One-Pot Beef Goulash

Make this simple beef goulash recipe for when you need a comforting dinner but don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. This one-pot recipe has a secret ingredient (cocoa powder!) that really gives this broth-based pasta a rich flavor.

Beef goulash in a bowl with pot and spices to the side
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 cups


  • 8 ounce boneless beef top sirloin steak, trimmed of fat

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • ¾ cup thinly sliced carrots

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 14.5 ounce can beef broth

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 ½ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 4 cup dried wide noodles (6 oz.)

  • 1 ½ cup thinly sliced cabbage

  • 2 teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ cup light sour cream

  • Snipped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Cut meat into 1/2-inch cubes. In a 3- to 4-qt. pot heat oil over medium-high heat. Add meat; cook and stir about 6 minutes or until browned. Add carrots, onion, and garlic; cook and stir 3 minutes more or until onion softens.

  2. Stir in the the next four ingredients (through cocoa powder). Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

  3. Stir in the uncooked noodles, cabbage, and paprika. Simmer, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes more or until noodles are tender but still firm, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Top servings with sour cream and, if desired, parsley and additional paprika.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

321 Calories
7g Fat
43g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 321
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 694mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 30.5mg 153%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 766mg 16%
Folate, total 130.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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