This Instant Pot Goulash is a delightful blend of meat, pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese. It has a cook time of 6 minutes in the Instant Pot, and will satisfy your family’s cravings without needing to slave away over the stove!
This week I’m cooking the Czech Republic on my blog! I’m having such a fun time cooking some of the best Czech recipes that the country has to offer. I’ve had the idea to make Goulash for a long time, and decided that this week was finally the week!
Unfortunately, after some further research I realized that this recipe for Instant Pot Goulash is an Americanized version and is not very comparable to a Hungarian or Czech Goulash.
Though it may not fit in with Czechia week, this Instant Pot Goulash is still a DELICIOUS meal that you’re going to want on your table! It comes together quickly, and has a little something of everything for the family to love. Keep reading for instructions on how to make it!
What Ingredients are in this Instant Pot Goulash?
Canned tomato sauce
Canned diced tomatoes
Cheddar cheese, shredded
How to Make Instant Pot Goulash
Turn your Instant Pot to SAUTE and add the olive oil until heated. Then add the chopped onion and saute until soft.
Add the ground beef and stir until the beef cooks. Add the tomato paste and stir.
Turn off SAUTE. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and then the elbow noodles. Make sure the noodles are covered in liquid.
Add paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, and worcestershire sauce.
Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn to MANUAL or HIGH for 6 minutes. Once the cooking cycle is complete, perform a Quick Release and remove the lid from the Instant Pot. Stir in the shredded cheddar and serve.
Recipe adapted from Delish.com
Can I Use Pre-Shredded Cheddar?
In my experience, the best consistency comes from using a block of cheddar that you shred yourself with a cheese grater.
Cheese that comes pre-shredded normally has anti-sticking agents that keep the cheese from sticking to itself. This sometimes gives a weird consistency when it is melted into a recipe.
For the best texture, I used a block of semi-sharp cheddar cheese and grated it myself.
How to Avoid a Burn Notice when Cooking Ground Beef
Ground beef in the Instant Pot can be tricky because it sometimes results in a burn notice. My best advice for cooking ground beef in your Instant Pot is to do a really good job at deglazing your pot.
After you cook the ground beef, add the liquids into the pot. Before you add the pasta and spices, take a moment to use a wooden spoon to scrape up all of the beef bits from the bottom of the pot. If these bits stay stuck on when cooking, they are what will incite a burn notice.
If you get a burn notice while cooking this dish, open the lid, and stir the Instant Pot Goulash, making sure to scrape the bottom really well. Add a little bit of chicken broth into the pot, put the lid back on, and continue cooking. This should solve your problem.
Can I Use a Different Type of Pasta?
Absolutely! If you don’t want to use elbow macaroni, you can use any other type of pasta that you’d like to make this recipe. If you use a different kind of pasta, make sure to check for the cooking time for that pasta shape.
Each pasta shape takes a different cook time in the Instant Pot, so always do your research to find out what the right cook time is! You don’t want soggy or undercooked pasta!
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If you like this recipe, don’t forget to check out the other recipes on my site as well. I’ve picked these ones out just for you:
- Thai Peanut Noodles in the Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
- Creamy Pesto Pasta
- Instant Pot Creamy Beef and Shells
Instant Pot Goulash
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups elbow pasta
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- Turn your Instant Pot to SAUTE and add the olive oil until heated. Then add the chopped onion and saute until soft.
- Add the ground beef and stir until the beef cooks. Add the tomato paste and stir.
- Turn off SAUTE. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and then the elbow noodles. Make sure the noodles are covered in liquid.
- Add paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn to MANUAL or HIGH for 6 minutes. Once the cooking cycle is complete, perform a Quick Release and remove the lid from the Instant Pot. Stir in the shredded cheddar and serve.
Recipe adapted from Delish.com