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Old Fashioned Goulash

Old Fashioned Goulash

A Blast from the Past: Old-Fashioned Goulash

Calling all comfort food lovers! This recipe for Old-Fashioned Goulash is a nostalgic trip down memory lane, bursting with flavor and guaranteed to satisfy.

A Minnesota Marvel:

This recipe might be different from what you've seen elsewhere. It's a hearty beef and macaroni dish, simmered in a rich tomato sauce – a true Minnesota classic! It may also be familiar to you under names like "Chop Suey" or "Slumgullion" depending on your region.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • Family Favorite: This dish has been a staple for generations, bringing families together over a comforting and delicious meal.
  • Budget-Friendly Feast: Goulash is a fantastic way to stretch your grocery budget. Ground beef is a readily available and affordable protein, and the pantry staples in the sauce keep the cost down. A single pound of ground beef transforms into a meal that feeds the whole family!
  • Simple and Speedy: Short on time? No problem! This recipe comes together quickly and easily on the stovetop, making it perfect for busy weeknights. It's so easy, even teenagers can whip it up for themselves!
  • Pantry Perfect: Most of the ingredients for this goulash are likely already on hand in your pantry, making it a great option for those last-minute meals.


  • Macaroni Mania:

    • ½ pound (225g) macaroni noodles
  • Beefy Base:

    • 1 ½ pounds (680g) ground beef
  • Veggie Symphony:

    • 1 large onion, diced
  • Flavor Fiesta:

    • Garlic salt, pepper, chili powder, and hot sauce to taste (adjust to your spice preference)
  • Tomato Tango:

    • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans whole stewed tomatoes, undrained
    • 2 tablespoons ketchup
    • Tomato juice (optional)


  1. Macaroni Mission: Cook the macaroni according to package directions until al dente (slightly firm to the bite). Drain and set aside.

  2. Beef Bonanza: In a large skillet or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef and diced onion together over medium heat.

  3. Spice it Up: Once browned, drain any excess grease from the pan. Season the ground beef mixture with garlic salt, pepper, chili powder, and hot sauce to taste. Start with a little bit of each spice and adjust to your desired level of heat.

  4. Tomato Time: In a large bowl, mash the whole stewed tomatoes with a potato masher. This helps to break them down and create a thicker sauce. Add the mashed tomatoes and ketchup to the seasoned ground beef mixture in the skillet.

  5. The Grand Finale: Stir the cooked and drained macaroni into the skillet with the tomato sauce and beef mixture. Combine everything well, ensuring the macaroni is evenly coated in the sauce. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

  6. Extra Juicy (Optional): If you prefer a looser, soupier goulash, you can add tomato juice at this point. Start with a small amount and gradually add more until you reach your desired consistency. Phyllis, the recipe's originator, recommends adding tomato juice to leftovers, as the pasta tends to soak up the sauce over time.

  7. Serve and Savor: Serve this comforting Old-Fashioned Goulash hot and enjoy a delicious taste of home cooking!