Easy Vegetarian Instant Pot American Chop Suey

Easy Vegetarian Instant Pot American Chop Suey

As with most people who own an Instant Pot, it has been a game changer in our house! This Easy Vegetarian Instant Pot American Chop Suey in an easy meal made quick in the Instant Pot.

Growing up, my mom would use the “old fashioned” pressure cooker – the one where you always had to be careful it didn’t blow right up to or through the ceiling! So when the instant pot made it’s entrance a few years ago, I was very skeptical, and honestly terrified I would blow it up! My dear friend Kelly, swore by it, but I resisted :-). Then, at a conference for work, I won a freaking Instant Pot! The first few times when I would move the pressure release valve, I would use my broom handle to push the valve while I ducked and ran! It was all very ridiculous and embarrassing to look back at now! But then my love of the Instant pot began.

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Pasta vegetables meat alternative topped with parmesan cheese on a white plate

I grew up eating the traditional “American Chop Suey” or Goulash, typically made with ground beef. It was a go-to for quick and easy meal nights. So adapting this to a non-meat version was easy. Just replaced the ground beef with a plant-based version and convert cooking process. The instant pot infuses the flavors quickly compared to the traditional method when it is usually better the next day.

chopped onions sautéing in instant pot

Begin by setting your Instant Pot to the “sauté” mode. Add the oil, let it heat – it only takes a few seconds as the instant pot heats very quickly. Add the onions and sauce for about 1-2 minutes. Then add the plant-based meat crumbles and cook about 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously so that it does not stick to the bottom and the crumbles break up resembling a ground beef texture.

plant-based meat crumbles and vegetables with seasoning in metal instant pot base

Next add garlic, zucchini, carrots, and seasonings, sauce 1 minute.

vegetarian chop suey ingredients with liquid base and bay leaves

Then add remaining ingredients, except parmesan cheese.

Place cover on instant pot, making sure valve is set to seal. Set to manual for 4 minutes. When time is up, do a quick release.

cooked vegetarian chop sue

Remove bay leaves, and stir.

vegetarian chop sue on white plate

Top with Parmesan Cheese and Enjoy!

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Easy Vegetarian Instant Pot American Chop Suey

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatless, pasta, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: hungrydanekitchen


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup onoin, chopped
  • 1 lb. plant-based meat crumbles I used Beyond Meat brand
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zuchinni, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp basil, dried
  • 1 lb. elbow noodles, uncooked
  • 2 cups Spaghetti Sauce jarred or fresh
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt additional to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper additional to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for topping optional


  • Set Instant Pot to saute mode, add onion saute 1-2 minutes. Then add plant-based crumbles, saute about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add garlic, zucchini and carrot, cook 1 minute while stirring, making it does not stick to bottom.
  • Turn saute setting off
  • Add remainder ingredients, except Parmesan, to the pot making sure that the liquids cover the pasta.
  • Place cover in Instant Pot, making sure valve is set to seal.
    Set to manual setting for 4 minutes.
  • Do a quick pressure release. Stir, and remove bay leaves
  • Add additional seasoning if desired.
  • Top with Parmesan and serve.
  • Enjoy!


**I use Beyond Beef plant-based crumbles for this recipe, but other plant-based crumbles will do work just as well. 
**If you do not have spaghetti sauce, substitute 15oz. can diced tomatoes. 

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