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.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, March 2018


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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 Facts

418 calories; protein 31.1g; carbohydrates 39.9g; dietary fiber 6.6g; sugars 7.9g; fat 16g; saturated fat 5.2g; cholesterol 73.7mg; vitamin a iu 1224.8IU; vitamin c 16mg; folate 42.6mcg; calcium 73mg; iron 5.1mg; magnesium 87.4mg; potassium 1022.7mg; sodium 725.9mg; thiamin 0.3mg; added sugar 1g.

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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
In New England we called it American Chop Suey Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious recipe. My innovations included penne pasta made from millet to add protein and ground chicken instead of ground beef. Also ditched the salt. An easy substitution for Italian seasoning - 1 tsp each dried thyme oregano basil leaves. And lastly I added some crushed red pepper. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Whole family ate it & super easy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I did not make any changes. It's tasty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a frequent family dinner. It s easy and healthy. I use ground chicken. Very nourishing and the whole family likes. Read More