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Old-Fashioned One Pot Goulash Recipe



Need a comforting one pot meal the entire family will enjoy?!

This Old Fashioned Goulash recipe is so delicious and easy to make with pantry staples you most likely already have on hand. It’s one of those meals you can definitely customize, season to taste, and add any additional ingredients as desired.

Topping with cheese at the end is optional but definitely makes it over the top YUMMY! The consistency turns out a little thicker like a casserole than a soup, and the leftovers are tasty as well.


Old-Fashioned Goulash

Adapted from MyIncredibleRecipes.com, Serves 8


2 pounds ground beef
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 teaspoons minced garlic
2 (15.oz.) cans tomato sauce
2 (15oz.) cans diced tomatoes
2 cups water
1 cup beef broth
3 Bay Leaves
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
2 teaspoons Paprika
1 Tablespoon Seasoned Salt (or to taste)
1/2 Tablespoon Black Pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups elbow macaroni pasta, uncooked
1 and 1/2 cups shredded cheese ( I used Colby/Cheddar)


  • In a large pan on the stove, brown and crumble meat with onion and garlic.
  • Pour in water, broth, oil, tomato sauce, & diced tomatoes.
  • Stir in paprika, black pepper, salt, and Italian seasonings. Add Bay leaves.
  •  Let simmer on low for about 20 minutes, covered.
  • Stir in elbow macaroni and let simmer for another 20 minutes. Remove Bay Leaves.
  • Top with cheese and close lid to melt.
This was so good and a big hit at my house! What an easy and comforting family meal. The leftovers were yummy, too!


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 34

  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 🙂

  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. Love From Munchkintime.com

    Oh boy this recipe looks amazingly delicious! One of his favorite pasta recipes is Creamy Chicken Pasta http://www.munchkintime.com/the-best-creamy-chicken-pasta/ I am sure he will be licking his fingers if I make this for him! Thank you for sharing!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that looks yum too! Thanks for stopping by 😀

    • Alexis

      If you order goulash at a restaurant I’d say it’s pretty unlikely this is what you’d get. I guess this is what American goulash is.

  6. Ihearthip

    I like to make this for Halloween! 🙂 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! 🙂

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        So cute!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that’s a fun idea! Thanks 🙂

  7. Casey

    I made this Monday night! It was so good!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh yay! So glad to hear. 🙂

  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 🙂
      Thanks Dee <3

  10. 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!

  11. Vanessa

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

  12. Ash

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

  13. 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.

  14. Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

    Oh that’s so nice! 😀

  15. sdavisgunn

    Thanks for the recipe making it for dinner tonight.

  16. Alissa

    I don’t see what to do with the oil in the recipe?

  17. Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

    Whoops add it in with tomatoes. I’ll fix that. Thanks!

  18. Christy

    Making this right now. Does the oil eventually mix in instead of just being on top? I soo hope it is as good as it looks.

  19. Amanda Roos

    Made this last night….so good!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s so great! Thanks for sharing

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