Easy Old Fashioned Goulash Recipe

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Hey, everyone! I’m so excited to share this recipe for Old Fashioned Goulash with you. If you’ve never had goulash, you’re in for a real treat. It’s a hearty, filling dish perfect for cold winter nights. I first learned how to make Old Fashioned Goulash from my grandmother, and over the years, I’ve tweaked it a bit to make it my own. I think you’ll love it!

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A few key ingredients go into making a tremendous old-fashioned goulash. The first is beef. I like to use an excellent, lean cut, like a flank or round steak. You could also use pork or lamb if you prefer. Then you need some vegetables. I like onions, carrots, and celery, but you can get creative here and use whatever you have.

The next ingredient is tomato sauce. You can use store-bought or make your own from scratch.
And finally, the key to any good goulash is the spices. I like to use garlic, paprika, and black pepper. But feel free to experiment with your favorite spices recipe.

What Are Cooking Instruments & Cooking Time?

Now, you can use whatever you have on hand regarding cooking instruments. I like to use a big pot or Dutch oven, but a skillet will do the trick, too. As for cooking time, I would say that this goulash recipe is pretty forgiving.

You can let it simmer for a while on the stove, or you can pop it in the oven and let it cook while you’re doing other things. The important thing is to ensure the beef is cooked before you call it done.

How to Make the Best Old Fashioned Goulash?

There’s nothing like a hearty bowl of Old fashioned goulash to satisfy your hunger. And fortunately, it’s not too hard to make. The key is to use good-quality beef and brown it nicely before adding the other ingredients. I also like to add a touch of paprika and caraway seeds for extra flavor.

Once you have all of your ingredients assembled, it’s just a matter of putting them together in a pot and cooking until everything is nice and tender. So easy, right? Once everything is cooked, I like to thicken the sauce with a bit of flour mixed with water. And that’s a delicious, filling meal that’s perfect for cold winter nights.
So there you have it—a delicious and hearty dish perfect for any occasion. Give this old-fashioned goulash a try, and I promise you won’t be disappointed!


I’m always looking for a hearty meal that will fill me up, and the Old Fashioned Goulash fits the bill. This recipe is simple to follow, resulting in a delicious and satisfying meal. If you’re looking for excellent comfort food, give the Old Fashioned Goulash a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Easy Old Fashioned Goulash Recipe

Recipe by Alexandra Jo


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  • 2 pounds lean ground beef;

  • 1 large white or yellow onion diced;

  • 5 cloves minced garlic;

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder;

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika;

  • 3 cups beef broth;

  • 30 ounces of canned tomato sauce;

  • 30 ounces canned diced tomatoes;

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning;

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt;

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder;

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper;

  • 2* cups uncooked elbow macaroni;

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (or cheddar);


  • Heat a 6-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add in ground beef and onion and cook until beef is browned and onion is soft and translucent about 7 to 10 minutes. Drain any excess grease or liquids;
  • Add in garlic, chili powder, and paprika. Let toast for 60 to 90 seconds;
  • Pour in beef broth, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, onion powder, and black pepper. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer over high heat;
  • Once simmering, reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes;
  • Add in elbow noodles. Cook an additional 15 minutes, until pasta, is al dente;
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Stir in cheese until melted. Serve warm;


  • Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1695mg | Potassium: 1124mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 982IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 6mg

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