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American Goulash

American Goulash - One of the original classic one-pot meals! Loaded with beef and macaroni noodles, cooked to tender perfection in a rich tomatoey sauce. With a simple list of ingredients and fool-proof instructions, this comforting recipe is a favorite for busy families. Even picky eaters will lick their bowls clean!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: american goulash
Servings: 8
Calories: 436kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef lean or extra lean
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 ounce diced tomatoes 1 can
  • 2 cups passata or tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth low sodium
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni dry, uncooked
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley freshly chopped, for garnish


  • Cook the beef: Add the olive oil to a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, salt and pepper, and cook for 3-4 minutes, breaking it up as it cooks. If needed, discard excess grease from the pan, leaving behind 1-2 tbsp.
  • Cook the onion: Stir in the Italian seasoning, and onion. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until the onion softens and becomes translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until aromatic.
  • Simmer the sauce: Stir in the diced tomatoes, passata, soy sauce, beef broth, and bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer the sauce for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Cook the noodles: Add the macaroni and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 12-15 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Stir in the cheese, garnish with parsley, and serve.


  1. Transfer all your leftovers to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. This dish reheats best in the microwave, giving it a stir every 20-30 seconds.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 739mg | Potassium: 992mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 698IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 5mg