Goulash is one of those foods that takes me back to my childhood days and school lunches. In elementary, I remember having the best school lunches; delicious calzones, fluffy rolls and saucy wonderful goulash.

Healthier Italian Goulash | Hungry Healthy Girl

Goulash is great because it feeds an army, the kiddos love it and it’s also really easy to sneak lots of veggies in…… it’s truly the comfort food of all comfort foods. Oh yeah, it’s a pretty great dinner to carb-load before a 22 mile long run, too!

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Healthier Italian Goulash

A one skillet recipe, healthier Italian goulash is kid-friendly and packed with veggies.
Author: Kim


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion , finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped or ground in a food processor
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey, chicken or beef
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • salt and pepper to taste, taste first, I didn't need to add any salt or pepper
  • grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley to garnish, optional


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, and celery to heated skillet and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the ground turkey, seasonings and soy sauce (or liquid aminos) and cook until the meat is slightly browned, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chicken broth into meat mixture and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer, place a lid on the skillet and allow this to cook for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in elbow macaroni, return the lid to the pot, and continue to simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • If desired, garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Serve with garlic bread and enjoy!!


Once your Goulash has cooled to room temperature, cover and transfer to the refrigerator.  Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 366kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 1405mg, Potassium: 1196mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 4017IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 107mg, Iron: 6mg

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