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Goulash is a comforting and hearty dish originating from Hungary, known for its rich flavors and satisfying ingredients. This particular goulash recipe combines tender ground beef, aromatic herbs, savory tomato sauce, and delightful elbow macaroni, creating a wholesome one-pot meal. With its roots in Hungarian cuisine, this adaptation brings together a fusion of flavors and textures that make it a favorite in many households. Perfect for a cozy family dinner or a gathering with friends, this goulash is a delightful blend of meaty goodness and pasta comfort, bound to warm hearts and fill bellies with its deliciousness.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt (adjust to taste)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni


  1. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 3 minutes until softened.
  2. Add the ground beef to the Dutch oven, breaking it up while cooking until it’s evenly browned, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Pour in the water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, soy sauce, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, and add the bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover the pot, and let it cook for 5 minutes. Stir halfway through.
  4. Add the uncooked macaroni to the mixture, cover the pot again, and let it simmer over medium heat until the pasta is tender, usually 11 to 13 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, remove the pot from the heat, discard the bay leaves, and it’s ready to serve.

Enjoy your flavorful beef and macaroni dish!

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