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Goulash Soup Recipes
This traditional main dish from Hungary is well suited for crockpot cooking. This page contains goulash soup recipes.
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By 5 found this helpful
May 28, 2010

Dutch oven cooking at its very best. The recipe is one that my Mother always made for Tuesday evening supper when I was a child. Tuesdays were also Ironing Days, following Wash Days on Mondays. Our ironing board was set up in the kitchen so that Mother could watch her food as it cooked while she ironed. My sister and I sat at the kitchen table and cut out paper dolls. So many memories to savor.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

In a Dutch oven or large pot, saute the ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Break up the meat as you stir. Drain to remove all grease and return to pot.

Continue cooking for 5 more minutes to brown meat slightly as it gives it so much great flavor if the meat caramelizes a little.

Add the onions and garlic and saute until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Add water, along with the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, soy and Worcestershire sauces. Stir well.

Add paprika, bay leaves, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and stir, then taste to correct seasonings. If adding corn, do so now. Place a lid on the pot and allow this to cook over low heat for about 30 minutes so that flavors "marry".

Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes until pasta is done. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves, and allow the mixture to sit about 15 minutes more before serving.

Serve with hot Italian bread and a green salad.

Servings: 8-10
Time:20 Minutes Preparation Time
60 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: My Mother's recipe with a few "tweaks" of my own which suited my family's tastebuds. My Mother cooked to please my Father, and we kids either ate it or did without. Today, mothers are a bit more lenient, and do their best to please everyone. The recipe makes enough for a large, healthy family with growing children.

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By Pookarina from Boca Raton, FL

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By 1 found this helpful
April 22, 2013

Easy and fast weeknight meal

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 small can pork and beans
  • 1 Tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Steps:

  1. Brown ground beef with diced onion.
  2. Add all other ingredients and cook on low for about 5 minutes.
  3. Serve with cole slaw and cornbread.
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By 2 found this helpful
September 1, 2010

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 medium green pepper
  • 1 large bulk pork sausage
  • 1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes
  • 1 cup uncooked macaroni
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice or water
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder

Directions:

Coarsely chop onion and green pepper. Cook sausage, onion, and pepper until meat browns; break up sausage as it cooks. Drain off fat. Add remaining ingredients; cover. Simmer 20 minutes; stir often. 4-5 servings.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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November 17, 2009

My husband and I now live in a home where the water is kind of bad, and I have talked to at least one of you, where the water price is really high.

This is another thrifty-tip that will help save on water, no matter where you live, and depending on the cost of water, it will help save you money.

Since my husband and I have lived in this house, and the water isn't very good, we have been buying gallons of water from places like Wal-Mart, well, it's expensive, especially if you want to make something with pasta.

So, on my own, I have figured out some ways to make pasta without it costing a fortune. Now, I haven't tried this with long pasta, like spaghetti, or linguine, or the big lasagna noodles, although I think that might eventually get figured out, too, but what I have found out, is like a supper I made for us tonight:

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Directions

Add water to frozen hamburger and cook over medium heat. Once the hamburger is no longer frozen, and the 3 cups of water starts to boil, add macaroni noodles, and stir it quite a bit. Then add tomato puree and salt and pepper to taste.

If you only have long spaghetti noodles, linguini noodles, or other big noodles, break them up before adding to the hamburger and water.

At first my husband really liked it with just a little more salt and pepper, but then he said, he'd rather have a small can of spaghetti sauce added, and I told him I was just trying it out, and that we could add a little basil, oregano, parsley, and onion and garlic powder.

I bought the tomato puree on sale, and the macaroni, and together they cost about 98 Cents.

By using small kinds of pasta like macaroni, or other small types of pasta, you don't need large amounts of water to stir long pastas like spaghetti, linguine, angel hair, or big pieces like lasagna pasta, and even these can be broken into small pieces to use in a small amount of water.

I used about 3 cups of hot/slightly boiling water to about 2 cups of macaroni noodles, and yes--I did stir quite a bit, but I didn't need huge amounts of the water,and didn't need to strain, then I added about a 14 or 14.5 ounces of tomato puree, and kept stirring for awhile, and my husband did want more salt and pepper, but this is the first time I ever made this, and my husband does want it again.

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I did not waste or throw out one bit of water, and I think I was at least as frugal as hamburger helper, and cheaper. Because the hamburger was already frozen, it probably took about one hour to make it. If the hamburger was thawed already, it would probably take around 25 minutes to make it, and we made about 2 to 2 and 1/2 quarts of tomatoey beefy macaroni!

I would love your input!

Source: Me! I'm the source for this tip, and I hope it really helps any of you! I started this all by myself, and truthfully, I do think we should try things like bay leaf, parsley, basil, oregano, and onion and garlic. But, we will leave that up to you, and you tell us how you like this basic recipe! I love this basic recipe because it is so cheap. Will you please tell me, and especially how you like cooking pasta, without having to drain the water. Love You Bunches!

By Carol L. from South Bend, IN

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By 0 found this helpful
February 10, 2011

Very easy, very cheap, and kids love it! Fry the hamburger meat until it is no longer pink, season with salt and pepper while cooking.

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October 5, 20050 found this helpful

Brown beef and onion with whatever spices you enjoy (I use garlic salt and Italian herbs). Boil macaroni noodles as directed on package. Drain noodles. Mix in beef and onions. Pour in tomato juice, mix and enjoy!

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August 13, 2012

This is very easy and kid friendly. Also a very quick to fix meal.

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July 25, 20160 found this helpful

This page contains American chop suey recipes. Using up those odds and ends in your refrigerator, you can create a unique main dish.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 30, 2010

Cook onion and celery in margarine until tender. Add ground beef. Add salt, pepper and oregano. Brown meat and drain. Boil noodles in 2 qts. of lightly salted water for 8 minutes.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 28, 2009

Mix ingredients together and bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 18, 2008

Chop onion. Saute' in butter. Add meat, salt, pepper and paprika. Brown meat. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Sprinkle meat mixture with flour. Add water and continue simmering. Seasoning may be adjusted at this time.

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March 4, 2008

Mom called this goulash she got it off radio in the 1940's. 1 lb. ground beef and 1 medium onion cooked 'till beef is browned and chopped onion is clear.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 29, 2006

Recipe for Chinese Goulash. Melt butter in skillet. Cook onion till tender. Add broth, heat till boils. . .

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By 0 found this helpful
October 1, 2008

I would like to get a cheap and easy recipe for goulash. Thanks.

R from Indianapolis, Indiana

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October 1, 20080 found this helpful

1/2 lb. to 1 lb. ground beef

(depending on family size )

1 box elbow macaroni

1 spaghetti sauce your choice (I like the Vegetable)

1 can tomato sauce

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October 1, 20080 found this helpful

Besides Google...here's my favorite.

Equal parts spaghetti sauce and cranberry jelled (or whole fruit) sauce.

I use 2 lbs turkey burger, cooking it first. Some onion powder, s/p, and garlic powder. I throw in a small can of mushroom pieces, and some chopped black olives if you like them.

Mix with the right amount of mac. and you have a sweeter tasting goolash. I love this because it's not so "tomatoey"...

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 2, 20080 found this helpful

1 lb hamburger

1 onion chopped

1 can kidney beans undrained

1 16 oz can tomatoes OR tomato sauce

salt,pepper, garlic salt,sugar to taste

dash of Worcestershire sauce

1 cup cooked egg noodles

Cook onions and hamburger together. Add beans,tomatoes and seasoning. Simmer for about 30 min. Add noodles before serving. Serve with garlic toast and salad. Delicious!

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October 2, 20080 found this helpful

My husband came up with this back in the early 70's when we were stationed in Oklahoma and money was very tight.Brown 1 LB. hamburger ( or turkey burger nowdays), chopped onion, 1 can dark red kidney beans( NOT drained). Cube and boil any amount of potatos you wish. After all ingredients done,drain potatos leaving alittle of the water in. Add meat,onion and beans and simmer for about 15 minutes. Enjoy! To stretch, you can add in a can of light kidney bean and/or a can of whole kernal corn. Add some cornbread and you have a cheap and tummy warmin' meal.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 2, 20080 found this helpful

I've been cooking this goulash for over 20 years. You can easily half the recipe if your family is small or you don't like eating leftovers.

Easy Skillet Goulash

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 (16 oz.) cans stewed tomatoes (cheap brand)

2 (15 oz.) cans red kidney beans (cheap brand)

1 cup macaroni (cheapest brand)

1 tsp. salt (or to suit your taste)

2 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. cumin

dash pepper

Optional: add canned or frozen corn

Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet, drain excess fat. Add remaining ingredients and simmer, covered 30 to 40 minutes, or until macaroni is cooked and tender, stirring occasionally. 8 servings.

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October 4, 20080 found this helpful

Ingredients

1 lb. hamburger

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can corn

package macaroni and cheese (or leftover macaroni and cheese or your own homemade macaroni and cheese)

chopped onion (opt)

Directions

Cook hamburger, add onion, drain and keep in skillet. Add tomatoes and corn. Stir in cooked macaroni and cheese. Heat again until all is bubbly and hot.

Very simple and delicious

Source: This recipe is one my mom came up with using her leftovers. Macaroni and cheese was served at least once a week and she was/is excellent at stretching meals and using leftovers. We would have buttered bread with this as well.

By Shirley from Henderson, NV

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 10, 20080 found this helpful

I make mine with cheap ingredients and everyone loves it.

2 pounds of Shell noodles

2 pounds of Hamburger

1 Large can of Tomato Sauce

2 6 oz cans of Tomato Paste

1 "squirt" of Ketchup

16 oz of Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Brown the HAMBURGER in a skillet with SALT and PEPPER then drain off the grease. Boil NOODLES in water until almost done, they will cook the rest of the way when putting the rest of the ingredients together.

Mix HAMBURGER and NOODLES together with both cans of TOMATO PASTE and half of the TOMATO SAUCE add the KETCHUP and CHEESE. Mix together. If you find that the Goulash looks like it needs a little more sauce then add it, I have found it depends on the brand of things I buy per how much I need to add.

Happy Cookng!

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 4, 20090 found this helpful

1 lb. ground hamburger meat

1 box elbow macaroni

1 can tomato sauce

1 can corn (drained)

1/2 box velvetta cubed

Cook hamburger in large skillet, boil macaroni noodles and drain. Mix hamburger, corn, macaroni and tomato sauce, heat over medium while adding cheese stir till melted. Add salt and pepper.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 13, 20090 found this helpful

- hamburger, browned (season w/ dried onion & garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste)

- 1 can condensed tomato soup

- 1 C hot water

- 1 packet chili mix (you know, like you find with the sauce and gravy packets)

- prepared noodles (we like Rigatoni)

brown burger, drain noodles, mix hot water, soup and chili seasoning together; add to burger & noodles. VERY good. We like to serve with coleslaw ... sounds odd but it's good.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 16, 20090 found this helpful

Wow, no one makes it like I do!

1lb lean ground beef

pasta (I like elbows or rigatoni)

1 can tomato soup

1 can diced tomatoes

chopped onion (I like vidallia the best)

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June 4, 20090 found this helpful

3 Ingredient meal feeds an army :)

1 lb of bacon cut up and fried drain fat

1 pkg elbow noodles cooked and drained

1 can of hole pealed tomatoes cut up keep juice

salt and pepper to taste

mix all together and done

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August 29, 20100 found this helpful

We grew up with a great easy recipe that my mom use to always make! Now i make it when $$ is really tight and I only have $5.00 left to make a meal for the family!

2 cans tomato soup

2 cans vegetarian vegetable soup

small box of elbow noodles (or about 2 cups)

1lb. hamburger

I cook up some onion and garlic for flavor just before I brown my meat. Drain meat and add the soups. (to stretch meal, I add a little bit of water to just clean out the cans a bit).

While that is heating through, I cook the pasta as directed on box.

Mix all ingredients together and serve with buttered bread!

This feeds a family of four, so if you don't need that much, just cut yourself down to one can each of the soup and 1 cup (about) of pasta!

Cheap, cheap, cheap.

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November 7, 20100 found this helpful

I use this one all the time. Thanks Joan!

Dick's Goulash:

Brown 3/4 to 1 lb. ground beef with some chopped onion.

Add a large can of baked pork n beans.

Add some catsup and Worcestershire sauce or barbecue sauce. Both are optional.

I occasionally add a couple tablespoons of brown sugar and mustard for a little heat.

Heat entire mixture and serve alone or over some rice, noodles or on toasted buns.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 26, 2011

Does anyone have a recipe for hamburger goulash?

By Rachelle

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July 26, 20110 found this helpful

I don't have an actual recipe, I learned how to make it from my late Mother. I brown the hamburger, I rarely use a full pound of hamburger, depending on how large of batch I make. There are two of us and make enough for 2-3 meals. While I brown the hamburger, I add some diced onion and if I have it I dice some celery in with the hamburger and onion. I add the macaroni to the hamburger mixture without pre-cooking the macaroni(I figure if Hamburger Helper can do it that way I can too.) Then I add a can of diced tomatoes, a can of whole kernel corn, and a can of tomato soup with water to make enough liquid for the amount of dry ingredients. I also add a some dried parsley flakes, some garlic powder and a dash of some type of spicy seasoning. Some of these things weren't in my Mother's recipe.

I just figure by adding the corn that basically makes it a complete meal. I also brown some of my hamburger and put in Ziploc baggies, probably so that it looks like there might be half a pound in each bag, then I freeze it that way and when I need some all I have to do is pull out however many baggies I need and thaw them out. Being I make a quite lareg amount of this recipe, I make it in a four quart kettle.

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July 28, 20110 found this helpful

1 lb ground beef browned with 1 med onion & 1/2 C. chopped green pepper, drain and add: 15oz can tomato sauce, 1 can water, 6-8 oz macaroni, 2 T sugar, 2 t salt. Bring to a boil - stir - cover; reduce heat to low. Simmer 15-20 min until macaroni is tender.

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July 28, 20110 found this helpful

Here's a simple one that a friend gave me. Hope this helps!

Hamburger

Chopped Onion

Ragu with Meat Sauce

Box of Macaroni

Pepperoni

Two 8 oz Bags of Mozzarella Cheese

Brown Hamburger and Onion in a Skillet.

Drain and add Ragu and Pepperoni

Cook Macaroni and Drain

Mix Macaroni and Sauce together.

Pour into Buttered Pan and Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

and cover with Mozzarella Cheese and Pepperoni and bake until Cheese is melted on top.

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July 29, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you all readers for your help with this recipe.

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May 28, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 package macaroni and cheese (or leftover macaroni and cheese or your own homemade macaroni and cheese)
  • chopped onion (opt)

Directions

Cook hamburger, add onion, drain and keep in skillet. Add tomatoes and corn. Stir in cooked macaroni and cheese. Heat again until all is bubbly and hot.

Very simple and delicious

Source: This recipe is one my mom came up with using her leftovers. Macaroni and cheese was served at least once a week and she was/is excellent at stretching meals and using leftovers. We would have buttered bread with this as well.

By Shirley from Henderson, NV

Answers:

My Mom's Goulash

I so think this is what my parents used for goulash as well! Had it last Christmas at their house and my kids loved it! They couldn't find the recipe. Thanks so much! (09/16/2008)

By carrieinoh

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October 1, 20080 found this helpful

Ingredients

Directions

Boil macaroni according to package and drain. Meanwhile, brown ground beef seasoning with salt, pepper, and a shake or two of garlic and onion powders. Add tomato paste to ground meat and mix, sometimes I add a splash of water to thin it out. Add macaroni to ground meat and combine, adjust salt and pepper to taste.

This serves my family of four with leftovers and they love it!

By Catherine from Brownstown, MI

Quick, Cheap and Easy Goulash - Under $5

I make something very close to this, but I add a can of tomatoes, chili powder and some kidney beans. Also very good, cheap, and filling! (12/13/2007)

By Jennie

Quick, Cheap and Easy Goulash - Under $5

I make something similar by preparing a box of macaroni and cheese and cooking the hamburger with chopped onion and adding stewed (diced) tomatoes. We love it. (05/02/2008)

By Sarah

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