Spicy Goulash Kicked Up!

Dawn Whitted


Growing up in a smaller midwestern town it seemed like every family had some version of this hamburger macaroni dish. It was inexpensive, fast, easy and satisfied the biggest appetites. Served with a veggie, bread and a green salad this made for a good home cooked square meal. Most say that the leftovers are even better. This is my kicked up version.


★★★★★ 2 votes

35 Min
30 Min


  • 4 c
    cavatappi, elbow or shell pasta
  • 1/2 lb
    ground beef, lean
  • 2 Tbsp
    italian sausage, hot, mild or sweet
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 small
    yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small
    green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium
    carrot, peeled & diced
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 can(s)
    stewed tomatoes, italian-style
  • 2 can(s)
    tomato soup
  • 2 Tbsp
    italian seasoning blend
  • 1 tsp
    garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 can(s)
    water to thin soup slightly into a sauce
  • 1 1/2 c
    shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tbsp
    pickled jalapeno - optional**

How to Make Spicy Goulash Kicked Up!


  1. Bring 3 qts. salted water to a rolling boil and add pasta. Stir, cover and cook pasta until al dente (approximately 9 minutes) I like using cavatappi a/k/a callentani pasta it's a more hearty pasta that holds onto the sauce better and it looks pretty too.
  2. Meanwhile in a large skillet thoroughly brown ground beef & sausage. Move browned meat to the edges or one side of your skillet.
  3. In the center of the skillet add 1-2 T. olive oil if necessary then add diced onion, bell pepper, carrot and saute for 2-3 minutes until onion turns translucent.
  4. Add garlic and saute for a few seconds and add the remaining ingredients except the cheese, allow to simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes.

    **Kick it up more by adding 2-3 T pickled jalepeno rings sliced or diced
  5. Drain pasta and add it to a 9 x 13 casserole dish and pour the meat sauce mixture over the pasta. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes to allow flavors to meld together and sauce to thicken slightly.
  6. Remove from oven and top with cheese and let stand for 5-10 minutes to allow cheese to melt.
  7. Serve with corn casserole (check out Rene Palmer's recipe), french garlic bread and a fresh green salad.

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About Spicy Goulash Kicked Up!

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: German
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtag: #goulash

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