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Collins Goulash Recipe
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Collins Goulash

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"This is a recipe handed down from my grandmother to my father. It's a very unique creamy white-sauce goulash that takes about 20 minutes to make. A real winner with kids. My family's favorite!!! Give it a try. Lemme know how you like it."

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  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    30 mins


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender and has cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. Cook the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, breaking the meat up as it cooks, until the beef is browned and no longer pink. Drain excess fat. Stir in the cream cheese until melted, then mix in the mushroom soup until thoroughly combined. Stir in milk, about 1/4 cup at a time, until the mixture is the consistency of gravy. Stir in the macaroni, bring to a simmer, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 28, 2010

I make a variation of this all of the time! I do, however, do a few things different: - I use about a cup of milk, instead of cream cheese - I add at least 2 cups of sliced fresh mushrooms (cooked with the ground beef) - I use plenty of seasonings while cooking the beef ( garlic powder, seasoning salt, a little rosemary, black pepper - all to taste) - and I use several different types of pasta. Sometimes I use spaghetti, sometimes penne, scoobidoos, rotini, etc - depending on what we feel like. They are all wonderful. This is one of our family favorites!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 09, 2011

This is a bland recipe. While I'm not the best cook in the world, I'm decent... but I could not rescue this. If someone else has a good suggestion for how to improve this thing, PLEASE share. Even after adding onions and mushrooms sauteed in butter, along with Worcestershire sauce, rosemary/Italian seasoning, salt/pepper... it was not worth the effort. To quote my spouse, "It's not horrible... it's just kinda there." And my favorite review of all comes from my six-year-old son: "This is the boringest thing I've ever eaten."

Aug 12, 2010

The dish was fantastic and I will make again for sure. Not trying to be rude, but the dish can only be bland if its not seasoned properly.

Jun 15, 2010

This was really an easy dish for a quick dinner. It was easy on the pocketbook to shop for too. I added S/P and some finely chopped onion which only made is more yummy. This is the kind of dish that will stick to your ribs. It is good served with a fresh salad or fruit.

Jun 22, 2010

When the kids are 'starving', and you have maybe 10-15 minutes to get the food on the table before they riot; THIS is the recipe for you! serve with any kind of fruit and/or vegetable salad. I add a half bag of frozen mixed veggies, but do what ever you must do to make it your own. Thanks, Lilgirl, for reminding us that simple is best.

Jan 28, 2011

I followed the other suggestions and added onion and mushrooms. Browned them in a couple tsps of butter. Added a can of cream of mushroom w/a can of milk and cream cheese. I ended up using some frozen meatballs I had in the freezer and added some worshershier sauce. This is a keeper but I don't think it would have been good w/o the onion & mushrooms.

Oct 18, 2010

Addition of the seasonings suggested for flavoring make it delicious (seasoned salt, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper). I add crushed garlic clove instead of garlic powder. To make this even a quicker meal, I ended up using a 16 oz. box of quick cooking pasta that cooks in 3 minutes if you are in a real pinch for time and it is still delicious. I usually use whole wheat pasta for a healthier meal for your family and it's still delicious. If your family loves mushrooms you've got to add it to the recipe, makes it even better!

Nov 15, 2011

We tried this last night and I was surprised by how well it was received by all my guys. I did make some changes though. I added minced yellow onion, green pepper, mushrooms and lots of garlic powder while the beef was browning. I only added one can of soup but almost 2 cups of milk because I added the uncooked pasta to the pan and needed the additional liquid for it to cook properly. I also added oregano, thyme, salt and pepper to the final 10 min. I think it would have been too bland for us without these additions but overall a very easy and tasty recipe. Thanks for posting!


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  • Calories
  • 486 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.1 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 22.3 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 21.1 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 623 mg
  • 25%

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

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