you do not have elbow on hand. 

No Instant Pot? You can still have a one-pan old fashioned goulash

What to Pair With Goulash 

  • Bread | Any type of bread, dinner rolls etc. It is tasty to pair and great for slathering up juices. 
  • Olive Garden Copy Cat Bread Sticks
  • Cornbread | This is a fantastic side that brings out rich flavors! 
  • Vegetable | Serve up corn, green beans, or any other vegetables on the side. 
  • Salad | A light salad with your favorite dressing is always tasty. It will help lighten the heaviness of the dish. 

This dish can be served as an all in one meal. But feel free to add any sides that sound good for you and your family.


Topping Ideas for Instant Pot Goulash is a 4-minute meal

  • Shredded cheese
  • Green onions
  • Splash of hot sauce for heat 
  • A dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt

How Long Will Goulash Store In Fridge

If stored properly you can expect your Goulash to last 3-4 days in the fridge. I always recommend using your best judgment. 


I really can’t believe how simple it was to make Instant Pot Goulash. Brown the meat add the veggies and pasta that’s about it! Have a full dinner on the table in under 10 minutes.  Instant Pot Hamburger Helper is just as easy!

Instant Pot Goulash

Instant Pot Goulash

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

Instant Pot Goulash is a 4-minute meal that will change your dinner time routine! Hearty, loaded with vegetables and meat, and perfect for those busy nights you need something fast! 


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 16 oz dry pasta 
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 Pepper chopped
  • 4 cups Water
  • 16 oz Cheddar Cheese 


  1. Place your instant pot on saute. 
  2. Add Olive Oil and onion cook 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until crumbles.
  4. Add pasta.
  5. Next, add marinara sauce.
  6. Add mushrooms and peppers.
  7. Add 4 cups of water.
  8. Do not stir.
  9. Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
  10. Do a quick release.
  11. Stir in Cheese 
  12. Serve.


You can add any veggies you like today we had mushrooms and peppers at home

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 488Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 861mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 7gSugar: 12gProtein: 25g

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  1. Thanks for this recipe! Could you please clarify as to what size jar of sauce, as I know that the amount of liquid is important with the instant pot… Especially when you put uncooked pasta in. Thanks again !

      1. I used a. 26oz jar of pasta sauce but a 32oz would probably be fine also.
        Just made recipe..about to give it a taste..smells great!

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  3. I made this with pasta and it was so good! Tonight hubby suggested we try it without the pasta but over rice. Excited to see how this goes.

  4. So basically 2 16oz jars of sauce and fill both jars with water? I never paid attention to the jar oz, I grab 1 of lassico or barilla. I dont believe 1 jar is 32oz, i may be wrong, but either way…same amount of water to sauce?

    1. Oh and when you brown the beef in the instant pot, what about the grease? I saw one that said use a ladle? How in the world would that work? Pull the HOT pot out and drain? There is no way I want to leave grease in my food.

  5. It’s funny because I have been eating American goulash since I was a kid and we all (my whole family) make it differently. My aunt makes it one way that is different from how my mom always made it. I haven’t tried it in the Instant Pot yet, but definitely will!

  6. The picture you have here looks so appealing…I want to make it the same way. What is the green leafy ingredient? Also what is it that resembles parmesan cheese?

  7. Cook on manual for 4 minutes.
    Stir in Cheese
    Do a quick release.

    How do you stir in the cheese before you release the pressure? Do you add the cheese before or after the pressure cooking?


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