Bobby's Goulash

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
5 min
30 min
40 min

6 servings

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 2 cups dried elbow macaroni
  • House Seasoning:
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

In a Dutch oven, saute the ground beef and ground turkey over medium-high heat, until no pink remains. Break up meat while sauteing; spoon off any grease. Add the onions to the pot and saute until they are tender about 5 minutes. Add 3 cups water, along with the tomato sauce, tomatoes, garlic, 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 20 to 25 minutes.

Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves and allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes more before serving.

House Seasoning:

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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    Ruined my dinner tonight! Way to salty! I questioned the amount of salt and only put in the tablespoon of house seasoning and soy sauce and not the season salt. Still too salty. Typo on the salt? Will make again with no salt!
    Yeah I made this recipe a few years back - it's very confusing the way it's worded. You don't put in the whole amount of House Seasoning, for some reason you make a cup and a half of it and then put in only a tablespoon.
    One of the best recipes I keep on hand. Super easy and great flavors! Thank you!!
    Made this tonight for the first time and it came out excellent, I did cut back a little bit on some of the salts after reading reviews, Next time going to use worcestershire sauce and can't wait !
    This is the 2nd time I've made this, all I've got to say about how good it is, is that this time, I'm hoping that some of it makes it to the freezer.
    First - way too much sodium - and yes I am talking about the tablespoon of "house mix", not a cup (that is silly). I mean wow- a whole tbs of seasoned salt plus another tbs of mostly salt "house mix" plus 3 tbs of soy sauce - I'm a salt guy but my blood pressure goes up just reading this recipe. 
    Still - 5 stars because I love it and was a hit with the kids (the wife not so much but she will come around). Reminds me of what we call "American Chop Suey" in New England - meat spaghetti sauce over elbow macaroni but this is better - less tomato more meat. 
    I like the traditional real goulash as others have noted and this is nothing like it - but so what - it tastes good so get over it already. I kept the 3 tbs of soy sauce, reduced the seasoned salt to a tsp and added a tsp each of pepper and garlic power rather than the house mix. I added the dollop of sour cream (in the picture) and liked it even better but the rest of the family went sans sour cream but added some grated Parmesan.
    the house seasoning recipe is for you to make and store for later use. the goulash recipe only calls for 1 tablespoon of the house seasoning. lol. shame on you for adding 1 whole cup of salt to any recipe. i have made this goulash several times at it is a wonderful one pot meal. @chewie10
    I have to agree with PhillyBill post and say that there is an outragous amount of salt in this recipe. If you don't have tastebuds this recipe is for you however if you would like a more refine flavor and save yourself a heartattack or stroke, try using way less salt, add more flavor by adding beef broth (as someone indicated in an earlier post instead of water. I will be making this tonight again but with the suggestions I have gotten from the posts here.
    Yeah I made this recipe a few years back - it's very confusing the way it's worded. You don't put in the whole amount of House Seasoning, for some reason you make a cup and a half of it and then put in only a tablespoon. 
    I love this recipe! It is delicious and super easy to make. I modified the recipe a tad by only using ground turkey and using 1 teaspoon of salt rather than tablespoon. This has become a regular in my dinner rotation.
    We really liked this a lot! It reminded my husband and me of chili mac. Very tasty! I have been trying to make my own goulash for the past years but it was so bland. This was great. Personally, the only thing I would do is lessen the Italian seasoning or try a different brand it was just a little too much but that was it! Will definitely be making this a lot!
    Excellent!! Followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect! I think the people that mentioned salt issues misread the recipe. It was great, and everyone loved it! It does serve way more than 6 people, though! :
    This was super easy to make and is very good. Although it made more than 6 servings for us but that's not a bad thing.
    It was very good. I cut the recipe and half. Used tomato juice instead of water and added brown sugar. Will make this regularly
    Very good and will make again. I used italian sausage in place of the ground turkey. 
    Made the sauce a day in advance to refrigerate overnight. 
    The only change I will make next time is to cook the macaroni al dente by itself not cooked in the sauce. Which worked just fine and easier but prefer a firmer pasta. 
    And lastly, shared some with a neighbor, who claimed she does not like any form of canned tomatoes. She raved about it and asked if I could make a batch for her to serve to out of town guests soon.
    Loved it . Will make again...But folks you'd make the house spice recipe in a quart jar not a cup of salt in in the recipe. Just. A pinch or 2 is plenty.....Funny reading the posts that think its too salty...
    Loved this recipe...cut down on instead of adding ground turkey subbed with italian sausage. Makes way more than 6 servings......which is a bonus......leftovers.....YEAH
    Just made this for 2 very picky 5 yr olds. My daughter loved it! But the real test was my niece (who always has a comment about my cooking, she LOVED IT! I used 1lb ground beef & 1lb ground turkey, reduced the water (2 cups, seasoning and bay leaves (2 leaves to match the amount of meat and added shredded sharp cheese when I added the noodles (I'm cooking for 5 yr olds, so I had to add cheese. I layered the pot with more shredded cheddar during the 30 min wait stage. Everything else I followed to the T. The MY GIRLS LOVED IT, AND I HAVE PLENTY OF LEFT OVERS! For those who didn't like the bay leaves, I liked them in this dish, but that may be my southern upbringing talking. While writing this my daughter just asked for "MORE" gotta go fix another plate! Thanks Paula!
    Just so everyone is aware: I have the Deen Bros. cookbook "Y'all Come Eat" and it contains Bobby's Goulash recipe. The recipe in the book uses some teaspoon measurements where this posted recipe uses Tbs...when all else fails, trust your judgement. The recipe from the book turns out quite nicely. (I created an account just to give the heads-up.
    This was just OK for me. I used just ground turkey, all low sodium products and used very little seasoning salt to cut down on the massive sodium count. I will make this again but I will omit the bay leaf next time, for me it just didn't taste right in this dish. 
    Good but way too much salt. We omitted the soy sauce and halved the salt and it was still too much. Next time think we we will stick to either just the soy sauce or just the house season.
    This recipe although extremely familiar to the recipe my mom use to make still lacks something. and a good pinch of brown sugar rounds out the flavor. I don't know how anyone could eat this as the recipe calls for. Once something is over salted, there is no going back. Glad I omitted season salt and reduce Paula's seasoning mix.  
    I love the food network but some of the recipes I have encountered, the information given to us in the recipe is not as shown on TV and I have had toss out several costly meals. I
    good, simple meal for weekends with teenagers and their friends. i add frozen corn at the end
    I have made this recipe many times, I have adjusted it to fit our taste, and use 1 lb of italian sausage with 1 lb of ground beef instead of the 2 lbs beef and 1 lb turkey. We call it Beefaroni, which is more fitting.
    I love this dish. I have made it often, and will continue to do so. I follow the recipe exactly. I have brought this to covered dish gatherings, and am always asked for the recipe. Oh, and it freezes great. Thank you Paula and Bobby. This is a keeper.
    Pretty good. Added two chicken bullion cubes, added maybe a cup more water.
    This was the best goulash we have ever made! The only thing we changed was we used 2 c of beef broth,1 c of water. instead of 3 c of water. It taste even better the next day. Great recipe Paula thank you, we will be using this recipe again.
    I love this. My kitchen smells so good. Cooking sauce a little longer before adding pasta is a good idea. Yummy Thanks
    Made this for dinner and we loved it. I did add bell pepper because I love it and it gave it just a little more flavor. This was simple to make and we will enjoy this again.
    This recipe, is easy, classic, wholesome, comforting and full of flavor. It is also quickly adaptable to suit your tastes and that alone is terrific. I let simmer at least an hour and a half before adding pasta of choice. This is such a winner! No wonder it is Bobby's favorite. It is a favorite here, as well, time and time again without fail - the flavor and the comfort is found right in this pot!
    I've made this twice and really like it - I like ALL of Paula's recipes! I used only ground turkey, no beef. First time I used the diced tomatoes but second time I did not have any and used a can of whole tomatoes which I gently blended. I really liked the texture of the goulash with the blended whole tomatoes and will continue to use them. These were the only changes I made and it came out great! Getting ready to make a large pot for the Super Bowl and will hopefully have some leftovers for the week.
    I christened my new Dutch Oven with this recipe. I used quinoa elbow macaroni with no problem. I am going to chop up a jalapeno the next time I make it.  
    This will be a dish i revisit often.
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