Simple Beef Goulash with Elbow Pasta Recipe

If you are looking for a delicious beef goulash recipe then this easy one with elbow pasta is ideal. It’s simple to make and tastes amazing perfect for fall and winter as the weather gets colder. So grab the beef and get cooking to create the perfect family dinner that everyone will love with this easy goulash recipe with noodles.

homely and heart beef goulash dinner recipe with pasta

What is Goulash

Goulash is a traditional Hungarian soup/stew. It’s a delicious hearty dish that is perfect for winter get a quick overview of this easy beef pasta goulash recipe here.

It’s a mix of meat and vegetables which are hearty and warming, especially with the addition of some spices to the pot, if you can get hold of it the addition of some Hungarian Paprika will add that extra special warmth to it but don’t worry if you can’t it tastes delicious without it.

one pot meal beef goulash with macaroni noodles

One Pot Beef Goulash

I love this recipe as it is one pot. Less washing up and means that once I’ve browned the ground beef for the recipe, added in the seasoning and salts it’s just cover and simmer till it’s perfectly cooked.

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Make Ahead Goulash

As this is a regular addition to our family meal plans I like to prep ahead and make up the ground beef ahead of time in batches. The beef, onions, and garlic cooked and frozen can then be used in multiple recipes like our cottage pie.

browning ground beef in a skillet to make ahead beef goulash

Just use a large skillet and brown the beef, then add in the finely chopped onions and garlic and cook.

chopped onions and garlic added to browned ground beef for a goulash recipe to make ahead

Allow to cool and then portion up into contains for the freezer. Then when the goulash is on the menu I get the ground beef out and let it defrost. Then when it’s time to cook, I warm it up before skipping straight to step 3 of the recipe below.

Goulash with Noodles or Pasta

Although it’s probably more traditional to serve with potatoes or rice as the kids prefer pasta I use macaroni noodles or elbow pasta to make this.

heaty home cooked beef goulash for chilly days when comfort food is needed for family dinners

I also serve with some homemade bread – our bacon and cheese bread is one of my favorites.

How to Make One Pot Beef Goulash with Macaroni Noodles

So how easy is it to make, well if you’re not making a batch of the ground beef ahead of time (see above) then it’s really simply just follow the recipe below. Ohh and don’t forget to check out some of the other great easy family dinner ideas below that.

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Yield: 4 people

Beef Goulash with Pasta

heaty home cooked beef goulash for chilly days when comfort food is needed for family dinners

Delicious comfort food for weekend family meals. This beef goulash with pasta is ready in just under and hour and perfect for cold, rainy days.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 30 oz of pasatta
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Italian herbns
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 16 oz pasta (we used macaroni)


  1. In a large stockpot brown ground beef over medium heat until cooked through.
  2. Drain any excess fat and add the chopped onion and crushed garlic.
  3. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the onion, is soft and garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add all other ingredients and mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, until macaroni is cooked.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve pot meal beef goulash with macaroni noodles
  8. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream or mozzarella cheese if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 822Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 202mgSodium: 1463mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 69g

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