All in One Goulash


All in One Goulash

All in One Goulash
20 Min

Once your gang tastes this goulash, it's bound to become a regular favorite at your house. It's a beefy and cheesy goulash that's a hit with everyone. Plus, our All in One Goulash recipe is made in one dish and in under 30 minutes, which means quick cooking and quick cleanup, too!

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (32-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 (6-ounce) cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

What to Do

  1. Crumble beef into a microwave-safe 3-quart casserole dish and cook in microwave at 80 percent power 3 to 4 minutes, or until no pink remains.
  2. Stir in spaghetti sauce, water, bell pepper, onion, garlic, uncooked macaroni, salt, black pepper, and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cook at 80 percent power for 15 to 16 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese over top of goulash; cook at 80 percent power 1 to 2 minutes, or until cheese melts. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


  • Want to try making this goulash recipe in the oven? In a skillet, brown your meat, garlic, and onion until your meat is no longer pink. Then, put everything into a casserole dish, cover, and bake at 350 degrees F for 45-55 minutes, or until macaroni is cooked. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese for the last 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 654
  • Calories from Fat 272
  • Total Fat 30g 46 %
  • Saturated Fat 14g 69 %
  • Trans Fat 1.1g 0 %
  • Protein 39g 78 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 115mg 38 %
  • Sodium 1,886mg 79 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 55g 18 %
  • Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9 %
  • Sugars 14g 0 %

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The goulash was excellent. We made it for dinner tonight.

Not all the notes shown on recipe page are printed. Covered dish Oven instructions are missing..

I sure hope I can do this on the stove top.

can you use an Instant Pot to make this ??

Hi! Yes you can. However, the Test Kitchen has never tried this recipe with an Instant Pot so we can't suggest a cooking time.

I was wondering if I could do this in the crockpot? It sure sounds yummy and I am willing to try this.

Hi there! This can absolutely be made in a crock-pot. Just remove the water from the recipe and cook on low for 4-5 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours, or until macaroni is tender. Let us know how it turns out!

To people who complain about the name "goulash" when the recipe is not Hungarian...the word is used for many types of dishes. The Greeks have a meat and filo pie called Egyptian Goulash, for example. Are you going to complain to them that it's not like your mother's in Budapest?

Sorry, I should have said Egyptians have the dish, not Greeks. Obviously been making too much baklava lately.

I am kinda disappointed with the recipes for goulash here - these are just variations of meat/spaghetti sauce/cheese dishes???? Goulash has to have paprika in it!! I don't have my mom's recipe so I am looking for close enough - She never used spaghetti sauce in hers - tomatoes yes - nothing with oregano in it!! The search continues!!

Most of the recipes on here are called things that do not 100% match what each country calls their versions. There are no recipe cops to arrest someone if they make a dish, and call it whatever they want. If you don't like it, look at other places for recipes. I am Irish, and have no problem with what so many like to call Irish Stew, etc. If it is a good recipe, as this one is, and I have made it a ton of times, mostly with little revisions, then let people call it what they want.

Yeah, what douglasherbert said!!! Friggin' touchy Hungarians below!

Since the beinning of time we Americans called this American Goulash and has been a household staple for a very very long time and will probably never be called anything else. We know it's not Goulash in the sense you refer, but its our version.

As a Hungarian this recipe offends me. This is not Goulas in any sense of the word. Why not call it what it is, Macaroni with meat sauce"

Nobody said it was Hungarian, you goof! Get off your high horse! It's not my German goulash recipe, either, but no one said it would be! GET OUT!

Made the stove top version but just as it was finishing put mozzarella on top popped it under the broiler to get golden. Also used tomato puree 1/2 cup of Hunt's Zesty Spicy spaghetti sauce. Turned out AMAZING!!!!

This sounds really tasty, however, I would prefer an oven baked recipe. Could you send one? Really prefer microwave for heating food and frozen dinners and sides. Thanks so much.

I'm sure you could do this in the oven, after browning the meat, peppers, onions and garlic in a skillet. Just have to bake it longer, maybe 45 mins. or so at 350.

The recipe for "American Goulash" is just about the same and is baked in the oven. Super easy and foolproof. I always keep some precooked ground beef in the freezer to save a little time.

I cannot figure out why you call this goulash. Not even close to the original Hungarian recipe.

To each his own!!! Hungarian or Mississippi goulash, ITS ALL GOOD!

I can't wait to try this! Thank You!

This is a great and easy recipe! Thanks


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