This one-pot Beefy American Goulash may be a dish that goes by many names. I’ve seen people make similar dishes that glided by many names (American dish is another popular title), but whatever you call it, there’s no denying that this is often classic food . Meaty, saucy and filled with juicy tomatoes and hearty macaroni, this savory dish comes together simply and every one in one pot (yay, less dishes!). This Beefy American Goulash makes a touch over 15 cups total, so each satisfying serving is nearly 2 cups! That’s tons of comfort for just 379 calories or 8 Green, 8 Blue or 3 Purple Weight Watchers SmartPoints.


2 lbs uncooked 95% lean ground beef
2 medium yellow onions, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups water
2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon black pepper
12 oz uncooked elbow macaroni (use wheat pasta if following the myWW Purple plan)


Place the ground beef in a large dutch oven and bring over medium heat. Cook, breaking up with a spoon or spatula, until the meat is browned and in small pieces. Drain the grease from the pan. Add the onions and garlic and stir together. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add the water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, seasoned salt, paprika and black pepper and stir together. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Add the macaroni and stir until well combined. Re-cover the pot and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the macaroni is cooked through. Remove from heat, stir and remove the bay leaves. Allow to sit for 15 minutes before serving.