Sunday, June 21, 2020

One-Pot American Goulash (With Video)

One-Pot American Goulash is an easy meal that is ready in just 30 minutes. Bursting with great flavors this very cheesy pasta dinner is absolutely delectable.
American Goulash is such a hearty and delicious meal, bonus points for being so easy to make. You cook everything in one pot, even the pasta, yes, you don’t have to pre-cook the pasta and dirty another pot.

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This American Goulash does not disappoint. Delicious ground beef, juicy tomatoes, pasta and lots of ooey gooey cheese make this a fabulous dinner!

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Helpful Tips to make American Goulash:

  • Definitely brown the beef, you don’t want to skip this step. Browning the beef will add extra flavor as it locks the beef juices and it creates a nice sear on it.
  • For the best tomato flavor, I like to use canned San Marzano tomatoes when possible, they are sweeter, not that acidic and the flavor is amazing.
  • I used mozzarella cheese, but even white cheddar would work. If you want to go all fancy, use a mix of gruyere, romano and provolone cheese.
  • Make sure to stir the pasta while cooking, so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

What you will need to make American Goulash:

  • Italian Seasoning - Delicious in this recipe, and its a nice seasoning to have in your pantry.
  • Dutch Oven or Deep Cast Iron  - great for so many recipes and perfect when you need to continue cooking them in the oven.


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See how easy this One-Pot American Goulash is to make. Watch the video!!!

Yield: SERVES 4

One - Pot American Goulash

One-Pot American Goulash is an easy meal that is ready in just 30 minutes. Bursting with great flavors this very cheesy pasta dinner is absolutely delectable.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 25 mins


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 8 ounces uncooked cellentani (cavatappi) pasta
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sprinkle ground beef with salt and cook until mostly cooked through.
  2. Stirring to help break up the meat. Drain if necessary. I usually only have a little bit of drippings in the pan, so I do not drain it.
  3. Sprinkle Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes and black pepper over the ground beef and stir to combine. Add sauce, tomatoes, beef stock, and pasta. Stir until combined.
  4. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 10-15 minutes, until pasta is cooked through.
  5. Top with cheese and replace the lid. Let sit about 5 minutes or until melted. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. How much water do you add? It's not listed as an ingredient.

    1. Thank you Helene! We first tested the recipe with water and beef base and later changed it to beef stock. I corrected the instructions. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

  2. So much better than macaroni and cheese!! Family loved it!! Thanks xoxo

  3. I made this for myself today. I am 70 years old. I've made a lot of goulash. But this is by far the best. My new recipe!!! Thank you Donna.😃

  4. Our go-to pasta dish! We've made it at least a dozen times.

  5. Excellent we love it! Going to teach my 13 yr old grandson to cook, he will love this!! Thank you.

  6. I've made this for years. Only difference is I saute chopped onions and chopped green peppers and add to this mix. Adds another dimension to this delish dish.

  7. My go to Goulash recipe now. Thank you

  8. This is a really good recipe. I would skip the mozzarella cheese or reduce it by at least half.


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