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Aunt Fran's Goulash Recipe

Aunt Fran's Goulash Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 436 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 816 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 31 g protein.

Reviews for Aunt Fran's Goulash

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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."

Reviewed May. 19, 2011

"Quick and simple, but underspiced. My grandson liked it that way, but I added HOT salsa and a dab of sour cream to my portion, making it a bit more lively!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"I love this recipe. It reminds of the goulash I had when I was a young girl. Absolutely delicious."

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"This recipe was excellent...loved the flavor and can pretty much add whatever you want to this recipe. I used 1 1/2 cup of beef broth in place of the bouillon and it worked great."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"I added some chopped celery, carrot and green pepper to the onions (packing more veggies in for the kids). I also used a large can of spaghetti sauce and an entire box of spiral pasta (12 oz). My whole family loved the flavor of this! I loved how simple it was to get dinner together - and - I'm sure the leftovers will be great too!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2010

"Wish stars went higher than '5', I'd rate it '10'. Have made this many times with rave reviews. In place of bouillon granules and water, I use Swanson beef broth. De-Lish!!"

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2008

"This was a very easy and delicious meal, Two thumbs up!!!"

Reviewed May. 21, 2008

"I recently made this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also added a jar of mushrooms to the mix. Thank you."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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