Aunt Fran's Goulash Recipe
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Aunt Fran's Goulash Recipe

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When I was a young girl, Aunt Fran always made this when we went to brother and I would have been disappointed if she didn't because it was our favorite. It's quick to make on busy days, and also freezes well.—LaVergne Krones, Matteson, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • Dash pepper
  • 8 ounces spiral pasta, cooked and drained
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 436 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 816mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 31g protein


  1. In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the beans, soup, tomato sauce, beans, bouillon, water and pepper. Add cooked noodles and beef; heat through. If desired, garnish with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Aunt Fran's Goulash in Country Ground Beef 1993, p75

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"Finally a Goulash recipe that doesn't have spaghetti sauce in it! This is much closer to what my mother used to make 45 years ago. I don't remember my mother having beans in hers though! I can't wait to try this!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"My picky kids and I love it when I made the following changes: 1 lb hamburger, 1 lb turkey, 1 15 oz can tomato sauce, 1 1/2 beef bouillon granules, 1 tsp Mrs. Dash, a little bit of sugar, a dab of Worcestershire sauce"

Reviewed May. 8, 2012

"I added fresh & dried basil & oregano leaves to punch the flavor, but it needed more or fresher herbs. It was easy and a different use for ground beef."

Reviewed May. 6, 2012

"This is pretty bland, will not make again."

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"Making this tonight. Using sausage in place of ground beef. Plan on adding chopped celery and carrots as did another lady."

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