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Crockpot Goulash in a bowl, topped with shredded cheese

Crockpot Goulash

Rich, meaty tomato sauce generously coats the pasta in this hearty Crockpot Goulash. The fix it & forget it meat sauce is yummy and super simple to make!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Crockpot Goulash, Crockpot Goulash recipe, how do I make Crockpot Goulash, how to make Crockpot Goulash
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 12 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 625kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 2 pounds ground beef, 80/20
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans canned petite diced tomatoes juice included
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups elbow pasta
  • 1 cup pasta cooking water
  • 2 cups extra sharp cheese, shredded


  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat, crumbling with as it cooks, until browned on both sites (It doesn't have to be cooked all the way through). Remove excess oil.
  • Add onion and garlic to the beef and cook until the onions are translucent about 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large crockpot.
  • Add the water, tomato sauce, petite diced tomatoes with their juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, Bay leaves and stir. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta in well-salted water, according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain well then stir into crockpot. Add reserved pasta water 1/2 cup at a time to thin sauce slightly.  Only add more pasta water if consistency needs adjusting. Sprinkle cheese over top and serve.


Serving: 1/8 of the recipe | Calories: 625kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 2287mg | Potassium: 1114mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 3.5mg