Grandma’s Goulash (American version)
My husband is not a big pasta eater. And by not big, I mean, he hardly touches the stuff. He likes macaroni and cheese and he’ll eat lasagna. But, in general, he doesn’t care for most dishes with pasta in them. And this is hard for me because I love everything about pasta and pasta dishes. You can do so much with it and it is a very affordable ingredient. And it’s filling! So, over the years, I’ve worked hard to get him to enjoy eating it more…not with much success. However, Gene always talked about his Grandma’s goulash. He had no idea how she made it but he had good memories of it and it has pasta in it so I have tried several variations of it in our 20 years together. None of those recipes really quite measured up…until this one.
And that’s when I realized I was taking a very simple and humble recipe and making it much more complicated than it needed to be. This recipe is simple and guess what? Gene said this tastes just like what his Grandma made. Note: This is not a traditional Hungarian Goulash. We’ll just call it an American Goulash but it’s what his Grandma made and called goulash.
It goes by a lot of names. Over the years I have heard folks call it American Chop Suey, Johnny Marzetti or Slumgullion. I suppose it depends on where you’re from. Feel free to use whatever pasta shape you have on hand and throw in whatever veggies your family loves. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt & pepper, to taste
1 cup macaroni pasta, cooked (measured before cooking)
Note: Please add in additional veggies your family enjoys! Green peppers, diced tomatoes or mushrooms would all be great additions.
Season with sugar, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
This recipe for Grandma's Goulash is an old family recipe that is totally American and is super easy to make. Ground beef, pasta and sauce!
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Grandma's Goulash
Calories: 434 kcal
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup elbow macaroni pasta cooked (measured before cooking)
- grated Parmesan cheese for serving
- In a large saucepan, over medium heat, brown beef along with onion and garlic.
- Drain excess grease.
- Stir in tomatoes (with juices) and tomato sauce.
- Season with sugar, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper.
- Stir well and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Then add in cooked pasta and stir.
- Allow to simmer for another 5 minutes then serve.
- Sprinkle with a little grated Parmesan cheese.
Please add in additional veggies your family enjoys! Green peppers, diced tomatoes or mushrooms would all be great additions.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 434 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 515mg 21%
Potassium 861mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 9.5%
Vitamin C 16.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.