One Pot Easy Goulash

One Pot Easy Goulash
One Pot Easy Goulash

One Pot Easy Goulash is an easy-to-make dinner recipe that comes together in under 20 minutes - wow! This ground beef goulash recipe is a hearty and comforting way to end any day on a great note. Made in the traditional Hungarian style with paprika, this delicious one pot meal will have your taste buds excited at first bite. You may have had different versions of this classic meal, and all are delicious in their own respect, however, we prefer goulash made with ground beef (or turkey), tomato and tomato sauce, pasta, and a variety of herbs and spices. Enjoy this tasty soup with a chunk of toasty bread, and soak up some comfort.


*Goulash, a word usually used for a Hungarian stew, contains a generous amount of paprika giving the sauce a rusty red hue and a nice depth of flavor. The spice, which is made of ground red peppers, comes in various levels of heat, depending on if it was made from sweet or hot peppers. Our tasters preferred this amount of sweet paprika for a very slight warmth. Experiment with the paprika in your cabinet to get the amount of flavor you enjoy.  


For even more goulash recipes to warm up with, try our collection, Awesome Recipes for Goulash: 23 Cozy & Cheap Eats.



Cooking Time20 min

Cooking MethodSkillet


  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 8 ounces elbow pasta or similar shape and size
  • 1 (14-1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce


  1. Saut meat and onion in a dutch oven over medium high heat until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.

  2. Add garlic, paprika, salt and pepper and stir and cook 2 more minutes.

  3. Add the pasta, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Lower heat to medium, cover and continue to cook for about 10 minutes. Test to see that pasta is completely cooked.

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Goulash is a great winter meal and, seeing as it is still winter here in South Africa, we had this dish for dinner earlier this week. Hearty, warming, very nicely flavored and perfect for the whole family! I used Spanish smoked paprika because that is what is in the pantry and it provided a lovely bite to the flavors.

This is a great one-pot meal for a chilly winter evening. It's perfect comfort food for me, especially when made with a good Hungarian smoked paprika. I've used several different pastas over the years when I've made goulash, from elbows to trottole to cavatappi. What other pastas have people used for this? I like regular elbow pasta, but it's fun to try new shapes. I want to try bowtie pasta the next time I make this.

This recipe reminds me of a dish my mother used to make for me... Now it's my turn to return the favor!


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