Classic Goulash


This meaty goulash recipe is easy to make on the stovetop but can also be done in a slow cooker. Inspired by Paula Deen's Bobby's Goulash.

Prep Time:
8 mins
Cook Time:
27 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 3 cups water

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons dried Italian herb seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt, or to taste

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni


  1. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat until it is evenly browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 3 minutes, stirring often.

  2. Stir in water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, soy sauce, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring halfway through.

  3. Stir in uncooked macaroni, cover, and simmer over medium heat until pasta is tender, 11 to 13 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, discard bay leaves, and serve.

    a close up, low angle view looking into a bowl of classic goulash

Slow Cooker Version:

Preheat a slow cooker on High. Make the recipe through Step 1; place browned beef and onion mixture into the preheated slow cooker. Mix in water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, soy sauce, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, and bay leaves. Add uncooked macaroni and stir until thoroughly combined. Cook on High for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

476 Calories
26g Fat
32g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 476
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 1476mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 17mg 87%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 900mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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