Dutch Oven Ground Beef Goulash


This is a smoky, rich, Dutch oven goulash. The cavatappi pasta captures large amounts of this great paprika sauce. While the red pepper and lemon, added towards the end of cooking, add a little freshness which helps balance the sauce. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some chives.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 (28 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 1 ½ cups beef broth

  • 3 tablespoons red wine

  • 3 tablespoons sweet paprika

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 10 ounces cavatappi pasta

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in the hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Add ground beef, black pepper, and salt; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes.

  2. Pour in tomatoes, beef broth, wine, paprika, garlic, Worcestershire, thyme, caraway seeds, rosemary, and bay leaves. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until reduced to a thick, stew-like consistency, about 45 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook cavatappi in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 9 to 10 minutes.

  4. Stir bell pepper and lemon juice into the beef mixture and cook for 10 minutes more. Stir in cooked pasta to coat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
13g Fat
50g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 946mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 32mg 158%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 431mg 9%

* 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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