First off, Happy New Year!!! Can you believe that it’s 2018?!? I hope that everyone enjoyed bringing in the New Year last night. I also hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas last week! I know I did because one of my gifts this year was an Instant Pot! I had previously been using my parents Instant Pot, but now I have one of my very own! This thing is a miracle worker. I made goulash last night and I was able to brown my meat, saute my onions, cook my noodles, and let all of the goodness simmer together without dirtying up all of the dishes in the kitchen. I found a recipe online and thought it was crazy when it told me to put uncooked noodles in there with the rest of the ingredients and let it cook for only 4 minutes! I was pleasantly surprised with perfectly cooked noodles when it was all said and done. The pressure cooker can make yogurt, steam veggies, cook a spaghetti squash, cook beans, rice, a whole chicken, and make soups in a fraction of the time with fewer dishes than it would normally take! It also has a slow cooker mode if you would rather let your meal slow cook while you’re at work or out running errands. The possibilities are truly endless with the Instant Pot or any other modern pressure cooker.

Okay, okay, enough about that. Let me share the wonderful recipe I made last night. I made a few modifications from the original recipe I found to change up the flavors more to my taste. And if you are concerned about carbs, you may substitute half (or all) of the noodles with cauliflower bits.

Instant Pot Goulash

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 15- ounce cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 15- ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbs Italian seasoning
  • 3 Tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cups elbow noodles (or cauliflower for a lower carb option)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute and when it is hot, add ground turkey, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. Cook until meat is browned and onions are translucent.img_7577
  2. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, soy sauce, water, and noodles (or cauliflower).
  3. Press the “pressure cook” button and make sure the “high” setting is boxed on the screen. Set cook time for 4 minutes.
  4. When timer is up preform a quick release of pressure (this takes ~3-5 minutes).
  5. Once the pressure is released, stir the goulash and serve.
  6. Top with parmesan cheese and enjoy this warm comfort dish!img_7575.jpg**Photo credit: James Brady