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How To Make Southern Goulash

Southern Goulash

There are few family-friendly recipes that top this easy version of Southern Goulash. Economical + perfect for leftovers, you're going to make this a part of your regular rotation!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 2 lbs ground beef lean
  • 3 vidalia onions chopped
  • 3 bell peppers chopped
  • 2 c uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 3 c water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste (liberal)
  • parmesan for topping


  • Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, salting liberally. Add elbow macaroni. Cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • Over medium-high heat, cook ground beef + chopped peppers and onions until fully-done. Season with kosher salt, black pepper, and a liberal amount of garlic powder to taste. Add smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, and soy sauce.
  • When beef is fully cooked, add tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce to medium-low heat and add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and bay leaves. Cook for 30 minutes.
  • Add in al dente elbow macaroni, stir well, and allow to cook for a couple of more minutes. Remove bay leaves and serve; top with fresh parmesan.
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