Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

I know that some people get upset when this type of dish is called "goulash." Please don't blame me, blame Most kids love this and it makes six large servings with leftovers for lunch. I thought it was pretty tasty myself. This recipe is from the Mount Joy Mennonite Church cookbook. Mount Joy is in Lancaster County, PA. Cook time includes browning beef.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown ground beef and onion in a large electric skillet.
  2. Add salt, garlic salt, pepper, tomato sauce, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and 5 to 6 cups water.
  3. When mixture starts boiling, add macaroni.
  4. Cover and boil for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to keep from sticking.
  5. Add additional water as needed.
  6. When macaroni becomes soft, arrange cheese slices on top.
  7. Cover; turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
Most Helpful

Made this as written except for the cheese -- we just sprinkled cheese on top for those who wanted it. This makes a lot! Good if you're stretching your food dollar like we are! Thanks for the recipe! We enjoyed it, especially my 7 year old niece!

catmaniacs February 01, 2009

Thanks for posting this - this recipe is so very close to the Goulash I grew up with but my mother had never written down the ingredients & proportions - the only difference is my mother never put cheese in hers and I didn't when I prepared it this week - the next time (and there will be many more) I will try it with the cheese for a change of pace.

Gagoo January 25, 2009

This made for a quick and easy meal that everybody enjoyed. My changes were to use large shell macaroni in place of elbow macaroni because that's what I had available. I used a tablespoon of onion powder in place of the onion due to fussy kid's palates, such a shame. I used American cheese slices instead of the white processed cheese, again, because that's what I had on hand. I used 2 teaspoons of chopped garlic and one teaspoon of salt, but no garlic salt which worked well. This recipe could easily be kicked up a notch or two using various seasonings, chili's, salsa, etc. I added Parmesan cheese and dried chili pepper flakes to my portion, and it was very good. Others at the table mixed their whole kernel corn side dish into the goulash and really liked that. The sky's the limit with what you can do with this recipe to dress it up. thanks keen5 for sharing, this will make an encore in our home.

Happy Hippie August 06, 2007