Cheesy Beef Goulash

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When you need an easy dinner recipe that will please the whole family, try whipping up some old fashioned goulash! Everyone loves this hodgepodge of macaroni noodles, ground beef, tomatoes, cheese, and seasonings!

A classic dinner recipe that is loved by all. Filled with meat, cheese, seasonings and macaroni, this recipe is sure to become as loved as Beef Stroganoff and Pot Roast.

Beef Goulash in Pan

What is Goulash?

American Beef Goulash – have you tried it before? And what is goulash?

Goulash is a soup or stew of meat, usually seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating from the medieval Hungary, goulash is a popular meal predominantly eaten in Central Europe but also in other parts of Europe.

We make goulash for dinner all the time, and although I’m sure we have a very American version of the recipe, we wanted to make sure we shared our Cheesy Beef Goulash recipe with you today – because it’s delicious! πŸ™‚

It is filled with noodles, hamburger, tomatoes and cheese!!Β Although we really don’t consider our “American Goulash” (or “Old Fashioned Goulash”) a stew, we love this cheesy dish that can be easily modified based on the ingredients you love most.

This recipe has a number of different seasonings, but it is simple enough to please all ages. The whole family loves it, and I love it because it’s simple and tasty.

How to Make Goulash Process Pictures

How to Make Goulash

I’m all about simple these days and this recipe is just that! It doesn’t take long to throw this easy cheesy goulash together, but plan ahead because it does have to simmer for about 45-50 minutes total.

The hardest part of this recipe is honestly waiting patiently for it to finish simmering! See for yourself how simple this recipe is…

MEAT + SAUCE. Begin by sautΓ©ing beef/hamburger in a skillet over medium-high heat until cooked, and then drain. Add the garlic and saute for about 5 minutes. Add water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, and seasoned salt.

SIMMER. Stir this well; cover and allow to simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Add the uncooked elbow macaroni to skillet, stir well, then return the lid and simmer for about 30 minutes.

CHEESE. Once 30 minutes is up and the noodles are all cooked, turn off the heat, and remove the bay leaves. Add 1 cup of cheddar cheese right before serving, which will make it even more irresistible.

Can goulash be made in the crock pot?Β Making this American Goulash in the crockpot is super easy. Just follow these steps to make it:

  • Saute the ground beef beef in a skillet until cooked.
  • Drain excess fat and add garlic. Saute for another 5 minutes.
  • Put the sauteed meat in the crock pot along with the remaining ingredients.
  • Cook on High heat for 3-4 hours or on low heat for 7-8 hours.

Cheesy Hamburger Goulash in pan

Goulash recipe tips

Can you make goulash ahead of time? Yes, you can make this easy goulash recipe ahead of time. Simply follow the recipe directions, cover, and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use.

If you plan to store the dish for more than a day the best place to keep it is in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat this delicious dish take it out of the fridge or freezer. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, cover dish with foil, and heat until it is the desired temperature.

How do you store goulash? Goulash can reheat well, but it needs to be stored properly. Be sure to place in an air-tight container and put in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat by using the microwave.

Can you freeze goulash>?Goulash can be made ahead time and frozen for up to 3 months. Place leftover goulash in a freezer safe dish and cover tightly with foil.

We also recommend placing this in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and placing in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat it remove from the freezer, thaw, and heat in a microwave, covered in an oven, or on the stove top in a skillet until it reaches your desired temperature.

How to make Hungarian goulash? It’s a bit different than this recipe and includes more vegetables like carrots and peppers. For that recipe, CLICK HERE.

What to serve with goulash? What do you serve with goulash? There are so many great sides that go with this recipe, but some of our favorites include:

Beef Goulash Recipe spooned out of pan

Such a cheesy, delicious dinner idea that everyone will enjoy!! This recipe does make a whole pot full, so if you end up with extra, know that the leftovers are just as delicious! We hope you enjoy this beef goulash as much as we do. πŸ™‚

For more easy ground beef recipes, try:

Goulash Recipe

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When you need an easy dinner recipe that will please the whole family, try whipping up some old fashioned goulash! Everyone loves this hodgepodge of macaroni noodles, ground beef, tomatoes, cheese, and seasonings! This easy goulash recipe is the perfect go-to for any night of the week.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 542 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 c water
  • 2 cans tomato sauce 15 oz cans
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes 15 oz cans
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 TB soy sauce
  • 1 TB seasoned salt
  • 2 TB Italian seasoning
  • 2 c elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Saute ground beef in skillet over medium-high heat until cooked. Drain. Add garlic and saute for about 5 minutes. Add water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, and seasoned salt. Stir well. Cover and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes.

  2. Add the uncooked elbow macaroni to skillet, stir well, return the lid and simmer for about 30 minutes. Turn off heat, remove the bay leaves, and add 1 cup of cheddar cheese right before serving.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty β€œLil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. it seems to be a lovely and very delicious meal, however, this is not a goulash (or authentically spelt: gulyΓ‘s) in any way or on any level. you should definitely give this recipe a try as it looks great, just make sure to call it something else.

      1. 5 stars
        This recipe is American-style goulash, which is very common and popular, especially in the Mid and Southwest. Its also known as American Chop-Suey in some places. Its one of those dishes that was during poor economic times to stretch food budgets and was given a familiar, Old World style name is all.

        I myself learned to make authentic Hungarian Goulash from a Hungarian roommate I had in college, but grew up eating this style too and it is good in a totally different way. πŸ™‚

        1. I always want to say β€œthen share your recipe for goulash” … I like to add chili powder, a can of diced tomatoes, green peppers or jalapeΓ±os and then top with Parmesan cheese

          1. 5 stars
            I have a son who feels the same way about tomatoes. I just puree diced tomatoes with and immersion blender.

      2. I’m sure what you know as goulash doesn’t represent this dish… however in America, calling this goulash is extremely accurate. It also clearly says this is an American dish as well…

  1. When I hear the word goulash, I think of my mom’s version which always had chunks of tomatoes and chewy beef. It was horrible. If I had this instead, I would have gobbled it up!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi, I came across your blog post while looking for new homemade hamburger helper recipe’s, can’t wait to try out this one. I also have my own secret homemade helper recipe, feel free to try it out yourself – you can find it here I can’t wait to try out yours, it looks delicious!”

  3. Is there any disadvantage to cooking the pasta separately and adding it at the end? I was thinking it would save time to cook the pasta concurrently.

    1. I think if you do that, you should probably reduce the amount of water, since it’s in there to counteract the cooking of the pasta.

    2. 5 stars
      Hi Kate, I wouldn’t cook the pasta separately because the starch from the pasta is what’s going to help thicken the sauce and give it that heavier consistency. Adding it separately will give you soupier results.

  4. 4 stars
    I am on a restricted diet and want to make this using venison hamburger and without the cheese, as dairy is limited…. do you suggest a substitute….?

    1. I’m not sure what you are restricted from eating, but you could always use less of something if it needs to be limited. Or, you don’t have to even add the cheese. It won’t be as creamy, but it will still taste good:) Some suggest tofu as a replacement for cheese? Hope that helps!

    1. Cindy you can find dry Italian seasoning in your local super markets near soup mixes and spices I believe. It’s good for making dressings, marinades, etc πŸ™‚

    2. It is a mixture of dried herbs such as, basil, oregano, garlic, rosemary, and thyme. We use it on so many recipes. You can find it in the baking isles with all the seasonings:)

    3. I actually used my bruschetta seasoning (I had a big container from Costco) and it was beyond perfect!!! I used 3tbsp of it and didn’t need the season salt. Seriously amazing ????

  5. Do you simmer the sauce before adding the pasta, or do you allow it to keep cooking on medium-high?

    1. You’ll simmer the sauce for about 20 minutes, before adding the uncooked pasta, then you’ll continue to simmer for 30 more minutes. Hope you enjoy it, as much as we do!

  6. 5 stars
    Made this today. Added curry to it as the weather is cold and windy and needed some warm food comfort. It was so tasty and flavourful. Will make it again for sure!!

    1. What a good idea!! Curry is such a warm flavor. This is a great recipe to change up and add or take out spices, to fit any families taste! Thanks for sharing your changes!

    2. Faer, I love curry, how much did you use. I am a little hesitant about the curry/soy sauce combo. Does it have a very strong spicy note? Or has anyone else used these 2 spices together?

  7. 5 stars
    This was fantastic and sooooo easy! I did add a chopped onion, sautΓ©ed with the meat, because we love that flavor, and I never got to add the cheese, because we were already tasting bowls of it and loved the flavors!! (I also used 1lb ground beef and 1lb ground turkey, and just 2T of Soy sauce, because I need to cut down on my sodium) My son’s pasta choice was Cavatappi (corkscrew), which was really fun. This is a keeper! Wow! I am so impressed. πŸ™‚

    1. Yay, I’m so happy that your family loved this recipe! I wish I liked onions, because I know how much flavor they add! I like the changes you made, a little healthier and still so tasty!! Come back soon and try more recipes:)

  8. I made this tonight and we all loved it! I eat a vegetarian diet so we made this with veggie crumbles (ground beef sub). I also have celiac so we used gluten free noodles. Even with the change it was really great! Thank you for this great recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last night as a surprise for my husband (he loves goulash, but I always forget about it and don’t make it often). I have another recipe, but lost it while trying to get organized (go figure lol). Anyway, this was delicious and it made a lot!! Definitely a wonderful comfort food for any time of the year (but especially on chilly/cold nights)! Thanks for a great recipe! #itsakeeper

    1. Ha..funny how we loose things, as we organize! Did your hubby love it, too? We sure love it anytime, but especially those chilly nights!! Glad you liked it:)

  10. I’m in Australia where is says can of tomato sauce does that mean can of tomato soup here in Australia?

    1. They are different. You can usually find tomato sauce, where canned tomatoes are in the store. I guess if you can’t find it, then you can make your own, by blending tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Hope that helps!!

      1. Following on from previous question as I am also in Australia, is your tomato sauce like tomato juice then? (like what you would use in a Bloody Mary?) Tomato sauce here is what you call ketchup. Thanks

  11. Wanna make this but need to know which soy sauce do you use? Is it dark soy sauce? Light soy sauce? Or, sweet soy sauce?

  12. Hey there,
    I was thinking about adding extra veggies in; peppers, onion, and zucchini. Would I sautΓ© these items with the ground beef initially, or just add them when adding the tomato sauce? and let them simmer?

    1. Sounds delish!! I would maybe saute them first with salt & pepper, then add them in. I haven’t tried adding different veggies, but it could probably work both ways. Sauteing them would definitely make them soft.

  13. 4 stars
    currently making it on the stove!!

    we added 4 cups of salad macaroni (it was in on hand instead of going to the store) for the the 3C elbow mac.
    added a squeeze of Italian dressing and ketchup for more of a vinegar flavor.
    and he cook time for the noodles was 20-25 mins instead of 30 since they were smaller noodles.

  14. i also added 3 slices of american cheese and pepperjack in to the dish! it melted great and added another layer of flavor

  15. 4 stars
    Made this following the recipe except for: I didn’t have any seasoned salt so I substituted Goya SazΓ²n. I included the onions with the garlic and cooked until translucent. It came out fantastic, if I do say so myself. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  16. I had my mothers goulash as a kid and was nervous to try this but was looking for quick dinners since I’m in my 5th pregnancy and short on energy! I can’t believe how much flavor it has with as few ingredients! Thanks for a great recipe everyone likes!!

  17. 5 stars
    W……..who cares what this is called, if u dont like that its called goulash, dont fix it. This recipe sounds wonderful, I am making it right now

  18. This sounds yummy,but I have to ask your viewers if they know of a goulash recipe that was on the back of a Skinners macaroni bag in the early 70’s. I remember it had ranch style beans and green peas along with most of the things in the above recipe. I think it had Worcestershire sauce instead of soy sauce and I don’t remember a bay leaf or Italian seasonings. Please email me if you are in your 60’s and over, and you have this recipe. It was a favorite among men of that time (and me). Thanks!

      1. 5 stars
        I have this in the crockpot currently, I’m excited to have it for dinner. I’m curious about the cheese — is the point for it to be melted and stirred into the goulash before serving? Leftovers would have the cheese in it, so I just want to make sure it’s meant to be mixed & melted into all of it.

        I’m going to add cooked noodles at the end of it cooking in the slow cooker. I used 48 oz. marinara sauce and 1 can diced tomatoes… i figure it can’t turn out bad!!

  19. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe!
    I was really surprised when it coocked faster then you mentioned.
    By the way it seems to me it’ll be great to add some mushrooms =)

  20. 5 stars
    made the cheesy beef goulash today. didn’t put in garlic and only used salt instead of seasoned salt. also mozzerella cheese instead of cheddar. everyone loved it!! Thanks.

  21. 5 stars
    We (kids, hubby and I ) all loved this recipe! I love that you can cook in 1 pan. I wondered about the onions, then I read your “about me”. I may put onions in next time.. πŸ™‚

  22. 4 stars
    Trying this recipe out tonight, it’s on the stovetop now and smells so good. Added a few extra seasonings….chili powder & chopped onions. Also I added a chili starter and used Turkey burger. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  23. This was a hit! My 16 year old daughter took a bite, closed her eyes and moaned “this is sooo good.” I had some leftover broccoli that I had cooked the night before so I threw that in during the last 6 min. Will definitely be making this again!

  24. Both my mother and my husband’s mother made us dishes similar to this when we were growing up in the 60s & 70s. I made a half recipe of this tonight with small penne pasta, and we LOVED it! Like our mom’s versions, only better!

  25. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight. Very good! But next time I would cut back on the salt. I used less than what it called for but still found it pretty salty. Will definitely make this again!

  26. We completely loved this!!!!!! I used 3 tablespoons of garlic instead of teaspoons since I use preminced from a jar but made no other substitutions. I will cook it for 20 minutes on the final cook next time, I made a double batch since it looks perfect for reheating and the noodles continued to absorb liquid and soften in the hot juices as they sat. Wonderful recipe!!!!

    1. My husband and step daughter hate chunky tomatoes. I blend them in the blender and no one knows they are in the dish. But it still adds another dimension to the dish.

  27. My family LOVED IT !!!!
    End of story will be making again I added onions green peppers and used beef broth instead of water….

  28. 5 stars
    Made this easy goulash for dinner tonight….it is AMAZING, we all enjoyed it. Thanks for this super tasty recipe, will be made many more times in this household.

  29. Made this tonight and it was a huge hit with the family! Almost followed the recipe to a “T” except I added 1 11/2 tablespoons of sugar to bring out the sweetness in the tomatoes. I would highly recommend this dish, with or without the added sugar. Thank you!

  30. Could you freeze this after you make it? Put it in a freezer bag? Reheat on the stove top? Would that work or would it get watery or anything?

  31. 5 stars
    Yum, the cheesy beef goulash was so good! I made this tonight for my husband. He loved it. It was easy peasy to make and oh so tasty. :o)

  32. 5 stars
    Yummy, made this tonight for dinner & I’m so glad I did! It was gooey, cheesy, beefy goodness! Thanks for a wonderful & quick recipe!

    1. You can half all the ingredients in the recipe, if you don’t want to make as much or just store all your leftovers and you can eat it throughout the week πŸ™‚

  33. 5 stars
    I made this last night but I left out the tomatoes and it was fabulous my husband ate 4 servings and my daughter 2 I have to make it again so I can have some

  34. Just made this tonight and it was a huge hit with my husband. I grew up with 2 versions of goulash and this was one of them. I had not this in years and so thank you for an awesome recipe. I did make changes as my husband and I are spicy lovers. I added only 1 can 540 ml itialian tomatoes whole, I 420ml jar of Guy Fieri’s 7 pepper salsa, 3 cups beef broth, and added franks seasoning, Mrs. Dash in replacement of some of the original seasonings you mentioned and omitted the bay leave as I am not a fan. How ever I used Casarecce noodles (can be found at Costco) I added at the end was Parmsen cheese, so omit adding salt to the cooking as it is salty. I love this dish and for me it’s a keeper and in my recipe box it went. Thank you

    1. Hmm..I’m not quite sure. I haven’t made it without using the tomatoes. You could just make it without the cans of tomatoes & if you taste it & you feel it needs more, maybe add a small (8oz) can of tomato sauce? Just a guess. Let me know what you do! Thanks!

  35. I real find it funny that people feel the need to comment on such things as the name of the dish in a negative fashion. I think it is fantastic that people like Kristyn are willing to share their favourite recipes with others! It makes the world a happier place and I for one don’t care what it’s called. I am actually preparing it now as I type (just defrosting my ground beef!).

    Thanks so much and I look forward to trying your others!

      1. It was amazing! Instead of cheddar I used a spicy nacho shredded cheese ( pre shredded) and then threw in some hot chunky nacho sauce ( about 1/4 cup). Made it super spicy, which we love.

  36. My mom made something like this as a quick meal. She called it goulash too. My husband likes it with zuccini & parmesan cheese. My sister likes it with corn. That’s something I noticed in the comments. It’s one of those recipes that everyone makes their own family favorite. Thanks for reminder. Think I will make it tonight.

  37. I sent the recipe to my hubby, who is the cook in our household (he’s a definite keeper). It was DELICIOUS! I am betting we will ad this to our go to list of meals when we need something simple and tasty. Thank you for sharing!

  38. 5 stars
    I have to tell you that I’ve made this a few times before and it is absolutely delicious. We’ve been quite busy in the evenings lately and I like to prep as much as I can ahead of time for the next day’s dinner. I prepped this meal (doing everything except adding the pasta) and left it on the counter to cool before putting in the fridge. My husband came home late and thought it was soup for dinner. He said it was one of the best soups I’ve ever made. LOL!

  39. I make something very similar which is an adaptation of something my Mom made. She always called it chop suey and I call it goulash, although I suspect American Chop Suey is closer to what I make. I don’t care what name you put on it, it’s good. I use tomato soup, onions, cheddar cheese, macaroni and ground beef. So simple and yet tasty.

  40. 5 stars
    This was very good however, I made this with 1 lb venis on burg and 1 lb venison sausage. Added a quart of my homemade chunky salsa and 3 1/2 cups of noodles. Incredible! I love to take recipes and make them my very own. Thanks for sharing your’s to help make my family a great meal!

    1. 5 stars
      just a quick question. Any way to reduce the sodium intake per serving? 2500 mg is quite high. I love this dish and works like to make it more often, but can’t have that much sodium.

  41. I made this tonight and it is delicious. I had an extra 1 Lb ground beef so I included 1 1/2 of the ingredients. I think I added too much water for the extra macaroni. It wasn’t really waterery but not thick. I will add onion next time. Thank you for Sharing the recipe. Husband loved it also.

  42. 5 stars
    Very good recipe! I used whole grain elbows and added diced onions and green peppers. I also added some chopped spinach towards the end.

  43. 5 stars
    A new firm favorite in this house. I make the full rmam out and am able to feed 4 with it and still freeze half of it for another day. Perfect when you need to atock up the freezer with a bulk batch for the times when your unable to cook or in a hurry.

  44. 4 stars
    This will get eaten up, no doubt, but I found it to be too salty. I think I would use 1/2 tbspn of seasoned salt next time. I also would have liked a warning as to the size pot to use…. I used one that just barely worked. Also a “stir occasionally” needs to be added for those 30 minutes. I had to give my son a bath and when I came back the bottom was burnt, didnt affect the taste but clean up is going to be a bother. Thanks for the recipe, it is a great one to give little tweaks to.

  45. 5 stars
    Made this GOULASH, have my own recipe as well I always use which everyone likes, BUT this was a real homerun, I did add onion, bell pepper, as well as a can of rotel instead of 2 cans of tomatoes, and next time I will use only 1 bay leaf…..Very very good though!!

  46. 4 stars
    This recipe is very similar to what my mom taught me to make that she learned from my grandma. I’ve always called it Hamburger Macaroni. It’s basically a mexican style version of this recipe made to feed a crowd of 8. 1LB ground beef/turkey, 4 cups elbow macaroni, 8-10 cups water, 2T chicken bouillon, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can el pato tomato sauce (mexican hot style), 2T crushed garlic, 1T cumin, 1/2t chili powder (ancho or california). Brown the meat in a skillet. in a 6qt pot, toast the elbow macaroni in some olive oil, then add the meat & remaining ingredients. bring to a boil & simmer for 20-30mins. Top it off with some shredded cheese. Very easy to make this recipe stretch by adding more water and making it “soupy”

  47. This is a great dish but gulash (gulyas) as I know is a Hungarian soup with potatoes, diced meat, and carrots and That looks and tastes nothing like this.

  48. I’ve made this several times and it’s a hit. I don’t use water but beef broth for a richer flavor and we do use onions. Really simple and delish. Rolls and salad. Bam

  49. 5 stars
    Really good! Everyone loved it! Used stewed tomatoes instead of diced as thats what my mom always used. Really hit the spot ???? and reminded me of home.

  50. I made this for dinner and doubles the recipe (don’t recommend, it makes ALOT). I ended up having to throw it all out because the noodles were mushy. Looks good, I wish it was what I was having instead of pizza. changes I would make would be to not include soy sauce.

  51. I used 1/2 yellow because ground beef dinners are always better with onion and I halved the recipe for two people with leftovers for lunch next day.
    Simple and delicious easy cleanup.

  52. Hi, this looks delicious but it’s kinda a ‘mac and beef’. It’s not gulas. I guess it’s ‘American gulas’ but that’s not gulas at all. There’s no paprika in it! Gulas is from Eastern Europe and definitely isn’t pasta. So, I’m curious where the name comes from. Is American Gulash actually a thing? Or is this just named by Americans who have never been to Europe and never had actual gulaΕ‘?

    Hope that question isn’t annoying. I’m curious where this comes from.


    (American who once lived in Eastern Europe as was looking for actual Czech gulaΕ‘ recipes)

    1. It is American Goulash. My mom was a gourmet cook, well aware of what Hungarian goulash was, but we ate this frequently growing up. It is known as a comfort food and was a quick fix when she was working and going to night school, and running a household.

  53. Apologies I was a bit harsh with that review. Okay so I think that you should consider instead of using beef, using lamb. Get some nice cuts of lamb – lean, cut it up into 1 inch cubes, cover the lamb in sweet paprika, and use red wine to help it stick to the chunks. Flash fry the lamb in a hot skillet so that it just burns slightly around the outside of the lamb but is very rare inside the chunks.

    In terms of herbs, hungarian goulash will be using paprika. Unfortunately Hungarians have 3-4 different types of paprika none of which we can get here in Britain. You have to do the best you can and try and get sweet, the smoked paprikas are a little more tricky to work with. Along with the paprika hungarians will add caraway seed and this will add a coolness – almost mintiness to the flavour.

    They will then take the flash fried lamb add loads of herbs and spices, along with fresh tomatos, a little cumin, salt, pepper, potatos, mushrooms and various other things, and add it to a slow cooker, they’ll probably add red wine into the slow cooker, adding too much liquid will dilute the taste, they may add stock – vegetable stock is fine, and rather than using onions, they would probably use leeks. Then they would slow cook the goulash for somewhere between 2 and 6 hours. Sometimes longer.

  54. I grew up eating variations of this ghoulash but as an adult I started using my left over Mac and Cheese as I always make too much for one meal. I always cook diced onion with the ground beef (one pound is plenty) and I also add a can of kidney beans.

  55. I’m excited to make this recipe. However, my children do not like chunks of tomato. What could I substitute in its place? Thank you in advance.

  56. 5 stars
    Made this last night for my family of 5. Everyone LOVED it. Made plenty for 2 dinners and them some. Easy and delicious! Thanks! Printed recipe and put in my recipe box.

  57. 5 stars
    I have made a basic Goulash for years, nothing special…..Made this, and it is really really good, made some minor adjustments the second time I made it….just softened some bell pepper, onion, and pickled jalapeno, along with 1 can of rotel, and only put in 1 bay leaf…..these are just to my taste, the basic recipe is great….Thank you for it!!

  58. Awesome recipe! My 15 year old daughter made it. She added a diced yellow onion. She was so proud of herself for making such a great dinner for the family!

      1. I just wanted to add that my three-year-old ask for seconds and everytime I serve myself leftovers he definitely ask for a bite so this is a very good family filling meal????????

  59. 5 stars
    I just made Cheesy Beef Goulash it was delicious unfortunately I put the past in too early and it was a bit soggy other than that it was really tasty. I will definitely be cooking it again. Thank you for an excellent recipe.

  60. 4 stars
    I love your recipes but please please put a Pinterest link so I can save without having to go from here to Pinterest to search.

  61. Hey Sorry, in the first step, do you leave the beef in the skillet after draining and then add the garlic to it? I assumed you would take it out to drain, but I don’t see when you add it back in?

  62. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for the recipe we made tonight for dinner. It was very much a hit and makes a ton…was just wondering if anyone has tried freezing leftovers and if so, how were they upon defrosting? Thanks again for another good standby dinner!

  63. Sheeze – Louise: can one really imagine the many – many different ways of making this meal? Here’s another way. 1ld ground beef 80/20% graveled we prefer frozen vegetables corn-peas 1- 1/2 cups each. add in beans of choice) we use generally chilly beans with it’s liquid) full table spoon Worcester sauce-A1 stake sauce seasoned salt ( to taste ) 1/2 table spoon Mrs Dash green top table salt 1/4 teaspoon cine-min 1 cup precooked macaroni ( elbow or ?? ) 2 cups fresh dices tomatoes adding one can of tomato 4 oz sauce. let simmer about 10-15 mins. Serves average 4 safely. Served over toast-biscuits or just as is. Add to ones taste their favorite hot sauce too. =)

  64. This is my second time making this recipe. It is so good and heats up very good in leftovers. Definitely one of my favorite Pinterest recipes! Thank you!

  65. I tried your cheesy beef goulash and shared it with my neighbor, we both fell in love with this recipe. One of the best I’ve ever tried. I collect your recipes and they are all super, but this one is by far the best of the best. My neighbor wants this once a week.Keep the good recipes coming.

  66. It was good! I divided the recipe in half since it was for 2 and a half. It was a little bit bland but I took it easy on the seasoning salt, so my fault there. My husband recommended adding chili powder… but really good. I ate too much!

  67. 5 stars
    Made this deliciousness for my family tonight! They LOVED it!! I did tweak it just a little though. We like a bold flavor, so I added onion and used beef broth instead of the water. I also added about a Tbsp of chili powder and a bag of frozen corn. Topped it with freshly grated Colby cheese and viola!! Absolutely perfect!! Thank you for sharing!!

  68. 5 stars
    Does anyone know what the portion size is? It’s awesome that they have a nutrition guide at the end but I don’t know how much 1 serving is!
    That being said, we made this dish last week and it was such a hit! Definelty a new family favorite!

  69. my dad made a type of goulash that his mom made for her family i believe its a polish version it was made with red and green tomatoes red and green peppers (sometimes a hot pepper would be added if he wanted a batch with a little heat to it) and onions it was simmered in a large pot then frozen in freezer bags that is the version that i grew up with this american version sounds wonderful though i think i will give it a try thanks for sharing

    1. I am sure you could πŸ™‚ I would freeze it all cooked, then you could either stick in the microwave or maybe a low heat setting on the stove, just until is warmed through. I would take it out to thaw beforehand.

  70. 5 stars
    Instead of cheese at the end, I use dallops of cottage cheese. SO good. Always done this with goulash. Also alot of onions, fried with the hamburger.

  71. 4 stars
    Enjoyed this. For my taste, I’d cut the Italian seasoning in half. For the fun of it I added a couple tablespoons of chile sauce, and sauteed chopped onions with the meat (which I ground myself from brisket/chuck combo. No more store bought for me!

  72. This goulash definitely reminded me of home. My mom made it the same, but added bell pepper and onion after ground chuck was browned. My son and I gobbled this up. I cut the recipe in half. Thanks,this is so yummy!

  73. 5 stars
    I am always looking for a new recipe to try. I made this last night and it was delicious. I actually substituted rice for the elbow macaroni because I was out of macaroni (the one ingredient I didn’t check on because of course everyone has pasta in their pantry). It was really tasty.

  74. 4 stars
    Hi Kristyn, I made your goulash recipe tonight for my husband and myself. I just made half the recipe and used ground turkey instead of hamburger. It turned out great! I have one question. Do you really use 1 Tbsp of seasoned salt for the full recipe.? I used one half of a tsp. For the half recipe and that seemed plenty. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  75. 5 stars
    Can’t tell you how much we all loved this recipe. It was quick to make (heaven knows I need quick) and the flavor is soooo good. My kids can be picky, but they all ate this up! Thanks for the recipe!

  76. Tried your recipe and it was so delicious. I don’t like leftovers, but kept coming back for this leftover. Would definitely make again

  77. 5 stars
    I’m currently standing over my stove cooking this for the umpteenth time because my family loves this dish. My 6 year old son devours this like it’s his last meal on earth. We call it chili mac. And the only real difference is instead of elbow macaroni I use 2 or 3 boxes of macaroni and cheese. It gives it an extra dose of cheesiness!

  78. Hmmm, it’s not a goulash πŸ˜‰ Real goulash is made with diced beef (or any other meat) which is first a bit fried and later, after adding some broth and veggies, cooked very, very slowly πŸ˜‰ Your recipe is basically homemade Bolognese sauce πŸ™‚ Greetings from Poland!

  79. 5 stars
    Love this dish! Because the pasta is cooked in the sauce instead of water, there’s more flavor. Also, no need for two pots!
    I forgot the cheese and it still tasted great. Thanks for sharing.

  80. Just tried this recipe today, the whole family loved it! I did it with egg noodles and wasn’t fond of it though. I think elbow noodles are the better option! Absolutely delicious flavor!

  81. I’ve made this recipe several times and IT’S always a big hit! I’ve started adding a bag of frozen corn at the same time I add the macaroni and it stretches the food a little further, tastes great and adds a vegetable to this yummy one bowl meal

  82. 5 stars
    I found this recipe via Pinterest – hopefully I pinned it properly! I also uploaded a pic of how mine turned out; my husband has since been begging me to make it again. A total hit in my household, even our meat-fussy toddler approves! Great, easy recipe. Brilliant.

  83. 5 stars
    My husband was hesitant because I’m always making new things off of pintrest (some turn out better than others but he’s always supportive of new dishes). I’ve never made it before, but it was a hit! He ate 3 bowls! So easy to make and so good to eat!

  84. 5 stars
    I made this and it became my youngest daughter’s immediate favorite meal. the only difference I do is that instead of the tomatoes, sauce and water I use a bottle of v8. She wants this for every birthday meal since i first made it….also omitted the cheese

  85. 5 stars
    I ended up halving the recIpe but addeD in some frozen spinach to it. It turned out awesome! My mom used to make SOMETHING like this when i was younger.

  86. 4 stars
    This Very goOd and my little picky eater ate it. It was way too saltY though. I had to go back and be sure that i didnt do something wrong. Next time i muSt cut back on salt or soy sauce.

  87. I’m wondering if I could half the recipe. It’s just me and my brother and we dont necessarily need that much food lol Although leftovers would be amazing if you think I shouldn’t half the recipe. Tia. This sounds amazing by the way

  88. 1 star
    I found this recipe to be off in multiple ways. First the proportions were off. I added an extra cup of noodles to help balance the sauce ratio. It still had way more sauce than desired. I actually reduced the amount of Italian seasoning because that is a strong flavor and 2 TB seemed outrageous. The basil leaf flavor ended up too strong as well. I would reduce the sauce to one can, use only 1 tsp of italian seasoning. The cooking time of the noodles was wrong. I cooked the noodles for 10 minutes and it was plenty. I won’t make this recipe again. I was disappointed especially because of how much this recipe made. This recipe could feed 8 adults easily.

  89. 5 stars
    I definitely give this 5 stars! Thank you:) it was really simple and evreybody loved it! I used spiral egg noodles and also added onion and some mushrooms! πŸ˜‹

  90. haven’t tried but looks very good! Am wondering if and how could add corn to this? Would it be as simple as adding a drained can or less of corn?

  91. 5 stars
    I’ve made this goulash for years. Instead of tomato sauce & crushed tomatoes, I add V-8 juice and rotel chili’s & tomatoes plus a lot of onions. Sometimes I also add bell peppers, if i have them. Yum! Thanks for the recipe. I never thought of adding soy sauce plus I never had a recipe. This is great!!! Maryann

  92. The whole family loved this recipe. The family asked that I make it weekly and triple the recipe. I also added Rotel.

  93. 5 stars
    This recipe is a family favourite! My husband and my kids love this, it makes frequent appearances on our menu plan, and it is simple enough that my eldest son who is 11 years old can make dinner for all of us.

    For Aussie readers, the closest comparison to “tomato sauce” we have is a can of Leggos tomato puree.

  94. 5 stars
    LoVely recipe, simple and tasty. Added finely cHopped fresh rosemary and herbs de provence and half a cube of chicken sTock Dissolved in water

  95. 4 stars
    Made this tonight and it was a hit with the family. We all found it to be on the salty side. Will make again, but will definitely cut down on the salt. It was easy too…..which I looooove!

  96. 5 stars
    We made this tonight and it was Awesome! My husband LOVED it. Thank you for all your recipes. πŸ’•πŸ˜€

  97. 5 stars
    I remember this meal from my childhood. Mom made it a lot cause we didn’t have much money during the war. glad to find it again. Thanks

  98. 5 stars
    This is by the far the most flavorful and Delicious homemade goulash we have ever had. It is a dish that you will crave and one bite will satisfy that craving!

    The longer your simmer- the more flavorful the dish!

  99. 5 stars
    I don’t think you have enough 5 starts for this recipe! Just made it tonight for the family and everyone had seconds! It was delicious and easy! Perfect for this mom. THAnk you for sharing!!!

  100. 4 stars
    If i do this in the slow cooker (crockpot), do i put the elbow pasta in at the start with the Rest of it? Will the oasta be ok cooking for 7-8 hours on low?

  101. 5 stars
    Super easy to follow recipe! I haven’t finished cooking mine yet, but am wondering if a can of corn would be good added to it!

  102. 3 stars
    Followed recipe exactly & dinner was almost ruined :-/

    adjustmeNt i woulD make is to either cook macaroni separately then mix in or add a note to stir every 5 min to avoid sticking

  103. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was amazing. I halfed the recipe for my family of three and there were still leftovers. I will Definitely be making it again.

  104. 5 stars
    This was a hit. I used gluten free pasta, added pinto beans and let everyone add their favorite cheese right before serving/

  105. 5 stars
    Thank you for the great recipe. I will add this one to my rotating collection. My family loved it and it’s simple enough for a week night. I’ve made this twice now and I added chopped zucchini when i added the pasta. good way to get the kids to eat veggies!

  106. 4 stars
    Skillet was not large enough. Recipe did not say whether to drain the diced tomatoes so with the 3 cups of water, had an overflow. Had to cook MACARONI separate. Will see how it turns out taSteWise.

  107. i liked this recipe very much and tried it on the christmas dinner i hosted in Chicago i was a little worried as i am net to cooking but it turned out fine and everyone liked it. Thank you!

  108. 5 stars
    So great! Normally all of the recipes I find online need a little bit of a tweaking, but this recipe was fantastic just as the recipe calls! I have been on the search for a goulash recipe that has great flavor… the search is now over! New favorite & regular for my family of 6! Thank you!


  110. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! I did not use bay leafs but i did add some fresh chopped yellow onions when i added the garlic and let it cook for 5 mins before adding the rest! My picky kids loved it too!

  111. 5 stars
    This is delicious & a huge hit with my family! I added some chopped onion just because we like it & used Rigatoni noodles since that what we had on hand. We will make this often!!

  112. 4 stars
    Would have been really good….just way too salty for my family. I’ll definitely try it again but with half the soy sauce and half the salt πŸ‘

  113. I followed the instructions exactly as the recipe was written and found that it was lacking in flavor. I ended up having to make alot of adjustments in regards to seasoning as it was bland. The 2nd time that I made it, I added in 2 small diced onions, 3 jalapeΓ±os (seeds included), 1 green bell pepper, red pepper flakes and 2 times the amount of Italian seasoning that the recipe called for and it came out great. I would definitely wait until the beef stock has reduced before adjusting for seasoning as the concentration tends to make it saltier. This recipe is a nice starting point for me but following it to a T just didn’t have enough flavor for me.

  114. 5 stars
    I have to say that I’m 59 yrs old, & never ,tho I always wondered what the difference is between goulash & just sauce with hamburger & seasonings. Oooh my first I’m gonna make this goulash as soon as I’m done gonna u see my Dutch oven oven & make this on top of my stove. & My girlfriend that lives one floor below me. Lol. Almost sounds like a song from Tony Orlando. Anyways she made this last week. & It was absolutely delicious. She then asked me if if eat leftovers. I wish I did, I’m not big on eating anything left over.. she asked me to try the next day, take some butter melt in frying pan & fru some goulash for a few minutes. And I never never thought I would like fried goulash or any kind of pasta. To my surprise I absolutely absolutely loved it. Try it everyone. Throw a little more seasoning on it. You’ll love it.

  115. 5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe, Turns out great everytime I make it & The noodles are always just right! Thanks for this amazing recipe! Do you happen to know how to make it in the instant pot? I’ve been using it a lot & would love to make it! Thanks!1

  116. 4 stars
    This was very good.
    The only thing was there’s no way you can make this whole thing in a skillet. I have a very large and deep skillet and I had to transfer it to a pot to get the tomatoes and one can of the tomato sauce in.

  117. 5 stars
    Love this recipe from one chef to another this is always my base recipe for american goulash as always I do some spot spice tweaking but great base thank you for sharing

  118. 5 stars
    I love this recipe, I have little different variation but so similar…both are delicous and perfect fall comfort food. the one I learned from a friend many years back has kidney beans as well and then a little turmeric. we use some parmesan and a squeeze of lime. sounds weird but it’s really yummy. but this version you have is heavenly as well. thank you for all your recipes. i always enjoy them.

  119. 5 stars
    We serve the homeless community once a month and this goulash is truly a hit with them , although i have to call it cheesy beefy macaroni for them to try it the first time; must be something about the name ‘goulash.’ Thanks for sharing this hearty dish.