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Not My Mom’s Goulash

My Mom’s goulash recipe, also known as American chop suey, updated with red wine and thyme, and some veggies snuck in. It is amazing how a couple little changes can have such a dramatic effect on a classic dinner dish.

So let me explain, because my mom will see this title and not be pleased….Growing up, my mother made things I loved like Mom’s Awesome Veggie Dip, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and Mom’s Meatloaf (sort-of). But she also made goulash. Weekly. And I hated it (sorry Mom!). I really can’t explain it, I just didn’t like it. But then I grew up and added WINE (and veggies and thyme) and that fixed everything!!   (LOVE YOU MOM!)

Not My Mom's Goulash

Not My Mom’s Goulash

My mother’s traditional American chop suey recipe, updated with red wine and thyme, and some veggies snuck in.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine easy weeknight dinner, quick meal
Servings 4


  • 1-½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni ~5 ½ oz
  • 1 lb lean hamburg
  • 1 10.75 oz can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • ¼  cup red wine
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ½  tsp kosher salt
  • pinch fresh cracked pepper


  • Cook the macaroni for 1 minute less than the package directions say for al dente (this is 6 minutes for mine) in heavily salted water.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick saute pan on medium-high heat, lightly brown the hamburg. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the remaining ingredients. Simmer while the pasta cooks. During this time, use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the tomatoes a bit.
  • Once the macaroni is done, drain and immediately add to the meat and tomatoes. Mix well, and cook 1 minute to finish cooking the pasta. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Done! Serves 4-6.

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Tried this recipe?Leave a comment below and let me know!
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Hey Mom, bet you never thought I’d turn your goulash sexy!

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