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Mama's Goulash

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

This was always one of my favorite things my mom would make growing up. I now make it for my girls and it's still a win. It's easy to put together when you walk in the door at 5 o'clock or the night before.

Servings: 6 Cook time: 45 mins (15 minutes active)


1 lb ground beef, browned

½ package of elbow macaroni noodles

2 cans condensed tomato soup

1 can of diced tomatoes, not drained

1 package of mozzarella cheese

2 tbsp brown sugar

½ tsp oregano

salt and pepper to taste


1. Brown ground beef in a skillet until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper. Drain off access fat. Preheat oven to 350°

2. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the elbow macaroni 2 minutes under what the package directions say. (It will finish cooking in the oven).

3. In a big bowl, stir together soups, tomatoes and seasonings. Add the ground beef, noodles and half of the mozzarella.

4. Pour into a casserole dish and top with a little more mozzarella. Cook covered with foil for 25 minutes in a 350° oven. Remove foil and cook another 10 minutes.

Bump up the nutrition! To most pasta dishes, I throw a few handfuls of spinach in the food processor and let it go until it's finely chopped. I add it to the giant mixing bowl in step 3. My girls usually don't even realize I added spinach to their food :)

Come to think of it....I bet kale would be really good in this dish as well.

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