One Pot Cheesy Italian Goulash
In need of an easy weeknight dinner idea? This One Pot Cheesy Italian Goulash is the perfect dinner solution and a fantastic ground beef recipe! Made with simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, this one skillet pasta with meat sauce is fantastic for feeding your family any night of the week!
Now that we’re smack dab in the middle of the school year, we are well into our evening routine. If we’re lucky, Harrison has worked on his homework, done some reading, and maybe gone outside to play with his friends. During this time, I’m able to put together an easy dinner that will appease everyone. Ahhhhh…. a girl can dream! The fact of the matter is that week nights are usually busy with Tae Kwon Do, baseball practice, as well as all of the other items on our family to-do list. More often than not, getting to the table before 7pm often seems like a stretch. However, I really try to keep a strict rule of eating together at the table most nights, so a quick, simple dinner idea is always ideal.
This is where this fantastic One Pot Cheesy Italian Goulash comes into play. It has become one of my go-to weeknight dinner ideas because it comes together in about 20 minutes and is always a hit with my guys! It’s an easy ground beef dinner that is made in one single skillet (no extra pots of boiling water needed), which makes post-dinner clean-up a cinch. Best of all, it uses simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, your fridge or freezer and on your spice shelf. I’ve broken down this easy meal into simple steps, which will hopefully get dinner on your table just as quick as it gets to mine.
Okay, let’s get down to business! Here are the simple steps to making this fantastic One Pot Cheesy Italian Goulash:
Step 1: Brown the Ground Beef
To start off, pull out your big skillet – you know the one. Heat it on medium high heat and add in a pound of ground beef. While the beef is browning I also like to add in a couple tablespoons of dried, minced onion and some minced garlic. Cooking this along with the beef gives it some nice flavor and will also add to the other seasonings added in the next step. Drain off any excess fat that the beef may render.
Step 2: Add in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, pasta and seasoning
In the same skillet that you just cooked the beef in, add a can of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, pasta (about 2/3 of a box/pound), and seasonings, which include Italian Herbs, garlic salt, and onion powder. Stir these together well, and add about 2 cups of water. Much of the water will simmer off, but it is necessary to make sure the pasta cooks well. Cover the skillet with a lid, heat on medium, and bring the Italian goulash to a simmer. Once it is simmering, reduce heat to medium low, and continue to simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked to al dente.
Step 3: Add in the Cheeses
Once the Italian Goulash has finished cooking, stir in the shredded Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. The pasta will still be quite hot, and once stirred in, will melt the cheeses almost immediately. Let the goulash cool for a couple of minutes before plating and serving.
As you can see, this amazing pasta with meat sauce is saucy, cheesy and loaded with flavor and deliciousness. Best of all, this easy ground beef meal is done in around 20 minutes, which equates to a huge dinner victory!
When serving, feel free to add a sprinkle of chopped Italian parsley for a little green color, and a sprinkling of additional Parmesan cheese. Everyone in the family will love this fabulous dinner, and it will quickly become a new favorite!
Here’s a quick-reference grocery list for the ingredients you’ll need to make this easy One Pot Cheesy Italian Goulash:
- 1 lb. lean, ground beef
- box of medium size pasta – I used Campanelle (penne, rotini, farafelle or rigatoni also work well)
- 1 (15 oz) can, tomato sauce
- 1 (14.5 oz) can, diced tomatoes
- minced onion (dried, in the spice aisle)
- Italian herbs (dried, in the spice aisle)
- garlic salt
- onion powder
- shredded Parmesan cheese
- shredded Mozzarella cheese
- Italian parsley – optional, for garnish
I hope this recipe inspires you to take a few minutes, gather your peeps around the table and enjoy a hot, delicious meal together. No matter how your day has gone, taking just a few minutes to eat together as a family will make your day so much better. Enjoy! ~Erin
If you loved this simple pasta dinner idea, check out some of my other easy pasta recipes: