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Old Fashion American Goulash Recipe | Simple Easy Pasta Supper


This recipe for basic old fashion American Goulash comes together quickly for a simple easy pasta supper.

Ground Beef and Elbow Macaroni Dinner

My mom would make this easy ground beef dinner a few times a month for us.  Back when I was a kid, we just called ground beef plain old hamburger meat.  Now you can get 80% Lean, 85% Lean, 90% Lean, Ground Turkey, or Turkeyburger.  Use whatever  you like.  I use whatever’s on sale, as my husband and I aren’t fans of Ground Turkey or Turkey Burger.


Of course, everything homemade tastes better, because you can control the ingredients and seasonings.  I won’t use the box mixes similar to Goulash.  It’s just too easy to make your own.

American Goulash Recipe

To make supper come together even faster, I prepare Freezer Meal packets of ground beef ahead, that already have diced tomatoes and onions in it.  I freeze in quart bags, about 2 cups each.

You might want to try my recipe for Ham and Spaghetti Casserole, using a Ham Steak or leftover ham.

Easy cleanup with Handmade Kitchen Dish Cloths from Moomettes Crochet !


Handmade Sage Green Dish Cloths

American Goulash Casserole

Old Fashion American Goulash Recipe Simple Easy Pasta Supper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


Old Fashion American Goulash Recipe Simple Easy Pasta Supper


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Oregano, to taste
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni or 1 lb medium pasta shells
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese or 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


  1. Brown ground beef, onion and pepper.
  2. Season with garlic salt and pepper.
  3. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  4. Simmer 10 minutes while macaroni is cooking.
  5. Boil macaroni al dente, drain, rinse.
  6. Return macaroni to pot, add beef mixture.
  7. Serve in bowls with shredded cheese.
  8. Goulash is even better left over and reheated (add a little tomato juice when reheating, if too dry).


Family Recipe



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