Looking for a super simple fall meal to satisfy your picky family? Here is one of the best easy beef goulash recipes that I adapted from my mom’s original recipe. This is the perfect recipe for busy mom’s like you that don’t have time for long drawn out recipes!
You only need a few simple ingredients to make this pasta beef recipe and it tastes great, your family will come back for seconds of this amazing fall comfort food. The best part is it’s a one-pot meal!!
I was searching for a goulash recipe that doesn’t need tomato sauce, as you know most recipes call for tomato sauce like this recipe for goulash from delish.com. Due to my frustration from not being able to find a good recipe, I made my own. FYI this is how most of my recipes are born lol.
I asked my mom what her goulash recipe was because I could never make it taste the same, to my surprise it didn’t require tomato sauce (which I had none of anyway) and only a few ingredients that I had on hand.
I decided to adapt her recipe from some of the ingredients she used to a few that I had and made it all in one pot because that is way easier anyway, especially as a busy mom with a toddler.
That is my back story on this easy beef goulash recipe and how it came about, just encase you were wondering. Since it turned out so well I am excited to share this with all of you busy mommas so you can make this too!!
Here is my super simple version of a recipe that doesn’t require any tomato sauce but instead you substitute it for tomato soup.
You are going to love how easy this simple goulash recipe is and the little time it requires to make it.
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Easy Beef Goulash Recipe
All you will need for this recipe is 1 lb of ground beef, half an onion, macaroni pasta (I love the hidden vegetable kind because it’s fewer carbs and it tastes the same), a 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano (I used Hunts for this one). One 10.75 oz can of Campbell’s tomato soup, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, celery salt. Parmesan cheese can be added when it is done if you like!
Brown up your ground beef with the diced onions and add a pinch of salt and some pepper along with the Italian seasoning, drain the fat from your pan and add in the tomatoes with the liquid, 2 cups of water, tomato soup, celery salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper (it won’t be spicy it just gives a wonderful flavor to the dish), and your pasta.
Simmer on medium-low with the cover on for about 8 to 10 minutes or until most of the liquid is gone and let rest to thicken. You can season more to taste, I ended up adding a little more salt to mine because I wasn’t sure how salty it would be from the soup and tomatoes.
Top with Parmesan cheese and serve with some garlic bread and a salad for a super simple goulash recipe done in under 30 minutes.
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1/2 Onion diced
- 14.5 ounce can Diced tomatoes w/ basil, garlic, and oregano, you can use plain diced tomatoes and add in the spices (see below)
- 10.5 ounce can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup
- 12 oz box of Macaroni pasta- Use 3/4 of the box
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- Pinch of Celery Salt
- Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
- 2 Cups of Water
If you use plain diced tomatoes:
- 1/4 tsp Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
- 1/4 tsp Basil
- Brown your ground beef and add the onions in with it
- Add your salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning
- Drain the grease
- Add in your diced tomatoes w/juice, the rest of the seasonings, tomato soup, pasta, and water
- Cover and cook on medium for 8 to 10 minutes or until most of the liquid is gone
- Let sit and thicken 5 minutes
- Serve with Parmesan cheese on top
Hope you and your family love this recipe as much as mine does!! It’s a great beef goulash recipe for those busy weeknights when you have little time to cook before events or other busy life things.
I know what it’s like trying to get dinner on the table when you have 101 things going on all at once, as a mom we have more tasks to do than most people and it is a struggle most days. I hear you momma, I do the same thing and it’s rough some days more than others.
My best advice is to simplify everything and do certain tasks on different days so you don’t have to do 1,000 things each day. Start with meal planning on Sunday and work your way through a menu so that going to the grocery store is less costly and you have a plan all week for meals.
Final Thoughts on the Beef Goulash Recipe
Honestly, this is the first time that my goulash actually turned out delicious, most of the recipes I have tried have a funny taste to them due to the Worcestershire sauce and other seasonings. Sometimes you have to keep trying until you reach success, like most things in life.
I did change this one up a bit a few days ago to work for those of you that don’t have tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic. This happened when I didn’t have them on hand and had to use the plain diced tomatoes instead, this worked out fine and it tasted great just adding in the extra spices while it was cooking.
If you don’t have the right kind of tomatoes you can always adapt the recipe to fit with what you have!
Cooking is one of those things that you get better at with practice and after each failure, you learn what not to do next time. I’m sure you have a lot of recipes that have been adapted over the years until they are such a big hit with the family that you write it down and do it every time.
Let me know how you like it, please comment below!
If you like this recipe pin it to Pinterest for reference the next time you go to make it!!!
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