This super easy Goulash Recipe is a comfort food classic! It’s filled with hearty ground beef and tender pasta in a rich tomato-based sauce and comes together in about 30 minutes!

Easy Goulash Recipe made on the stove top.pinterestI’m always looking for new and exciting ways to turn ground beef into dinner, but sometimes I just love the good old classics that bring me right back to my childhood. This Goulash Recipe is just that. It’s super affordable, quick to make and tastes like a warm hug on a cool evening.

Classic Goulash Recipe

Are you familiar with Goulash? If not, let me introduce you to this old fashioned recipe! This recipe is an American Goulash that’s great for busy weeknights, but I love to take this recipe to potlucks and parties because it makes a ton and is super affordable. It’s also great for picky eaters, I haven’t met one kid who doesn’t love this dish!

Goulash is filled with ground beef, onion and bell peppers along with macaroni noodles in a tomato-based sauce. I like to stir in some sharp cheddar cheese at the end to give it a creamy texture. My family loves it!

Dry macaroni noodles in a pot of Goulash

Goulash Ingredients:

  • Onion – I like to use either a white or yellow onion
  • Green Bell Pepper – you can use other colors of peppers if desired
  • Ground Beef
  • Garlic
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Diced Tomatoes – I love using the petite diced tomatoes here
  • Beef Broth
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Bay Leaves
  • Dry Macaroni Noodles – other small pastas would work too
  • Cheddar Cheese

Classic American Goulash in a white bowl with spoon on the left.

How To Make Goulash

  • Start by browning the ground beef along with the onion and bell pepper. Drain any fat and then toss in garlic until fragrant.
  • Pour in tomato sauce and diced tomatoes along with beef broth and Worcestershire sauce for some added depth of flavor.
  • Add in the seasonings as well as dried macaroni noodles and let simmer until the noodles are cooked through.
  • Finally stir in the cheddar cheese and dig in!

Tips and Variations:

  • Make sure you use a big pot, as this recipe does make a lot!
  • You can swap out the macaroni noodles for any other small pasta you have on hand.
  • To make this an even leaner meal, you can use ground turkey in place of ground beef.
  • Try adding in extra veggies like: corn, peas, diced carrots, green beans or even stirring in baby spinach at the end!
  • Stir in a cup of sour cream at the end to give this recipe an even creamier base!
  • The goulash is not quite soup consistency, but if you would like to add extra beef broth to make it more soupy you can definitely do that!

Tender macaroni pasta in a beef and tomato sauce in a white bowl.

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Easy Goulash Recipe

Tender macaroni pasta in a beef and tomato sauce in a white bowl.

This Ground Beef Goulash Recipe is a quick and easy one pan dinner that’s pure comfort food.

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 lbs. ground beef, lean
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (15 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups dried macaroni noodles
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Add olive oil to large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the onion, bell pepper and ground beef then cook until beef is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat and return pot to stove top. Add in garlic and stir until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  2. Pour in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, Italian seasoning, bay leaves and dried macaroni noodles. Stir and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a light boil and stir occasionally until the pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the bay leaves and stir in the cheddar cheese just before serving. Enjoy!

Keywords: Goulash, Classic, Comfort, Pasta, Ground Beef, Dinner


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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
319 Responses
  1. Ed S

    Wow!! I can’t wait to try this. My mother used to make this SAME dish and we always thought she was joking when she called it Hungarian Goulash.

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  3. Cindy Dabbs

    I am an email subscriber. My daughter loves this goulash recipe. She always asks me to make this for her when she comes home from college and to make sure there is enough leftover to take back with her. We love your recipes!

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  6. Peggy Middlebrook

    I am an email subscriber and when this recipe came up, I drooled then showed it to my hubby, who said OMG, that looks like what my mom use to make! So…… I can’t wait to try this out right after Super Bowl meal of ( your Instant Pot baby back ribs). We loved your Taco soup and I suspect this will be right up there. Thanks for your creativity!!

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    I’m an e-mail subscriber AND I live just up the road in Cedar City! Been following you for a few years now…love your quick and easy and TASTY recipes! Goulash has been a fave in my family since I was a child…talk about comfort food!!

  9. This sounds wonderful! I am making this recipe tonight! Has anybody spiced it up a little by adding a little cayenne pepper or paprika? I am an email subscriber. As a consultant for Tastefully Simple, I will be using our Italian Garlic Seasoning for the Italian Seasoning!
    With this recipe and Tastefully Simple, how can it go wrong!!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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