American Goulash

Updated: Jan 17

The easy to make traditional American one-pot pasta dish with ground beef, vegetables, and spices.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: about 40 to 45 minutes

Serves 8 to 10 individuals

Looking for a "one-pot-dinner" dish? Look no more! This traditional American dish is the answer to the daunting "mom...what's for dinner tonight?" question. It's economical, easy to make, and very tasty! The best part? Most of the ingredients can be found already in the pantry or fridge!

I honestly think this is a great dish. It was a hit with the most picky eaters at our home. And the leftovers fed hungry mouths for days after! It is the perfect dish for large gatherings as well! Got a church dinner, a family reunion, or a a social gathering requiring you bring a potluck dish? This is the dish for you!

American Goulash is just a pasta and meat dish with a delicious tomato sauce. Can’t get more simple than that!

What is the flavor profile?

Savory and yummy!

What ingredients will I need?

Ground beef, celery, onions, garlic, red bell pepper, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, crushed red pepper, pepper, salt, gluten free Worcestershire sauce, oregano, Italian seasoning, paprika, bay leaves, gluten free elbow pasta, and water.

Can I make substitutions or additions?

Yes. You can substitute the ground beef with ground chicken, pork, lamb, buffalo, turkey, or the vegetarian meat substitute of your choice.

You can substitute the red bell pepper for either green, yellow, or orange bell peppers.

And you can substitute the elbow pasta with penne pasta, rotinni, cavatappi, or any gluten free pasta you have at home.

What else will I need?

A large pot with a lid, a cutting board, a knife, a measuring cup, measuring spoons, and a wooden spoon.

Let's make it!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: about 40 to 45 minutes

Serves 8 to 10 individuals


  • 2 pounds of ground beef

  • 3 sticks of celery (chopped finely)

  • 2 yellow onions (chopped finely)

  • 1 large red bell pepper (seeded and chopped finely)

  • 6 garlic cloves (peeled and minced)

  • 1 15oz can of crushed tomatoes

  • 1 15oz can of tomato sauce

  • 3 cups of water

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of pepper

  • 1 teaspoon of crushed red peppers

  • 1 teaspoon of crushed oregano

  • 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon of paprika

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 3 tablespoons of Lea & Perrins GF Worcestershire Sauce

  • 16 ounces of uncooked Timkyáda Brown Rice Elbow Pasta or the gluten free pasta of your choice

  • Vegetable oil or oil


  1. In a large pot over medium meat, add 2 tablespoons of oil.

  2. Sauté the onions, celery, bell pepper until the onions become translucent. Add the garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant. Add the meat, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1/2 tablespoon of pepper, oregano, paprika, crushed pepper flakes, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, bay leaves, and water. Cook for another 5 minutes or until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer. Taste for salt. Adjust if needed.

  3. Add the uncooked pasta. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.

  4. Once the time has elapsed, serve and garnish with fresh parsley.


Printable PDF Recipe File below:

Gluten Free American Goulash
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