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Old-Fashioned Goulash

Old-Fashioned Goulash Recipe

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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Dive into the coziness with this Old-Fashioned Goulash recipe, a timeless classic that brings the comforting flavors of home right to your table. It’s the perfect blend of hearty ground beef, tender pasta, and rich tomato sauce, all seasoned with a touch of nostalgia. Ideal for a family dinner or a hearty meal on a cool evening, this recipe is a warm hug served in a bowl.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1.5 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish


  1. Brown the Meat: In a large pot, cook the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the grease.
  2. Sauté Aromatics: Add the chopped onion and garlic to the pot and sauté until softened.
  3. Combine Ingredients: Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and beef broth. Season with paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cook the Pasta: Add the uncooked macaroni and chopped bell pepper to the pot. Bring to a simmer, cover, and let cook for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
  5. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped parsley before serving.


  • For a lighter version, substitute ground beef with ground turkey or chicken.
  • To make this dish vegetarian, replace the beef with a plant-based protein and use vegetable broth.
  • Feel free to add more vegetables like carrots or celery for added nutrition and texture.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 450 per serving
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 870mg
  • Fat: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg