Grandma's "Goulache"

Grandma's Goulache Recipe

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Krystal Jordan


I got the basic recipe from my grandmother, I think every family has a similar recipe. She had to be creative when cooking for 5 kids and a hungry husband on a very limited budget. This is definitely a family favorite :)

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15 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


2 lb
ground beef
1 medium
sweet onion, diced
1/2-1 c
celery, chopped
5-6 c
large elbow macaroni, uncooked
3 can(s)
diced tomatoes
2 1/4 c
tomato juice (like v8)
1 Tbsp
paprika, or to preference
1/2 tsp
dried thyme
1/2 tsp
onion powder
1/4 tsp
onion salt
1/4 tsp
celery salt
1/4 c
fresh italian parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Grandma's "Goulache"


  • 1In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown meat and drain. Add onion and celery with a dash of salt and saute until onions are just softened (do not brown).
  • 2Add tomatoes, tomato juice, seasonings and macaroni. Simmer, covered, over low heat for 20-25 minutes, or until noodles are fork tender.
  • 3If sauce is still liquidy, remove cover and allow to simmer an additional 5 minutes or so.

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About Grandma's "Goulache"

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids