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Easy macaroni goulash

Easy macaroni goulash

Cook a batch of homemade goulash that even Grandma would have loved. It is easier than you think!

Number of servings: 6
Serving size: 1/6 of the prepared recipe


1 pound lean ground beef

1 medium onion, sliced

1/2 cup green pepper, chopped

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce, no salt added

1 28-ounce can stewed tomatoes

2 cups whole grain or regular elbow macaroni

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon paprika


Time needed: 10 minutes preparation; 35 minutes cook time

  1. In large frying pan or Dutch oven, brown ground beef. Drain excess fat and rinse meat under hot water.
  2. Add onion and green pepper. Continue to fry until tender.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15-20 minutes, until macaroni is tender.

Nutritional information

Calories 360
Total Fat: 19 g
Saturated Fat: 7.3 g
Cholesterol: 57 g
Sodium: 288 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 30 g
Dietary Fiber: 6 g
Total Sugar: 11 g
Protein: 17 g

Allergens: Wheat

Tips and variations

Use lean ground turkey or chicken in place of ground beef.

Blend the stewed tomatoes for a smoother sauce.

Add additional vegetables (chopped kale, broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, carrots, etc.) to increase the nutritional value of this dish.


This recipe was developed by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development staff.

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