Old Fashioned Goulash

Old Fashioned Goulash is a hearty, comforting dish that’s perfect for a cozy meal. It’s a traditional Eastern European recipe, particularly popular in Hungary, but variations exist in other parts of Europe. The classic version is a stew made with simple, flavorful ingredients. Here’s a basic recipe:


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef (or a combination of beef and pork)
  • 2-3 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (preferably Hungarian)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • Shredded cheese for serving (optional)


  1. Sauté Vegetables and Meat: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, sautéing until the onion is translucent. Add the ground meat and cook until browned.
  2. Add Liquids and Seasonings: Stir in the beef broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, paprika, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Cook the Pasta: While the sauce simmers, cook the elbow macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  4. Combine: Add the cooked macaroni and chopped bell pepper to the sauce. Stir well to combine. Continue to simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve: Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Serve hot, optionally topped with shredded cheese.

This recipe is highly adaptable, so feel free to adjust the ingredients according to your taste or what you have on hand. Enjoy your meal!

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