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Easy One Pot Classic American Goulash Recipe


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One Pot Classic American Goulash Recipe

Goulash is an All-American, man-pleasing, kid-friendly, easy-on-the-cook one-pan wonder you can have on the table in under 30 minutes if you remember to defrost the ground beef!

That’s because it’s hearty, simple, full of flavor but uncomplicated. It’s been a favorite in our family for three generations, and I’ll bet your bunch will love it, too.

For all of you time-starved moms and dads out there, this is for you! The epic discovery is YOU DON’T NEED TO BOIL THE MACARONI and dirty another pot! Hooray, for fewer dishes to wash! Who has time for that? Let’s get started!

You Will Need the following:

10″ non-stick skillet with a tight-fitting lid (bigger if you double the batch)

Measuring cup

Measuring Spoons

Wooden spoon or another spoon suitable for non-stick cookware

1 pound ground beef

Petite diced tomatoes

Tomato soup

Worchestershire sauce

Elbow macaroni

Instant minced onions

Salt and pepper

Brown sugar


Garlic powder

Brown the ground beef and break it up into fairly fine crumbles.

All The Other Steps Are Super Simple To Do

Now just dump-dump-dump in the tomatoes, soup, macaroni, and the rest of the ingredients. (Hint: Can’t find or don’t have petite tomatoes? Grab your kitchen scissors and snip them into smaller pieces right in the can!!)

Experiment with some of the already seasoned petite diced tomatoes you find in the tomato aisle. You may find a flavor your family will love! Fire-roasted? Basil, garlic, and oregano? Adjust the garlic and onion accordingly. Yum!

Stir it all up and cover it tight. While it’s cooking, give it another stir or two. You may need to add a little bit of water. It’s ready when the macaroni is nice and tender. It will be done in just 20 minutes, give or take!

While the goulash is doing its thing, you’ve got time to set the table, toss a bagged salad in a bowl, and heat a veggie. We like French-cut green beans or peas with it.

Frozen garlic or cheese bread slices can be ready in minutes, too, and either one is excellent with goulash! Mmmmmm! Have to love those yummy smells wafting from the kitchen!

Once I was making this goulash and realized I did not have any tomato soup on the shelf. So, I substituted cream of mushroom soup, and it turned out perfectly delicious! I just gave it a slightly different name, “Golden Goulash.” Tee-hee! No one caught my mistake!

If you don’t want to use mushroom soup, here are some ideas for making your own with tomato soup substitute using simple ingredients! Clever! I

I’m proud to say the last one is from right here at Nebraska University Lincoln’s excellent food service and technology department, a top-notch program!

How To Make A Condensed Tomato Soup Substitute

Copycat Campbell’s Tomato Soup

How To Substitute Tomato Sauce For Other Forms Of Tomatoes

Here’s another simple pasta dish your family (especially teenage boys) will love. You can’t beat beef and pasta, and this one gets an extra kick with pepperoni added! Hungry Boy Three Meat Pasta Bake.

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Printable Recipe:

Yield: 4 generous servings

Easy 1 Pan Classic American Goulash


A quick and easy main dish you make in one pan starting with a pound of ground beef. Tasty, kid-friendly comfort food.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef, lightly browned and crumbled
  • 1 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 10.5 ounce can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 soup can water (about 1 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups dry elbow macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp instant minced onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a non-stick skillet with a tight-fitting lid, brown the beef and season it to taste.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir it. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, put on the cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the macaroni is tender.
  4. Remove the lid and stir a couple of times while cooking to make sure it is not sticking.
  5. You may need to add a little water.

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One Pot Classic American Goulash Recipe
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  1. For ease of someone following the recipe – what size of “can of petite diced tomatoes” as canned tomatoes come in various sizes.
    I assume the can of tomato soup would be the 8 oz can ?

    • TW-
      I’ll fix the recipe! The regular-size can of soup is 10.5 ounces. A regular-size can of petite diced tomatoes is 14.5 ounces. I need to be more mindful that no everyone has spent 50 years in the kitchen like me!! Thanks for a great pointer and for taking the time to remind me!! I appreciate you!

  2. I made this tonight with vegan ground beef and it was amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  3. Mrs Margaret Blair

    I used to make this on a Saturday for my husband and I… day I did not have any macaroni, I did have a KC in the cupboard, prepared that as usual and then mixed it in with the meat…..with the cheese added it was great. That is how I made from then on….also added peas or any other left over veggie. i.e corn….

  4. Loved it!! Thanks! Fast, easy, and delicious!!

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  13. Looked at your website which is nice. I don’t think what I write is a fit at all, though, but thanks.

  14. This is my favorite recipe to make! I use rotel petite tomato’s for a slight kick and a cup of better than boulion beef broth plus a cup of cheese to mine-I am going to add some Italian seasoning and a big squirt of Ketchup instead of brown sugar next time to see how that tastes. I think the tomato soup and Worcestershire
    are the best for any goulash recipe and yours is great! I also used cooked onions and lots of them

  15. Dianna Belle

    I haven’t made this yet, but out next hamburger dinner is going to be this goulash. I remember my grandmother putting in finally fixed celery….
    Thanks for the reminder

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