Sometimes you just need comfort food and Goulash will remind you of moms cooking, maybe even grandmas. Delicious and easy, perfect weeknight meal.
Sometimes you just need comfort food and Goulash will remind you of moms cooking, maybe even grandmas. Delicious and easy, perfect weeknight meal.

Goulash is one of my go to comfort foods. My mom made it, my grandma made it and my aunts make it. I’m not sure if mine is quite as good…I have asked for a recipe and they laughed at me. Literally Laughed at me! It’s one of those recipes where everyone has their own blend of spices that they used, but they have never ever written it down! I mean honestly. I’ve tried to get mine to be as close as possible to the original – I can tell you that my husband gobbles this up so I must be doing something right in it!

Goulash is also a favorite of me and my family because it’s pretty easy to make. Brown beef, cook some noodles and add a few tomatoes and spices. Dinner can be on the table in no time and that’s my kind of week-night dinner! How about you? We all have those busy evenings when we can’t quite get it together – Goulash to the rescue! Plus the leftovers make a great lunch for the next day! WOOHOO!

If you like Goulash – you’re going to want to check out the following recipes!

Mix up your dinner routine and make Italian Mac & Cheese! Loaded with cheesy goodness & comforting flavors your family loves. Perfect weeknight casserole.

Italian Mac & Cheese


Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup has the same great flavors as the traditional meal without all the work. Comfort food straight from your crockpot.

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

Hopefully this list of simple, yummy comfort food will give you some inspiration!

Yield: 6 servings


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound ground meat (I used beef, but turkey is also great in here)
  • 1 pound elbow noodles
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 14.5 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 3 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 tsp Chili Powder
  • 3 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Heavily season raw meat - probably 2 teaspoons each of Garlic Powder, Chili Powder and Italian Seasoning. Add Pepper to your taste
  2. Brown meat with onions and drain off fat
  3. Cook pasta
  4. Add tomato sauce, paste and diced tomatoes to ground beef. Let simmer while pasta finishes cooking
  5. Add in pasta and give a good stir. Add more of the seasonings if desired (about a teaspoon more of each).
  6. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 15-20 minutes.

Sometimes you just need comfort food and Goulash will remind you of moms cooking, maybe even grandmas. Delicious and easy, perfect weeknight meal.


  1. My mom made ghoulish way too much and now I don’t make it. I do like all other foods with a tomato based sauce though :/ found you at weekend potluck!!

  2. My mom use to make Goulash all the time.. it use to be one of my favorite meals. She would always add in a little BBQ sauce (sweet baby rays of course). I love it!! Thanks for a great comfort food post to bring back the memories. 🙂

  3. Finally! There *are* other people out there who call this Goulash! I grew up on this stuff, that almost everyone I’ve met calls Chili Mac. Not the same thing, hello! Thanks for the memories, so appropriate for Mother’s Day too, as I seem to be tripping over reminders of my Mom today, may she RIP. 🙂

  4. Husbands favorite meal. so comforting!

  5. G’day! Warm and comforting!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Recipes that tell a Story

  6. Amy J Shearer says

    Good basic recipe, however, its missing the celery and green peppers

  7. Neva Greer says

    I made this today. Left out the tomato paste because I did not have any. I thinks it is a Great tasting recipe and I know that I will make this again.

  8. Goulash is one of my favourite meals because my dad made it all the time. It tastes good every time, he’d make a huuuuuuuuge 5 gallon pot of it and we’d have leftovers for days. I moved out a year ago and after a visit, he sent my brother home with some and I nearly cried eating it because it just tastes like home. We use macaroni noodles or the shell noodles and my dad adds ketchup and certain herbs to the meat.

  9. I made this with prego roasted garlic and herb tomato sauce and love the way it came out delicious

  10. I make goulash a little differently. My dad was from Kansas and he used to make it for me and my sisters and then for his 7 grandsons when they would come and visit him and mom in the summers. He added onions and green peppers. Everything else is about the same. Just made it last week as my oldest son came for dinner and requested it.

    • YESSSSS – I love green peppers and onions in goulash 😉 Honestly I put them in sometimes – depends on the mood! something else fun is throwing in some corn 😉


  1. […] I decided to give my normal goulash a kick!  If you want regular goulash definitely check out my original recipe, but if you like a little spice in your life – try goulash with peperoncini’s – […]

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.