Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Goulash

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Cheesy and beefy macaroni in a tangy tomato sauce is a nourishing dinner that every kid loves! Whether you call it American Goulash, Chili Mac or just Beefy Macaroni, you need this Instant Pot Goulash on your dinner menu this week.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Turn the Instant Pot on "SAUTE." Add in the olive oil, chopped onion, and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add in ground beef and cook until crumbled and brown, with no pink remaining. Drain out any excess grease.
  2. Add in the beef broth, scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon until no bits remain (this is called deglazing). Then add in the water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and pasta noodles. Stir until combined.
  3. Lock the lid in place and and set the pressure valve to "SEALING." Select "HIGH PRESSURE" for a cook time of 2 minutes. When cook time ends, do a CONTROLLED quick pressure release (see notes below).
  4. Remove the lid and stir. Add in the shredded cheese and ENJOY!


  • Lean ground beef results in much less grease to drain. I usually opt for 93/7 when using my Instant Pot.
  • Fire roasted diced tomatoes adds a delicious spicy flavor to this dish!
  • To do a controlled quick pressure release, turn the pressure valve to "VENTING." Then turn it back to "SEALING." Do about 5 second releases, switching back and forth so that the "spray" from the pasta is minimized.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 625mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 27g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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