Old Fashioned Goulash!

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Get ready to experience the comforting flavors of a classic dish with Old Fashioned Goulash! This hearty and satisfying meal is a perfect choice for a cozy family dinner or a potluck gathering. With simple ingredients and easy preparation, this recipe will quickly become a favorite in your home.

Why Make This Recipe

Old Fashioned Goulash is a timeless recipe that brings together ground beef or turkey, pasta, and a savory tomato-based sauce with a cheesy finish. It’s a budget-friendly option that yields a large amount, making it great for feeding a crowd or meal prepping for the week. The delicious flavors and simplicity of this dish make it a go-to comfort food that everyone will love.

How to Make Old Fashioned Goulash


  • 2 lbs ground beef or turkey
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 large Yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 15-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 T Adobo Seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 T seasoned salt
  • 1/2 T black pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  1. In a large pan, sauté your ground meat in a skillet over medium-high heat until HALF cooked, then remove from heat.
  2. Add garlic, onions, olive oil & cook until meat is fully cooked.
  3. Mix in water, broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, seasoned salt, pepper, and adobo seasoning. Mix well.
  4. Lower the heat, cover, and let it cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the uncooked elbow macaroni to the skillet, stir well to combine.
  6. Cover and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the bay leaves once cooked.
  8. Stir in the cheddar cheese until combined.
  9. Add mozzarella cheese right before serving.
  10. Enjoy this comforting and flavorful Old Fashioned Goulash!

How to Serve Old Fashioned Goulash

Serve this delicious goulash hot, topped with a sprinkle of fresh parsley for a pop of color. Pair it with a side salad or some garlic bread for a complete and satisfying meal.

How to Store Old Fashioned Goulash

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Simply reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Tips to Make Old Fashioned Goulash

  • Customize the recipe by adding your favorite vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini.
  • For extra flavor, consider adding a pinch of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
  • Make a double batch and freeze individual portions for quick and easy meals on busy days.


  1. Can I substitute the ground beef with ground turkey? Yes, you can easily swap out the ground beef for ground turkey for a leaner option.
  2. Can I use different types of pasta for this recipe? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different pasta shapes like penne or rotini.
  3. How can I make this recipe vegetarian? You can substitute the ground meat with cooked lentils or your favorite meat alternative for a vegetarian version of this goulash.

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