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Instant Pot Mom’s Goulash

  • Author: Karen Petersen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Not an authentic version of “goulash” but what my mom would call goulash when I was growing up! Whatever you call it, it tastes amazing.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth (or 1 1/2 cups water + 1 1/2 tsp Better than Bouillon Beef Base)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 oz cavatappi noodles, cellentani or elbow macaroni noodles (uncooked)
  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup grated medium cheddar cheese
  • Optional: 1/4 cup fresh basil


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the ground meat. Use a wooden spoon to break it up (or a tool like this*). Brown the meat for about 3 minutes then add in the onion. Let the onion get soft and translucent, about 3-4 more minutes. Add in the salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic cloves and Worcestershire sauce. Stir.
  2. Pour in the beef broth and deglaze the pot. Add in the bay leaf and the noodles. Then pour the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes on top, don’t stir.
  3. Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 4 minutes on high pressure.
  4. When the timer beeps indicating the time is up move the valve to venting. Once all the pressure is release, remove the lid. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Stir.
  5. Sprinkle in the cheddar and serve topped with fresh basil, if desired.


I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. To make gluten free: Double check the beef broth to be sure it does not contain gluten. Substitute noodles for GF noodles and decrease cook time by 1 minute in the IP.

  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 418
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 1280 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46 g
  • Protein: 27 g

Keywords: pasta, ground beef