Yum Goulash - Beer Girl Cooks


So there are like a bazillion ways to make goulash.  I am not Hungarian and don’t claim to have any extensive knowledge about this soup, stew, herdsman’s specialty – or however you want to categorize it.




This is merely one version of something that most closely resembled my Mama’s.  It came up about a month and a half ago when it was gross and cold and raining.  I asked Chris if there was anything in particular he wanted for dinner.  He thought about and and said he wanted goulash.  Huh? Seriously, this is not something I have made in the almost 17 years we have been married.




I got a little nostalgic.  This was something my Mama made for Molly and me when we were kids.  It sounded fantastic. I was in the mood for something warm and simple.  So I consulted my dear friend Google.  There are tons of thoughts and recipes out there about this one simple herdsman’s dish.  I chose and adapted one that looked the most like what my Mama made.




Jennifer said her son calls it…




Macaroni and Meat Sauce.


Adapted from Allrecipes



  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 lb ground chuck
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups dried elbow macaroni


  1. Cook beef in a large Dutch oven until almost completely brown
  2. Drain beef and return to Dutch oven and continue cooking until completely cooked through
  3. Add onions and cook until almost soft (3-4 minutes)
  4. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes
  5. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, water and seasonings, bring to a boil, cover, reduce to low and cook about 20 minutes
  6. Add macaroni, cover, and cook until tender - about 25-30 minutes


It turned out a little more soupy/liquid than the pictures reflect.

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2 Responses to Goulash

  1. I haven’t made this for years either. Your updated version sounds really good and your presentation (especially the tray) makes it a must try for me.

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