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Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins | Total Time: 1 hr | Servings: 8

This is my go-to easy recipe whenever I need a simple meal that I can whip up with no fuss. It’s a family approved meal that even your fussiest eaters will enjoy. This delicious goulash is packed with macaroni noodles, ground beef, tomatoes, cheese, and seasonings mixed to perfection! An old-fashioned goulash that is excellent for busy weeknights and the entire family!

This goulash is a classic soup or stew meat dinner that has been around for ages. I watched my mom do this for us, and now that I have a family of my own, I am also adapting to the tradition. Although this cannot be considered a traditional goulash from its origin (medieval Hungary), still this American version is so much more! If you have not tried this yet, you should soon! This is so good and incredibly easy to whip up, this goulash will surely be a great addition to your regular menu rotation.


3 teaspoons minced garlic

2 pounds of ground beef


2 cans diced tomatoes 15-ounce cans

2 cans tomato sauce 15-ounce cans

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

3 tablespoons soy sauce

3 cups water

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

3 bay leaves

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked


Step 1: In a skillet, saute the ground beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain the excess grease, then add the garlic. Saute for another 5 minutes. Next, pour in the water and tomato sauce. Add the diced tomatoes along with the Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, and seasoned salt. Mix well and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 2: To the skillet, add the uncooked elbow macaroni. Stir well and put the lid on. Let everything simmer for approximately 30 minutes.

Step 3: Turn the heat off and remove/discard the bay leaves. Lastly, add 1 c cheddar cheese. Serve right away. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Amount Per Serving: Calories 542, Calories from Fat 252, Fat 28g43%, Saturated Fat 11g69%, Cholesterol 95mg32%, Sodium 2457mg107%, Potassium 1183mg34%, Carbohydrates 41g14%, Fiber 5g21%, Sugar 10g11%, Protein 31g62%, Vitamin A 1020IU20%, Vitamin C 21.8 mg26%, Calcium 210mg21%, Iron 6.1 mg34%


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