Old Fashioned Goulash

Old Fashioned Goulash and it looks like a hearty dish perfect for a comforting meal. It includes ground beef, macaroni, and tomato sauce.

Goulash is a stew originally from Hungary. There are many variations of goulash, but two popular varieties are Hungarian goulash and American goulash.

  • Hungarian goulash is a stew made with beef, vegetables, and paprika.
  • American goulash is a one-pot dish made with ground beef, macaroni, tomatoes, and cheese.

The goulash in the image looks more like American goulash because it has macaroni in it.

Here are the ingredients listed in the image for this Old Fashioned Goulash recipe:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

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Absolutely! Here’s a basic instruction outline for this Old Fashioned Goulash:

  1. Cook the macaroni: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the elbow macaroni and cook according to package directions, minus 3 minutes (it will continue cooking later). Drain and set aside.

  2. Brown the ground beef: In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat up some oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned all over. Drain any excess fat.

  3. Sauté the aromatics: Add the chopped onion to the pot with the browned beef and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.

  4. Simmer the sauce: Add the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir well to combine and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

  5. Finish the goulash: Add the cooked and drained macaroni back to the pot with the sauce. Stir gently to combine. You can add a cup of heavy cream at this point for a richer flavor (optional). Heat through for another 2-3 minutes.

  6. Serve: Enjoy your Old Fashioned Goulash hot with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or grated Parmesan cheese (optional).


  • You can add other vegetables to this goulash like diced green bell pepper, carrots, or mushrooms. Sauté them with the onions in step 3.
  • For a spicier goulash, add a pinch of red pepper flakes with the Worcestershire sauce.
  • If you don’t have heavy cream, you can substitute with milk or even leave it out altogether.

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