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!
Servings 8 Servings
- 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