American goulash is straight up, easy peasy, one-pot comfort food made from ingredients that you can pluck from the pantry!
Heat the oil over med/high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onion ad saute until translucent, about 3 mins.
Add the garlic and saute 2 mins more. Stir in the ground beef and cook until the beef is well browned, about 10 mins.
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.
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.
Add the pasta and cook, uncovered, for about 15 mins or until the pasta is tender.
Scoop the goulash into bowls and serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese if desired.