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American goulash recipe

American goulash recipe

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Easy, hearty and tasty, American goulash goes by many names—Johnny Marzetti, Cowboy’s Delight—but it’s delicious no matter what you call it.
Course soups
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 537
Author Cheryl Najafi


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 14 1/2 oz can tomatoes with oregano and basil diced
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni uncooked
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • shredded cheese for serving


  • Place a large saucepan or soup pot over medium-high heat and add the ground beef. Brown the ground beef, breaking the meat up as it cooks for about 10 minutes or until no pink remains.
  • Drain off any excess grease, return to heat and add onions, bell pepper and garlic. Cook for an additional 6–7 minutes, until the onions are translucent and the bell pepper begins to soften.
  • Stir in tomato juice, tomato sauce, can of diced tomatoes (don’t drain it!), Worcestershire sauce, beef bouillon, oregano and basil and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring about every 5 minutes.
  • Add the macaroni and stir to combine. Replace the lid and simmer, covered over low heat for about 25 minutes until the pasta is tender, stirring occasionally to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and serve with plenty of shredded cheese on top. Enjoy!


Don’t be tempted to add extra pasta; the moisture of this recipe is just right for 1 cup of the starch.


Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1162mg | Potassium: 837mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 17g