WoodShed Goulash

  We love the fact that EVERYTHING in this recipe cooks in one skillet—the beef, the sauce, and the macaroni. Once you cook pasta this way, you’ll never go back to boiling water again. (Our Italian Mac N Cheese uses the same hack, and it’s one of our all time favourite recipe.)

Gou-lash: A mixture of many different elements; a hodgepodge. Sometimes, I feel like my brain is Goulash! Do you ever feel that way? Too many things to think about and worry about, and sometimes it can feel like one big hodgepodge! And my life is pretty average compared to most. I guess we all have our different versions and levels of goulash in our lives ?

Today’s tried and true recipe is a good kind of goulash. Cheesy hamburger to be exact! I’m all about simple these days and this recipe is just that! Although it has a number of different seasonings, it is just simple enough to please all ages. The kids loved it, the husband loved it, Gammy and Papa loved it! Try it out and tell us how much you and your family loved it too.

WoodShed Goulash 



  • 2 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 3/4 bag of elbow macaroni; not cooked
  • 1 chopped med. onion
  • 1 chopped bell pepper
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 T. Minced garlic
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can sweet corn (not drained)
  • 3 cups beef broth; I use 3 bullion cubes in 3 c. Hot water
  • 3 t. Tomato paste
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Oregano
  • Italian season
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup oil, any you prefer


Step 1.

In large pot, cook ground beef with 2 T. Worcestershire sauce. 1/2 t. Liquid smoke(opt). 1 t. Onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, Italian season, and paprika until done. Drain and discard juices . Move ground beef to bowl and set aside.

Step 2.

In same large pot add oil, chopped onion, celery, and garlic on med./ High heat for 5 mins. Add broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, and corn until simmering. Add 1 t. of each seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to low boil and taste your broth to see if you need to add more season to your taste. Add pasta, stir, turn down to med. heat and cover. Cook for 8 to 10 mins. Add ground beef and stir bring back up to simmer and turn heat off, stir, cover, and let set for 10 mins. Serve with cornbread, garlic bread, or crackers.

Note: Garnish with cheese or sour cream

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