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Grandma's Delicious Goulash Recipe

Grandma's goulash was a family favorite growing up - ground beef, elbow macaroni, and a sweet tomato sauce make this skillet dish so simple to throw together in no time. Goulash feeds a crowd and is made in just one skillet.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: affordable dinner recipe, beef and pasta, Budget friendly dinner, ground beef recipes
Servings: 8
Calories: 506kcal


  • large pot
  • Can Opener


  • pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 15 ounces corn 1 can, drained
  • 29 ounces tomato sauce 1 can
  • 30 ounces diced tomatoes 2 (15 oz cans), undrained
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni


  • In a large pot over medium heat, brown beef until no longer pink.
  • Drain grease well and add onion and green pepper.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add corn, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add uncooked macaroni noodles, stir and cover pot with lid.
  • Let simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes and serve.



Additional Toppings for Goulash: 
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • sliced green onions
  • parmesan cheese


Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1302mg | Potassium: 1059mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 766IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 5mg