Easy Goulash Recipe

This easy goulash recipe will have a dinner everyone likes on the table with minimal fuss.

Goulash is one of those feel-good comfort foods you always like coming home to at the end of a long day. It’s got great flavor, it’s satisfying, and it’s not hard to make. It has that perfect trifecta happening, and we all love those! The only thing better would be if somebody made it FOR me!

Clean Eating Goulash Recipe

But seeing as Mini Chef is always busy with homework after school, I must get it all done. I don’t mind, of course, because I love to cook. But I also don’t mind because this recipe is so darn easy. One pot for the pasta and one pan for the meat, and you’re in business!

Clean Eating Goulash Recipe In Bowl

You basically make the meat while the pasta cooks. The meat is super easy to make too. So this whole recipe comes together in about 30-40 minutes, depending on the pasta you use. (The brown rice pasta I use cooks faster than regular, whole-grain pasta.)

Clean Eating Goulash Recipe On Table

This is also great for lunch the next day! Just pack it with an ice pack to keep the meat safe. Beyond that, it makes an excellent lunch, and my not-so-little guy sure had no complaints!

Clean Eating Goulash Recipe Ready To Eat

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Clean Eating Goulash Recipe

Easy Goulash Recipe

This classic dish is definitely feel-good comfort food! Great for dinner or even lunch the next day!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hungarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 355kcal


  • ½ lb. dry pasta ( cooked to package directions)
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • ½ small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 3 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 lb. ground beef ( or turkey)
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (do not strain)
  • 2 tsp. dried Italian Herbs
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce (OR tamari OR coconut aminos)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste after cooking


  • Set your pasta to cook.
  • While the pasta cooks, warm the oil in a skillet.
  • Saute the onion and garlic until the onions are translucent.
  • Stir in the meat and cook, stirring constantly, until cooked through.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, herbs, paprika and soy sauce (or alternative).
  • Continue to cook until half the liquid from the tomatoes has cooked down.
  • If using, stir in the cheese and continue to stir over low to medium heat until the cheese has melted.
  • Cool slightly and serve.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Please note that the data below is a ballpark figure. Exact nutrition data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. jaclyn seiner says:

    What exactly are the Italian herbs??

  2. Can you freeze for later ???

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelsey – In my experience, home cooked pasta gets “mealy” when it’s frozen. But that could just be me. Other then that, yes, you can freeze it.