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A close up shot of Classic American Goulash with a wooden spoon in it for serving.
Classic American Goulash
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr

American goulash is straight up, easy peasy, one-pot comfort food made from ingredients that you can pluck from the pantry!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: american goulash, goulash
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 646 kcal
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning, dried
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 24 oz tomato sauce
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 8 oz dried pasta, elbow or corkscrew
  • shredded cheddar cheese, for topping
  1. Heat the oil over med/high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onion ad saute until translucent, about 3 mins.

  2. Add the garlic and saute 2 mins more. Stir in the ground beef and cook until the beef is well browned, about 10 mins.

  3. Drain the fat and return the pan to the stove. Stir in the tomato paste, salt, sugar, soy suace, worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 2 mins.

  4. Add the red wine and cook until it's reduced by half. Stir in the tomato sauce and beef stock. Simmer, covered, for 15 mins.

  5. Add the pasta and cook, uncovered, for about 15 mins or until the pasta is tender.

  6. Scoop the goulash into bowls and serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

Recipe Notes
  • Make sure you drain the fat after the ground meat is browned so your sauce isn't greasy.
  • Beef stock gives this dish added depth, but chicken stock can be substituted in a pinch.
  • Don't have red wine? Add a splash of red wine vinegar and a little extra stock.
  • Any short pasta will work in this goulash, but I recommend corkscrew or elbow pasta.
  • Serve this dish as soon as the pasta is cooked through with a healthy sprinkle of shredded cheddar for the tastiest results!
Nutrition Facts
Classic American Goulash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 646 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 1929mg84%
Potassium 1215mg35%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 546IU11%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.