Goulash is more than just a dish; it's a comforting blend of flavors and history that has graced many dinner tables worldwide. Today, we’re bringing you a delightful twist on this Hungarian classic with our Goulash Casserole. Perfect for home cooks and goulash lovers, this hearty meal is sure to be a hit in your kitchen.

Goulash Casserole

A Brief History of Goulash

Originating from Hungary, goulash is a rich, savory stew typically made with meat, vegetables, and a variety of seasonings, notably paprika. Over the years, variations have emerged, each adding its unique touch to the traditional recipe.

Ingredients for a Classic Goulash Casserole

Before we get started, gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef or pork
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients

  1. Chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. Measure out all the seasonings and set them aside.

Step 2: Cook the Meat

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, cooking until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add the ground beef or pork to the skillet. Cook until the meat is browned and thoroughly cooked. Drain any excess fat.

Step 3: Combine Ingredients

  1. Stir in the paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the beef broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce to the skillet. Mix well.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Step 4: Cook the Pasta

  1. While the meat mixture simmers, cook the elbow macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

Step 5: Assemble the Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large casserole dish, combine the meat mixture and cooked macaroni. Mix until well combined.
  3. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the top.

Step 6: Bake

  1. Place the casserole in the preheated oven.
  2. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serving Suggestions

Goulash Casserole pairs wonderfully with:

  • A fresh green salad
  • Garlic bread
  • Steamed vegetables like broccoli or green beans

Storage and Reheating

If you have leftovers or want to make this dish ahead of time:

  • Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze portions in airtight containers for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat in the oven at 350°F until thoroughly heated, or in the microwave for a quick meal.


There you have it—a delicious, hearty Goulash Casserole that's perfect for any night of the week. We hope you enjoy making and eating this dish as much as we do. Don’t forget to share this recipe with your fellow goulash lovers and home cooks. Bon appétit!

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