Be a Dinnertime Hero With One-Pot Old-Fashioned Goulash!

Old-Fashioned Goulash

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 30 MINUTES

Ingredients

Directions

1

In a large pan on the stove, crumble and cook the ground meat along with onion and garlic. Drain the grease from the ground beef before proceeding.

2

Pour in the broth, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes.

3

Stir in paprika, Italian seasonings, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Add bay leaves.

4

Let simmer on low for about 20 minutes, covered.

5

Stir in elbow macaroni and let simmer for another 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves.

6

Top with cheese and close lid to melt. Serve warm.

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Use pantry staples to create an easy yet filling ground beef and pasta meal that’s comforting and delicious.

spoonful of goulash

Need something to make for dinner tonight that’ll please everyone AND please your wallet?

This old-fashioned goulash recipe is the ticket! It’s a comforting homemade made meal using simple ingredients you most likely already have on hand. It’s one of those meals you can definitely customize, season to taste and add to as desired. You’ll be the hero of dinnertime with this cheesy pasta ground beef goodness!

woman holding a bowl of homemade goulash

For starters, what is goulash exactly?

Goulash (stemming from Hungarian) is a dish originating from medieval Hungary. Traditionally, it’s a stew of meat and vegetables with spices. It’s not only a popular Central European meal, but it’s one of the national dishes of Hungary.

This old-fashioned American version here features a very comforting simmered tomato sauce seasoned with paprika, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. It features ground beef, onion, garlic, and elbow pasta to make it a tasty one-pot meal everyone gets excited about.

If you’d like to include more veggies simply chop up your favorites and sauté along with the onions and meat. I love the idea of adding chopped zucchini and bell peppers.

spoon with homemade goulash

More tips for making the best Goulash:

  • Money-saving tip: My grocery store has a section of clearance meat that is nearing the sell-by date. My ground beef was half off, making this family-sized meal under $20, which is great for a whole pot of goulash! Ground turkey or sausage would also be yummy alternatives instead.
  • Topping this with cheese at the end is optional but definitely makes it over the top YUMMY!
  • The consistency turns out a little thicker, more like a casserole than a soup.
  • The leftovers are so tasty, as Goulash is one of those recipes that’s perfect to batch cook on a Sunday and send out as lunch leftovers during the week. I also like having extras for dinner served with bread and salad.
  • Every time I open a bunch of cans, I have to mention my favorite safe-cut can opener from Amazon.com! It stays sharp and makes perfect cuts that are not sharp. It’s pretty amazing, and multiple Hip team members have also purchased it!

ingredients to make goulash

adding garlic to ground beef and onions

opening diced tomatoes

adding tomato sauce to goulash

adding beef broth to goulash

adding seasonings to goulash

adding bay leaves to goulash

adding pasta to goulash

stirring bowl of goulash

adding cheese to goulash

mixing cheese with goulash


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Old-Fashioned Goulash

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 30 MINUTES

Make this easy goulash recipe that is hearty and filling! Kids love this pasta flavorful dish.

Ingredients

Directions

1

In a large pan on the stove, crumble and cook the ground meat along with onion and garlic. Drain the grease from the ground beef before proceeding.

2

Pour in the broth, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes.

3

Stir in paprika, Italian seasonings, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Add bay leaves.

4

Let simmer on low for about 20 minutes, covered.

5

Stir in elbow macaroni and let simmer for another 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves.

6

Top with cheese and close lid to melt. Serve warm.

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bowl with homemade goulash

This easy budget-friendly goulash was so good and a big hit at my house!

What an easy and comforting family meal. The leftovers were yummy, too! My kids even like this, and it’s such a fun meal for busy weeknights. Enjoy!


Try this Sheet Pan Chicken Pot Pie next!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 52

  1. lizz

    Now this dish sooo good!! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Lizz!

  2. Mel

    Thank you Lina! I’ve been trying to come up with some cheap & easy dinner ideas and this is perfect!

    • Jennifer

      Me too, one pan and that’s it! Thanks Lina!

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Sure! enjoy πŸ™‚

  3. Allison

    Anyone have a good brisket in the crock pot recipe?

    • Jennifer

      Never made it but I have heard the Mississippi roast on Pinterest is awesome!

      • LC

        Mississippi Roast is SO good!

  4. Kaylee

    Thanks! Making this tonight!

  5. An Education in Domestication

    I’ve always wondered what goulash was. I’m not sure what I thought it was, but this looks delicious!

    http://aneducationindomestication.com

  6. Ihearthip

    I like to make this for Halloween! πŸ™‚ I grew up with a similar version that includes pretty much whatever leftover veggies and pasta you have on hand.

    • Melissa

      We have “ghoul-osh” on Halloween too! πŸ™‚

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        So cute!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that’s a fun idea! Thanks πŸ™‚

  7. Casey

    I made this Monday night! It was so good!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh yay! So glad to hear. πŸ™‚

  8. Hunterwoody

    Any ideas for how to use the electric pressure cooker with this recipe?

    • Jaime

      I would saute the meat and onions until browned, then add the other ingredients. Cook on high for two minutes then quick release. Add cheese on top. (This would be my guess as the Mac n cheese recipe only takes 2 minutes in the pressure cooker.)

  9. Dee

    I’ve made this my whole life. It’s a one pot wonder! I add corn (more veggies) and served it as a complete meal to my kids. No fuss, no mess! One pot and some bowls!! Reheats even tastier and for that reason double the recipe in a big pot and have leftovers on hand and/or share. If you leave out all the spices and use only seasoned salt and pepper it is a dish you can take into any home with children and they will eat it right up! Great for helping out after a new baby comes home or mom is sick.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome! Yes a agree a great meal to share πŸ™‚
      Thanks Dee <3

  10. Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

    Oh that looks yum too! Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜€

  11. Shannon

    I make this all the time but I didn’t know it was called goulash! I usually call it homemade hamburger helper. It’s a hit everyone is happy and fed!

    • Julie

      My husband’s family called it gooshy-goosh (Iowa).

  12. Vanessa

    I use a packet of onion soup mix in place of the spices listed. Game changer!!!

  13. Ash

    Can you make this in the crock pot ? Any help?

  14. Vkramis

    This was one if my faves growing up, but my mom out only a pound of grains beef and added yellow squash, zucchini and corn. She named the dish after me cause I loved it sooo much, V’s goulash.

  15. Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

    Oh that’s so nice! πŸ˜€

  16. sdavisgunn

    Thanks for the recipe making it for dinner tonight.

  17. Amanda Roos

    Made this last night….so good!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s so great! Thanks for sharing

  18. patricialavenz-goff

    OMG I would love to make this. Maybe I can cut it in half and make it for myself. My brothers won’t eat anything with tomato in it but I remember having this at my girlfriends house in Germany. It was my first American Goulash. Loved it. Wish I could find her and get her recipe. LOL

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! Also I forgot to add- leftovers of this are even BETTER!!! So you could just plan on having some leftover πŸ™‚

  19. Lynn

    My β€œgrandma’s” recipe browns up 1.5 lb ground beef, onions and peppers seasoned with salt and black pepper. Add 1 large can of V8 juice and 1 large can of tomato juice. Bring to a boil and cook elbow macaroni according to box instructions. Leftovers will thicken overnight.

  20. madonna

    Any chance you have a “keto-friendly” version? I have keto family members I’d like to include to a Sunday dinner.

  21. Ms. Frizzle

    That’s not goulash, lol. Here in Kansas we add a can of green beans and a can of carrots πŸ˜‰

  22. Rho

    My husband requests this. He remembers how his mom made this. She called it “all-in-one-pot”!

  23. Julie

    My Mom made this, it was so good, and the left overs were even better! Although being from the coast of Maine, she (and the rest of our New England relatives) called it American chop suey.

    • relaxyourback

      Yep, American Chop Suey. My mother had this in regular rotation made in the electric frypan in MA. Goulash was more like beef stew with veg served with buttered egg noodles.

  24. Tina

    I make Goulash all the time for my family. The recipe I use is a little different though. I got my recipe from Pinterest. https://pin.it/2jHOp3N

  25. Bethany Raue

    This is very similar to the goulash I make and all 5 of my kids LOVE it. I just don’t mix in the cheese to the whole pot, just individual bowls since I have a couple kids who don’t like cheese.

  26. Csandst1

    Since this was originally posted, cheese and beef are ridiculously expensive. To make this more economical, cut the amount of beef and cheese in half. If you want to make this more filling, add your favorite beans.

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank for the helpful tip!!!πŸ₯°

  27. jen

    Does the recipe use 2 cups of pasta like the recipe says OR 16 oz of pasta like the link?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      2 cups like the recipe – I linked to a package but you wouldn’t use the whole thing as they expand.

  28. Patricia Goff

    I am going to try it without the tomatoes (my gang won’t eat them). My mom did her goulash with gravy. The packets I buy when I am visiting her has some tomato in it but nobody notices I guess.

  29. Bella

    Any ideas for beef broth substitutes? I am allergic to anything with natural or artificial flavors & colors. Thanks!

    • Jessica

      I don’t use beef broth in mine. I just boil the macaroni in water and then mix the tomatoes,juice and other ingredients and let it simmer πŸ™‚

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        great idea!

      • Bella

        Thank you… I will try without πŸ™‚

  30. Maggie

    For those struggling with the cost of groceries: there’s a product called Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) sold in health stores or better grocers that is made from soy. Bob’s Red Mill and NOW both make it. It tastes like nothing at all — but it absorbs the flavor of anything it is cooked with and has texture almost identical to ground beef. It’s perfect in thick stews and chilis. Look for the one that looks like crumbles (not chunks). Cut your beef way down so that it’s just for flavor (or eliminate it entirely) and substitute some TVP and your family likely won’t notice — we use about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of TVP in chili all the time, and everyone thinks it’s meat. A can of beans is also a helpful protein extender. Similarly, if you see any mushrooms that the supermarket has reduced for quick sale, pulverize them in a food chopper so they’re finally chopped and toss them in — they’ll add protein and flavor in a dish like this, and even kids who hate mushroooms won’t know that they’re there if they’re chopped small enough. Potatoes can also replace noodles.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share some helpful tips and tricks that you use with your family, Maggie! πŸ€—πŸ’“

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