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Mom's Goulash in the Microwave

Rated as 4.48 out of 5 Stars

"There were no microwaves when my mom made this, so she did it on the stove top. She never gave us the recipe and I have discovered it through trial and error. You never forget the taste! I started with a recipe in a microwave cookbook and have adjusted the ingredients over time. If anyone is home when you are cooking, you will have company in the kitchen! Serve with Caesar salad, oven-baked garlic butter French bread and red wine. Microwave temperatures vary, so keep checking to see if these power levels work for you."
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35 m servings 327
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, crumble the ground beef into a 2 quart or larger casserole dish. Add the onion, celery and garlic. Cook in the microwave on High for 5 to 6 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink. Stir once during cooking. Drain off the grease.
  3. Stir the tomatoes, tomato sauce and sugar into the beef, and season with paprika, oregano, caraway seed, cayenne pepper and salt. Cover, and cook in the microwave on power level 8 for about 14 minutes, or until celery is tender and the flavors have blended.
  4. Remove from the microwave, and mix in the cooked macaroni. Cook for 2 to 3 more minutes, until heated through. Serve.


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  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 327 calories; 9.8 39.2 19.4 46 803 Full nutrition

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Exactly what I had hoped it would be, thank you! My only change (ingredient wise) was that the diced tomatos had basil, oregano and garlic already mixed in which added fantastic flavor! I opted ...

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I made this on the stovetop & it was easy and tasted fairly nice ... initially. I reheated it the next day and it wasn't good. I threw this recipe away.

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Exactly what I had hoped it would be, thank you! My only change (ingredient wise) was that the diced tomatos had basil, oregano and garlic already mixed in which added fantastic flavor! I opted ...

I"m giving this 5 stars because I, myself, made a couple of goofs. I did an "oops" with the cayenne pepper, which doesn't bother my family much, and the tomato sauce I had were 8oz cans so I fel...

Great! The only thing that was not so tasty was the caraway, which I will omit in the future. The caraway overpowers the taste of the recipe.

Not the fanciest meal out there but very good nonetheless. I omitted the celery, sugar, paprika, caraway seed and cayenne and added in black pepper, tomato paste, garlic powder, extra can of tom...

This was good. This is one of the better goulash recipies out there.

I made this on the stovetop. And this recipe was really good. The leftovers were even better. I will forsure make again.

This was so good,my boys loved it. I didn't make it in the microwave,I used my crock pot.I put everything in the crock pot except the noodles and let it simmer while I was at work,then added the...

Made this on the stovetop, and it was tasty--only omitted the caraway because my family doesn't like the taste. I know microwaves are convenient, but cooking in them diminishes the nutritionial...

Quite yummy. I found it just as easy to do this stovetop.