Grandma's One-Pan Goulash Recipe Has Stood the Test of Time by 30Seconds Food

Grandma's One-Pan Goulash Recipe Has Stood the Test of Time

Who didn't grow up eating goulash for dinner? This easy ground beef goulash recipe is ready in about 30 minutes and is a time-tested family pleaser. Plus this ground beef dinner recipe is easy on the wallet. 

Grandma's goulash recipe starts with ground beef, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Fresh garlic, tomato sauce, canned diced tomatoes, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, Italian seasoning, a bay leaf and elbow macaroni pasta are added into the cooked ground beef. Simmer, then top with cheese. That's it! It is a simple dinner the whole family will love. 

This budget-friendly recipe is a complete meal, but you could add a fresh garden salad. Goulash leftovers reheat beautifully for leftover night or lunch the next day. 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


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Recipe Notes

  • You could use any short pasta for this recipe, though it may affect cooking time if pasta is larger.
  • If you can, grate your own fresh cheddar cheese. Freshly grated cheese melts better than pre-shredded cheese.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the ground beef, onions and bell pepper. Season with salt and pepper, to taste Cook until beef is browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Drain the fat. 
  2. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, broth, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, Italian seasoning, bay leaf and uncooked macaroni. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until noodles are tender, about 20 minutes. 
  3. Top with the cheddar cheese and cook until cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Serve. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 418

Total Fat: 15.4g

Saturated Fat: 7.2g

Cholesterol: 52mg

Sodium: 1093mg

Total Carbohydrate: 45.9g

Dietary Fiber: 2.9g

Total Sugars: 15.6g

Protein: 21.5g

Vitamin D: 3mcg

Calcium: 230mg

Iron: 7mg

Potassium: 485mg

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Donna John
I grew up eating goulash, but my mom made it with rice. I need to get her recipe. Haven't had it in years! Going to try this recipe soon.
Yum, this looks amazing! πŸ˜‹
Comfort food at its finest...
Elisa Schmitz
Wow, this looks SO good! I want to take a fork to that pan, haha!
A fork Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds Schmitz? I'm too greedy &/or hungry. I wanna use a spoon - preferably one of the serving size variety! πŸ˜¬πŸ€—
Elisa Schmitz
I know, right? Maybe a small shovel would work better for me, LOL. Soooo good! Enjoy, Terry !
Oops! Not sure what I did wrong, but the post added Elisa's last name twice - & I didn't enter , 30 Seconds either. Seems I need lessons in directing posts on this site πŸ˜• #mybad
Elisa Schmitz
No worries, Terry . You don't need to add a last name when you tag someone. When you do the @ tag, it brings up how that person displays their name, and my name is displayed as Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds. So you did everything right (except you don't need to add my last name). Thanks so much for being part of our community!
A fork Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds Schmitz? I'm too greedy &/or hungry. I wanna use a spoon - preferably one of the serving size variety! πŸ˜¬πŸ€—

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