You’ll Go Gaga For This Goulash!


This dish is so versatile and just perfect for so many occasions. Serve it for Sunday dinner, a Super Bowl party, backyard pool party, baby shower or when the grandchildren come over for the weekend. No matter when it’s served, you are sure to receive rave reviews.


Check out what my pals over at Spend With Pennies had to say about this fantastic goulash recipe:


“This easy goulash recipe is full of flavor and the perfect way to feed a crowd as it makes a huge batch!  Macaroni noodles simmer in a mixture of lean beef, zesty canned tomatoes and delicious pasta sauce creating the perfect comfort food on a budget!”




2 onions, chopped

2 pounds lean ground beef

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups water

1 jar tomato based pasta sauce (approx. 26 oz.)

2 (14.5 oz) cans Hunt’s diced tomatoes, undrained

2 bay leaves

black pepper to taste

2 cups Ronzoni macaroni noodles, uncooked




  1. Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. Add pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water and seasonings. Simmer covered for 15 minutes.
  3. Add in the in the macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes).
  4. Top with cheese and replace the lid. Let sit about 5 minutes or until melted.





Quick Tip: You can use mild or hot diced tomatoes for this dish depending on how much heat you want.

Thanks to Holly at Spend With Pennies for this recipe.


Hungarian goulash is a totally different dish. Uses beef chunks, onions and is seasoned mainly by sweet Hungarian paprika. Served over wide egg noodles. Just Google it. This, though delicious (I have made both versions), is a totally different dish and is not even remotely related.

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