Bobby’s Goulash

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Bobby’s Goulash Bobby’s Goulash

Servings: 6 servings (unless Bobby's eating, then only 3 servings)
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 tablespoon Paula Deen’s House Seasoning
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3   bay leaves
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
2   (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2   (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
3 cup water
3   cloves garlic, chopped
2   large onion, chopped
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tablespoon Paula Deen Seasoned Salt
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked





In a Dutch oven, saute the ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Break up the meat while sauteing. Spoon off any grease. Add the onions and garlic to the pot and saute until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Add 3 cups water, along with the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, House Seasoning, and seasoned salt. Stir well. Place a lid on the pot and allow this to cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves, and allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes more before serving. Serve with garlic bread and a salad.

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Reader Comments:


Soooooo good! Loved it!

By PawJuneau on April 01, 2014


this was an ok recipe but not a keeper. it definitely was flavorful, filling and inexpensive to make but not a recipe i will be making again. we didnt like the italian seasoning and it lacked in other areas as well. glad i chose to make this recipe tho b/c it is one that you can add other ingredients/seasonings to and get the desired taste you want.

By Anonymous on January 30, 2014



By mervin hauck on January 26, 2014


I handed my best friend my phone and went took a shower I came out she had this recipe on my phone and the whole house smelled so good I wish I could cook like that Here name is Ellamae Price

By Crystal Young on December 23, 2013


This was fantastic and I making it AGAIN tonight!! My family loved it. Thanks Paula!

By Tammy on October 24, 2013


My Sister, which is fighting Cancer, and I made this yesterday. Her "Grown" kids took some home for Dinner and for Lunch the next day. They Love it when we get together and cook. I looked up this recipe, on the Internet, and they really LOVED it and couldn't wait until it had finished cooking! I will be sharing this recipe with my friends and family! Thank You for the recipe Lela Sanchez and sister Verna Brent

By Lela M Sanchez on October 16, 2013


My daughter, Amanda, cooked this for us many times and we all loved it! She passed away February 16, 2013, from cancer and we have been searching for this recipe since then. Finally, found it and am so excited to make it. By the way, even when she could no longer do much, she still cooked this and the slow cooker mac and cheese. Thank you for comfort food recipes.

By Patricia Antis on September 02, 2013


I love your older or Mom and Grandmother's recipes, and as the oldsters in my family and friends families are going strong, 1 passed at 102 and others in the 90s. Soooo the from the old days couldn't have been so bad. KEEP UP THE OLDER RECIPES they are hard to find. and do not use the new fancy expensive ingredients JUST PLANE GOOD FOOD THANK YOU

By Anonymous on July 06, 2013


This is a family favorite! We never have leftovers, and it's quick and easy for those nights that you have run out of inspiration, and nothing is thawed out!

By Karen Ferguson on June 12, 2013


I have to say that all the cooking shows I have seen are not even close to your flare and family orientated . The food is wonderful and the way you bring it across to the public is speechless. Would you make some dishes for diabetics , it is so hard to cook for my self it just plain taste nasty. Thank you so much for you and your family.

By Linda is sharing 200 coins! on May 09, 2013


Booby's Goulash was excellent, we can't wait to make again! Very easy to make and putting some sour cream on top of each serving put it right over the top, we mixed elbow macoroni with spirial pasta 1 cup of each and it was excellent together.Thanks for such an awesome receipe!

By Trish on February 15, 2013


Delicious, only thing diffrerent I would do nex time I make it, is not use bay leaves. I am not just a big fan of them.

By Jenny on February 13, 2013


Making this for the 2nd time tonight! I added sugar to cut the tartness of the tomatos and the salt. My family loves it!

By Robin on January 21, 2013


Great recipe- I use Worcestershire Sauce instead of soy sauce and serve with a dollop of sour cream. My family loves it!

By Anonymous on October 07, 2012


I made this recipe today and it was really gud just a little salty. Thanks for the recipe.

By briana guy on September 23, 2012


That's not goulash, that's hamburger helper!

By izzy on September 16, 2012


I love this recipe.. So does my family. So easy you don't have to cook pasta separately

By Grant on August 27, 2012


Best i havew ever fix or had !!! I fix this all the time for my family and,anyone else that has tried it wants the recipe !!

By Linda Breece on August 02, 2012


Your recipe looks so good. I am ancious to try it. However I am wondering how this will taste if I use venison or elk meat in the goulash? We try to use wild game meat since we both hunt, and like the taste better than beef. Do you have any recipes for venison or elk used in a dish?

By Cindy Kosharek on June 28, 2012


I love these recipes!Paula have you thought about includingthe carb.count? My daughter is diabetic as well.She was diagonsed when she was 10 years old.She is type 1.We are always looking at menus to see if they included a chart so she knows how much insulin to get. She is 23 this month and attending College p-t.She just got herself a pump hopefully it will make her life more manageable.You are doing a great job Paula!Keep up the good work!Thanks, Karen Swetonic N.Richland Hills,Tx

By Karen Swetonic on April 28, 2012

Are you suppose to add water?

By Laura on October 28, 2010

I have made the goulash.  Actually I have every cookbook Paula has brought out, every book the boys have brought out, and even Cousin peggy’s two books.  I have every magazine, managed to find every single one of them.  And… I love these boys as they are about the same age of my boys.  I love Paula.  I have her bio and the one Michael wrote, have the Savannah book she brought out.  so many gifts I have bought for christmas presents from her store.  I even have bubba’s book, which I love.  Thank you for everything.  tutti harris

By Tutti Harris on October 28, 2010

To Carol and Lois:

There are actually two versions of the Bobby’s Goulash. The one you printed from is Paula’s original recipe. The boys made a few changes to “own” Bobby’s recipe, and that is the one listed here. But either make for a great dinner!

By Lisa the Admin on October 28, 2010

This will be one my “what’s for dinner tonight”...thank you for sharing this recipe, Bobby’s Goulash.

Barbara Ann
Kokopelli Inn

By Barbara Ann on October 27, 2010


By MARTHA (BEASLEY) BELTON on October 27, 2010

I printed off this recipe some time ago from Paula’s site. I had to increase the macaroni because it was too soupy with only 1-1/2 cups. Now I see this recipe again, and it is different. This one calls for less time cooking macaroni and less time letting it set & different spices & more macaroni. What Gives????? Which one is the original.

By Carol Hanson on October 27, 2010

We also had a variation of this when I was growing up and it was also a cold weather/ birthday dish! Our neighbor, a mom of three (I was an only child) also often made this and I loved when I would be asked to stay for supper! Will have to try the spice additions in this recipe, thanks for the memories!

By Paula B.D. on October 27, 2010

The magazine is called Deen Bros. Good Cooking. There is not a subscription available, however, you can purchase them online from Hoffman Media:

You can click the link in orange to get to the recipe on the Deen Bros. site. From there, you can print it. We’ve also included a direct print link.

By Lisa the Admin on October 27, 2010

I love this recipe. It is easy, makes a bunch and is oh so yummy!

By Jeanni on October 27, 2010

Sharon you asked about the magazine with her sons,
I think she said they would be out on the newstand
I just love Paula, and the boys and her husband when he is on with her, she makes me smile, she is so warm and caring and I love her recipes

By GLORIA BROWN on October 27, 2010

This is a sure-bet recipe for my family.  Their recipes are always no fail recipes, and I never have to tweak them to my taste.  They are perfect as read, always!  Thank you!

By Tangela on October 26, 2010

I’ve made this recipe when I saw it on one of Paula’s shows. Since I have two family members with celiac disease I have to use a gluten free pasta but it taste like regular pasta so I’m sure my dish is is like theirs. It is a good recipe and I remember my mom making something like this when I was young.

By Ann Brown on October 26, 2010

I love goulosh. Paula’s recipe is so similar to mine! I do put in plenty of seasoned pepper along with chili powder, but chili powder from Nepal (not regular chili powder), and it is sooo good!

By Karen Jung on October 26, 2010

Their magazine is called Deen Bros. Good Cooking.

By Juanita on October 26, 2010

Are you sure that you put uncooked elbow macaroni in the goulash.  There does not seem to be enough liquid to cook the macaroni.  I make a very similar dish & you can make it Italian or Mexican by adding italian seasoning or chili it!!

By Sherry Eason on October 26, 2010

I copied the “Bobby’s Goulash” recipe some time ago but had not tried it.  Now I see it again but this time it does not call for the 3 cups of water.  Some other minor differences but this one worries me.  Which one is correct?

By Lois Frost on October 26, 2010

Between my mother and me we’ve been making something similar for over 40 years. My “recipe” doesn’t make this quantity, I don’t use any tomato sauce or soy sauce but I do put in a can of cheddar cheese soup. I use the diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic. Now with the many varieties of diced tomatoes available sometimes I go mexican. My kids always loved goulash night with garlic bread.

By Pat on October 26, 2010

The magazine is called Dean Bros. Good Cooking Magazine.

By Juanita on October 26, 2010

Bobby’s Goulash sounds like my mother’s American Chop Suey.  Only difference, she used canned stewed tomatoes. I make this for my grandchildren when they visit, along with a green salad, they love it.

By Maureen Anderson on October 26, 2010

I love goulash, my mom made it when I was growing up and I in turn have made it for my kids. Easy and really good!!

By E Wright on October 26, 2010

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