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Quick and Easy American Goulash In One Pan

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This quick and easy goulash might be an answer to prayer. It's so fast I call it Go-Go Goulash. Anyone else with a house full of hungry kids getting a teensy bit tired of cooking these days? I mean, togetherness is great and all but running the dishwasher twice a day is not the way we want to spend our time during "social distancing", right?

go go goulash on plate

GB to the rescue with an old favorite you can whip up in one pan with just a pound of hamburger and a few simple ingredients from the pantry. This has been a family favorite for years.

Comfort Food In A Hurry

Quick and Tasty Goulash You Make in One Pan

Do you have a bigger family? Bigger appetites? This one's super easy to double and the leftovers are awesome. Me? I call them plan-overs and I love having some to pack in my lunch for the next day! Go Go Goulash is one of my slick go-to supper dishes because it's one of Papa's favorites.

How's this for easy? Brown the beef and crumble it right in the skillet. I love my Pampered Chef Mix and Chop. I use it for lots of stuff but it's a must for quickly getting ground beef ready for so many dishes! It does a great job of breaking up the beef just the way we like it.

The Rest Is Super Simple To Do

Now it's a simple dump-dump-dump process of adding the tomatoes, soup, macaroni and the rest. (Hint: If you can't find the petite tomatoes, you can grab your kitchen scissors and snip them into smaller pieces right in the can!!) Experiment with some of the already seasoned petite diced tomatoes you can find nowadays and adjust the garlic and onion accordingly. You may find a flavor your family will love! Fire roasted? Basil, garlic and oregano? Yum!

Stir it all up, cover it tight and give it another stir or two while it's cooking til the macaroni is nice and tender. While it's doing it's thing you've got time to toss a salad (bagged of course), heat a veggie like some french cut green beans or peas if you like 'em. Oh, and maybe pop some garlic toast in the oven. Mmmmmm! heavenly smells wafting from the kitchen!

In the top picture, I served GO GO Goulash with Millie's Dilly Bread, toasted and buttered! SO good!!

Here's one more hint. Whoops, one night I didn't have tomato soup on the shelf, what the heck?? What's a girl to do? I grabbed a can of mushroom soup instead and it was awesome! I dubbed it "Golden Goulash" instead of "GB goofed!"

You Will Need:

  • 10" non-stick skillet with tight-fitting lid
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Wooden spoon or other spoon for non-stick cookware
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Petite diced tomatoes
  • Tomato soup
  • Worchestershire sauce
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Instant minced onions
  • Salt and pepper
  • Brown sugar
  • Water
  • Garlic powder
Yield: 4 generous portions

GB's Go Go Goulash

fast fabulous goulash

A quick and easy main dish you make in one pan starting with a pound of ground beef. Tasty, kid-friendly comfort food.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef, browned and crumbled
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 soup can water (about 1 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cup dry elbow macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp instant minced onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


    In a non-stick skillet with a tight-fitting lid, brown the beef and season it to taste.
    Add the remaining ingredients and give it a stir. Bring to a boil.
    Reduce heat, put on the cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
    Remove the lid and stir a couple of times to make sure it is not sticking.
    You may need to add a little water.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 463Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 698mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 36g

Here's another pasta dish your family will love. You can't beat beef and pasta and this one gets an extra kick with pepperoni added! Hungry Boy Three Meat Pasta Bake.

Goulash is such a cozy comfort food, perfect for the weird and stressful time we're living in right now. I'll bet a favorite dish will emerge from your quarantined kitchen and someday, years from now,  you'll call it something silly like Covid casserole or stay-at-home soup.

What are you cooking out there folks? I'd love to hear from you. Tell me how you improvised and made a dish your own! Stay safe, say your prayers, and wash your hands! Blessings to you and yours!

Love, GB (Betty Streff)

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39 comments on “Quick and Easy American Goulash In One Pan”

  1. We had a similar dish growing up in New England. We called it American chop suey. My Chinese husband says doesn’t look like any chop suey he ever had. But chop suey is not a Chinese dish.. Yours looks gourmet with canned tomatoes. My mother used Ragú jar sauce. Getting ready to make some this week.

    1. Yay!! You go girl! The only gourmet I do is quick and easy make it at home! I think you'll really like it- so far, it's been a hit with folks who tried it! I really do prefer the petite diced tomatoes but as I said if you have trouble finding them just chop them up right in the can with kitchen scissors! And, there are several varities and brands to choose from!
      Let me know how it goes!!!

  2. […] Old favorite recipe you can whip up in one pan with just a pound of hamburger and a few simple ingredients from the pantry. Full instructions below. GB’s Go Go Goulash Recipe […]

  3. Looks very similar to a Ohio dish called Johnny MarzettI invented for Ohio State hungry students by a cook in the restaurant of the same name. Could DD GREEN PEPPER AND SOME CHEESE. POPULAR IS SCHOOL CAFETERIAS IN THE 50'S & 60"S.

    1. I've heard of that but didn' know it was so close to goulash! Thank you!!! Our girls went to a small town school where lunch in the cafeteria was the highlight of their day! They even put out a cookbook after the school closed. Now you prompted me to see if I can still get one!

  4. My son spent a week at Grandma's and came home saying she added peas to hers and he said it was funny but good. My daughter said it needs some cheese just before serving

    1. Peas and cheese are sure to please!! 🙂 Grandma probably LOVED cooking for the grandkids. I know I sure do! Thanks for sharing!! ❤

  5. I used your recipe as a guide (for lack of a better word) and used what I had in my pantry/freezer. Ground turkey instead of beef. RoTels instead of petite dice tomatoes and cut down the macaroni by 1/2 cup. It's got a little bite to it from the RoTels which my husband is happy about. I'll circle back and make the original at some point. Thank you for sharing.

  6. […] GB’s Go Go Goulash Recipe […]

    1. I've never tried it, Lana. Let me do some checking- I'm guessing not because the hamburger needs to be browned and the macaroni needs to cook at a temperature close to boiling. An InstantPot would sure work but I'm late to the party on them and haven't used mine a whole bunch.

    2. https://www.thereciperebel.com/slow-cooker-baked-ziti
      A quick look online says yes you can cook pasta in a crockpot but you do need to brown the hamburger or sausage in a pan first.
      I think you could use this recipe and her method and it should work. If it was me, though, I'd make it on a day I was going to be around or at least in and out so I could check on the progress. Let me know!!

  7. Thank you for the quick and easy recipe for a Monday night. My husband loved it, and it took so very little time! We love spicy, so I put a can of Ro-Tel into it instead of regular tomatoes, so it was awesome.

  8. […] Quick And Easy American Goulash In One Pan […]

    1. If the ground beef has a higher fat content or has water added, yes. If I use good, lean ground beef like 93% lean, then I don't. If you drain ALL the fat, you lose a lot of flavor. Thanks for asking! It is so darn easy and good!!

  9. Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

    1. Gosh, thanks for taking the time to comment!!! ❤ Glad you liked it and the one-pan simplicity of it is probably what I like the most! (But it tastes awfully good, too!!)

    1. In the recipe card, I list the tomato soup as a 10.5-ounce can. Thanks to your question, I added condensed. 😊 Thanks! It's the standard size can of add-water canned soup. Campbells or store brand, both work nicely.

  10. Had this in school always liked it but they had kidney beans in theirs. Going to make for supper one night this week. YUM

    1. That is awesome! The kidney beans are another smart way to stretch a pound of hamburger and add more protein and fiber. It's so good, the whole family loves it. We'll try adding beans sometime! ❤

  11. I loved the fact it is in one pan, however I found it lacked taste. I chopped an onion and two stalks of celery, sautéed and added them and substituted spaghetti sauce for the soup.

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