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Old Fashioned American Goulash

This best ever Old Fashioned Goulash is a quintessential comfort food recipe - it's quick and easy, perfect for the whole family.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dinner, Dinner Idea, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American Goulash, Best Old Fashioned Goulash, Goulash, Old Fashioned American Goulash, Old Fashioned Goulash
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 460kcal
Author: Allfoodrecipes


  • 1 lb ground beef I used 90% lean
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped (whatever color you have on hand)
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Adobo Seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 2/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 – 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  • Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef, break up with a spoon and brown until no longer pink.
  • Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes until onion softens. Stir in salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, Adobo seasoning and bay leaves.
  • Add water and broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and soy sauce. Bring to a bubble. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in peas and macaroni. Simmer covered for 20-25 minutes, until macaroni is tender.
  • Remove from heat and remove the bay leaves
  • Add cheddar cheese and mix until combined.
  • Just before serving, add the mozzarella.



Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in a large saucepan on the stove over medium heat until warmed through.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.1g | Protein: 33.4g | Fat: 18.8g | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 5.1g
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