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Easy Goulash (Skillet Beef & Macaroni)

  • prep time: 5 min
  • total time: 25 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 444 1 serving

This Easy Goulash is one of those recipes where you pull a few things from your pantry, add some ground beef and it magically becomes a delicious homemade dinner.  Beef and macaroni are always a good start for a family dinner, but this dish is special because of the creamy, spicy sauce.  Save time by making the beefy sauce while the macaroni is cooking.  Pantry staples cream of mushroom soup and picante sauce provide the magic, making this Easy Goulash ready in 2 steps and 25 minutes.  Then sprinkle with shredded cheese while it's hot for a melty, cheesy topping.


  • 4 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup or (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed 98% Fat Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Step 1

    Cook and drain the macaroni according to the package directions.  While the macaroni is cooking, season the beef with salt and pepper.  Cook the beef and Italian seasoning in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.

  • Step 2

    Add the soup, picante sauce and cooked macaroni to the skillet.  Cook until the mixture is hot.  Season to taste.  Sprinkle with the cheese (the heat from the mixture will melt it).


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  • shane to call it Goulash

    Carace P.
    January 11, 2016

    Goulash a delicious and very typical hungarian dish. Nothing to do with this variation of "maccaroni & cheese"

    I firmly believe it is a lack of respect to call this
    (otherwise easy dish) Goulash.


  • This is NOT Goulash.

    Marsha B.
    May 29, 2019

    This is Hamburger Mushroom Macaroni and Cheese

  • Extras

    Tammy E.
    April 23, 2017

    Was really good add a few extras mushrooms,mixed peppers and a can of tomatoes

  • Quick and easy.

    January 5, 2015

    I was searching the site for something to make with what I already had on hand and only knew that I wanted beef. I found this recipe and thought I'd give it a try. I didn't have the celery or oregano but everything still had good flavor. My only issue is that it wasn't spicy enough. Plenty of leftovers for one person too which I love.

  • Quick and Easy...

    March 30, 2014

    I've been making these tasty favorite for many years. Some of my friends don't eat beef, so I use 2 chicken breasts in its place. Still tasty and the calories even drop down a bit. :)

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