Goulash: Grandma’s Version!

Goulash: Grandma’s Version!

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I don’t think cooking can get any simpler than my grandmother’s goulash. This is a dish we had a lot while growing up, especially during the long, cold winter months. This is also a dish I made quite frequently during college, when I first started living on my own. It is delicious, filling, economical, and only takes a few minutes to make. With only five ingredients, dinner will be ready and on the table in no time! I also love to pair goulash with some freshly baked homemade rolls. 🙂 If you want to add a little zip to the dish, try adding some Frank’s hot sauce.

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Goulash: grandma's version in a square white bowl on a picnic table. Adjacent to the bowl is a tomato, garlic, salt and pepper.
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Goulash: Grandma's Version!

This goulash makes a great weeknight meal because it is so easy to make, and only consists of 5 ingredients!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dinner ideas, goulash
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 415 kcal
Author The Panicked Foodie


  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni (or some other small pasta shape)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of tomato soup
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of vegetable soup (I use Amy’s Vegetable Barley)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Freshly ground Himalayan pink salt, freshly ground black pepper, and Frank’s hot sauce to taste


  1. 1. Bring a stockpot of water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta, lower heat to medium, and cook until al dente (per package instructions).

  2. In a medium skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat (I usually use a few tablespoons of olive oil for this).

  3. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add in cooked ground beef, both cans of soup as-is, and garlic powder. Mix well.

  4. Add in Himalayan pink salt, fresh ground black pepper, and Frank’s hot sauce to taste.

Recipe Notes

Credit: My grandmother!

Nutrition Facts
Goulash: Grandma's Version!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 415
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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