Mcd Meals

Chef John's American Goulash

12 servings


15 minutes

active time

1 hour 25 minutes

total time


1 tablespoon olive oil

2 pounds ground beef

1 large onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 large bay leaves

2 tablespoons paprika

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

2 teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

1 quart chicken broth

1 (24 ounce) jar marinara sauce

1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 cup water

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 cups elbow macaroni

¼ cup chopped Italian parsley

1 cup shredded white Cheddar cheese


Gather all ingredients.

Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion; cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbly and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook and stir until liquid is evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, bay leaves, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and cayenne.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors come together, about 3 minutes. Pour in broth, marinara sauce, and diced tomatoes. Pour water into the sauce jar, swirl, and pour into the pot. Stir in soy sauce; bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until flavors intensify, about 30 minutes.

Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a rapid simmer. Stir in macaroni; cook, stirring occasionally, until just barely tender, about 12 minutes. Check for doneness after 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and discard bay leaves. Stir in Cheddar and parsley. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Taste and season as desired.


Serving Size



336 kcal

Total Fat

17 g

Saturated Fat

7 g

Unsaturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat



58 mg


1169 mg

Total Carbohydrate

25 g

Dietary Fiber

3 g

Total Sugars

7 g


19 g

12 servings


15 minutes

active time

1 hour 25 minutes

total time
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