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Vegetarian American Goulash

Vegetarian American Goulash

This past weekend I was planning out our meals for the week and I received my weekly email from Eating Well. I am making almost all of them this week and this is a slightly adapted one of them. I don’t ever remember making Hamburger Helper as a child or as an adult and as I was making this last night, Matt told me that it was basically a homemade version of it. Well, there you go! When I saw how easy this was to make I couldn’t believe I hadn’t ever tried making something like this before! I figured it wasn’t going to be that exciting of a meal so I decided to change a few things up. First off, I haven’t been eating red meat for awhile now so I decided to try it with Impossible Ground Burger. We have been enjoying their burgers for some time and decided to work with their ground product. I also used fire roasted tomatoes in this because they add so much richness to whatever you decide to add them to. The other thing that is truly awesome about this dish is that it is a ONE POT meal! Yay for that! Easy enough to throw together on a busy weeknight and comforting enough to make it feel like it was something you had cooking all day. Bonus for one of these upcoming fall evenings! If you don’t want to try my vegetarian version, feel free to just replace it with ground beef, or maybe ground turkey. If you want it to be vegan, then replace the cheese with your favorite vegan cheese. It is such a super simple recipe and you can do what you want with it.


Vegetarian American Goulash

Super easy and warming meal that will satisfy anyone in your family!  This one is a bit healthified using whole grain macaroni and plant based Impossible Ground Burger instead of ground beef.

  • Author: Dawn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Method: one pot
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 TBL olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1 12oz pkg Impossible Plant Based Ground Burger
  • 23 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped fine
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning (or a good dash each of basil, oregano, and thyme)
  • 1 14oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce (no salt added)
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 cups whole grain macaroni
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded parmesan or cheese of choice


Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat.  Add onion and ground burger and cook until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add in minced garlic and spices and cook for another minute.  Stir in the tomatoes, with their juices, tomato sauce and broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and add in the macaroni and cook for 8-10 minutes depending on how you like your noodles.  I went with closer to 10 minutes because I do not like my noodles chewy.  Turn off the heat and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.  Top with a sprinkle of your favorite cheese and serve.


As I said, you can substitute ground beef or ground turkey if you don’t care about this being vegetarian, but I highly recommend giving this plant based “meat” a try.  We were very impressed!

Dawson was very excited about this recipe as well! 🙂


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