Mom's Goulash in the Microwave Recipe -
Mom's Goulash in the Microwave Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Mom's Goulash in the Microwave

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"There were no microwaves when my mom made this, so she did it on the stove top. She never gave us the recipe and I have discovered it through trial and error. You never forget the taste! I started with a recipe in a microwave cookbook and have adjusted the ingredients over time. If anyone is home when you are cooking, you will have company in the kitchen! Serve with Caesar salad, oven-baked garlic butter French bread and red wine. Microwave temperatures vary, so keep checking to see if these power levels work for you."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, crumble the ground beef into a 2 quart or larger casserole dish. Add the onion, celery and garlic. Cook in the microwave on High for 5 to 6 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink. Stir once during cooking. Drain off the grease.
  3. Stir the tomatoes, tomato sauce and sugar into the beef, and season with paprika, oregano, caraway seed, cayenne pepper and salt. Cover, and cook in the microwave on power level 8 for about 14 minutes, or until celery is tender and the flavors have blended.
  4. Remove from the microwave, and mix in the cooked macaroni. Cook for 2 to 3 more minutes, until heated through. Serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 11, 2006

Exactly what I had hoped it would be, thank you! My only change (ingredient wise) was that the diced tomatos had basil, oregano and garlic already mixed in which added fantastic flavor! I opted to saute the garlic, a little more celery and little less onion, browned the beef and simmered all together on the stovetop. (My microwave tends to go on the fritz so I prefer the stovetop.) Before serving I sprinkled a bit of parmesan cheese on the top. Fabulous.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 04, 2005

I made this on the stovetop & it was easy and tasted fairly nice ... initially. I reheated it the next day and it wasn't good. I threw this recipe away.

Dec 14, 2005

I"m giving this 5 stars because I, myself, made a couple of goofs. I did an "oops" with the cayenne pepper, which doesn't bother my family much, and the tomato sauce I had were 8oz cans so I felt like it could have been better with a little more tomato sauce. Oh, since I made it on my stove, I sauteed the onions & celery. Then browned the ground beef. Then added it all together in a large skillet and let it simmer a few minutes. It was good and I will be making it again . Thanks!

Jan 01, 2006

Great! The only thing that was not so tasty was the caraway, which I will omit in the future. The caraway overpowers the taste of the recipe.

Jul 29, 2005

Not the fanciest meal out there but very good nonetheless. I omitted the celery, sugar, paprika, caraway seed and cayenne and added in black pepper, tomato paste, garlic powder, extra can of tomatoes and basil. I had about 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef. I cooked this on the stovetop, not in the microwave.

Jan 03, 2005

This was good. This is one of the better goulash recipies out there.

Feb 27, 2007

I made this on the stovetop. And this recipe was really good. The leftovers were even better. I will forsure make again.

Jan 11, 2010

This was so good,my boys loved it. I didn't make it in the microwave,I used my crock pot.I put everything in the crock pot except the noodles and let it simmer while I was at work,then added the noodles when I got home.


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  • Calories
  • 327 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.2 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 9.8 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 19.4 g
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 803 mg
  • 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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