When was the last time you made a hearty dinner for yourself that didn't take hours to make? It would be great if we could prepare marinated meats or roast beef on the fly, but these meals sometimes require time we can't spare. All hope isn't lost! This simple one-pot goulash recipe is both delicious and quick and easy to prepare.



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  • shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. Toss your beef and onion into a large pot and cook over medium-high heat until the beef is no longer pink (5-7 minutes).

  2. Drain the beef using a strainer and return it to the pot.

  3. Add the garlic and continue cooking until the mixture is fragrant (30-60 seconds).

  4. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and salt and pepper.

  5. Bring everything to a gentle boil.

  6. Once the mixture starts boiling, slightly reduce the heat and gently add in your elbow macaroni.

  7. Stir the mixture, cover the pot, and let the mixture simmer for 8-12 minutes or until the macaroni is tender. Stir occasionally to ensure the macaroni doesn’t stick to the pot.

  8. As soon as the macaroni is done, serve the goulash with shredded Parmesan cheese.


  • large pot
  • strainer

Additional Ingredients

Goulash is a recipe you can easily alter to suit your tastes. If you'd like it to be a bit spicier, add some chili flakes, paprika, or Tabasco sauce.

If you're hoping to prepare vegan goulash, you can replace the beef with brown lentils and the beef broth with water or vegetable broth. The seasonings used are okay to keep in, and you can switch them around however you'd like.

If you need to keep things gluten-free, you can use gluten-free pasta in lieu of elbow macaroni. It will taste great when it is combined with the spices and beef.

Lean beef can be used if you're looking for a low-fat twist on one-pot goulash.

Creating your own goulash recipe is simple once you know what flavors you like and what you can do without. Mix things up in the kitchen with different spices or veggies, and you'll have one keeper of a goulash recipe!

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