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Italian Ground Beef Goulash Recipe

Italian Ground Beef Goulash is a spin on a classic that everyone’s going to love. Goulash is comfort food at it’s finest and makes the perfect anytime meal!

top closeup view of a bowl of goulash

There are as may recipes for goulash as there are people that make it. You’re going to love this Italian Ground Beef Goulash recipe. It’s simple to make and delicious to eat!

Close up of 3/4 view of a bowl of goulash in a white bowlWhat in the heck is goulash?

Wikipedia defines goulash as:  is a stew of meat, usually seasoned with paprika and other spices.

distance view of two bowls of goulash

Well, my mama didn’t have this definition. Her recipe was ground beef cooked with onions, some elbow macaroni, and tomato juice.

Salt and pepper were her spices. Paprika would have been a foreign word.

As simple as she made it, we LOVED it! Especially with a piece of store-bought white bread smeared with butter on the side.

Close up of a side view of a bowl of goulash

Goulash is comfort food regardless of how you define it. With the weather getting cooler, I was craving me some goulash…Julie style (whatever that means).

Actually, I like using spices and spice blends. Spice blends are a great way to add a spice profile without having to buy 9 different kinds of spices.

Two of my favorites are Italian Seasoning Blend and Herbs de Provence. You can also use your favorite pasta.

I used Cavatappi because it has little ridges that hold all that saucy goodness. It’s also a little thicker so it will not get mushy.

Top view of two bowls of goulash in white bowls

This is a simple recipe that makes it perfect for a weeknight meal.

I have a pretty consistent habit of cooking more than we can eat. This recipe is also perfect for freezing.

Don’t have time to make it now? Pin it for later!

Truthfully there are as many goulash recipes as there are people that make it. I don’t even know if they have “goulash” in Italy but I know that they have versions using the same ingredients regardless of what they call it.

close up 3/4 view of a bowl of goulash

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top closeup view of a bowl of goulash
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5 from 11 votes

Italian Ground Beef Goulash Recipe

Italian Ground Beef Goulash is a spin on a classic that everyone’s going to love.  Goulash is comfort food at it’s finest and makes the perfect anytime meal! 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 10
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 carrots sliced thin
  • 3 celery stalks sliced thin
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes **crushed by hand
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 16 oz Cavatappi pasta *cooked
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese plus additional for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh parsley chopped as an additional garnish if desired

Instructions

  • In a large skillet or dutch oven combine ground beef and diced onion.  Cook until beef is no longer pink.  Remove beef and onion from the pan and set aside.  Add carrots, green pepper, and celery to the beef juices and cook until they just start to soften.  Don’t overcook.
  • Drain meat juices from the pan if necessary.  Add all remaining ingredients back into the pan except for the cooked pasta.  Stir to combine and let cook until extra juices cook down.  Add pasta and stir to combine.  Add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve in bowls and top with additional parmesan cheese and fresh parsley if desired.

Notes

*Cook pasta at least one minute less than the directions state.  It will continue to cook when combined with the other ingredients.
**Crush tomatoes by hand or chop with a knife.  

Nutrition

Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 992mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3560IU | Vitamin C: 22.9mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 4mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Michaela Kenkel

Monday 22nd of October 2018

I love goulash!! An Italian version sounds sublime!! We love our pasta! We will be trying very soon!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

Thank you, Michaela! Perfect for fall comfort food!

Jennifer Banz

Monday 22nd of October 2018

This is a great recipe! Just what you want for the cold weather!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

Thank you, Jennifer! I'm all about comfort food right now too!

Joanie

Monday 22nd of October 2018

Oh my, this is definitely comfort food at it's best! I've always loved goulash and your recipe is fantastic. Everyone in my family asked for seconds.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

Thank you, Joanie! I've got a batch in the freezer for another meal. Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by!

NancyC

Monday 22nd of October 2018

This goulash sounds like really great comfort food! :)

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

Thank you, Nancy! It is!

Angela

Monday 22nd of October 2018

Wonderful comfort meal my friend! It has been so cold lately and this is exactly the kind of meal ive been craving! Another incredible recipe~

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

Thank you Angela! Isn't it funny how we crave different foods once it gets chilly? Have an amazing day!