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Baked Goulash

Our updated version of an old world Hungarian goulash classic takes a few time-saving and tasty shortcuts we think you'll love. Baked Goulash is a ground beef casserole that will surely stand the test of time!

What You'll Need

  • 1 -1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounce uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2-1/2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a large skillet, brown ground beef, mushrooms, onion, and chopped garlic over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes, or until no pink remains in the beef, stirring frequently. Drain off excess liquid then add remaining ingredients except cheese; mix well.
     
  3. Place mixture in prepared casserole dish, cover, and bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven and top with mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes, or until heated through and cheese has melted.

Notes

Did You Know?

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Where does goulash come from?" Well, goulash is a Hungarian dish, derived from the Hungarian word "Gulyás," which means Hungarian herdsman or cowboy. These cowboys would use herd's weakest cattle in a hearty soup or stew, adding in various vegetables and herbs. While the dish originated in Hungary, its reach soon expanded to include the Austrian Empire, Germany, and the Balkans, which is why there are so many different variations people love to make! The German adaptation, for example, is usually served alongside rye bread and beer while Austrians might cook it with different types of meat like turkey or veal. No matter how you like to make your goulash, we can all agree that it's one of our family's favorite dinners!

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