Quick and Easy Goulash

Sometimes, you just need a meal that comes together in seconds. Either from a long, busy day with no time to spare in the kitchen, or just because you’re hungry and want to eat NOW.

Well, that’s what my goulash is. It’s come to my attention in recent months that what I call Goulash is not what other people refer to as Goulash. I’m pretty sure my recipe is a very loose take on the term, so I will gladly admit that my dish may not live up to expectations. However, I can absolutely state that its fast, easy and downright delicious. Not to mention cheap. Healthy is still up for debate. There are definitely ways to make it healthy, but they just might not be as fun.

This goulash is the kind of meal that you can throw together on those nights where you haven’t gone grocery shopping yet and you’re running out of options, because the ingredients are things that people usually have on hand, or are at least easy to substitute.
So, without further ado, the recipe:

Fast and Easy Goulash:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup* grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • Penne noodles, prepared as package directs.
  1. Cook noodles. If you’re a multitasking master like me, you can do this step simultaneously with the following steps.
  2.  Heat oil in pan, brown ground beef, onions and garlic. Once beef is browned, add tomato soup and spices, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Once noodles are cooked, drain and add to beef mixture with cheese. Stir to combine. Serve immediately.
If you have the time, or simply want to try healthier alternatives to this meal, you can try omitting the cheese, or changing the can of tomato soup to canned tomatoes or even fresh ones. I salute you if you do. The noodles could be swapped out for zucchini noodles, or gluten free noodles. It’s footloose and fancy free, friends, and this is a safe space.
If your version of goulash differs from mine, we would like to know how. Tell us about your version in the comment section! We want to hear from you. Mostly so that we know that we’re not gibbering to ourselves in a cold, dark corner of the Internet.
*In all honesty, the measurement for the cheese is obligatory. I never measure how much cheese I put in, but I’m confident its a lot more than half a cup. Hence why this meal doesn’t actually fill the “healthy” criteria.