American Goulash

American Goulash

5 Reviews
From:, March 2018

American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1½ cups chopped onion
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 (14 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth
  • 1¼ cups whole-wheat elbow macaroni
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  • Prep

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  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and beef; cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and their juices, tomato sauce and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add macaroni and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 9 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with Parmesan, if desired.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate goulash for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 418 calories; 16 g fat(5 g sat); 7 g fiber; 40 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 43 mcg folate; 74 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 1,225 IU vitamin A; 16 mg vitamin C; 73 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 726 mg sodium; 1,023 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Iron (28% daily value), Vitamin C (27% dv), Vitamin A (24% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 medium-fat protein, 3 vegetable, 1½ starch, ½ fat

Reviews 5

April 06, 2019
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By: Migizi
In New England we called it American Chop Suey
April 05, 2019
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By: Cherry Albino Peters
I did not make any changes. It's tasty
April 05, 2019
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By: Kris
It's a good recipe but I'd never call it goulash. That's something else entirely, according to my German grandmother. This is what we called a homemade version of hamburger helper and we had it a lot and loved it.
January 30, 2019
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By: aefin.fisher
Whole family ate it & super easy!
December 18, 2018
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By: Willa Burney
This recipe turned out well for me. I used the fire-roasted diced tomatoes for a bit of extra flavor, and white pepper instead of black, as that is my preference. It did have kind of a sweet flavor to it, and I would have liked it to be more savory. Looking at the ingredients, I'm not sure how that came to be. Overall, a hearty, satisfying dish.
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