Comfort Food is Goulash

I woke up today to rainy skies and a coolness in the air. I was born and raised in the South and love all things comfort food, so this kind of weather called for something hearty and warm. My family has the best recipe for Goulash. I can remember sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen when I was growing up, sipping sweet tea and waiting anxiously for her to finish cooking. Goulash was my favorite, and definitely still is. The simplicity of the ingredients and how easy it is to make means that this recipe is one of my go-to’s when I’m in a pinch. I wish you could’ve smelled how incredible and warm my kitchen was this afternoon.



  • Two 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes (you can also substitute fresh tomatoes)
  • Two 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • One 15 oz can of kidney beans
  • 15 oz large macaroni noodles
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 1/2 lbs hamburger meat
  • 3 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 2 tbs Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups water


  1. In a large soup pot, cook hamburger meat on medium/high until no longer pink.
  2. Dice onion and mince garlic, add to pot and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until fragrant and soft.
  3. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, Italian seasoning, water, and macaroni noodles. Bring to boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium/low. Cover your pot and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until noodles are cooked through.


If you’re looking for something a little lighter and healthier, you can easily substitute the hamburger for turkey and the noodles for a whole wheat or quinoa macaroni. It may take a little longer for the pasta to cook through, and you may want to add 2-3 beef bouillon cubes to give the flavor a little boost.



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