Old Fashioned Goulash

Title: Old-Fashioned Goulash


  • 2 pounds (900g) ground beef
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional, for serving)
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Brown the Ground Beef:
    • In a large Dutch oven or skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat. Drain excess fat if necessary.
  2. Sauté Onions and Garlic:
    • Add chopped onions to the browned beef and sauté until the onions are translucent. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add Tomato Products:
    • Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Mix well to combine.
  4. Incorporate Seasonings:
    • Add dried oregano, dried basil, smoked paprika, caraway seeds (if using), salt, and black pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour in Beef Broth:
    • Pour beef broth into the mixture and bring the goulash to a simmer.
  6. Add Macaroni:
    • Stir in the uncooked elbow macaroni. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.
  7. Check Consistency:
    • If the goulash becomes too thick, you can add more beef broth to reach your desired consistency.
  8. Serve:
    • Once the macaroni is cooked and the flavors melded, adjust the seasoning if needed. Serve the old-fashioned goulash hot.
  9. Optional Garnish:
    • If desired, top individual servings with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped fresh parsley.

Time and Intensity:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 45-55 minutes
  • Intensity: Easy

Note: This Old-Fashioned Goulash is a comforting and hearty dish that brings together ground beef, tomatoes, and macaroni in a flavorful one-pot meal. The combination of spices adds depth to the dish, and you can customize it to suit your taste. Serve it as a wholesome family dinner, and enjoy the nostalgic flavors of this classic goulash!

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