Easy macaroni goulash

A serving bowl of goulash made with meat sauce and elbow macaroni
Recipe credit

University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development staff

About this recipe

Serving size
1/6 of prepared recipe
Time to make
10 minutes preparation; 35 minutes cook time
Special criteria


  • 1 pound lean ground beef    
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce, no salt added    
  • 1 28-ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups whole grain or regular elbow macaroni    
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika


  1. In large frying pan or Dutch oven, brown ground beef. Drain excess fat and rinse meat under hot water.
  2. Add onion and green pepper. Continue to fry until tender.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15-20 minutes, until macaroni is tender.

Tips and variations

  • Use lean ground turkey or chicken in place of ground beef.
  • Blend the stewed tomatoes for a smoother sauce.
  • Add additional vegetables (chopped kale, broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, carrots, etc.) to increase the nutritional value of this dish.

Nutritional info

Total fat
19 g
Saturated fat
7.3 g
57 mg
288 mg
Total carbohydrates
30 g
Dietary fiber
6 g
Total sugar
11 g