Instant Pot Goulash

"I have the 6 qt Ultra and this is a full pot recipe which is easy to cut in half. Cook time and water for pasta depends a bit on the brand and shape you choose. I used campanelle which is like a rolled cone and sort of thick. I cooked 6 min with 2 1/2 c water. Thinner or straight tubes like ziti or elbows I'd try 5 min. with 2 c water. You can use less meat and sub drained rinsed cannelini beans also. Hope this helps. I'm still in my experimental phase of IP ownership."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
6 Qt




  • Plug in Instant Pot and place the inner pot inside.
  • Set to Saute, high.
  • Add oil, let heat then add in onion.
  • Stir and after a minute add in garlic & keep stirring. Do not brown, just soften.
  • Sprinkle in salt, pepper, dry herbs and stir.
  • Add ground beef and break up and mix with onions. Add garlic and onion powder, Worcestershire sauce and Tamari, mix all to combine.
  • Taste once meat is cooked and adjust seasonings to taste. If pot times out during Saute, just hit cancel and reset to Saute again and hit start.
  • Once meat is done and seasoning is adjusted, hit cancel on control panel.
  • Drain off any liquid from meat and put meat back into the inner pot and place back into the unit.
  • Pour in both cans, tomato puree and crushed tomatoes. Stir from bottom to top to mix with the meat.
  • Taste and season to taste. Add brown sugar, if you are using it, more herbs, garlic or onion powder or chili flakes if you like.
  • Add in dry pasta and stir into sauce to submerge & coat.
  • Add water. Stir to incorporate well. Do not reseason. Water will be absorbed into the pasta so the flavor won't be watered down.
  • Lock lid in place, seal in closed position.
  • Select Pressure Cook, set time to 5-6 min depending on your pasta selection, high pressure. Press Start. *IF you like soft pasta, you can go up to 7 min but it gets chef boy ardee soft if you know what I mean��
  • Machine will come up to pressure then beep when actual cook time begins.
  • End of cook cycle will also be marked by a beep. Let machine natural release for 25 min then finish with a quick release.
  • Remove lid & Set into lid rest mount.
  • Liquid will be pooled on the top of the pasta. Gently fold in and it will be combined and absorbed back into the dish. Stir up from the bottom.
  • Sometime I do get a bit of scorched business on the bottom. I soak the pot in hot water, drop of dawn and a dryer sheet or two. Let it soak the try scrubbing off. A light application of the non abrasive Barkeepers Friend powder or liquid is good too.

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  1. Really really good! This was super easy, quick, and perfect for a cold day. I did add about 1/2 of a bell pepper, chopped. I didn't have tamari on hand, so I used about a tablespoon of maggi seasoning, but I think soy sauce would work fine. The spices were spot-on, and I did use the brown sugar. I used elbows, and 6 minutes had them too soft, so I'll do 5 minutes next time, with maybe a 15 minute release. We will definitely be making this again! Thanks dmac085 for sharing this recipe!


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