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Easy Goulash Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 312kcal
Simple to make and so comforting, this simple beef goulash recipe is loaded with flavor - read more and learn how to make goulash easily!
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  • ¾ pound ground beef
  • ½ large yellow onion diced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni uncooked
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese optional
  • Chopped parsley optional garnish


  • In a Dutch oven, cook the ground beef and onion together until the onion softens and the meat cooks through, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Drain any grease.
  • Add the beef broth, marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, bay leaf, Italian seasoning, soy sauce, garlic powder, paprika, seasoned salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat down to medium low and simmer for 5 or 10 minutes, covered.
  • Add the elbow macaroni and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, about 12-15 minutes. Don’t overcook.
  • Remove the bay leaves and adjust the seasonings to taste.
  • Add the shredded cheese, optional. If you are using a Dutch oven, you can pop it in the oven and melt and brown the cheese if desired.
  • Garnish the finished dish with chopped parsley, optional.



  • When the goulash is warm, it will resemble a soup, but it will thicken as it cools.
  • Cook the goulash in a Dutch oven or heavy based pot. This will distribute the heat more evenly and you are less likely to get hot spots which can burn the bottom.
  • Fell free to add in extra veggies. Bell peppers and mushrooms both work well.
  • If making ahead of time, let it cool completely before storing.


Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 923mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 3mg