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Simple Goulash {aka American Chop Suey}

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Growing up, I always made goulash with an Italian flare because I did not understand what goulash was supposed to be.  (Obviously I was a self-taught cook–Mom and I did not get along well together in the kitchen so I did things my way!)  I equated pasta and tomatoes with Italian, so I added in Italian spices and used spaghetti sauce to coat the noodles. I have finally come to understand that goulash has Hungarian roots and although my latest concoction is more how most Americans make it, I can’t claim that it has any resemblance to the original dish it was named for. All I can say is that it’s fast, it’s delicious, and satisfying!

Simple Goulash

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1 cup whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 1/2 lbs 97% lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 (14.5 oz) cans stewed tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon paprika (Hungarian if you have it!)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
fresh cracked pepper

Boil macaroni until al dente. Meanwhile, cook hamburger along with onion and green pepper in skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through; drain. Add in remaining ingredients, stirring until the tomato paste is dissolved, and stir in macaroni. Serve hot.

Makes 8 servings: 271 cal; 6.8 g fat; 32.3 carb; 5 g fiber; 23.8 g protein

Recipe source: adapted from my friend, Sandy S.


About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

12 responses »

  1. V.,
    This reminds me of a dish my grandmother made for my father and his brothers when they were little.. Not the actual ingredients but just how it came about! lol
    Hamburger, cook and drain….add to that, canned spagetti!!
    (you know the one where you open it and it looks orange) Get that going and then squirt ketchup all over the top and mix!! YEP, they ate this growin up back in the 50’s…My mom makes it to this day for my day every once in a while..I never liked it but my son and daughter actually do!! HUH
    Btw, your goulash looks and sounds great!


  2. This looks and sounds really yummy…and easy too.

    I like good food that is quick and easy.

    And I love things with pasta in it.




  3. This looks like something my family would love!


  4. This looks good! Nothing like a good pasta dish!


  5. I’m Asian, yet I still don’t really know what chop suey is…but I’ll take the American version one!!! It sounds like total comfort food….But Veronica, you forgot the cheese! >___<

    p.s. Thanks for the kind words on my blog…you rock more!!! <3<3


  6. Growing up I always thought goulash was just elbow macaroni, ground meat and sauce. Then a couple of years ago I made real goulash and it was amazing. Nothing like the stuff I used to eat. However, yours looks great. It looks simple and delicious.


  7. Great goulash recipe! Made it last night. I cooked the recipe to feed me and hubby. In mine i added tomato paste, it definitely makes for a nice thicker consistency. I also used chili flavored diced tomatoes and added a dash of chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. YUM!


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