Not Your Lunch Lady’s Goulash

Dale grew up eating Goulash. I did NOT.

I have never, EVER made it and never, ever wanted to.

This is most likely due to the fact, that my last memory of Goulash comes from Elementary School Lunches, where I dubbed it “Galoshes,” (the boot) because I thought it was gross and stinky.

Boy, has my opinion changed!

This recipe caught my eye at Weekend Potluck when Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes shared it at our linky party.  I am SO glad I printed it, because it is TOTALLY making the fall and winter food rotation at our house!


This is…..

NOT Your Lunch Lady’s Goulash

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Adapted from Love Bakes Good Cakes recipe

Not Your Lunch Lady's Goulash txt 2

2 lb. ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

6-8 cloves of garlic, pressed

3 cups water (I do beef broth for more flavor)

1 can (29 oz.) tomato sauce

1 can (28 oz.) seasoned diced tomatoes, undrained

1 tbsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. smoky paprika

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (or less if you don’t like spice)

3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 

Generous amounts of garlic powder, salt and pepper.

In an 8 qt. pot, cook and crumble beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add the onion, green pepper and mushrooms. Cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic, water, tomato sauce, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, paprika, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add the elbow macaroni and stir well, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the noodles are done. Allow to sit covered for 5-10 minutes and mix well before serving.  Season to taste with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Serve with whole wheat bread and butter.

We really seasoned this up, and it was fantastic!

Dig in!


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7 thoughts on “Not Your Lunch Lady’s Goulash

  1. Tonya you so crack me up! I was always of the same opinion about Goulash. My husband has frequently made inferences that I should cook him some and I just cannot, even by the grace of God, get past the name of the dish. It sounds like something one might find at the bottom of the garbage disposal. LOL. Your pictures look lovely though, and I think I might be tempted to try this dish for my hubby. I can’t promise you that I’ll love it, but here’s hoping. I think whomever named this dish originally was REALLY having an off day. Hahaha. Thank for all you do.

    • I was VERY hesitant to make it, but man, I am telling you…..It was some good comfort food, right down to the wheat bread slice with butter, just like when I was a kid. 🙂
      Soooo, if you get brave and make it for hubby, you have to come back and tell me what you thought of your golashes, I mean GOULASH!

      • Good morning, Tonya. I did make this and hubby loved it. I have to say that it was good, in an earthy southern kinda way. LOL. I would eat it again; and in fact, am planning on making it again this Friday. I thought I had come back and let you know back when I made it the first time, but apparently, that was an action that never made it past the thinking stages. LOL. Have a fantastic day!

      • LOL, glad to know I am not the only one that does stuff like that! 🙂 Thanks for coming to tell me, Trixie! Glad it didn’t taste like garbage or goulashes…haha

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