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Grandma’s Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash

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Grandma’s Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash is a classic comfort dish that is made in one single pot, so minimal cleanup required. I used my dutch oven to cook up this tender pasta, that is loaded with ground beef, tomatoes, in ooey-gooey cheese. Grab a fork and dive into this Grandma’s Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash. 

This old fashioned goulash uses pantry staples so that you can probably rummage through your cupboards and find all the supplies or most. Then just turn on your dutch oven or a large pot and get to work at creating one outstanding dinner the whole family will love. Because it is loaded with cheese, even little ones gobble it right up. 

Grandma's Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash

Easy Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash 

Whether you call it chop suey or American goulash, I think we all can agree this recipe is outstanding.  Our family loves this, and I have been making it for years. A true tried and true recipe right here. 

What is Goulash 

Goulash is one dish that is served all over the world. Now, in each area, you will find goulash means something totally different. With ingredients used, methods of cooking, it all varies. In America, it is generally a handful of spices, chunky tomatoes as the base, ground beef, and of course pasta, generally elbow macaroni. 


What is the Difference Between Stew and Goulash

Stew is loaded with thick pieces of beef or ground beef, and paired with a variety of vegetables in a broth-based soup. While Goulash is made with pasta, ground beef, and offers a creamy tomato base. The textures are totally different along with ingredients. But, many confuse the two because Hungarian goulash was very similar to a stew over an American goulash recipe. 

Can you Freeze American Goulash

Yes, you can freeze American Goulash. Just allow your goulash to cool down a bit and transfer to a freezer bag or airtight container. Then toss in the freezer for up to three months. 

When you go to reheat just allow to thaw in the fridge and then just heat it up on the stove. 

More One Pot Meals. 

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, Old Fashioned Dutch Oven Beef Stew, Or Even Chicken Marsala that’s done in your Instant pot.


Grandma's Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash

Use Old Fashioned Grandma’s Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash For Meal Prepping 

Since I shared you can indeed freeze your goulash, let me share a tip. I work from home so I am always looking for quick meals for myself to make or heat up. I take single serve containers and place my old fashioned goulash in it. Then toss in the freezer until I am ready to eat. 

Then when I know I will be wanting it, I simply place one of the containers in the fridge to thaw the night before. Then nuke in the microwave, or heat up on a pan on the stove. It works great for a quick weekday meal. 

You can also do this for taking your lunch to work as well! 

Grandma's Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash

Dutch Oven Grandma’s Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash

I used my dutch oven for this one-pot goulash because I wanted a nice sturdy pan for cooking. I find my dutch oven is the perfect tool for the job. I find that Dutch ovens offer a unique texture to food as it cooks, vs a regular pot. If you do not have a dutch oven you can indeed grab a large pot to make this one-pot goulash, with no problem at all! 

Give this recipe a try today, and let me know what you think. My husband and I really enjoyed it, and I made sure to stick some extra in the freezer for a treat down the line. 

Do you love Grandma’s Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash as much as we do? 





Grandma's Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash

Grandma's Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash

Grandma's Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Grandma's Old Fashioned One Pot Goulash is a classic comfort dish that is made in one single pot, so minimal cleanup required.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasonings
  • 16 oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 4 oz Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 oz mozzarella


  1. Place pan on saute
  2. Add Olive Oil, Onion, and garlic
  3. Add Ground Beef
  4. Cook until meat is no longer pink
  5. Add Tomatoes
  6. Add Seasonings, and wine
  7. Stir and add in uncooked pasta and Water
  8. Bring to a boil and turn down to a low heat
  9. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  10. Stir in Cheese and serve

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 609Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 588mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 43g

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  1. I love this one pot goulash. It’s easy to make. Most of these things I already have in my cupboard. I can make this and just use it for lunch or dinner throughout the week or just freeze it. There’s nothing like homemade food when you don’t feel well or are tired. You pop it out of the freezer and just heat it up. I appreciate the video showing us how to make it. Can’t wait to try this delicious recipe! Shalom

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