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Beef Goulash

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beef goulash

I was recently told that there are many different types of goulash, and this may or may not be one of them. However, my mom always called this dish goulash, so that’s what I plan to call it regardless of what it should technically be called!

On nights when I need something with a lot of leftovers so that my hubby has enough to last him a couple of days at work, and if I know I will not have time to cook for a couple of days…this is the dish I make!

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Beef Goulash

Yield: 6-8


  • 1 lb of Medium Shells
  • 1 Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef
  • Shredded Mozzarella


  1. Begin by cooking and draining the ground beef.
  2. While the ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells as according to the package.
  3. Once the pasta is drained, return it to the pot and add in the drained ground beef.
  4. At this point, I warm up the pasta sauce for a few minutes in the microwave. Be careful getting the jar out of the microwave because it will be hot. Pour the pasta sauce into the pot and mix well with the beef and pasta.
  5. Serve topped with cheese.




This is a great dish for a toddler meal too if your child can handle tomato based products.
This is very simple, easy, and last us several days!
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13 Responses to “Beef Goulash”

  1. J. At Your Serviceposted August 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I would LOVE to get ideas for toddler meals! He's become a veggie hater and it's driving me crazy! I just subscribed (don't see a Follower button)
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  2. Mommy Hates Cookingposted August 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    If you go to recipe index at the top there are a few toddler ideas posted there. I'm trying to add new ones each week after testing them on my toddler. 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by, I'm heading to your site!


  3. Carlyposted August 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I think that every family has a version of Beef Goulash. Ours is made with shells like yours but we use a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce. Sometimes I'll even throw in a can of Rotel to make it a little spicy.

    Love your header, its so cute!


  4. Danaposted October 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I have some of the beef crumbles from NS&P but when I have cooked them they taste rubbery…what is the secret to these? Do you add water or anything to them?


    • Mommy Hates Cookingreplied October 18th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

      Yes, after using them 1x I realized that they do not work well without a few things!! I use about 1/3 cup of water added to 1 lb of crumbles, sometimes a little more, then I basically cook them/warm them up in the skillet with medium heat. I do this for about 10 minutes. I do this every time I use them even when I’m putting them in the slow cooker. I use them ALL the time, I have really only bought raw ground beef maybe 2-4x in the last 2 years. A few months ago my husband used them and didn’t do this and I could immediately tell that he hadn’t done this first. This makes them taste much better.

  5. Adenaposted April 4, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I have a way different reciepe for Beef Goulash. I use elbow noodles and a can of tomatoe sause, can of whole corn, 1lbs ground beef. Salt and pepper to taste……..Most of the time I keep the corn out of it. My mom always used corn but I am not a big fan of the corn in it.


  6. Saraposted May 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

    In our family we call this “Slum”. However; the receipe is a little different. Hamburger, onion, green pepper, large can of tomatoe sauce. I use the Hunts this is flavored with onion and garlic, then I cook a 16oz box of elbow mac add it in, then a jug of V-8 (I got this on sale) you can also use your own tomatoe sauce. We have 6 in our family. Leaves leftovers for a day.


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