This recipe for Grandma’s American Goulash is pure comfort food made all in one pot. Made with simple ingredients: ground beef, canned tomatoes, and macaroni.


We call this recipe “American Goulash” because even though it is called goulash, it’s not the Hungarian version with paprika and whole cuts of meat. It goes by a lot of different names: Slumgullion, American Chop Suey, Johnny Marzetti (just to name a few.) This is my husband’s grandmother’s recipe for this classic favorite.

Ingredients :

  • °2 minced onions
  • °2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • °2 cloves minced garlic
  • °1 jar tomato-based pasta sauce (about 26 ounces)
  • °2 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomato
  • °1 can (6 ounces) of tomato paste
  • °1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • °2 bay leaves
  • °3 cups of water
  • °1 green pepper (optional)
  • °Salt and black pepper to taste
  • °2 c un-cooked macaroni noodle
  • °1 c cheddar cheese

Methods :

Cook ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until the pink color disappears. Strain any fat.
Add pasta sauce, tomato cubes, tomato paste, water, spices, and green pepper. Cover over low heat for 15 minutes.
Add the pasta and continue to simmer over low heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender (about 20 minutes).
Put the cheese and replace the lid. Leave for 5 minutes or until dissolved.


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