American goulash is simple, on-the-rib comfort food, that doesn't require any premium ingredients. It consists of meat, macaroni pasta, tomato cubes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, cheese, and Italian spices. Not to be confused with the traditional Hungarian stew, which is more similar to the stew with pieces of meat and vegetables. Usually, classic American goulash is made with elbow macaroni, but you can also use other small or medium-sized noodles in this dish.

Hooked on to the recipe to make a perfect bowl of American goulash.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups macaroni pasta  
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium diced onion 
  • 3 minced garlic cloves 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups classic marinara sauce
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes ( undrained )
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


  • Take a medium skillet and heat olive oil. Add onions, garlic and beef. Saute it for about five minutes until golden brown. Stir frequently. Season with salt, paprika, and black pepper. Let the excess fat drain out.
  • Add tomato paste, chicken broth, marinara sauce, chopped tomatoes (with their liquid), and Italian seasoning. Now, season with salt and pepper.
  • Prepare and add the pasta; cover, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until the pasta is tender.
  • Remove the goulash from the stove and add the shredded cheese and parsley.
  • Serve immediately.

Can you refrigerate American Goulash?

Yes, you can refrigerate the leftovers in a tightly closed container for up to 3 days.

Fortunately, this lunch is a hit for both adults and children. No doubt if you are serving American goulash to your guests, they will love it too.