Easy Cheesy American Goulash

I almost didn’t post this. This isn’t a big special dinner that is even a little unique. But here I am, sharing this with you anyways. What made me change my mind? This right here… this is real life. This is my Wednesday dinner. Quick, easy and even a little ugly. But we love it! My kids eat it up every time and ask for more. And is it just me, or does this remind you of a meal straight from the 1950s? No frills, all convenience. But sometimes those are the best meals (key word-sometimes). Kids love it, it’s easy, and makes great leftovers. Everyone is happy. Those 1950 mommas knew what was up.

Easy Cheesy Goulash
I call this American Goulash because it is nothing like the original version. (If you’re not interested in a history lesson you can skip down the next paragraph.) Goulash can be traced back to the 9th century to Hungarian shepherds. The shepherd or herdsman called “gulyás” would sun-dry lamb meat and pack the meat into bags made from sheep’s stomachs! AHH! All the gulyás needed was water to make a stew. Today the word “gulyás” refers to the herdsman and the meal.

I did not use sun-dried lamb meat! I used beef, cooked in a pan. Already so much better! Its a big cheesy almost one-pot meal that takes 20 minutes. My kind of meal!

Easy Cheesy American Goulash

Easy Cheesy American Goulash


  • 2 cups macaroni elbows (dry)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pint stewed tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 glove garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan add ground beef and onion. Cook ground beef and drain.
  3. Add stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add drained pasta to the sauce. Stir pasta into sauce.
  5. Top with shredded cheese and let cheese melt.

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