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Grandma’s Goulash

This Grandma’s Goulash is a comforting one-pot meal just like Grandma used to make! Enjoy tender noodles in a savory tomato-based meat sauce for an easy, delicious meal.

Grandma's Goulash - A comforting one-pot meal just like Grandma used to make! Enjoy tender noodles in a savory tomato-based meat sauce for an easy, delicious meal.

Grandma’s Goulash

My Grandma June’s long-time partner, Clarence, was a beef farmer. Ground beef was a staple at her house. Beef and potatoes was Clarence’s favorite meal so whenever I visited I knew to expect to eat comfort food. Her Hamburger Soup was amazing!

This goulash recipe is more of an American Goulash with it’s tomato base, pasta and loads of ground beef. It’s a quick and affordable dinner idea to whip up for your family. I’m always full after eating a big heaping bowl of Grandma’s Goulash.

Grandma's Goulash - A comforting one-pot meal just like Grandma used to make! Enjoy tender noodles in a savory tomato-based meat sauce for an easy, delicious meal.

My grandma passed away in 2012 and I miss her dearly. I still cry when I think about her. We were very close. I love sharing recipes that remind me of her like this recipe. Grandma’s are so special.

It’s a little like a Hamburger Helper, but homemade which is 100% better, in my opinion. My fiancé ate all the leftovers himself. They lasted only a day in the fridge. 

Grandma's Goulash - A comforting one-pot meal just like Grandma used to make! Enjoy tender noodles in a savory tomato-based meat sauce for an easy, delicious meal.

Grandma’s Goulash Ingredients

For this simple recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients.

  • Ground beef
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Celery salt
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Macaroni noodles
  • Tomato juice
  • Water
  • Beef bouillon cubes
  • Pepper
  • Green onions (for garnish)

Grandma's Goulash - A comforting one-pot meal just like Grandma used to make! Enjoy tender noodles in a savory tomato-based meat sauce for an easy, delicious meal.

How to Make Grandma’s Goulash

Start by adding the ground beef, onions, garlic and salt to a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook until the beef is browned, stirring often.

While the beef is cooking, add the beef bouillon cubes to water and stir to dissolve. Add this mixture to the skillet and stir.

Add the tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt and pepper to the skillet and stir. Bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the uncooked macaroni noodles. Cover and simmer on medium low for another 20 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Make sure to stir often so the noodles don’t stick to the skillet.

Garnish with green onions, if you like. Serve hot.

Grandma's Goulash - A comforting one-pot meal just like Grandma used to make! Enjoy tender noodles in a savory tomato-based meat sauce for an easy, delicious meal.

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Grandma's Goulash - A comforting one-pot meal just like Grandma used to make! Enjoy tender noodles in a savory tomato-based meat sauce for an easy, delicious meal.

Can You Freeze Grandma’s Goulash

Yes, you can freeze Grandma’s Goulash. Prepare the recipe and let it cool. Then store it in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. 

How to Store Grandma’s Goulash

If you end up having leftovers, store them in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days. You can reheat them in the microwave for a few minutes and it will still taste delicious!

Can I Use Other Meat instead of Ground Beef

If you don’t have ground beef, you could substitute ground chicken, ground turkey or ground pork in its place.

More Ground Beef Recipes

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Grandma's Goulash - A comforting one-pot meal just like Grandma used to make! Enjoy tender noodles in a savory tomato-based meat sauce for an easy, delicious meal.

Grandma's Goulash

Grandma's Goulash

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

A comforting one-pot meal just like Grandma used to make! Enjoy tender noodles in a savory tomato-based meat sauce for an easy, delicious meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups macaroni noodles, uncooked
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • Dash of pepper
  • Green onions, sliced, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Add ground beef, onions, garlic and salt to a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook, stirring often, until beef is browned.
  2. Add beef bouillon cubes to water and stir to dissolve. Add to skillet and stir.
  3. Add tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt and pepper to skillet and stir. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add macaroni noodles. Cover and simmer on medium low for 20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stir often so the noodles don't stick to the bottom of the skillet.
  6. Garnish with green onions and serve hot.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1198mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 24g

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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