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easy Old Fashioned goulash

Easy Old Fashioned Goulash

Old Fashioned Goulash is an easy, family-friendly meal that is full of beautiful tomato flavor. Made with ground beef, paprika, tomatoes, and macaroni this American Goulash is sure to be a big hit with everyone in the household for any day of the week.

Course Main Course, Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine American
Keyword Goulash
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author A Mom's Impression


  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 14.5-oz. can Red Gold tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5-oz. can Red Gold diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 cup elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly chopped parsley optional


  1. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil. Saute onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and stir into onions.
  2. Add ground beef directly in with the onion and garlic and cook through, 6-8 minutes, drain.
  3. Add tomato paste to the skillet and stir to coat the beef mixture. Add broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and seasonings and stir. Add uncooked macaroni and stir again. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is cooked through, it usually takes about 15 minutes.
  4. Turn heat off and fold in cheese. Top with parsley if desired. Enjoy!