This Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash gives me all of the warm and fuzzy feels. It reminds me so much of my Mom and my childhood. Growing up, my Mom used to make goulash all the time on weekends. I can still so distinctively remember the smells throughout our whole house, so anytime I make it now, it makes me smile. When you make this meal in an Instant Pot (pressure cooker), it’s done in a flash and is a delicious comforting hearty meal.
My Mom is German/Austrian/Hungarian, so these flavors are right up her alley. The beef goulash is made with a tomato based sauce and seasoned with sweet paprika (also known as Hungarian Paprika). This is such a family favorite recipe!
This cheesy beef noodle casserole is another one that’s such a family friendly comforting meal. If there is one dish my Mom could make, it was this goulash. She would start this Hungarian goulash recipe early in the morning and that would be our Sunday night dinner.
Nowadays, I use an Instant Pot to speed the process up! I bet my Mom would have loved this when we were kids. If you’d prefer to go old school, you can of course, use a slow cooker and cook it for 8 hours on low before adding the gravy.
Goulash is a hearty, comforting beef vegetable stew (well kind of a stew). There are many ways you could eat it, but I always had it over egg noodles as a kid, that is how I prefer it to this day.
I was so excited for Nick to try this recipe because he has never had it. The verdict is…..he loved it! BUT, not at first. Little did I know, he was being funny and pretending not to love it at first, but later admitted that it was SO good. It’s just so comforting and tastes like home. And it was such an important part of my childhood that it was extra special to me that Nick loved it too.
Nick’s Mom has a dish that has the same type of memories tied to it. She makes a chicken broccoli casserole (I shared the recipe 5 years ago so please excuse the photos) that is Nick’s childhood in a pan! It’s basically chicken, mayo and chicken soup with some croutons, broccoli and cheese. It is warm and comforting and a casserole Nick loves.
The best part of making this meal was that as soon as I opened the lid to the Instant Pot, I couldn’t help but think “this smells exactly like it’ supposed to!”
With an Instant Pot, it’s super easy to whip this dish up. First things first, saute onions then add in the bell peppers, carrots and beef. Then let these items brown up a bit and add in the broth. Close the lid and forget about it for a bit! When it’s done cooking you’ll stir a ‘slurry’ in that makes the broth nice and thick and creamy. As it sits, it will thicken up and be served over egg noodles or rice.
Make this Instant Pot Hungarian goulash over egg noodles when you’re wanting a delicious and comforting meal!
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