This American goulash recipe is a hearty mix of ground beef, macaroni, and tomato sauce. It’s all cooked in one pot for a quick and easy dinner the whole family will love. Whip up this dish any night of the week, and prepare for that delicious comfort food coma!
What’s in This Easy Goulash Recipe?
What makes this American goulash recipe so easy? All you have to do is throw these simple ingredients into a pot and let it cook!
- Ground Beef: Ground beef or hamburger meat is the best option for a quick, one pot recipe like this.
- Macaroni: Traditional elbow macaroni is my favorite, but you can use another short or tubular noodle. Penne works great too!
- Marinara: Use your favorite brand, or try this homemade marinara sauce.
- Broth: Beef broth tastes best, but you can substitute chicken broth or vegetable broth if you need to.
- Onion: I recommend using yellow onion for the best flavor. If you like red onions, use them as a topping instead.
- Tomatoes: Grab a can of regular diced tomatoes for convenience.
- Seasonings: This recipe uses paprika (a must for any goulash recipe!), Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt & pepper, and a bay leaf.
- Cheese: This is optional, but I love to make our beef goulash cheesy by adding some on top at the end.
If you want to add some vegetables to this dish, you can mix in carrots, potatoes, and other hearty veggies. But you will need to either par-cook them, then add them in with the rest of the ingredients. Or fully cook them separately, and mix them in for the last couple of minutes.
What is the difference between American goulash and Hungarian goulash?
This American Goulash recipe (a classic comfort food) is made with ground beef, a tomato based sauce, and elbow macaroni. It’s meant to be quick and easy, usually ready in about 30 minutes. Overall, it’s more like a casserole than a stew.
Instead, Hungarian Goulash is more of a traditional stew, made with stew meat (like chuck roast), and lots of vegetables. It’s a much thicker consistency, and served over a bed of noodles or dumplings.
I like to use lean ground beef for this recipe, but you can easily make it with ground turkey, chicken or pork, or even try ground veal or bison.
If it’s watery or runny, just let it continue to simmer for a while longer and stir. This usually does the trick for me, Otherwise, you can mix in just a bit of cornstarch and continue cooking.
Yes, just follow the instructions as listed, store goulash in the fridge, and it will keep for 4 days.
No, the pasta will cook through perfectly in the pot along with the other ingredients.
If you like, add plenty of shredded cheese on top after everything has finished cooking. Then pop it in the oven to broil for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
How to Store and Reheat
Store leftovers in an airtight container, and keep in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
How to Freeze Goulash
This makes for a great freezer meal option. Let it cool before transferring to sealable freezer bags or an airtight container. It will keep well for 3 months.
Thaw your goulash in the fridge overnight before reheating on the stovetop.
What to Serve with American Goulash
This hearty dish makes a great dinner by itself, but also pairs well with cornbread, dinner rolls, or any kind of bread you like for a bit of scooping and dipping. You could also serve it with a side of mashed potatoes or au gratin potatoes.
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