No kidding, the sauce is the real game-changer in this recipe.


Immerse yourself in the rich flavors and hearty embrace of One Pot Goulash, a traditional Hungarian dish that has captivated hearts and taste buds around the globe. Renowned for its simplicity, this comforting stew combines succulent meat, tender vegetables, and a blend of aromatic spices into a delectable feast. With roots stretching back to the 9th century, Goulash has evolved from a humble shepherd’s meal to a beloved comfort food, celebrated in kitchens far and wide.

Traditionally savored as a robust main course, One Pot Goulash can also be accompanied by crusty bread or fluffy rice to absorb its flavorful gravy. Enhance your

 dining experience by pairing it with a crisp

 garden salad or velvety mashed potatoes, and consider a dollop of sour cream for a creamy flourish that complements the dish's rich flavors.

Recipe for One Pot Goulash


2 pounds ground beef

2 cups raw elbow macaroni

8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced

1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups water

1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon sugar

Salt and pepper, to taste


In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain any excess fat as necessary.

Add the onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and garlic to the pot, cooking until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

Incorporate the water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes (with juice), Italian seasoning, paprika, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper, and if desired, add crushed red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 15 minutes to meld the flavors.

Stir in the elbow macaroni, continuing to simmer until the pasta is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.

Adjust seasonings to taste before serving.

Serve your One Pot Goulash piping hot, and bask in the warmth and satisfaction it brings to your table. This timeless dish not only offers a taste of Hungarian tradition but also promises to become a cherished favorite among your family and friends. Enjoy the simple pleasure of a meal made with love, and let the comforting flavors of Goulash fill your home.

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