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Close up shot of a bowl of goulash with elbow macaroni noodles and kidney beans.

Goulash Recipe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Easy Goulash Recipe – a classic goulash recipe that is cozy, comforting and so delicious! Perfect for a crowd and don’t forget your favorite toppings!


  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef (85/20)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 28oz can whole tomatoes
  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 15oz can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 lb elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
  • toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream or sliced green onion


  1. Bring a 5.5qt Dutch Oven to medium-high heat. Add butter or olive oil, swirl to coat the pan.
  2.  Add garlic and onion. Move around pan until the garlic is fragrant and the onion has softened slightly, approx. 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add ground beef and move around pan until it is cooked through. Drain excess grease, leaving about a tablespoon or so. Add salt and pepper. Stir to combine. 
  4. Add whole tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, kidney beans, worcestershire, Italian seasoning and bay leaf. Use knife to cut the whole tomatoes into quarters. Stir to combine. Cover and let simmer 10-30 minutes. Taste and add additional salt, as-needed.
  5. Meanwhile, cook elbow macaroni al dente according to package instructions (see Notes).
  6. Add some noodles to a bowl and top with the ground beef mixture, stir and then add your favorite toppings. 


  • Noodles: you can cook your noodles in the ground beef mixture if you want, but after testing this method we definitely noticed the noodles got mushy very quickly. That being said, if you are serving crowd and they are eating right away it should still work – to do this simply add approx. 2 cups of beef broth to the mixture and then the add the noodles. Cover and let simmer until noodles are cooked al dente. 
  • Dairy-Free: to make this dairy-free use a dairy-free cheese and dairy-free sour cream as toppings.
  • Gluten-Free: to make this gluten-free use a gluten-free noodle – if you are using gluten-free noodles I would definitely recommend against cooking them right in the tomato mixture as they are even more likely to fall apart. 
  • Storage: store noodles and ground beef mixture separately in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 


  • Serving Size: One bowl, no toppings
  • Calories: 190
  • Sugar: 3.9 g
  • Sodium: 185.7 mg
  • Fat: 3.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.8 g
  • Protein: 17.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 33.9 mg