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This easy, American style beef goulash recipe is super quick to throw together for a weeknight meal! A delicious blend of ground beef, spices, and tomatoes makes for a filling, hearty meal that you can have on the in less than 30 minutes.
The hubby and I finally get a real date night coming up! It’s been years, y’all. Our oldest is 8 and we haven’t had much in the way of kid free date nights in a loooong time.
In preparation of said date night (which is a concert to go see Maroon 5!) I was trying to think of something easy I could throw together the afternoon of that my in-laws could just warm up for supper.
And I remembered… goulash. Because it takes less than a half an hour to put together. And, surprisingly, all three of the kids like it. That means it was promptly put on the menu for the night of the big date.
This recipe is incredibly simple, with only a few ingredients that most of us have in our kitchens at any given time. It can come together super quickly and be on the table as a last minute menu idea. It pairs really well with cheesy garlic bread, and a simple tossed salad.
It is my kids favorite meal next to spaghetti and meatballs, of course. I like it better than the spaghetti simply because it takes less than a half hour and it’s still delicious.
Some people prefer making the macaroni in the pot. You can, you’ll have to simmer it longer, but you could definitely make this a one pot meal. I just boil mine off in a separate pot to make things easier and quicker for me.
My husband, however, didn’t used to be a fan of this amazing dish. And I have no idea why. Who in the heck doesn’t like goulash?? It has all of my favorite things in it. Pasta, meat, and tomatoes. Hello… he likes all of those things, too!!
This stuff is fantastic, though and I quickly changed his mind. Thankfully. Or he’d just be going hungry.
- 1 Cup Elbow Macaroni Noodles
- 1 Lb Ground Beef
- 28 OZ Diced Tomatoes
- 28 OZ Tomato Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
- 1 Small Onion, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Begin by cooking macaroni to al dente per package instructions.
- While macaroni is cooking, brown ground beef and onion along with spices in it in a 5 quart pan.
- Drain the macaroni and ground beef and add them both to the 5 quart pot. Pour in tomatoes and tomato sauce. No need to drain the tomatoes. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
- Cover and allow to simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes or until ready to serve. Serve hot with crusty bread.