Go Back
+ servings
Print Recipe
2.8 from 5 votes

Old Fashioned American Goulash Recipe

This Old-Fashioned American Goulash is a hearty one-pot classic, full of beef, macaroni pasta, onions and canned tomatoes.  Super easy to make, and ready in just about 30 minutes, this recipe is American comfort food at it’s finest.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 517kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen


  • 2 lbs Cavatappi Pasta or large elbow macaroni
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 medium Onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 15 oz cans Tomato Sauce
  • 2 15 oz cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Basil thinly sliced for garnish


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil, add a tablespoon of salt and cook pasta according to the directions on the package. Once cooked, strain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef, onion and garlic and saute, stirring occasionally. Continue cooking until the beef is no longer pink, or about 7-10 minutes.
  • Once the beef is cooked, add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasonings, onion powder, garlic salt, pepper, and baking soda. Stir and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring gently, for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the reserved cooked pasta to the beef and tomato mixture, stirring to combine. Cook for another 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat and stir in the mozzarella cheese, mixing well. To serve, top each bowl with Parmesan cheese and thinly sliced basil. Enjoy!


Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 548mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 3mg