This Easy Goulash Recipe is full of flavor and the perfect way to feed a crowd as it makes a huge batch!
A simple skillet dinner with tomatoes, beef and macaroni noodles in a zesty tomato sauce creates the perfect comfort food on a budget!
Add more or less liquid to make it the perfect consistency!
Call it Amercian Goulash, call it American Chop Suey… it doesn’t matter what you call it, you’ll just want to call it tonight’s dinner! This is a delicious and easy meal that the whole family loves!
Beefy Macaroni with a savory yet simple seasoned tomato sauce! I’ve been making this amazing goulash recipe for years, not only does it taste great but it’s a really quick and inexpensive way to feed a crowd (and so much easier to put together than lasagna!)
What is Goulash?
Goulash in America and in other parts of the world are not the same thing! This is NOT the same dish as a traditional Hungarian Goulash (.
Hungarian Goulash is which is made with chunks of meat, peppers, paprika and other spices to create a traditional soup.
This particular version (which I didn’t name) is often called Goulash or even American Chop Suey. It’s similar to a Chili Mac but is more of a tomato sauce flavor (and I skip the chili powder).
I personally prefer a nice thick goulash so I usually let the meat sauce boil down for a little bit before adding the macaroni. If you’re short on time (or prefer your goulash a little bit of a soupier texture) you can certainly just add the macaroni in right away.
I’m a firm believer that every single dish should include cheese if at all possible. I do top this with cheddar to make a cheesy goulash that my kids can’t get enough of!
We serve it up with some 30 Minute Dinner Rolls and a fresh salad for a complete meal! To make it extra yummy, serve it topped with a little bit of sour cream!
The great thing about this goulash recipe is that it’s one of those dishes that tastes just as good the next day (or even better). It keeps well in the fridge for a few days but it also freezes perfectly for lunches or meals later in the week!
- 2 onions chopped
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 jar tomato based pasta sauce approx. 26 oz.
- 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 cups water
- 1 green bell pepper optional
- salt & black pepper to taste
- 2 cups macaroni noodles uncooked
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
- Add pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, seasonings, bay leaves and green pepper. Simmer covered for 15 minutes.
- Add in the in the macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes).
- Remove & discard bay leaves. Top with cheese and replace the lid. Let sit about 5 minutes or until melted.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
If you love this goulash recipe, here are more recipes you might want to check out:
- Italian Sausage Linguine with Roasted Tomato Sauce from Spend With Pennies
- Sun Dried Tomato Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon from Your Cup of Cake
- Pizza Pasta Bake from Spend With Pennies
- Easy Recipe for Italian Sausage, Tomato, and Macaroni Soup with Basil from Kalyn’s Kitchen